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A Question About Repartee, Trading Fours, and the Dozens

Definition of repartee 1a : a quick and witty reply b : a succession or interchange of clever retorts : amusing and usually light sparring with words 2 : adroitness and cleverness in reply : skill in repartee...

Trading Fours is a technique in which musicians consistently alternate brief solos of pre-set length (for trading foursfourbars; musicians may…


Added by Ron Powell on April 8, 2019 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

Ramsey Lewis, The Life of the Party in 1965

The In Crowd is a live album by the Ramsey Lewis Trio which was recorded in 1965 at the Bohemian Caverns nightclub in Washington, DC...

Recorded: May 13, 14 & 15, 1965

Released: 1965…


Added by Ron Powell on March 23, 2019 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Another musical RIP

What do Be My Baby (Ronettes), Mr. Tamborine Man (Byrds), Strangers in the Night (Sinatra), Good Vibrations (Beach Boys), the Pet Sounds album (also Beach Boys), Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel), Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Simon & Garfunkel), The Way We Were (Streisand), Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In (Fifth Dimension), the theme for Three’s Company, Close to You (Carpenters), and the theme for The Brady Bunch have in common?

That, by the way, is an insanely abbreviated…


Added by koshersalaami on March 11, 2019 at 5:43pm — 6 Comments

From t h e Repertoire of My Jazz Experience

I perform solo these days.... However, there was a time when I would kick it in jam sessions and club dates with 4, 5, 6, or 7 other musicians...

We taught and learned from each other but mostly we learned from listening to the jazz masters who gave us our inspiration, our incentive, and our repertoire....…


Added by Ron Powell on March 4, 2019 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

My Apologies

I must say I'm sorry to any and everyone who wastes their time on the little flame war going on with the small minded moki. I don't normally stoop so low in the gutter, but, when a phony outsider tries to talk shit about Hawaii the old me starts acting like the young me.

BTW, there is a cool song out, by a POLYNESIAN, that was huge this summer. Old me knows because I hang at the beach with the musical youth: it is called Future Me Hates Me --- was moki's theme song back in his New…


Added by Maui Surfer on March 2, 2019 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Either You Have It Or You Don't

Those of us who can play an instrument well enough to get paid for it don't play as well as we'd like to play.

However, we play better than we think we do...Otherwise we wouldn't get paid.

And then there's this:

Added by Ron Powell on January 15, 2019 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments


Scientists suspect the sounds that once were thought to be the cause of the mysterious "sonic illness” affecting diplomats in Cuba were probably crickets, specifically the noisy mating call of male Indies crickets. If you think crickets couldn't possibly make that much noise, note this from an…


Added by Tom Cordle on January 7, 2019 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Greeting of the Day

Added by Ron Powell on December 25, 2018 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

Only in America at Christmas

Only in America could two gentlemen of the Jewish persuasion and heritage have composed the songs that are the epitome of expression of the spirit of the consummate Christian holiday....And, only in America could these songs be made immortal by two gentlemen of significantly diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural background and heritage.

I'm speaking, of course, of Irving Berlin, Mel Torme, Nat "King" Cole, and Bing Crosby. These men of music are the embodiment of what it means to be…


Added by Ron Powell on December 20, 2018 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Jazz Singer, Nancy Wilson (February 20, 1937 – December 13, 2018)

"...was an American singer whose career spanned over five decades, from the mid–1950s until her retirement in the early–2010s. She was notable for her single "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" and her version of the standard "Guess Who I Saw…


Added by Ron Powell on December 14, 2018 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Dexter Bell

Dexter Bell

In the Sixties, I was l playing in a band called the Soundsations, and we were headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, home of Gibson guitars. Kalamazoo was also the home of Western Michigan University. One of the local hot-spots was the Colony Room. We played there for almost a year – six…


Added by Tom Cordle on November 11, 2018 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

Another good man done gone

Sad news for lovers of swamp music – Tony Joe White ( passed away this week. He was partially famous for his songs "Poke Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night in Georgia", but his catalog contains a huge amount of grossly under-appreciated material equally fabulous, if not, sad to say, equally famous. Here's one delicious example:…


Added by Tom Cordle on October 29, 2018 at 9:35am — 3 Comments

What Brings You Peace in the Midst of Storm

This morning I was looking for President Trump’s statement that the FBI could investigate anything about Kavanaugh.  I found several related videos on Fox News, CNN and CBS News, but not the one I wanted.  The specter of Kavanaugh’s confirmation haunts me day and night.  I can’t seem to let it go.


In the mix of those videos was this.…


Added by Rodney Roe on October 2, 2018 at 4:35am — 17 Comments

Aretha died this morning

We’ve lost Aretha Franklin. I’ve posted about a lot of music deaths on Our Salon but I can’t write this obituary. I’d get too many corrections from Ron. I have to report this as news, though, in case anyone here hasn’t heard yet. 

This is the voice that topped Rolling Stone’s list of Greatest 100 Singers Of All Time. Someone somewhere might have disputed that. I’m more knowledgeable than most people about music and I find the conclusion too obvious to dispute. A slew of Grammies, a…


Added by koshersalaami on August 16, 2018 at 8:17am — 4 Comments

Cover Bands

Cover Bands

We live a couple of hours away from Atlanta, so there is ample opportunity to hear live music there, but my wife would as soon have surgery without anesthesia as drive in Atlanta traffic.  We get live music here in the mountains.  Mostly it is over-the-hill groups playing with whatever remnants of the original group exist along with replacements.  We saw the Beach Boys there which was actually The Beach Boy and younger musicians.  To be fair they were very good.  Others…


Added by Rodney Roe on August 5, 2018 at 10:41pm — 6 Comments

Dreaming at My Age

When you've reached my age,

and know you're a dot,

like the sands of the Ganges,

indistinguishable from innumberable other dots,…


Added by Ben Sen on July 20, 2018 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment



When you know you're a dot,

indistinguishable from trillions of other dots,

tiny, insignificant dots,

it can be hard to …


Added by Ben Sen on July 20, 2018 at 11:14am — 2 Comments

Louie Louie, an FBI investigation and probably unintentional misdirection

(For some reason, YouTube is no longer giving me Embed codes on my IPad.)

Earlier this evening I played rock n roll. How it works here is a local bar has a house band on Thursdays that you can sign up to play with - or sometimes a whole band comes and plays a few songs. I started a few weeks back and because keyboard players are rare I often sit in for most of the evening. My connection with the…


Added by koshersalaami on June 21, 2018 at 10:30pm — 18 Comments

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