Somehow 70 seems too early for this masterful trumpeter, known as much for his work with Ornette Coleman on Free Jazz, Eric Dolphy on Out to Lunch and John Coltrane on Ole Coltrane and Ascension (among others) as for his own recordings as an ensemble leader. (I must confess to only owning a copy of his Blue Note solo debut Open Sesame, an error I plan to rectify in the very near future.)
Read the International Herald Tribune obituary here.
Poets are both clean and warm
And most are far above the norm
Whether here or on the roam
Have a poet in every home! #38
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
New York -- Accused of stabbing his wife in a wordless rage after a beatnik party, novelist Norman Mailer, 37, was ordered sent to Bellevue Hospital for observation. A psychiatrist's report described Mailer as suffering from acute paranoia with homicidal tendencies. Mrs. Adele Mailer, 35, was in critical condition at the hospital after being stabbed twice with a pen knife, Nov.20th. (1960)
Brenda Lee - I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus
(Decca Records 30107;1956)
This year's 12th title isn't particularly rare, I'm sure it's been featured in commercials and movies in recent years, although for a long, long time this song languished in relative obscurity, at least compared to Brenda Lee's other Christmas recordings. It's always been a favourite of mine, its youthful exuberance gets to me every time, and yes it does remind me of a more innocent time, as maudlin as that may sound. Little Brenda gives it all she's got in this song, right down to firing off her water pistol with mischievous "Squirt SQUIRT!" As childhood novelty songs go, I'll take this over the Chipmunks anyday.
Merry Christmas everyone, from all of us at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger... and here's to better things in 2009.
for the series: 12 Discs of Christmas