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Samuel Langhorne Clemens
(November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)
"I have learned that there lies dormant in the souls of all men a penchant for some particular musical instrument, and an unsuspected yearning to learn to play on it, that are bound to wake up and demand attention some day. Therefore, you who rail at such as disturb your slumbers with unsuccessful and demoralizing attempts to subjugate a fiddle, beware! for sooner or later your own time will come." — Mark Twain
Minor Basement Pop Miracle
Surely the coolest high school music teacher ever, William M. Lastomirsky gathered some of his students together in 1977 to record some songs he'd written. With zero pretension and a million miles of heart, this utterly beguiling collection of home-taped mini-masterpieces was the result.
Various ~ "Beat Jazz: Pictures from the Gone World"
(Blog: Twilight Zone!)
From the album: Tick Tock Sick (mp3) by Jim Henson
No grotto-lurking, bongo-spanking, non-sequitur-spewing hipster should be caught unmedicated without a copy of this madly suave tribute to swankness. While Corso, Rexroth and Kerouac flip their lips, Slim Gaillard, Moondog and Coleman Hawkins will make you shake your hips.
Carioca & Sua Orquestra ~ Samba...Oba!"
(Blog: Toque Musical)
Put Fruit on Your Head and Shimmy
For this release in Imperial's Percussônica series, a studioful of top-flight blowers and bangers—under the direction of the vaunted conductor/arranger Maestro Carioca— produce a dozen brief but bodacious nuggets of big-band instrumental samba. Carioca was considered square by some during the Tropicália era. We link, you decide.
Tito Rodriguez ~ "Back Home in Puerto Rico"
(Blog: Basement Rug)
From the album: Se Te Acabo el Jamón (mp3)
El Orgullo de Santurce
The clean, precise enunciation of vocalist Tito Rodriguez has always sent chills, whether fronting bands led by Noro Morales, Xavier Cugat or with his own all-star-infused orchestras. While on this 1962 album the instrumental star is a young Eddie Palmieri, Tito's singing is front and center, delivering the chart-toppers “Cuando, Cuando,” and “Cara De Payaso.”
Various ~ "All Day Thumbsucker Revisited:
The History of Blue Thumb Records"
(Blog: Never Get Out of the Boat)
Can't Suck Enough
It didn't last much more than six years, but the renegade L.A. record label Blue Thumb lumbered far and wide across the musical landscape leaving a trail of highly satisfying if unprofitable records in its wake. All Day Thumbsucker Revisited is a two-disc retrospective of the label's idiosyncratic assortment of non-hits from the likes of Sun Ra, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Sylvester, and Captain Beefheart, whose Strictly Personal was the label's first release in 1968.
Toumani Diabate – Joanna Newsome = Dorothy Ashby
Long before settling into a comfortable life doing West Coast session work for artists like Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, and Earth Wind & Fire, jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby was an enormously inventive, deeply swinging improviser. At the time she made this record (released by Argo in 1962) Ashby was the host of a jazz radio show in Detroit.
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