I have a lovely new turntable. And this was the first album to grace my new player. Does life really get much better than this?
Quincy Jones Band- My Reverie (1960)
Solo: Melba Liston
Melba Liston (January 13, 1926 – April 23, 1999).
American trombone, composer, musical arranger; born in Kansas City, Missouri. After playing in youth bands and studying with Alma Hightower and others, she joined the big band led by Gerald Wilson in 1943. She began to work with the emerging major names of the bebop scene in the mid-1940s.
She went on to tour and work with Count Basie, Billie Holliday, Randy Weston, Ray Charles, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie and many others. Her collaborations with pianist-composer Randy Weston, beginning in the early ’60s, are widely acknowledged as jazz classics.
She was forced to give up playing in 1985 after a stroke left her partially paralyzed, but she continued to arrange music with Randy Weston. In 1987, she was awarded the “Jazz Masters Fellowship” of the National Endowment for the Arts. After suffering from repeated strokes, she died in Los Angeles, California, in 1999, a few days after a major tribute to her and Randy Weston’s music at Harvard University.
(The second, bottom image) Austin, May 28, 1981. A Dallas member of the Brown Berets, a Chicago activist group organized in the late ’60s, at a police brutality demonstration.
The Brown Berets were known for their direct action against police brutality. They protested killings and abuses perpetrated by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department at the station in the barrio. They supported the United Farm Workers movement and the Land Grant Movement in New Mexico. In 1969, they participated in the first Rainbow Coalition which originally included the Young Patriots and the Young Lords under the leadership of Jose Cha Cha Jimenez and in the Poor Peoples Campaign. In 1969, they were invited to be part of the first Chicano Youth Liberation Movement organized by Corky Gonzales in Denver, Colorado.