August 21, 2017

Solar eclipse 2016

Styrous® ~ Monday, August 21, 2017    

Oakland Pro Arts

Open Studios á la Jingletown ~ 2015       
Jingletown Pro Arts: Art, Food 'n Fun ~ 2016   


Stan Getz articles/mentions

Stan Getz ~ Another World        
Chicago III            
Percy Faith ~ Latin Themes for Young Lovers
Jerzy Maksymiuk & Józef Skrzek ~
         The War of the Worlds   
New Wave in New York 1 ~ The Stip        
Verve Records & Norman Granz
Stan Getz  
date & photographer unknown   

August 20, 2017

20,000 Vinyl LPs 102: King Crimson & "Boz" Burrell ~ Earthbound

vinyl LP album cover detail 
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Raymond "Boz" Burrell was born on the 1st of August in 1946. He was an English musician who was originally a vocalist and guitarist but is best known for his bass playing and work with the bands King Crimson and Bad Company.    

Earthbound is a live album by the band King Crimson which contains two improvised tracks with scat vocals from Burrell. Earthbound was released in 1972 as a budget record shortly after the line-up that recorded it had broken up. It contains the band's first official live release of their signature song "21st Century Schizoid Man," and an extended live version of their 1970 non-LP B-side Groon.   

The album's sound quality is very poor, because of its being recorded onto cassette tape (a low-fidelity recording medium by 1972 standards) by live sound engineer Hunter MacDonald. The liner notes to the original LP cover and recent CD reissues of the album state that it was "captured live on an Ampex stereo cassette fed from a Kelsey Morris custom built mixer ... in the rain from the back of a Volkswagen truck." Atlantic Records, King Crimson's original North American distributor, declined release of Earthbound because of its poor sound engineering. Because of its cassette origins, the sound could not be significantly improved on later CD reissues of the album.

vinyl LP album cover
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King Crimson is an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history of which 21 musicians have been members; since January 2017 it has consisted of Robert Fripp, Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin and Jeremy Stacey. Fripp is the only consistent member of the group, and is considered the band's leader and driving force. The band has earned a large cult following. They were ranked No. 87 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

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Developed from the unsuccessful trio Giles, Giles and Fripp, the band were seminal in the progressive rock genre in its first five years with its standard of instrumentation and complex song structures. King Crimson's debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) (link below), remains its most successful and influential, with its elements of jazz, classical, and experimental music. Their success increased following an opening act performance for the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, London, in 1969. Following the less successful In the Wake of Poseidon (1970), Lizard (1970), and Islands (1971), the group reached a new creative peak with Larks' Tongues in Aspic (1973), Starless and Bible Black (1974), and Red (1974). Fripp disbanded the group in 1974.     

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In 1981, King Crimson reformed with a change in musical direction which lasted for three years, resulting in the trio of albums Discipline (1981) (link below), Beat (1982), and Three of a Perfect Pair (1984). Following a decade-long hiatus, Fripp revived the group in 1994 and released Thrak (1995). Since 1997, several musicians have pursued aspects of the band's work and approaches through a series of related bands collectively referred to as ProjeKCts. In 2000, the band reunited once more and released The Construkction of Light (2000). The band's most recent album is The Power to Believe (2003). In 2009 the band undertook a tour to celebrate their 40th Anniversary and continue to perform live in various capacities.       

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The first incarnation of King Crimson formed in London on 30 November 1968 and first rehearsed on 13 January 1969. The band's name was coined by lyricist, roadie, and art strategist Peter Sinfield, though it is not meant to be a synonym for Beelzebub, prince of demons. (According to Fripp, Beelzebub would be an anglicised form of the Arabic phrase "B'il Sabab", meaning "the man with an aim".) Historically and etymologically, a "crimson king" was any monarch during whose reign there was civil unrest and copious bloodshed; the album debuted at the height of worldwide opposition to the military involvement of the United States in Southeast Asia.     

