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CDA: Godard, Lewis, Starr - - and Gorbachev

My brother Howard alerted me to the death of three people: first, Jean-Luc Godard, one of the most important directors of the French New Wave. His most celebrated movie is *Breathless,* starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. The sound of Seberg saying "New York Herald Tribune!" will be etched in my brain until the day I die. It was interesting watching this clip because I hadn't remembered the movie having such a slurpy score.

Howard also mentioned the death of Ramsey Lewis. I said I'd heard the name but wasn't sure if I knew his work. He asked if I knew "The In Crowd." Do I know "The In Crowd"? I'm in with the In Crowd! I know what the In Crowd knows! I go where the In Crowd goes! The song had been a hit for Dobie Gray in 1965 - - the Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded it a few months later and it went to #5 on the Billboard charts, eight points higher than the Gray single had gone. Very unusual for a jazz instrumental.

Oh my, Ken Starr!

And my apologies for letting the death of Mikhail Gorbachev slip by without a tribute. He was really one of the most monumental political figures of the second half of the 20th century. Here he is on Larry King in 1993.

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