Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tina Turner, 77 today. With Zappa here.

Tina Turner is 77 today. "At 1:55, right after the chorus, Zappa plays a long guitar solo. Then, there's a complex middle section with vocals (performed by Tina Turner & The Ikettes, uncredited) backed by percussion, singing some of the verses. Zappa follows singing the last verses and finally there's the coda, where the line from the chorus ("Moving to Montana soon...," sung by Tina Turner and the Ikettes) is repeated constantly and answered by a high-pitched "Yippy-Aye-O-Ty-Ay" (sung by Kin Vassy). This goes on until it fades out towards the six-and-a-half minute mark.
Of the Ikettes' harmonies, Zappa later said:
It was so difficult, that one part in the middle of the song "Montana", that the three girls rehearsed it for a couple of days. Just that one section. You know the part that goes "I'm pluckin' the ol' dennil floss..."? Right in the middle there. And one of the harmony singers got it first. She came out and sang her part and the other girls had to follow her track. Tina was so pleased that she was able to sing this that she went into the next studio where Ike was working and dragged him into the studio to hear the result of her labour. He listened to the tape and he goes, "What is this shit?" and walked out"."

Louis Armstrong - After you`ve gone, recorded on this date (1929)

Duke Ellington-I´m Just Lucky So And So, Recorded on this date, 1945

Ko-Ko-Charlie Parker, recorded on this date 1945

Friday, November 25, 2016


Had Descending Moonshine Dervishes, Terry Riley's live recording from November 1975, on the stereo this morning and we all just tripped out the entire rest of the day. How he managed to retune the Yamaha YC 45D combo organ to just intonation is anyone's guess. Aha, of course, not true, as these days everything is on the internet: "Yamaha YC-25D/YC-45D:
Remove the two screws securing the top These are underneath the organ, one on either side. The two closest to the back of the organ release the top. Lift the top up and find the oscillator board. If it's a transistor oscillator model, it will have 12 tuning coils on it. In the YC-20, it's mounted on the control board
On the YC-25D and YC-45D, it's in the card cage, the board closest to the pedal compartment. Remove the two screws securing the board. If it doesn't lift right out, but gets caught against the back of the cabinet, you may have to remove the two large screws securing the card cage, and nudge that end of the whole cage forward slightly, so the oscillator board will clear the back of cabinet. Be very careful of the wires. There are no dangerous voltages in this area, but you don't want to accidentally break one. You may also have to bend back the wire-tie securing the wire bundle to the front of the card, so that bundle can drop down the side of the card as you lift it out of the cage.
The oscillator coils are arranged as follows:
top of card, facing the coils.
| _ | _ | _
G D A E B F#
_ | _ | _ |
C# G# D# A# F C
If you're using a metal hex key, the pitch of the oscillator will drop about 5 cents with the key fully inserted into the coil, so tune it 5 cents flat, and it should be almost dead on when you remove the key
You'll need a 7/64" Allen wrench"
So there you have it folks. How Terry Riley tuned his Yamaha YC-45D.

Etta Jones, born on this date, 1928

♠ Paul Desmond born on this date 1924

Nat Adderley, born on this date, 1931