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Walters: gwallter’s top 10

May 14, 2021 3 Comments
Walters: gwallter’s top 10

Walter was already an old-fashioned forename in 1952, when my parents donated it to me.  To be fair, they were anxious about the commonness of my surname, and eager to load me with as many other names as they could, to avoid misidentification (later, my brother suffered the same fate).  By the time they reached […]

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Biscuits: gwallter’s top ten

August 28, 2020 4 Comments
Biscuits: gwallter’s top ten

In 1968, at the height of the student rebellion, Alethea Hayter published her influential book Opium and the English imagination.  In it she traced the critical role laudanum had on the creative work of Coleridge, De Quincey and other leaders of the English Romantic revolution.  I can’t make any such claims for the effects of […]

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Jazz recordings: gwallter’s top ten

March 27, 2020 2 Comments
Jazz recordings: gwallter’s top ten

A while ago I suggested ten favourite blues recordings you might try.  All of them were tracks I’d treasured, most for over forty years.  So here are ten more, this time old jazz favourites, in chronological order.  Actually, these are numbers three to twelve in my list, because my top choices, Billie Holiday and Lester […]

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Blues recordings: gwallter’s top 10

January 23, 2016 2 Comments
Blues recordings: gwallter’s top 10

  Richard ‘Rabbit’ Brown, James Alley blues, 1927 James Alley is in New Orleans.  Like Louis Armstrong Brown was a native of the Storyville district of that city.  He only recorded six songs, but this one, recorded in his home town, is a peach.  Brown was already in his late forties when he sang it, […]

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