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Chet Baker - Alone Together (Chet, 1959)

Chet Baker (Trumpet), Bill Evans (Piano), Herbie Mann (Alto flute), Pepper Adams (Baritone Saxophone),  Paul Chambers (Bass), Connie Kay (Drums)



part of advanced PLACEMENT: an ars PARADOXICA high school au about a gang of queer teen nerds, by @estherroberts , @podcastmecaptain , and @lizzieraindrops

all three of the aformentioned dorks are equally responsible for the hijinks found in this post.

click here for the au masterpost | track #ars placement for updates!

  • point-of-exile, CO
  • modern day, 20[fuck]
  • bill donovan is the principal of the only high school around for miles
    • he’s a dick
    • like a full on dick 
  • seniors: june, helen, anthony, sally
  • juniors: penny, esther, quentin, jack, bridget 
  • important relationships/friendships: june/helen, helen/anthony, june/quentin, esther/bridget, jack/penny, sally & anthony, esther & jack, sally & esther
  • june and helen are dating each other as well as their boyfriends, they and quentin and anthony have a poly arrangement that they’re all really happy with 
  • also, sally and anthony are really Not dating, but also they’re not exactly Not Dating, either. mostly, they’re best friends. 
  • everyone at school is slightly bemused by the gang because so many of them are dating each other (in both assorted pairs AND poly chains) and those that aren’t are often so close that it’s hard to tell anyway
  • theatre kids: why the fuck is the science department queerer than we are
  • height order from shortest to tallest: esther, sally, jack, bridget, penny, quentin, helen, anthony, june
  • sally skipped a grade and is the same age as the juniors
  • esther and bridget are out to everyone in the science kid gang and esther’s sort of out at school 
  • sally’s completely out to the gang and most of school by senior year. she’s ace as hell and definitely some kind of aromantic
  • sally had a really awkward coming out that probably involved terrible puns
  • june and quentin are both bi and out (june is out to everyone except her parents) 
  • quentin is a demiguy and mostly goes by he/him but sometimes uses they and ze
  • jack is trans
  • helen is trans (and loosely bi, if she had to pick a label for that aspect of her identity)
  • anthony’s pan 
  • penny is demiromantic and demisexual 
  • helen and june are the mom and dad friends
  • bridget actually calls them mom and dad 
  • the three of them go get sandwiches at the coffee shop where penny works
  • and the four of them have a “our dates are nerds and we’re suffering” bond
  • they call themselves “the girlfriend gang”
  • everyone agrees the following is true:
    • helen: god 
    • june: the devil
    • bridget: an angel
    • penny: a demigod
  • helen for student body president 
  • anthony works part time at the post office. he gets very bored. sometimes the gang goes to bother him and he makes faces at them through the slots when they open the mailboxes
  • june works in retail, even though her parents are kind of rich. they wanted her to get the life experience. if you’ve ever worked retail you understand why she’s always angry
  • bridget volunteers at the library
    • she’s friends with all of the old lady librarians
    • they give her advice when she wants to plan cute dates with esther
    • and they all share book recommendations
    • and geek out while they shelve  
  • sally works at the ice cream shop
    • always gets in trouble for trying to identify the flavor formulas
    • gives everyone discounts
    • most likely to get in trouble for her hair being uncontainable

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Kind of Blue was released on 17 August 1959.

Produced by Teo Macero and Irving Townsend, and recorded in 2 sessions (2 March and 22 April 1959), with almost no rehearsals and little preparation (Davis provided each musician scales and melody lines he wanted them to improvise from), Davis and his quintet created what has been called not only “jazz’s greatest record,” but one of the greatest albums of all time.

1. So What
2. Freddie Freeloader
3. Blue in Green
1. All Blues
2. Flamenco Sketches

Miles Davis - trumpet
Julian “Cannonball” Adderley - alto saxophone
Paul Chambers - bass
Jimmy Cobb - drums
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Bill Evans - piano
Wynton Kelly - piano on “Freddie Freeloader”


Miles Davis - The Meaning of the Blues/Lament (alternate take)

Miles Ahead (Columbia, 1957)

Personnel: Miles Davis – flugelhorn; Bernie Glow – lead trumpet; Ernie Royal – trumpet; Louis Mucci – trumpet; Taft Jordan – trumpet; John Carisi – trumpet; Frank Rehak – trombone; Jimmy Cleveland – trombone; Joe Bennett – trombone; Tom Mitchell – bass trombone; Willie Ruff – French horn; Tony Miranda – French horn; Bill Barber – tuba; Lee Konitz – alto sax; Danny Bank – bass clarinet; Romeo Penque – flute, clarinet; Sid Cooper – flute, clarinet; Paul Chambers – bass; Art Taylor – drums; Gil Evans – arranger and conductor





Miles Davis - Love For Sale (1958)

  • Miles Davis – trumpet, leader
  • Julian “Cannonball” Adderley – alto saxophone
  • John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
  • Bill Evans – piano
  • Paul Chambers – bass
  • Jimmy Cobb – drums

quite lovely…


Chet Baker

- You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To (Porter)

Chet (Riverside, 1959)

Personnel: Chet Baker - trumpet; Herbie Mann - flute; Pepper Adams - baritone saxophone; Bill Evans - piano; Paul Chambers - bass; Connie Kay - drums.

Legislators hope to make the Bible their state’s official book

A group of conservative state legislators are pretty sure they have come up with a clever workaround to the constitutional separation of church and state, passing a law designating “the Holy Bible as the official state book” for its “historic” rather than religious value. The bill passed in both chambers and now heads to the state’s governor.


On this day in music history: August 17, 1959 - “Kind Of Blue” by Miles Davis is released. Produced by Teo Macero and Irving Townsend, it is recorded at Columbia Records 30th Street Studios in New York City on March 2, 1959 and April 22, 1959. Recorded in two sessions six weeks apart, it features Davis backed by musicians John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Cobb, Paul Chambers, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly. The songs will be created by Miles giving the musicians chord changes based on musical modes rather than traditional chord progressions, then improvising on those changes. The original LP release of “Kind Of Blue” is a source of confusion among musicians and fans for years when the three tracks (“So What”, Freddie Freeloader", and “Blue In Green”) on the first side of the album are a quarter tone sharper than originally played. The problem turns out to have been caused by one of the two tape machines recording the session running slower than the other. The album is not reissued with the songs at the correct pitch until 1992. All reissues from that time on are mastered using the back up 3-track session tapes cut during the initial recording session. The album goes on to become one of the most popular and influential jazz recordings of all time. Having taken over thirty years for the album to sell over million copies, its sales explode during the peak of the CD boom, tripling in sales during the 90’s and 2000’s. For the album’s 50th anniversary, Sony Music releases a three disc edition featuring the original album along with alternate takes of “Flamenco Sketches” and “Freddie Freeloader” (w/ the false start), along with in studio dialog recorded during the sessions. The second disc includes live recordings featuring the sextet, with the third disc being a DVD featuring a documentary about the development and recording of the landmark album along with the rarely seen television program “The Sound Of Miles Davis” originally aired on April 2, 1959. “Kind Of Blue” has been certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1992. In 2002, the album is added to the National Recording Registry by the Library Of Congress.