• The early bird gets the Diz ...

    January 9, 2008

    I am not, by any stretch, a morning person. Working Doug Doyle's morning shift means a 3:30 a.m. wake-up for me. I feel much better getting to bed at 3:30 a.m. than I do getting up at 3:30 a.m., but, hey, I ain't complaining. (That's not why you read this blog, right?)

    But one of the great reasons for getting up so early is that I get to listen to Gary Walker in the morning. He mentioned on the air today that it was on this date (January 9) in 1945 that John Birks Gillespie first recorded "Salt Peanuts," one of the greatest jazz tunes ever written, in my opinion. (Composed by Diz and Kenny Clarke, whose birthday is today, by the way.) Jazz heads have heard Diz and Miles and many, many others play "Salt Peanuts," but a young friend, not a Jazz head, reminded me that "Salt Peanuts" was also the tune you hear in the bathroom fight scene from Jim Carrey's movie "Cable Guy." That is Owen Wilson on the receiving end. "You know, from this angle, you look just like Dizzy Gillespie." - David Cruz

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