Wonderful Tunes Provided By Friends. Wild Tangents Provided By Me.

For some reason, the words “a very special episode” are inextricably linked with mental images of a drunken Scott Baio in my adolescent hindbrain. Perhaps this marvelous clip will finally dislodge the nightmarish visions. “Afro Blue” was composed by Mongo Santamaria in 1959 with lyrics by Oscar Brown Jr. It’s been recorded many times but Coltrane’s version is the most famous.

The show “Jazz Casual” ran on the NET network from 1960 to 1968. The complete series used to be available on DVD but it’s out of print now and you can’t even get used copies on Amazon or eBay. That’s a shame because I’d love to see it!  Ah well, at least there are You Tube clips and if I keep watching the net long enough I’m sure a set will turn up.


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