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I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead (You Rascal, You)

“I’m gonna kill you just for fun, you rascal you.”


So, I will often get fixated on Louis Jordan. Like, I want to defy the laws of physics and violate spacetime to somehow live in dude’s sax case. There is so much world and sublime texture in his recordings that I can’t even hyperbole hard enough: I want to go to there.

Then there’s Louis Jordan with Louis Armstrong on “I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead (You Rascal, You)”


Jesus god, I pity the heathens that don’t get this track into their lives. It seems impossible that I hadn’t come across it until now. No joke, it will enrich your entire existence. Ricki Riccardi drops some great context on the collaboration and provides Jordan’s recollections of the recording. Great story behind a great record. Get it.

bird is the word

Today is Charlie Parker’s birthday. In honor of such, you should treat yourself to his genius. ‘Live at Town Hall with Dizzy’ just became available last year from Uptown Records and captures the upswing of his career admirably.