Real Book Monday

Real Book Monday: Green Dolphin(e) Street

Talk about a movie song that outlasted its source material. Type “Green Dolphin Street” into the YouTube search bard, and you’ll get 140,000+ results. Statisically speaking, approximately one out of every five people born since 1930 will, at some point, record this song.

And yet, not a lot of people remember the 1947 movie starring Lana Turner for which this was the title theme. The New York Times certainly was not impressed at the time, calling it “a glamorized illustration of a turgid adventure yarn.” The plot, in a nutshell: Lana Turner and Donna Reed play sisters in love with the same man; he gets drunks and winds up proposing to the wrong sister. My exhaustive 10 minutes of Google research failed to uncover how the titular boulevard factors into the story line.

To me, it always seemed highly unlikely that a street by that name could actually exist. I could easily imagine a developer with a fondness for aquatic fauna naming a street “Dolphin”, but who ever heard of a green dolphin? Pink dolphins, sure…but green?

None of this, of course, explains why the Real Book copyist thought that D-O-L-P-H-I-N was spelled with an “e”.

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Published: May 20, 2014 | Comments: 0

Real Book Monday: But Beautiful

I can’t help but think that Freddie Hubbard must have had a better copy to work with, but I could be wrong.

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Published: May 12, 2014 | Comments: 0

Real Book Monday – Mysterious Traveler

There was a time when I spent a lot of energy trying to convince myself that I liked Weather Report. It seemed as aif you couldn’t call yourself a jazz afficionado if you didn’t. Duuude…Weather Report’s like a jazz supergroup! Joe Zawinul! Wayne Shorter! Frickin’ Jaco, man – JACO!!! My reaction now…

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Published: November 18, 2013 | Comments: 1

Real Book Monday – Freedom Jazz Dance

Hey, Boss? I finished copying “Freedom Jazz Dance.” You wanted it transposed for Bb Instruments, right?

Right. What did you draw it on a grand staff for?! No Piano player is gonna be reading this!

Uh, well…the bottom staff has the chord symbols. It’s um…clearer that way?

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Published: November 11, 2013 | Comments: 1