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Following my post on Sonny Stitt two weeks ago, I received an email from reader Joel Lewis. In his note, Joel mentioned underground comic-book writer Harvey Pekar, whose life's struggles were the basis of American Splendor (2003), a must-see film starring Paul Giamatti. The point of Joel's note was to hip me to a series of ingenious frames from one of Pekar's strips that mentioned Stitt and his proclivity for cranking out similar-sounding albums in the 1960s and 1970s. (Pekar's latest book can be found at Amazon.) Here are the Stitt frames...
I love jazz because it’s what sounds
I was first exposed to jazz in my
parents household and in school
I appreciate many styles of jazz
and shy away from really outside
stuff. I enjoy relating to the
One of the best shows I ever
attended was 1975 Chick Corea’s
Return To Forever tour at an
intimate venue in downtown
The first jazz record I bought was
Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.
My advice to new listeners is try
several styles before you decide
what jazz is all about!
Listen to music daily and stay open