Jaco’s Big Band

Hard to grasp the many side to Jaco’s talents, not to many people even know about his big band chops and the trail he blazed even in that arena…All that from a laid back Lauderdale FL dude, who would just a soon hang out all day and play in the living room with the rest of us local knuckle heads, as do anything ease…Hard not to miss him from time to time…


Sugar Ray Robinson vs Joey Maxim

Sugar Ray Robinson vs Joey Maxim…I worked with Joey Maxim on a construction site in Boca Raton Fl in 1972 … their was big kid who was a black belt in Karate always messing with Joey because he was punch drunk, and all beatin up, and old as hell…We told this kid to leave Joey alone…But no, he kept on playing with the man…Joey told me one morning he was getting a little pissed with this kid…Well, that morning the kid through a slap Joeys way, and punch drunk Joey Maxim laid a right cross on this face and sent him into the air, and about 10 from where he was standing…Moral of the story…You gotta be real stupid to play slap fight with a guy that took the light heavy weight title away from Sugar Ray Robinson…I mean Really!!! What was this kid thinkin…lol

Adrienne Lipkin…Richard’s Lounge

Adrienne Lipkin died yesterday in the hospital from multi organ failure…For all of us that knew Adrienne, I dont need to say much, other then she was a bright light in a world otherwise dominated in shadows. Her sense of humor was nothing short of a gift to anyone that had the blessing of knowing her… Theirs not to many Jazz musicians that dident play Richard’s Lounge in the early 70’s, accually, their weren’t any great players that dident play there, other then Miles. And all of them would smile ear to ear, even today, with a knee jerk reaction to remembering Adrienne and her pure, honest, loving sense of humor…The Chuck Mangione track always reminds me of  you girl…The world wont be the same without you…Smooth sailing good friend! Love you…

Lookout Farm, Dave Liebman, Frank Tusa, Rickie Bierack, Jeff Williams…

Lookout Farm…A good friend of mine (Drummer) Chris Braun and myself were on the phone shootin the breeze about the old days in N.Y.C. and the music we had all around us, and Lookout Farm came up in conversation. He sent me this video the next morning, and it blew me away. Sometime we take the people we knew real well for granted…This stuff is just plain smokin…The jazz world is pretty much like every other social echo system on the planet. Who’s who, whos not who, whos talking smack about who, and so on. But when all is said and done, the proof is in the puddin…And this puddin is real rich…Thanks Chris,

Martin Luther King Jr. (Hero)

In my mind we had three American heros that were sprouted here in this rich American soil we hold so dear to us… as we live in this tiny, tiny slice of time in human history where men and woman can express themselves without being hung, shot, or heads cut off for doing so, we have managed to cultivate a few great men in the process. Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, and I truly believe, if left to live, instead off being shot down like a dog for his compassion, and his heart that felt love for his fellow man, Robert Kennedy would have done great things in this country…So in memory of one of my heros, I give you this speech, in memory of Martin Luther King Jr… A true Profit of our time…This speech took great courage to make on so many levels…

The Barnyard Blues

  • I just got a message from one of my oldest and best friend, Ray Carlin, he told me to look at this video…We wrote this song 40 years ago wile sitting around smokin …stuff…A huge blast from the past!!! Ray must have don the art work, and posted the song…Way ta go Ray!!!

Albert Dailey

I was 16 years old, living in the back of a Jazz club in Lakewood N.J called Richard’s lounge where everyone in the bizz played…I met Albert Dailey there, he took a liken to me and invited me to the City to hang out with him and his girl friend for a few days. He was recording this record at his girls studio along with Wendy Carlos who at the time was the big gun behind the Moog Synth…I saw the very first Moog at their studio, IT WAS HUGE, after that Albert gave me 2 boxes of this album a pocket full of cash, train tickets, and an itineracy to stop in each city from NY to Florida to promote his album. It was a great experience for a 16 year old kid…After getting home the album began to change all my friends musical directions from hard rock to jazz in short order…Remember Mario, and Ray???…lol… Albert had a empty apartment in the City with a baby Grand in the living room, some dishes in the kitchen, a few bottles of booze on the counter top, and 5 or 6 locks on the door. He was a great guy and one of the finest piano players that jazz managed to turn out, he worked with Bird, Trane, and Stan Getz, just to name a few. His albums never did well, but he was one of the real deal jazz players in this country for sure…Seeing this album get some play even on Youtube…Priceless! Miss ya Albert.

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