‘Round Midnight – Red Shoes

In Wayne’s favorite movie, The Red Shoes, the ballerina protagonist, Vicky, couldn’t make the choice between her husband and dancing, between life and art. Her solution was to throw herself in front of a train; she danced herself to death. I asked Wayne how The Red Shoes might have ended differently. He imagined a modern corrective to Vicky’s romantic fatalism, a dancing Buddha character who seemed a little like himself. “The thing with Vicky was that she was a junkie for those red shoes,” he said. “When she was hit by the train, she passed away, but even in passing away, according to the principle of eternal karma, she’s still locked into the curse of the red shoes, still dancing in death, and can’t stop. So maybe here comes another dancer in modern times, tap dancing, and he has his own junkie problems. But he finds a way to overcome his stuff and change poison into medicine, so he can rescue her from the curse. Vicky forfeited her life for art, but this guy saves her when his life becomes bigger than art.”

Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter by Michelle Mercer

Centenário de Scatman Crothers (aka Scat Cat)

Everybody wants to be a cat, because a cat’s the only cat who knows where it’s at. Everybody’s pickin’ up on that feline beat, ‘cause everything else is obsolete. Now a square with a horn, can make you wish you weren’t born, ever’time he plays; and with a square in the act, he can setContinuar lendo “Centenário de Scatman Crothers (aka Scat Cat)”

Lena Horne (1917 – 2010)

. Stormy Weather (Andrew L. Stone, 1943) . Ziegfeld Follies – Segmento Love (Lemuel Ayers, 1945) . Cabin in the Sky (Vincente Minnelli, 1943) . Viva Las Vegas (Meet Me in Las Vegas, Roy Rowland, 1956) . Duke – O Máximo do Swing (The Duke Is Tops, William L. Nolte, 1938) . É bem estranhoContinuar lendo “Lena Horne (1917 – 2010)”

Sir John Dankworth (1927 – 2010)

Porque sires também fazem jazz, ora pois. Update: The Roulette Years – Parte 1 The Roulette Years – Parte 2 The Roulette Years – Parte 3 The Roulette Years – Parte 4 The Roulette Years – Parte 5 Collaboration! Parte 1 Collaboration! Parte 2 The Zodiac Variations – Parte 1 The Zodiac Variations – ParteContinuar lendo “Sir John Dankworth (1927 – 2010)”

Cem anos de Jean Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt

Este tem que ser comemorado mesmo. É favorito dos favoritos. Djangology (1936 – 1948) CD 01 – Georgia on my mind – 1936-1937 CD 02 – Sweet Georgia Brown – 1937 CD 03 – Minor Swing – 1937 CD 04 – Tea for Two – 1937-1938 CD 05 – Body and Soul – 1938-1940 CDContinuar lendo “Cem anos de Jean Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt”

Centenário de Art Tatum

Art Tatum numa jam com Tommy Dorsey, Jimmie Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, George Van Eps, Ray Bauduc, Ziggy Elman e Stuart Foster para o filme Os Fabulosos Dorseys – suas vidas, Suas Música (The Fabulous Dorseys, 1947) que obviamente trata sobre a vida dos irmãos Dorsey e, como se vê, tem uma trilha sonora de péssimaContinuar lendo “Centenário de Art Tatum”

Chris Connor (1927 – 2009)

Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland (1954) Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers (1954) This Is Chris (1955) Chris Connor (1956) All About Ronnie (1956) Ballads Of The Sad Cafe (1959) Chris Connor & Maynard Ferguson – Two’s Company (1960) Chris Connor & Maynard Ferguson – Double Exposure (1961) Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa NovaContinuar lendo “Chris Connor (1927 – 2009)”

Jammin’ the Blues (1944)

Hoje comemora-se o centenário de Lester Young e nada mais propício que assistir esta pérola dos anos 40, um curta musical comandado pelo lendário fotógrafo Gjon Mili em que aparecem além de Young, George ‘Red’ Callender, Harry Edison, Marlowe Morris, Sidney Catlett, Barney Kessel, Jo Jones, John Simmons, Illinois Jacquet, Marie Bryant, Archie Savage eContinuar lendo “Jammin’ the Blues (1944)”

Cem anos de Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman com apoio de Lionel Hampton, Mel Powell, Louie Bellson, Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Louis Armstrong e mais um punhado de gente boa em A Canção Prometida (A Song Is Born, Howard Hawks, 1948). Hawks era cheio dos remakes dos próprios filmes, o da vez é esta refilmagem de Bola de Fogo (Ball ofContinuar lendo “Cem anos de Benny Goodman”

Cem anos de Gene Krupa

Babs e Krup arrasando em Bola de Fogo (Ball of Fire, Howard Hawks, 1941) O problema do Gene Krupa é que ele não foi apenas um dos maiores bateristas de sempre (ou o melhor – singular?), o homem foi o baterista mais sexy desde que aqueles malditos homens da caverna começaram a bater pedras eContinuar lendo “Cem anos de Gene Krupa”