A Blog Supreme
6:38 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: April 20, 2012

Cover art detail from Jazz Samba, released 50 years ago today.
Verve Records

Here's what we posted on this date two years ago, while snickering like a teenager.

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Music News
4:35 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

For Sale: A Record Store For The Ages

Murray Gershenz at work during the filming of Music Man Murray.
Richard Parks

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 9:46 am

There is a music store for sale in Los Angeles. It has old, sagging shelves stuffed with hundreds of thousands of recordings, from wax cylinders to 8-track tapes to LPs and CDs. The man who has owned the business since 1962 is Murray Gershenz.

"I wasn't earning enough money to support my family, so I decided to get some extra income by putting my record collection up for sale," Gershenz tells NPR's Scott Simon. "I opened the store, built some shelves with the help of a rabbi friend of mine and, little by little, the music took over."

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Deceptive Cadence
3:57 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Tokyo String Quartet Will Bid Farewell

Christian Ducasse courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:01 pm

It's time to say goodbye: After more than 40 years, the members of Tokyo String Quartet have decided they will disband at the end of the 2012-13 season.

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Mountain Stage
3:25 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Band On Mountain Stage

Levon Helm and The Band performed on Mountain Stage in 1996.
Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 5:01 pm

I first heard Levon Helm's voice in 1968, on The Band's album Music From Big Pink. Ray Wylie Hubbard turned me on to the record when I came home to Dallas from college that summer. I was immediately drawn into a sound that was unlike anything I'd ever heard. "The Weight" became my favorite song.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:14 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Music Man Murray: What's A Guy To Do With A Half-Million Records?

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:23 pm

You're about to see a fascinating film about Music Man Murray and his obsession: records, hundreds of thousands of records. I relate well to the obsession, and could have wound up traveling down similar roads. In fact, years ago I obsessively traced the history of The Beach Boys' never-released yet legendary album Smile. One interview took me to the home of arranger and lyricist Van Dyke Parks.

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