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McDonald was the group's main composer, albeit with contributions from Lake and Fripp, while Sinfield wrote the lyrics, designed and operated the band's stage lighting, being credited with "sounds and visions". McDonald suggested the band purchase a Mellotron, and they began using it to create an orchestral rock sound, inspired by the Moody Blues. Sinfield described Crimson thus: "If it sounded at all popular, it was out. So it had to be complicated, it had to be more expansive chords, it had to have strange influences. If it sounded, like, too simple, we'd make it more complicated, we'd play it in 7/8 or 5/8, just to show off".      

vinyl LP label, side 1
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King Crimson made its live debut on 9 April 1969, and made a breakthrough by playing the Rolling Stones free concert at Hyde Park, London in July 1969 before an estimated 500,000 people. Its debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, was released in October 1969 on Island Records.    

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Fripp and Sinfield recorded the second King Crimson album, In the Wake of Poseidon, in 1970 with the Giles brothers hired back as the session rhythm section, and with jazz pianist Keith Tippett and Circus saxophonist Mel Collins as guest musicians.    

After a search for new musicians, Fripp and Sinfield secured a returning Collins and Ian Wallace on drums. Auditions for a singer included those from Bryan Ferry, Elton John, and John Gaydon, the band's manager. The position went to Raymond "Boz" Burrell leaving Fripp and Wallace teaching Burrell to play bass rather than continue auditions. Though he had not played bass before, Burrell had played enough rhythm guitar to assist him in learning the instrument. With the line-up complete, King Crimson toured in 1971 for the first time since 1969.   

vinyl LP label, side 2
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In the 1990s Burrell worked with such acts as Alvin Lee for his Best of British Blues tour of 1996 and Ruby Turner, but his main creative outlet was with his partnership with the Scottish blues singer, Tam White. Their collaboration developed into a trio, The Shoe String Band and a big band, the Celtic Groove Connection. White was present at Burrell's apartment in Marbella, Spain, when Burrell suddenly died of a heart attack during rehearsals, on September 21, 2006. He  was 60 years old.    


Side 1:

A1 - 21st Century Schizoid Man, written by Lake*, McDonald*, Giles*, Sinfield*, Fripp* - 11:45

A2 - Peoria, written by Burrell*, Wallace*, Collins*, Fripp* - 7:30

A3 - The Sailor's Tale, written by Fripp* - 4:45

Side 2:

B1 - Earthbound, written by Burrell*, Wallace*, Collins*, Fripp* - 7:08

B2 - Groon, written by Fripp* - 15:30


King Crimson

    Robert Frippelectric guitar
    Boz Burrellbass guitar, vocals
    Mel CollinsAlto, Tenor and Baritone saxophone, mellotron
    Ian Wallacedrums

Additional personnel

    Hunter MacDonald – VCS3, engineering


    Engineer – Hunter Macdonald, John Robson (tracks: A1, B2)
    Producer – Robert Fripp
    Technician [VCS3 Operated By] – Hunter*

Companies, etc.

    Published By – E.G. Music Ltd.
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Island Records Ltd.
    Printed By – MacNeill Press Ltd.
    Produced For – E.G. Records Ltd.

'Schizoid Man' and 'Groon' were recorded at Wilmington, Delaware on 11 February 1972; 'Peoria' at Peoria on 10 March 1972; 'The Sailors Tale' at Jacksonville, Florida 26 February 1972; 'Earthbound' at Orlando, Florida 27 February 1972.

The recordings were captured live on an ampex stereo cassette fed from a Kelsey Morris custom built mixer operated by John Robson and Hunter Macdonald on Schizoid Man and Groon and Hunter Macdonald on the other titles: at Jacksonville in the rain from the back of a Volkswagon truck.

VCS3 operated by Hunter.

On rear artwork:

All songs published by E.G. Music Ltd. 1971 ©
Produced for E.G. Records.
℗ 1971 Island Records Ltd.

On Labels:

E.G. Music Ltd. 1972 ©
Produced for E.G. Records.
℗ 1972 Island Records Ltd.

Sleeve printed and made by MacNeill Press Ltd.

