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Oscar Peterson, Exclusively for My Friends, vol. 2 – Girl Talk. Pausa, 1980 (RE: MPS, 1968).

photo 3In a stunning display of subversion, Oscar named this record after a sexist and dumb song about how ladies are only into babies and hairdos and talking shit about their friends, LOLOLOL broads are so trite and silly, am I right, fellas? (Oscar doesn’t believe these things; he’s being ironic with the title.) This is melodic, accessible piano beauty by the lifelong scandal- and heroin-free Mr. Peterson. Album resplendent with personnel photos on the back, including one of my boyfriend Sam Jones and one of Oscar smoking a pipe because men were men back then. #OscarPeterson #ExclusivelyForMyFriends #GirlTalk #RayBrown #LouisHayes #SamJones #BobbyDurham #PausaRecords  #HansGeorgBrunnerSchwer #balloons #WhiteDresses #Montreal #TheJamaicanDiaspora

 

The Ramsey Lewis Trio, Barefoot Sunday Blues. Argo, 1963 (LPS-723).

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What’s a sexier Don Bronstein-designed album cover than the Howlin’ Wolf one with just a rocking chair & guitar? NOTHING. NONE. That’s the sexiest one. It is his finest work. But I still went out & sat in some scratchy plants & hurt the back of my thighs for you guys just so I could pay tribute to this one – chosen because it’s Christmas, my uncle is visiting, and this is a nod of appreciation to him for first playing this record for me when I was little. I have since realized the C. Adderley version of the title track is better, but the piano playing on that version is not. (No hard feelings, Wynton Kelly! xo)