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Ask Ken Archive: 2000-2002

September 21, 2004

That's All, Folks!


After almost four years of researching and answering reader questions about hard to find CDs and LPs, along with discography inquiries, I've decided to end Ask Ken. Perhaps I was the victim of my own success; initially, I was replying to as many as 15 to 20 questions within one monthly column. But the questions grew enormously in volume and became much more time-consuming to answer, while other writing demands grew as well. So I hope everyone enjoyed the column and forgive me if I didn't get to your question, but you are not alone!

In the works ...

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June 27, 2004

June 2004


Judith Holden of Encinitas, CA wrote:

What happened to Pinky Winters, a jazz singer during the late 1950s and early 1960s?


From the gaps in her discography, I guess Pinky Winters likely left music to pursue another career or raise a family. After the 1950s, she evidently did not record again until making the LP Let's Be Buddies with pianist Lou Levy and bassist Monty Budwig for the Jacqueline label in 1986, followed by a CD for Verve (issued only in France) called 'This Happy Madness,' with Levy again on piano, tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, bassist and cellist Eric ...

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May 28, 2004

May 2004


C. Bolling wrote:

My husband is trying to find an artist named Kenny Wagner. He used to be on the Sunnyside label. He was doing a song called East Meets West. He is having a heck of a time finding him or anything about him. Can you help? Thank you very much in advance for your help.

C. Bolling:

The artist your husband is looking for is pianist Kenny Werner, not Wagner. The Sunnyside CD he is seeking is called 'Uncovered Heart' and it is available through a number of major CD websites, including Barnes & Noble (, ...

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April 11, 2004

April 2004


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Ulf Sjogren wrote:

You can answer a question from one of our Scandinavian neighbors. Arto Repola: Where Fortune Smiles, can be found at: Sequel records, Castle music Ltd A29 Barwell Business Park, Leatherhead road Chessington Surrey KT9 2Ny.


Thanks for the update. It’s always harder for me to track European releases.

Cynthia wrote:

Aloha Ken, I have been looking for a CD of Cannonball Adderley's 1970's album: 'Love, Sex and the Zodiac.' Is ...

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March 7, 2004

March 2004


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Marty wrote:

Could you plese tell me if it is possible to buy a copy of 'The Complete Sam Rivers on Blue Note (Mosaic Records) set on cd or where I can get it. Thank you.


Because of the high demand for Mosaic's limited edition boxed sets, which seems to increase exponentially once they are out of print, most of those offered for sale seem to end up on ebay auction lists, as sellers are trying to maximize their return. You may find ...

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February 9, 2004

February 2004


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Thomas Stone wrote:

I hope you can help me. I am looking for, in any form, music by Richard Groove Holmes entitled ‘Onsaya Joy,’ which is the title cut on an album which was released between 1971-1973. It was released on the Flying Dutchman label, for which some of songs was recorded live. I have searched and searched but, no one has it. If you can find it, I am willing to pay whatever it takes to get it, no matter if it ...

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January 2, 2004

January 2004


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Several different readers, who didn’t always include their names, provided the following updates to earlier columns:

An unknown reader sent in this update:

In an answer to Jill Kotchon in your September column on the all about jazz website, you said that the Columbia recording Bob Brookmeyer and Friends was never released on CD. In fact it has been released in Europe on CD. I have a Dutch/French version, “Jazzotheque", COL 468413 2 I got in Tower Records in NYC at the time of ...

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December 2, 2003

December 2003


Carlos Schvartzman of Paraguay wrote:

I am a pro jazz musician (guitarist, pianist, composer, arranger, educator, orchestrator and conductor) from Paraguay. I have a worn out LP called “Maiden Switzerland", with an European Big-Band and featuring Mike Barone on trombone and doing most of the composing and arranging.

I have not been able to locate a CD with the same recording searching the internet. Could you please see if you could find it?

Thanks a lot and the best to you.


The reason you're having problems locating this title by the Barone-Burghardt Orchestra ...

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November 4, 2003

November 2003


Dr. Jeff Monroe from Italy wrote:

Ciao Ken. have written you some time ago. I am big fan of your column, us Jazz maniacs need a place to turn.

I am looking for Bud Powell's “Inner Fires" CD. I know it was released in the US by Discovery, but am looking for the Japanese versions (on Elektra/WEA,I beleive) with remastered (and much better, from what I hear) sound. Any ideas that won't cost me the farm or fattoria? Ditto for 'Introducing Joe Gordon' (Emarcy). Last one I promise, was Charles Tolliver's 'Paper Man' ever released on CD?

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October 27, 2003

June 2003


Jerry Dubinsky from Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada wrote:

I have the CD 'The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow' and would also like to obtain 'Fuerst Set' done at the same session. Where can I find it?


Although the personnel is identical on the two sessions you mentioned, as well as 'Second Set,' they are from different dates. Both 'Fuerst set' and 'Second Set' were private recordings made in the apartment of Ed Fuerst. They were finally released as LPs on the Xanadu label, but never were reissued on CD before the label folded. I have purchased both of these ...

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October 6, 2003

October 2003


To All Ask Ken Readers:

My June, July and August 2003 Ask Ken columns were lost when the All About Jazz web site was recently attacked by hackers, and I didn’t have backup copies for any of them. If you have possibly archived any of these columns on your computer please email them to me at .

Your assistance in restoring them to the site will be greatly appreciated! Ken Dryden

Bruce Tater from Campbell, TX wrote:

Here is a tough one to answer but kinda important to me. Back around 1945/46/47 ...

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September 29, 2003

September 2003


Jill Kotchon wrote:

My father is looking for an album that has Skylark performed by Stan Getz with Bob Brookmeyer. He doesn't know the name of the album, just that Skylark was one of the tracks. I checked on, and all I found was the Stan Getz/Bob Brookmeyer album, but it didn't have Skylark. I also found a recording on WinMX that was Stan Getz and Dave Brubeck, supposedly from an album called All That Jazz- It's So Cool. I checked on the Internet, and found no mention of this album. I also found Skylark by Stan Getz on ...

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May 12, 2003

May 2003


Mike Christopher from St. Augustine, FL wrote:

I have a question regarding Jazz musician Doug Carn, who performed in Philly with McCoy Tyner. During the week long celebration did Doug Carn receive a congressional achievement award for his contributions to jazz? Some say he did, others say he did not. We just want to set the record straight. Thanks for your help.


Evidently, Doug was one of a couple dozen jazz musicians to be recognized by Congress for their lifetime achievements. Here's a link to a page that mentions it:


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April 18, 2003

April 2003


Ted Brown from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

When and where was the jazz singer Barbara Morrison born?


Female artists are frequently reluctant to list their year of birth, however, Barbara Morrison's official web site ( states that she was born and raised in and around Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Yesi of New York, NY wrote:

I’m looking for the album which contains the song “Everything Happens to Me," with Sonny Stitt on vocals and Dizzy Gillespie on the trumpet. Can you help? Thank you so much.


That particular track ...

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