Friday, October 29, 2010

I drove a gentleman home from the VA to the foot of Mt. Trashmore, the restored landfill in Riverview, Michigan. Sadly the ski lifts are gone and it is just a golf course now. Next to Riverview Highlands is this unusual building, which turned out to be transmitters for WJR.

From WJR's webpage:

"The station switched from NBC to CBS in 1935 and constructed a fifty-thousand-watt transmitter in Riverview, 16 miles south of Detroit (the 733-foot tower later fell in November of 1940 due to strong winds and was replaced with a 700-foot tower)."

The station has quite a history, but I think the late J.P. McCarthy must be spinning in his grave if he is picking up the constant pseudo-political invective that comes out of the station now.

Today's musical selection is Lalo Schifrin's Scheherazade Fantasy, from the 2001 album Intersections, thanks to Imitonios. This is a medley of themes from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade arranged from orchestra, big band, and jazz soloists.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Big cabbie weekend for the UM-MSU football game. This may be the perfect cab trip:
I dropped off at the stadium and started to do a u-turn to go north on Main and a lady flagged me down. She jumped in the cab and told me to take her to an address on Plymouth Road, but then she said, "Wait, I don't have the keys - never mind!", handed me $5, and jumped out of the cab. I said to myself, "it doesn't get much better, people wave you down, hop in the cab, hand you money and jump back out."

Here is Andre Previn with the Shorty Rogers Orchestra from RCA Victor LPM-1146, "Lullaby of Birdland, 12 DIFFERENT Interpretations by 12 Modern Arrangers Played by 12 Exciting Jazz Groups", playing "Lullaby of Birdland". The personnel is:

Andre Previn - piano
Shorty Rogers - flugelhorn
Bob Cooper - English horn
Bud Shank - flute
Jimmy Guiffre - Baritone saxophone
Milt Bernhart - trombone
Jack Marshall - guitar
Joe Mondragon - bass
Shelly Manne - drums

the question is, who is the alto sax soloist?