Posts Tagged ‘Roy Eldridge’

Chetspeak on Sunday

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February 7th, 2016 Posted 7:11 am

I ran onto the loading dock. Still some light left and I could see Peanut clearly. She was on the ground, walking toward the perp’s old – what was the word? – jalopy. That was it. She walked over to the jalopy, lifted one of her huge round feet and stomped down, crushing the whole front end. Why? I had no idea, but I liked it, liked it a whole lot. Then Peanut raised her trunk high and blew a beautiful trumpeting sound up toward the darkening sky. I loved that trumpeting sound – as good as Roy Eldridge or better – and was hoping for more, when the baboon blew right by me with a whoosh of air, flew out into the night and disappeared from view, although not before I saw that he had the sombrero.

I jumped down onto the ground and went over to Peanut. This was the Peanut Case, meaning she was my responsibility. First I had to get her attention. That probably meant waiting until she’d finished crushing the jalopy’s back end. It didn’t take long.

– from TO FETCH A THIEF.

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Chet And Bernie Music (1)

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January 13th, 2012 Posted 9:05 am

“Someone was unfamiliar with If You Were Mine?” Admin says.

“So here it is,” Spence says. “If You Were Mine, by Johnny Mercer and Matty Malneck, with Billie Holiday on vocals and an all-star band. The understated and brilliant pianist is Teddy Wilson, and that’s Roy Eldridge on trumpet at the end – you’ll see why that trumpet does things to Chet. The year – 1936, probably when she was at the height of her powers.”

For Molly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7Pa4pv3x3k

Welcome Finn McCool. Beary – please retry.

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Bernie’s Playlist (1): If You Were Mine

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October 16th, 2011 Posted 9:14 am

Music by Matt Malneck, lyrics Johnny Mercer. Teddy Wilson on piano (and bandleader), vocal Billie Holiday, and the trumpet that takes it out is Roy Eldridge (Admin once saw him play, front table in a small club; requested More Than You Know).

Welcome High Hopes, Cocoa & Carmel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE929BM2PKc

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The Life

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September 15th, 2010 Posted 7:56 am

We drove away from Cactus Heights, Lt. Stine, ambulance, crime scene tape, all that.

“The hard part is going to be keeping Ray out of this,” Bernie said.

And if he said it, I believed it, a good thing, because I’d been thinking that the hard part for me was trying to remember what was going on with the case, and now I didn’t have to worry about that.

Bernie sighed. “Guess it’s time for us to head for L.A.,” he said. “Not my favorite place, and it’s going to raise Bob’s bill, but what choice do we have?”

I didn’t know. Soon we were on a freeway, driving toward the sun, which was sinking in the sky and getting bigger and redder as it did. Loved seeing that! Bernie switched on the music. Billie Holiday and If You Were Mine, Roy Eldridge on trumpet. That trumpet did things to me, hard to describe. This was the life.

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