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'Better Call Saul' Songbook S4, Ep 4 'Talk'

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 08:33 AM Written by

 

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NO SPOILERS: Better Call Saul Season 4, Episode 4, titled "Talk," won't be summarized here, consistent with our no-spoilers policy. But enough can be said about the two songs heard in the number, one at the beginning, the other at the end.

Aretha And The Guitarists: 1967-1969

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 08:15 AM Written by

 

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Duane Allman and Aretha in the studio

Aretha Franklin, throughout her career, recorded with stellar jazz and rock musicians.  From 1967, when she began her phenomenal run of hit R&B singles on Atlantic Records under producer and Atlantic VP Jerry Wexler, through 1969, she had three memorable moments with equally memorable guitarists, two of whom became iconic in their own right.

Podcast: Three More Forgotten Pittsburgh Jazz Greats

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 11:04 AM Written by

 

Aretha Franklin: The Legacy Of Lady Soul

Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:00 PM Written by

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Aretha Franklin, who died today at 76 after on-off health issues, was descended from musical royalty that determined the direction of her life. Though born in Memphis, daughter of Mississippi Delta-born Reverend C. L. Franklin, she made her name in Detroit, where her father became a per-eminent African-American preacher and social activist, his sermons so charismatic some were released on record. Realizing his daughter's talents, he supported her desire to sing, so much so that she made her first gospel album at 14, for JVB Records, the same label that released his own sermons.

It's impossible to hit everyone's favorites here, so I've tried to honor history with some memorable live performances.

Pittsburgh Jazz Legends 23: Frank Cunimondo

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:02 PM Written by

 

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Frank Cunimondo is a Pittsburgh piano treasure still active today. Cunimondo, born in 1934, began studying piano at age six. It didn't hurt he later attended Westinghouse High School, the jazz incubator that would produce Erroll Garner, Ahmad Jamal and Billy Strayhorn. Playing jazz professionally as early as age 13, he eventually worked at clubs around the country as well as at Pittsburgh's legendary Crawford Grill, Hurricane and other celebrated clubs.

He spent time working in Manhattan but eventually returned to Pittsburgh, where he teaches both privately and at Pitt, and formerly taught at Duqusene and authored two books on jazz.

A long-unseen video from the summer of 1963 recently unearthed (it was in Cunimondo's mother's closet) chronicles his his guest appearnce on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson from New York. At the time Carson was in his first year hosting the show. It's worth noting no kinescopes or videos of the earliest 1962 Carson shows exist, only still photos from his premiere program exist.

He's given a buildup by Tonight bandleader Skitch Henderson (Doc Severinsen's predecessor), who'd led the band on the original Tonight Show starring Steve Allen. Carson himself was no slouch when it came to jazz, being an amateur drummer. It's worth noting Frank's absolute command of the keyboard, stunning, but to Pittsburghers in the know, hardly a surprise.  

Cunimondo's latest album, Epilogue, is due next Friday (August 24) from MCG Jazz.

1963: "Stella By Starlight" from The Tonight Show.

1969: "Gentle One" from his LP Communication with Spider Rondinelli, drums; Ron Fudoli, bass;

1971: "Feelin' Good" with Lynn Marino, vocal. From The Frank Cunimondo Trio introducing Lynn Marino. Mike Taylor, bass; Roger Humphries, drums.

1975: "Sambanova" from his LP Sagittarius. Lenny Rogers, drums; Ray Russell, bass;

1975: "Eleanor Rigby" in the fusion groove he embraced in later years, from the album A Top Shelf Collection.

March 18, 2012: Live at a Pittsburgh Jazz Society concert, introduced by Tony Mowod, Pat Crossley, bass.

July 2018: "Peace" (a Horace Silver tone) at The Omni William Penn with Pat Crossley, bass

 

RIP Rockabilly Pioneer Lorrie Collins-1942-2018

Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:13 PM Written by

 

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Lawrencine "Lorrie" Collins, one of rockabilly's true female pioneers, died in Las Vegas Saturday at 76, the victim of medical complications after a fall.

New (And Old) Jim Lauderdale Reviewed: PG Music Podcast

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 01:42 PM Written by

 

'Better Call Saul' Songbook: S4, Ep 1 "Smoke"

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 06:53 AM Written by

 

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NO SPOILERS (except this sentence). The premiere episode of Saul began with a flash-forward showing Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman in his new life as "Gene Takavic," manager of a Cinnabon in an Omaha, Nebraska mall. A 1939 Ink Spots favorite, "Address Unknown," the lead vocal by Bill Kenny, served as the musical soundtrack for that scene.

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