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So Much (Fill In The Blank), So Little Time

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Been a while, but blogger has been a little shaky lately.

I've been extraordinarily busy the past two weeks. It's been very eventful and fraught with trials and tribulations. And that's just the Browns. Been hanging out on Sundays with hometown peeps watching the Brownies do their thing.

Mainly, I've been keeping my creativity flowing by listening to a lot, a lot of jazz. I discovered a new, old LP, that I'm really digging. It's In Orbit, by the Clark Terry Quartet with Thelonious Monk. Sublime flugelhorn blowing by Mr. Terry and one of the rare occasions that Monk was a sideman. Philly Joe Jones and Sam Jones are the rhythm gang on this 1958 set.

Most of the discs I've immersed myself in are from 1957-60. That period after Rock and Roll had flamed out half a century ago there was some amazing jazz being put on wax. Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is always close at hand on the iPod. My buddy Crinz says that Davis should have titled it Jazz 101. It is the jazz platter that all human beings can appreciate. Miles' 1966 Quintet set Miles Smiles is blazing on the iTunes currently. Quite funky for such a hard album.

My friend Mark reminded me that yesterday was John Coltrane's birthday. I need to pick up Trane's disc Lush Life. I've got his version of "Like Someone In Love." Wanna hear the rest of it. Here's a link to Impulse Records
Tranumentary podcasts celebrating the man.

What else has been on heavy rotation? Well, our upcoming disc, n'est-ce pas? Work continues on the art for the album. Looking at pressing it at the end of October. The goal is to have it available in time for the holidays. Make sure to tell Santa you want a copy. That's no joke, Christmas is here. I was in Macy's a week ago and I'll be darned they didn't have a dozen decorated Christmas trees up. What day is today? Well, only 3 more shopping months left! Get cracking.

Many thanks to my main man (Bowie reference there), Andrew in Sheffield, who's helping me organize a few things, including my thoughts. Put me in coach, I'm ready to play. I can't keep putting off the tour for much longer. The music can't wait any longer, either. Mid-February yo's truly will be in the UK promoting A Talent For Loving. In the meantime, I've taken up writing again. Haven't had much to say musically, with my mind on the new LP. But there may be a few surprises when the show rolls out next.

Well, "Happy Birthday" to all my friends and family celebrating this week. About a dozen of you. I got a new party outfit for myself. Gonna look sharp this week (Damn, Miles and Wayne Shorter are swinging on "Gingerbread Boy." Up next on the iWhatever Miles' Porgy & Bess with Gil Evans. Yowza. Culture!).

Peace & Disco Beats

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