Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I learned that pianist Art Ferrante passed away today (Tuesday).

"Who's that?" You may well ask.

One half of the duo of Ferrante and Teicher. Which again might prompt the same response from you.

Back in the 1960's I was a kid that had some odd musical tastes. I mentioned somewhere else in this blog about wanting to buy David Rose's recording of "The Stripper" because I liked the music. I had no idea what a stripper was, but it elicited a funny look from the guy at the record store, especially since back in those days they played a sample for you to make sure it was the right recording.

Ferrante and Teicher got on the charts for their rendition of the theme song from Exodus. Upon my first listen, I thought it was the most beautiful song I'd ever heard.

So there I was, at Flash Records on Jefferson and Western in the heart of the 'hood asking the clerk for that tune. And getting another funny look when he pulled it out and put it on the turntable to sample. I had no idea what "Exodus" was about; I just liked the music. Hmm.. The Stripper and Exodus. What a pair of tunes to pair.

Not long after that I got more into the mainstream of music and became a top 40 nut but Exodus remained in the stack of '45's. I wonder if I still have it? Oh, well, even if I had it I couldn't play it since I no longer own a turntable.


Anonymous said...

They met while studying at Julliard and both ended up teaching there. Arthur lived one year longer that his partner and regardless of what people think they may have not been that way. Arthur is survived by his wife, Jena; his daughter, Brenda Eberhardt; and two granddaughters. May they RIP. When Costco sells a turntable, you should get it.

Rickie Miyake said...

If I bought a turntable now, I'd have nothing to play on it! Actually I do have a few vinyl discs left but not enough to make it worthwhile. I am of the opinion that the "warm vinyl sound" is psychological.

Anonymous said...

Three years ago I would have just shook my head and moved on when you blaspheme vinyl. I thought I've done a great job protecting my hearing by wearing both plugs and noise canceling head phones around small engines, unmuffled large pistoned engines and firearms. I've performed at the Hollywood Bowl and the Music Center so I know a little about music. In the past I had my hearing measured out to 24K Hz and could hear the compression of digital and the degradation of the high frequencies in vinyl grooves after each pass. It started when I received a letter in the mail and Lexus loaned me a GS with a 14 speaker, 330 Watt Mark Levinson system. It played DVD A's out of its changer very well. By the end of the two weeks my ability to hear high frequencies was lost. One insidious aspect of my loss is my new found complacency about hearing protection. I find myself not bothering to put on a headset when I turn on the lathe or the cut off saw in the garage. I figure its only going to take a moment and it will be OK. Every dB counts.

Rickie Miyake said...

"Blaspheme vinyl?" Haha.. sorry, the only thing I think vinyl has that CD's don't are pops and ticks. That's why people think vinyl sounds more "warm" or "natural" than a CD, because of the noise on the record that either comforts you because you grew up used to hearing it, or, like those people who have to have the TV on even when they aren't in the room, because they like the feeling of not being alone. CD's sound "sterile" because there is no background noise - nothing to keep you company in between tracks or silent passages. Vinyl has compression as well. You can do a CD without compression except today's engineers whose ears are shot from too many decibels have to raise the volume level on the CD's just so they can hear anything. Soft passages are like being on mute to them. So.. did I sound grumpy enough? ; )