The vinyl was originally housed in a faux crepe paper black inner sleeve.
King Crimson ~ Earthbound
Label: Island Records ‎– HELP 6
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: 1972
Genre: Rock
Style: Jazz-Rock, Prog Rock
Viewfinder links:           
King Crimson ~         
      In the Court of the Crimson King       
      King Crimson articles/mentions      
Net links:           
King Crimson ~ Earthbound is for sale on Discogs  
King Crimson discography      
YouTube links:           
21st Century Schizoid Man                    
The Sailor's Tale       

 Belated happy birthday, Boz!

Styrous® ~ Sunday, August 20, 2016          

King Crimson articles/mentions

In the Court of the Crimson King 
King Crimson & "Boz" Burrell ~ Earthbound  

King Crimson ~ Discipline
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Alice Cooper ~ Killer     
Captain Beyond ~ Sufficiently Breathless
The Hearst Greek Theater performances       
Paul Simon at the Greek Theater        
Yes ~ Tales from Tales from Topographic Oceans         

August 19, 2017

Ray Brown articles/mentions

Ella Fitzgerald ~ Queen of Jazz     
Stan Getz ~ Another World      



Ray Brown      
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August 17, 2017

275,000 Pageviews

Herb Ellis articles/mentions

Stan Getz ~ Another World     
Verve Records & Norman Granz       
Oscar Peterson ~ 
    Maharaja of the keyboard   
Herb Ellis ~ Ellis in Wonderland     
vinyl LP album cover      
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photo of album cover by Styrous®         

Count Basie articles/mentions

Louis Armstrong ~ Trumpets & scat  
Bill Haley Rocks Around the Clock
Verve Records & Norman Granz
Oscar Peterson ~    
      Maharaja of the keyboard           
Sweets Ballroom ~ 
      Jitterbugging in the Forties     


Count Basie - 1945       
photographer unknown       
Associated Press    

August 16, 2017

45 RPMs 18: Madonna ~ Don't Cry for Me Argentina 12" of fun!

Today is the birthday of Madonna Louise Ciccone (/ɪˈkni/; aka Madonna, she was born on August 16, 1958, in Bay City, Michigan. She starred in the films Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), and Evita (1996) which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.


Madonna has been acclaimed as a singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She is known for reinventing both her music and image, and for maintaining her autonomy within the recording industry. Her other ventures include fashion design, writing children's books, and filmmaking. 

Don't Cry for Me Argentina on YouTube:          

Material Girl on YouTube           

Happy birthday, Material Girl!

Styrous® ~ Wednesday, August 16, 2017 


Art Tatum articles/mentions

William P. Gottlieb: Jazz photographer          
Verve Records & Norman Granz   
Oscar Peterson ~ Maharaja of the keyboard   
Art Tatum (1946 - 1948)       
Vogue Room, New York         
photographer unknown           

Duke Ellington articles/mentions

William P. Gottlieb: Jazz photographer 
Oscar Peterson ~ Maharaja of the keyboard 
Jack Scott and the birth of Stereo  
Sweets ~ Jitterbugging in the Forties  
Duke Ellington       
date & photogrpher unknown       

August 15, 2017

Oscar Peterson ~ Maharaja of the keyboard

Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, was born today, August 15, in 1925. He was a Canadian jazz pianist, composer and called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honours. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists with a career lasting more than 60 years. 

Oscar Peterson - 1977
Webster, New York
photo by Tom Marcello  


As a child, Peterson studied with Hungarian-born pianist Paul de Marky, a student of István Thomán. Thomán was a pupil of Franz Liszt, so his training was predominantly based on classical piano. Meanwhile, he was captivated by traditional jazz and learned several ragtime pieces and especially the boogie-woogie. At that time Peterson was called "the Brown Bomber of the Boogie-Woogie".

In 1940, at fourteen years of age, Peterson won the national music competition organized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. After that victory, he dropped out of school and became a professional pianist working for a weekly radio show, and playing at hotels and music halls.

