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OT- Jack Sheldon - Trying to Get Good

David Loving

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I just discovered the dvd, "Trying to Get Good, the jazz odyssey of Jack Sheldon". Has anyone else seen it? It's a terrific movie - lots of old jazzers - west coast. Growing up I was a west coast fan, dave pell, shorty rogers, andre previn, shelley manne, Chet Baker, and Jack Sheldon. My favorite era. I think Sheldon channels a little Chet Baker in his sound, but it's his own sound. It's unforgettable. I was shocked to hear his sesame street stuff way back then, but, hey, it's a gig. He has done a lot of movie themes, sandpiper and some of Mancini's. His trumpet mentor is the guy whose trumpet is the Chinatown theme. Good motivator movie - makes me want to go practice for about 5 or 6 hours!
"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
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