A cheeky message from Elvis Costello says give the gift of jazz
Elvis Costello gives a tip of his fedora to an oldie but goodie, the inimitable Louis Armstrong. As our sister blog Pop & Hiss reports, Costello and his team recently objected to the $339.98 list price for his CD package called "The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook." The message on www.elviscostello.com suggests that "the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire."
So where's a Costello fan to turn for gift-giving? The post has a suggestion:
If you want to buy something special for your loved one at this time of seasonal giving, we suggest, “Ambassador Of Jazz” -- a cute little imitation suitcase containing ten re-mastered albums by one of the most beautiful and loving revolutionaries who ever lived -- Louis Armstrong.
The box should be available for under one hundred and fifty American dollars and includes a number of other tricks and treats.
Frankly the music is vastly superior.
-- Sherry Stern
Photo: Louis Armstrong