Some of the artists who influenced Peterson's music during the earlier type of years were Teddy Wilson, Nat "King" Cole, James P. Johnson and Art Tatum. Tatum and Peterson eventually became good friends, although Peterson was always shy about being compared with Tatum and rarely played the piano in Tatum's presence. Peterson absorbed Tatum's musical influences, notably from piano concertos by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Rachmaninoff's harmonizations, as well as direct quotations from his 2nd Piano Concerto, are thrown in here and there in many recordings by Peterson, including his work with the most familiar formulation of the Oscar Peterson Trio, with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis.  

An important step in Peterson's career was joining the impresario Norman Granz labels (especially Verve) (link below) and the Granz "Jazz at the Philharmonic" project (link Below). Granz discovered Peterson in a peculiar manner. As the impresario was being taken to Montreal airport by cab, the radio was playing a live broadcast of Peterson at a local night club. Granz was so smitten by what he heard that he ordered the driver to take him to the club so that he could meet the pianist. In 1949, Granz introduced Peterson at a Carnegie Hall Jazz at the Philharmonic show in New York City. Granz remained Peterson's manager for most of his career.  


Peterson made numerous duo performances and recordings with bassists Ray Brown, Sam Jones, and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, guitarists Joe Pass, Irving Ashby, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel, pianists Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Benny Green, and Oliver Jones, trumpeters Clark Terry and Louis Armstrong, and many other important jazz players. His 1950s duo recordings with Ray Brown mark the formation of one of the longest lasting partnerships in the history of jazz.

According to pianist/educator Mark Eisenman, some of Peterson's best playing was as an understated accompanist to singer Ella Fitzgerald and trumpeter Roy Eldridge.

Peterson wrote pieces for piano, for trio, for quartet and for big band. He also wrote several songs, and made recordings as a singer. Probably his best-known compositions are Canadiana Suite and Hymn to Freedom, the latter composed in the 1960s and inspired by the civil rights movement in the United States (links below).      

Newport, RI - July 1957 


Peterson had arthritis since his youth, and in later years could hardly button his shirt. Never slender, his weight increased to 125 kg (276 lb), hindering his mobility. He had hip replacement surgery in the early 1990s. Although the surgery was successful, his mobility was still inhibited. Somewhat later, in 1993, Peterson suffered a serious stroke that weakened his left side and sidelined him for two years. Also in 1993 incoming Prime Minister and longtime Peterson fan and friend Jean Chrétien offered Peterson the position of Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, but according to Chrétien he declined, citing the health problems from his recent stroke.

After the stroke, Peterson recuperated for about two years. He gradually regained mobility and some control of his left hand. However, his virtuosity was never restored to the original level, and his playing after his stroke relied principally on his right hand. In 1995 he returned to public performances on a limited basis, and also made several live and studio recordings for Telarc. In 1997 he received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and an International Jazz Hall of Fame Award. Canadian politician, friend, and amateur pianist Bob Rae contends that "a one-handed Oscar was better than just about anyone with two hands".

In 2003, Peterson recorded the DVD A Night in Vienna for Verve, with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (NHØP), Ulf Wakenius and Martin Drew.    

Peterson's health declined rapidly in 2007. He had to cancel his performance at the 2007 Toronto Jazz Festival and his attendance at a June 8, 2007, Carnegie Hall all-star performance in his honour, owing to illness. On December 23, 2007, Peterson died of kidney failure at his home in Mississauga, Ontario.
Viewfinder links:      
Oscar Peterson articles/mentions
Jazz at the Philharmonic series        
Net links:  
Oscar Peterson discography       
CULT #MTL ~ Oscar Peterson’s Montreal (book review)        
LA Times ~ 'Oscar, With Love'        
New York Times obit          
Billboard obit
The Guardian obit     
YouTube links:  
Oscar Peterson selections       
     Hymn To Freedom
     Canadiana Suite     
     Jazz At The Philharmonic (9:32 minutes)
       Norman Granz Jazz at the Philharmonic (1956)     

I play as I feel
                   ~ Oscar Peterson
Styrous® ~ Thursday, August 15, 2017