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Blight of the Fumble Bee (Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan Cover) ft. Lucas Pino | Dynamic Duos Ep 32 - YouTube


First, I need to say a HUGE thank you to Lucas Pino for taking the time to experiment with me on this new duet! This Gerry Mulligan tune “Blight of the Fumble Bee” is featured on “Two of a Mind” featuring Gerry alongside Paul Desmond! A killer record. 


A few years back Lucas and I did a little tour out to Arizona, and played this tune almost every night! It’s always fun to revisit some material you performed in the past and spruce it up again!


It’s a blues in two 6 bar phrases, check it out...


See ya back here next week!


- Nick


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Pannonica Featuring Or Bareket!

One of my all time favorite album’s has got to be Chick Corea’s “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs”  - an amazing adventure from start to finish. It’s an exploration of the lines between playing “inside” the form of a tune, and going beyond. On the reissue of the original LP onto CD, there are a few tunes not included on the initial release. One of those tunes is Thelonious Monk’s “Pannonica.” 


Chick’s version was the first version that I listened to, and compared to the original, it’s a bit more up-tempo than the original version by Monk. In that spirit, I wanted to record this with a bassist who I knew had all the virtuosity of Miroslav Vitous (who appears on “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs” - Or Bareket! Or and I have recorded a few videos together now, you can check them out here.


The tune has a bunch of harmonic twists and turns, and goes to some unexpected places, which makes it a lot of fun to improvise over. I hope you’ll check out some other versions of this tune, and maybe even add it to your repertoire!