Monday, August 29, 2011

Peter Sellers Sings

The Indian road company of MFL

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Jeryy Leiber R.I.P.

My review of Leiber and Stoller's 2009 autobio


Pinky Winters sings Leiber and Stoller

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

. . .and Ross!

I've always believed that jazz singers should need a license to scat. As should be obvious from this clip, Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert passed their test with flying colors.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Disc o' the Day

Hear a complete track from From California With Love at

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Happy 100th, Lucy

Whenever I'm in a public space where I Love Lucy is being shown on a TV set---airport lounges, post offices etc.---almost always the entire assemblage (punks, Hassids, slackers, DINKs, et al) tends to come together as one, trading knowing laughter, nudging one another with elbows, etc. A truly shared, worldwide common cultural experience. Perhaps the only one! Just about everyone on the planet---dig those Russian subtitles---knows and loves Lucy (still on the air in more than 77 countries).

I still retain sense memory of seeing this episode on TV the first time it was aired. I was but mere protoplasm in Buster Brown Shoes, but I haven't ever laughed so hard before or since.

Thursday, August 04, 2011