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"Good taste for a young girl"
Or so the nice man told me when I bought a stack of his records:

Julie Felix, "Going to the Zoo" and "The World Goes Round and Round"
Joan Baez, "Hits/Greatest and others"
Fairport Convention, "Nine"
Muddy Waters, "Hoochie Coochie Man"
Cannonball Adderley &c, "The Cannonball Adderley Sextet in New York"
Count Basie, "Basie's Beatle Bag"
Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn, "Swing Masters Cottontail"
Leadbelly, "The Saga of Leadbelly"

I guess I'm flattered to be told I have good taste, but it does strike me as rather silly to say that somebody has good taste for their age. How old do you have to be before you can think "I like this music"? Yes, yes, I know you have to be at least 40 to understand jazz, but you can enjoy it at 4. (Though, obviously, at 4 you're not going to be going round to strange men's houses and buying their LPs.)

Maybe at some point I should write something about my evolving musical tastes. Perhaps choose an album for each year of my life, or something, though it'd be a bit contrived because I can't actually remember what I was listening to each year of my life. ... Or maybe I should examine the fluff in my navel some more first.

I need a music icon.

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nja From: nja Date: September 11th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought I'd bought one of those on my recent trip to London, but it was the Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago - which was actually the Miles Davis Sextet without Miles (Coltrane, Adderley, Kelly, Chambers, Cobb). I had no idea it even existed, sometimes browsing in a proper record shop is better than doing everything online.

Is the Ellington/Strayhorn one piano duets, or the Ellington band?
j4 From: j4 Date: September 11th, 2004 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
sometimes browsing in a proper record shop is better than doing everything online.

Definitely! Mind you, this wasn't even a proper record shop; this was by-appointment in some random Chemistry professor's living-room, as he was trying to make space by selling off the disposable section of his record collection (all 4 large boxes of it).

The Ellington/Strayhorn is piano duets. And it's amazing.
nja From: nja Date: September 12th, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
David Hajdu's Lush Life, a biography of Billy Strayhorn, is well worth reading. Ellington was a very strange man in a lot of ways, and he had a strongly paternalistic relationship with everyone in the orchestra and BS in particular, which they didn't seem to mind at times, but could be stifling. I don't think Ellington recorded enough as a musician rather than a bandleader, and Strayhorn likewise.
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: September 11th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it's not a comment on your age per se but rather on his perception of the cultural milieu you probably encountered as a natural consequence of being born in 1970-mumble or whenever That Event took place.

"Basie's Beatle Bag" ? (Referred to Raised Eyebrows Department who will monitor for reviews of same). The rest sounds, well, in fraightfully good taste for anyone of any age. ;-)
j4 From: j4 Date: September 11th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cultural milieu -- mm, I suppose. It just seems a bit of a funny thing to say.

"Basie's Beatle Bag" ... well, some bits are better than others. Really I just wanted to add it to my collection of Beatles oddities. It's better than the Beatles Concerto, anyway.
kaberett From: kaberett Date: September 11th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Because I'm really quite a sad person and have way too much time on my hands, I made this which you probably won't even like and/or use :P

(wait, that sounds guilt-trippy, doesn't it? You're under no obligation to use it *g*)
j4 From: j4 Date: September 12th, 2004 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Coo. That's very nifty -- & thank you for taking the time to make it! -- but I sort of wanted to make something myself... I really hope you won't be offended.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: September 13th, 2004 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm considering getting a more general music icon, because this one seems a bit odd for enthusing about Wagner, frex.
kaberett From: kaberett Date: September 13th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Nahh.. I was up late anyway having a depressing conversation with someone, it was a pleasant distraction.
From: besskeloid Date: September 12th, 2004 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I need a music icon.

Will that do?
j4 From: j4 Date: September 12th, 2004 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha! Nice. But, I dunno, not quite me somehow. I sort of wanted to make something myself ... and have been trying just now (will post results).
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