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    Interview: Ralph Carmichael (Part 2)

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    Screen shot 2011-04-06 at 8.07.32 PMRalph Carmichael likes to arrange strings in clusters. This technique allows him to take the largest possible group of violins, violas and cellos and, by bunching them into groups and voicing them as mini ensembles, he ensures richness and clarity without clutter and sweetness. For Ralph, the goal always is to create a luminous frame for singers and not let the arrangement become cute or shmaltzy.

    JazzSnap: Harry James ('43)

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    That's Harry James tuning up the fiddle, along with members of his 1943 orchestra. Upon enlargement, I could make out the string charts on the stand: Dancing in the Dark (left) and I Remember You. Clockwise from the upper left-hand corner is saxophonist Sam Marowitz, first violinist Sam Caplan, James and vocalist Helen Forrest, probably in Hollywood.

    Music of the South

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    Screen shot 2011-03-27 at 5.50.39 PMYou are about to see a video clip of an important jazz film that hasn't been viewed by the general public in about 50 years. It's at the bottom of this post. Most people aren't even aware that the film exists, and the clip was put up yesterday on YouTube by Raymond De Felitta [pictured], director of Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris, City Island and other superb films.

    Joe Morello Said It

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    Images-1Joe Morello, long-time drummer in the Dave Brubeck Quartet,  died on March 12. He was 82.

    In Doug Ramsey's superb book, Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond, Doug writes of the song Take Five's origin: "Morello said that in concert he used to go into 5/4 time in the drum break of a Brubeck piece called Sounds of the Loop, which the group recorded in 1956 on its album Jazz Impressions of the USA."

    JazzSnap: Herb Ellis (mid-'40s)

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    AaBetty's-Jazz-Ellis-Herb-NYC-Bettys-PhotoHere's guitarist Herb Ellis in the mid-1940s, probably in New York while he was with Jimmy Dorsey's band. It's another one of  Betty's fabulous snapshots taken of famous jazz musicians and sent along by her friend Chris. Betty has donated all of her photos, including this one, to Rutgers University's Institute of Jazz Studies. But since she and Chris also are JazzWax readers, they wanted you to see them, too.

    Want more JazzSnaps? Go to the right-hand column of JazzWax and scroll down to "JazzSnaps" for links.

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