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Bob Dorough & Friends: Through the Years

By Published: December 6, 2006
Dorough, Frishberg, Sheldon, and Dearie have all continued to perform well into their senior years. Such longevity is perhaps their reward for having the courage to pursue music of the soul and not the trend of the moment. In his book The War of Art, author Steven Pressfield offers the definition of a "hack" with respect to authors, a lesson he learned from fellow writer Robert McKee. "A hack is a writer who second guesses his audience. When the hack sits down to work, he doesn't ask himself what's in his own heart. He asks what the market is looking for." In a nutshell, a hack is a sellout.

This group will never be accused of being hacks.

Blossom Dearie Jamie Cullum and Diana Krall are among the contemporary artists that have brought Dorough- and Frishberg-penned tunes to the attention of a new generation of listeners.

So as I awaited the premier of Schoolhouse Rock by a local grammar school drama club earlier this year, I was struck with the sense of continuity of the moment. The joy of discovery by a new generation that knows only of these artists through DVD compilations is gratifying to those of us who grew up on the genre. Schoolhouse Rock seems to be a favorite of local live theater productions these days for one simple reason—the music has such timeless and universal appeal.

For those of us who are fortunate enough to have known the multi-faceted careers of these artists beyond Schoolhouse Rock, every recording has been a fresh and imaginative adventure—through the years.

Selected Discography

Bob Dorough, Small Day Tomorrow (Candid, 2006)

Dave Frishberg, Retromania: At the Jazz Bakery (Arbors, 2006)
Bob Dorough, Sunday at Iridium (Arbors, 2004)
Dave Frishberg, Do You Miss New York? Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center (Arbors, 2003)
Blossom Dearie, Live in London (Harkit, 2003)
Bob Dorough/Dave Frishberg, Who's on First (Blue Note, 2000)
Blossom Dearie, I'm Hip (Sony, 1998)
Bob Dorough, Right on My Way Home (Blue Note, 1997)
Dave Frishberg, Double Play (Arbors, 1992)
Blossom Dearie, Songs of Chelsea (Daffodil, 1988)
Bob Dorough, That's the Way I Feel Now: A Tribute to Thelonious Monk (A&M, 1984)
Dave Frishberg, Live at Vine Street (OJC, 1984)
Dave Frishberg, Getting Some Fun Out of Life (Concord, 1977)
Dave Frishberg, Oklahoma Toad (CTI, 1970)
Blossom Dearie, Blossom Time at Ronnie Scott's (Verve, 1966)
Bob Dorough, Excurusion Through Songs from the Hit Show Oliver! (Classic Jazz, 1963)
Blossom Dearie, Give Him the Ooh-La-La (Verve, 1958)
Bob Dorough, Yardbird Suite (Bethlehem, 1956)

Photo Credits:
Top Photo (Bob Dorough): Brian O'Connor
Center Photo (Dave Frishberg): Uncredited

Bottom Photo (Blossom Dearie): Courtesy of Blossom Dearie

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