I heard a version of "The Sidewinder" the other day on the radio that sounded live and was at least ten minutes long. Do you know what CD this version appears on?
Cindy Lou from Grand Rapids
Hello Doll Face,
It was a gorgeous July day. I think it was 1970; I remember because I had just gotten over the firstand onlywoman who ever broke my heart. Like a lotta other guys tryin' to get over a dame, I hit the road (and the bottle). Hard and often.
Seems like everybody eventually winds up in California. Me too, outside a club near Hermosa Beach, nursin' my double (straight-up, neat). Swappin' stories with this cat, turns out to be Lee Morgan. Turns out he's waitin' for the owner to finalize a deal for Lee's band to turn this guy's club inside out. The owner comes out, the deal gets done, and I had the pleasure of watchin' my new friend Lee, saxophonist Bennie Maupin, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Jymie Merrit and drummer Mickey Roker perform at the Lighthouse for three straight nights. You're lookin' for one of those nights, Cindy Lou, and they're on Blue Note's Lee Morgan Live At The Lighthouse (35228).
And if ya don't mind my askin'... Cindy Lou Who?
Who wrote the song "One Mint Julep" and what site is good for finding author/composers of songs?
Do you mind if I call you Double R? Didn't think so.
Your question spun me out on a road trip. That's okay, man; no sweat. I'm writin' it off... anyway, I headed for the Big Greasy and a little out of the way bar off Dauphine that serves Juleps so cold they'll put you on a respirator. After my third it came to me. The song "One Mint Julep" was penned by a cat named Rudolph Toombs (who checked out in 1964). I had heard Ray Charles play it in Berlin when I was over there searchin' for a lost Bach (J.S., that is) manuscript.
When I got home I asked my girl Lulu to run a (web) beat on sources of songs and composers. Bingo! Up popped the The Jazz Vocal Resource. It's a wealth of information and just what the doctor ordered. Give 'er a try.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.