“MUSIC THAT YOU DREAM ABOUT”: BENNY GOODMAN, BUDDY RICH, JIMMIE ROWLES, BUCKY PIZZARELLI, JACK SIX (Merv Griffin Show, October 15, 1979)

About a year ago, I posted this video, one of those moments when commercial broadcast media and high art created something memorable together. It doesn’t need explication; for me, reverence is the most appropriate reaction.

Now, through the kindness of my friend Alessandro, I can share with you the complete audio of that encounter. The slight buzz suggests that it was recorded directly from someone’s television set, but the music is beyond compare. Grandpa could still play (!) and Rich, often accused of bluster behind the drum set, is a marvel of creative listening. For me, the delight comes from Rowles, that sly subversive one-man orchestra, with sets and costumes, going his own unexpected ways.

It was a “talk show,” so, first, a little chat:

Then, to the real business at hand, LIMEHOUSE BLUES:

A too-brief consideration of AS LONG AS I LIVE:

and that rare thing, an I GOT RHYTHM played for itself alone:

We must thank Merv Griffin for making room for this wondrous interlude, so precious then and now.

May your happiness increase!

3 responses to ““MUSIC THAT YOU DREAM ABOUT”: BENNY GOODMAN, BUDDY RICH, JIMMIE ROWLES, BUCKY PIZZARELLI, JACK SIX (Merv Griffin Show, October 15, 1979)

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  2. Big of Merv to present real music and great musicians on daytime TV, something rare or maybe even nonexistent right now. Sure there’s the occasional commercial “country artist,” rap, “R&B” (which doesn’t come close to the R&B I grew up with), this kind of thing is a great moment from better days on TV. More importantly, this was a rare meeting of two greats who definitely sounded great together.

  3. Adding to that: Merv had been a band singer with Freddy Martin in the waning days of the Swing Era, so he really knew who his guests were (as well as having a wonderful orchestra of the best jazz / studio players). The people who came before him, as well — think of Steve Allen and Jack Paar — had high-level musical guests, and Benny and Buddy were serious stars to that audience.

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