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#3172442 11/21/21 03:20 PM
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Dave Frishberg, composer of inventive, witty jazz, dies at 88

I didn't know much about him, but recognized 'Peel Me A Grape' as an example of this work. I'll be checking out YouTube for more undiscovered treasures and had to share at least this one.

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Sad to hear that. Blossom Dearie would famously sing My Attorney Bernie, and Blizzard of Lies is really good. There is a lot of wit and sophistication in his songs.


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He reminds me of Tom Lehrer


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Originally Posted by dogperson
He reminds me of Tom Lehrer
Different style of music, but he was pretty funny. Masochism Tango comes to mind.


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Originally Posted by BDB
Sad to hear that. Blossom Dearie would famously sing My Attorney Bernie, and Blizzard of Lies is really good. There is a lot of wit and sophistication in his songs.

Just listened to Blizzard of Lies. A few more verses could be added to that.

I see you're from Oakland. Is that Oakland, CA? I lived in Berkeley (we called it Berzerkeley) for a short time back in the mid 70's.


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Did you listen to Rita Moreno's version? She lives in Berkeley. I tuned for a benefit she was doing once, but never met her.

I will be in Berkeley tomorrow for the Etude Club meeting at the Hillside Club.


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Originally Posted by BDB
Did you listen to Rita Moreno's version? She lives in Berkeley. I tuned for a benefit she was doing once, but never met her.

Thanks for the tip. Just now checked out that version and noted some updated material 'I did not inhale' grin among others.


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There are a couple of books of Frishberg songs available.


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I heard Frishberg from time to time; but his name for me is firmly associated with the album The You and Me That Used to Be, which caused repeated smiles.

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Embarrassed to admit I'd never heard of the guy. Just heard a Fresh Air broadcast of past interviews of him. Loved everything I heard. Podcast either posted already or will be soon.

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Originally Posted by tend to rush
Podcast either posted already or will be soon.

Here it is (44 minutes). Terrific pianist, great composer, clever lyricist, distinctive singer. All of that is on prominent display here:


https://www.npr.org/2021/11/23/1057984669/remembering-schoolhouse-rock-songwriter-dave-frishberg


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