WordPress filed this comment under “spam,” but I don’t know . . . I think it’s heartfelt. I might get stickers made to place on my mail. What do you think?
You are my inhalation, I own few web logs and often run out from to brand.
It works wonderfully when set to YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE:
“You are my inhalation, my inhalation, I own few web logs, and I run out. Please keep on blogging, my inhalation, don’t take from to brand away.”
When you ask us why we blog (and you will ask!) it’s moments like these.
By chance, the March 2012 issue of the NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD has an intriguing concentration on drummers — or improvising percussionists. And I was delighted to see two portraits of my hero Sidney Catlett in the opening pages.
The French jazz drummer Pierre Favre, who will turn 75 this April, writes: “Big Sid Catlett . . . was my biggest influence. He was like a sorcerer. He was precise and fluent when he played time and when he played the melody his unexpected rim shots shaped it and made it swing. I was talking to Tony Williams and he told me: ‘Big Sid Catlett was my biggest influence too.'”
Jazz journalist and blogger Clifford Allen hears Sidney in these ways: “There’s dynamism in Catlett’s swing, his brushwork weighty yet particulate, deft and muscular pushed up against the velvety wall of [Ben] Webster’s tenor . . . . Catlett’s pared-down, seemingly effortless swing was a far dry from drummer-showman contemporaries and helped knit together the rhythm section . . . . His work . . . may have paved the way for what would become a penchant for traditional and early bebop sides, since most of the . . . musicians played with one foot in ‘the new thing.’ Very few drummers traversed the eras of ragtime / Dixieland, Swing and bebop, but Catlett is one who was broad-minded and creative enough to do so.”
Sidney Catlett, so substantial, lends himself to a variety of empathic interpretations. Listen!
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