RIP Maynard Ferguson (via Darcy). Doug Ramsay has a nice tribute here It's funny, on Cruise Ship X every week we have this daredevil balancing act, who does a big chunk of his routine to Maynard's version of Birdland. It's nice, if kind of painful, to be reminded of a time when hearing jazz in these kinds of settings was a normal thing. Also, Maynard was a presence on the scene of artists and thinkers involved in psychedelia in the 60s- there's a great scene in the Ram Dass video "Fierce Grace" where he is on the roof of Dass' house in New England, high on something, blowing his tail off. A larger than life presence who will be missed.
On a more personal note, I am taking a week or so off from ye old blog. As I may have mentioned once or twice, I sign off Cruise Ship X on Monday, and I'll head to Pittsburgh to visit my grandmother (great food, great people, no internet) for a few days before heading back to Boston. I plan to be back then with some final, and less guarded, commentary on cruise ships in general and cruise ship X in particular. Until then, please frequent the blogs to the right, and enjoy the last bit of summer!