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Great article. I wrote a piece on what I feel is Ernie's connection with Monk, so I'm glad to see someone else see's it!erniekovacs.blogspot.com/2011/11/ernie-kovacs-and-thelonious-monk.htmlAl QuagliataErnie Kovacs Dot Net: A Tribute To Television's Original Genius: www.erniekovacs.netThe Ernie Kovacs Blog: erniekovacs.blogspot.com
Re Stan Getz's album "Focus" all strings no rhythm section arranged by Eddie Sauter (Suter/Finnagin orchestra) if for some reason you haven't heard it and your a fan of the music----HEARING it is a must!!!!!! I knew and hung with Stan when he would come to Los Angeles in the early 60s ( Julies Brother Maurry Stein) ya I know- Julie changed his name spelling to Styne - any way if you're a Stan Fan you know that he would squeak on his ax a lot in the 60s-Reason, some one stole his mouth piece (not a lawyer) and he was unable to find one that he dug---so as far as the occasional squeak -he said f**k it and played on. Mort
Mort Weiss?? You're AMAZING!
SUGGESTED VIEWING:The Ernie Kovacs Collection Volume Two Eighteen months ago I wrote a review on my blog for a DVD box set called "The Ernie Kovacs Collection". Just last week the Shout Factory released volume two. It's every bit as good (although not quite as comprehensive) as Volume One. Kovacs was one of the twentieth century's most visionary comedians. On top of that, the man was a scream. Sadly, his importance as a visual artist was not fully appreciated until decades after his death in a 1962 automobile accident. This set is essential viewing for any self-respecting fan of Ernie Kovacs. If you order it off of Shout's website, you will receive a bonus disc not available in the stores, eight installments of Ernie's absudist game show, Take a Good Look. Think of it as What's My Line meets Dada: Here's a link to purchase it:shoutfactory.com/?q=node/216074Early in his career, he would close his programs by telling the audience at home, "It's been real!", a phrase he coined. He was a bit of a paradox in that respect. Ernie Kovacs was the real deal alright - and television's first surrealist. Go figure
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