The Flute was Blowing Smoke Rings
February 16, 2013 8:51 AM   Subscribe

Funny, my son's girlfriend is into vinyl, so I hooked my turntable up and ended up dragging this 33 1/3 LP out.
Great cover, fun music.
posted by cccorlew at 9:28 AM on February 16, 2013

This has been one of our favorite records for about 25 years. Such charming music, but I never saw this charmingly goofy video. Thanks, boots. The whole album is great, but the part 30 minutes in where he plays the bass flute is particularly cool.
posted by straight at 9:56 AM on February 16, 2013

Oh wow. Fact-checking my previous comment, I discovered they did a sequel, Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano #2, ten years later. I did not know that. But I intend to find out if it's any good. Thanks again, boots!
posted by straight at 10:01 AM on February 16, 2013

Also the Picnic Suite.

The video linked here is what made me choose to play flute. I started listening to this when I was maybe 7, and I sure didn't understand the cover beyond the fact that is had a surgeon general warning.
posted by mkb at 10:26 AM on February 16, 2013

Oh I love this and haven't heard it since our vinyl copy died. Didn't know there WAS video - thanks for posting! The sequel is good btw. Saw Rampal perform once as a kid - my brother played flute and we had nosebleed seats but it was wonderful!
posted by leslies at 10:29 AM on February 16, 2013

Ha! I've performed this piece!

it was fun
posted by sourwookie at 12:06 PM on February 16, 2013

I've performed this piece too! Didn't have the bass flute, though. Those things are just wild looking.
posted by Elly Vortex at 1:30 PM on February 16, 2013

I was the bassist, so I was just hired backup.
posted by sourwookie at 2:07 PM on February 16, 2013 [1 favorite]

I remember the original, but hadn't heard it in a looooooong time. And yet it seemed so ... familiar, too much so. Was it the theme music for something modern?

In case you've the same reaction (even if you never heard the original) know this: The theme music for NPR's Diane Rehm show is by Mssr. Bolling with Maurice Andre on trumpet.

Since I'd been wondering what that theme was for a LONG time, thanks for the goad!
posted by Twang at 2:11 PM on February 16, 2013

I bought the sheet music for this in high school and then promptly lost it somewhere along the way. BUMMARRRRR.
posted by jph at 3:46 PM on February 16, 2013

I got this CD as a gift when I was 12, and 8 years later performed it at my senior recital. The most fun thing I've ever played.
posted by altopower at 5:46 PM on February 16, 2013

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