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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Joao Kartoshka is off on vacation for about 7 days- до встречи!

I have won several prizes as the world’s slowest alto player, as well as a special award in 1961 for quietness.
—Paul Desmond.
Highly regarded in the West Coast’s “cool jazz” scene, the self effacing Paul Desmond was the alto player in the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
In 1964, following the lead of Stan Getz, he made this really cool album in the Bossa Nova style.
This CD reissue has bonus tracks

Paul Desmond- alto
Jim Hall- guitar
Eugene Wright- bass (Gene Cherico on track 9)
Connie Kay – drums.


Uruguay didn’t make the trip to defend their world title in Italy- a unique occurrence in the history of the tournament. This was said to be in response to the way in which European teams had snubbed ‘their’ finals in 1930- there was also some suggestion that the top Uruguayan clubs discouraged their players from going to Europe for fear that it would prove to be a one way trip. There was a vogue for South American players to ‘return’ to their countries of origin- which brings us on to Luisado Monti.
One of 3 such oriundi in the victorious Italian side, Monti had played for his native Argentina in the 1930 final- now with the Azzurri he became the only man to play in a World Cup final for 2 different countries.
Africa was represented for the first time through the participation of Egypt (managed by Scotsman, James McRea), who steamed across the Med to Naples to lose their only game to Hungary. Their goalkeeper, Mustafa Kamel Mansour, who later played for Glasgow side Queens Park
, maintained until his death in 2002 that the Egyptians were robbed in this match.

Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.

Mark Twain.

But look at these seat covers!

I would buy a car merely to be able to have these seat covers.
Can you imagine how matted and stained they would get? I would think that they would moult, leaving staticky fibres clinging to your clothes, before they eventually became threadbare and smooth…

I’m sure that many readers will have spotted that the Joao Kartoshka lookalike in my profile pic is in fact the great Mr Eddie Constantine, in a still from Jean Luc Godard’s 1965 classic Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution.
Reams have already been written about the postmodernist appropriation of traditional hero Caution, transferring him from the mean streets of the 20th century to a dystopian city of the future in a distant galaxy (in fact, Paris c.1965- the same streets…) and of Godard’s Marxian critique of society.
I’m not going to add to that canon.

Edward Constantinowsky was born in Los Angeles- his parents were Russian.
He studied singing in Vienna, but was unable to esablish himself as a singer on his return to the USA. Following a spell as a movie extra,Eddie Moved to Paris, where under the mentorship of Edith Piaf his singing career took off.
From 1953, his tough guy manner was put to good use in French B movie imitations of American Noir, such as La Môme vert-de-gris (1953) in which he first played Lemmy Caution.
Lemmy Caution was the creation of the English writer of hardboiled fiction, Peter Cheyney (1896 —1951), and Constantine played him on screen no less than a dozen times.

The New German Cinema revived Constantine and his persona, most notably Rainer Werner Fassbinder in Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte (1971). Constantine also appeared in a number of German TV dramas in the 70s and 80s and, late in life, reprised his most famous role in Godard’s reflection on German re unification Allemagne 90 neuf zéro (1991).
Constantine also appeared in the intriguing Malatesta, Peter Lilienthal’s 1970 German language biopic of Italian anarcho-communist Errico Malatesta . I’ve never seen this movie- can anyone share their views on it with us?

I’m sure that most readers will be aware that Bossa Nova is very popular in Japan- in the future we will look at some native Japanese Bossa artists. But this lady is a bit special…
Lisa Ono was born in São Paulo in 1962 and moved with her family to Tokyo at the age of 10, afterwards spending half of every year in Japan, and half in Rio.
While living in Brazil her father owned a club, and was also Baden Powell’s agent.
Her singing career began at a restaurant and her earliest recordings were for TV commercials.

Lisa had collaborated with a number of major stars during her career, including Tom Jobim, but this lp was made in 2007 to mark the 80th anniversary of the great man’s birth.
Here are some sleeve notes:
Thanks to Paulo & Daniel Jobim, and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s long time friend Miucha, I was able to record this Antonio Carlos Jobim song collection to celebrate his 80th birthday. While recording the songs, I devoted myself to expressing the spirit Antonio demonstrated in his arrangement so that the listeners could thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the songs that he created. This album is filled with our love for Antonio.Paulo & Daniel Jobim appear on the record.

A lot of info on Lisa here:

Incidentally Brazil is home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan, over 1 million people. In 1907, the Brazilian and Japanese governments signed a treaty permitting Japanese migration to Brazil, and the first Japanese immigrants (790 people – mostly farmers) arrived in Brazil in 1908.

Summer is but a distant memory now- but on those long hot days what better way to relax- get into the shade and cool off in your dazzling white cotton shorts, listening to some smooth sounds on a neat portable.

Sinatra? Burl Ives?
Mr Rock Hudson here was certainly in for a laid back time…

Tom playing live- great song, great performers, great arrangement…

…of which here is the first:
Uruguay 1930.Bolivia, who went into the tournament having never won an international game, had an eventful time. Keen to pay tribute to their hosts they played their opening match wearing shirts each emblazoned with a single letter, spelling Viva Uruguay.
In this opening fixture against Yugoslavia Bolivia had four goals disallowed and were down to 10 men after 55 mins. Yugoslavia
prevailed by four goals to nil.

As you can see from the picture(which I’m guessing was taken after the match, with Gomez, the injured player accounting for the missing ‘U’?)the Bolivians also sported some interesting headwear.
Their next opponents were Brazil, definitely a case of ‘come on you whites’ as both teams bizarrely wore identical shirts for much of the first half. Bolivia swapped their shirts but their fortunes were unchanged, Brazil running out four nil winners.
The tournament was over for Bolivia, still without an international win to their name. For their coach, Ulises Saucedo, however, there was more action to come, as he refereed the match between Argentina and Mexico!
Uruguay went on to defeat neighbours Argentina in the final- a game in which the match ball was changed from an Argentinian model to a Uruguayan one for the second half.
Strange days indeed…

Here at Kartoshka 167 we are, of course, looking forward to the FIFA World Cup 2010.
Now that the qualifying is all but decided we are going to start our build up in earnest. I won’t be producing any wallcharts or issuing any commemorative coins, stamps, etc, but there will be an occasional article about previous tournaments…