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  2. Thanks again, will take into account. Adding to my frustration, Amazon's search engine has recently gone to hell. Search for Russell Sherman's cycle seems to redirect to one by Bernard Roberts, and the customer reviews thereof refer to several different sets (incl. Nat, Badura-Skoda)! Hard to trust them either. No wonder I've been going more to discogs or even eBay of late...
  3. You're welcome, and I completely understand about Momox Shop, I'm going through a nightmare with them now. It baffles me how they can treat customers so poorly in these times of declining music sales. I don't know if you have any Rudolf Serkin, to me this is one of the easiest "no brainer" bargain sets of Beethoven, I can't think of a better way to spend $15 if you don't have it I can't say anything about the sound quality though, all my Serkin CDs pre-date that set and I completed my collection with the big Sony box of his. Serkin makes my list of the truly elite Beethoven interpreters. From all the live recordings I've heard of him, he is one that played as well live as in the studio. Though he never recorded a complete cycle and a few sonatas in that box have superior performances not available in it (from what I can tell that set is his newest recordings and officially approved), even his "lesser" performances (almost comical to say that given his high level of interpretation even on them) are wonderful. And you get a full complement of the piano conerti, the ones on that box with Ormandy are great.
  4. Art Blakey 3/8/59 Unreleased Blue Note Sess

    i'm sure you're trying to be condescending but i'm appearently even to thick for that.
  5. Deepak, Thanks very much! Sherman has been on my "radar" because it's been praised by some reviewers whose tastes seem kind of parallel to mine. I gave my father the Heidsieck set some years ago, but he apparently lent it out and never got it back. Now that he has Alzheimer's there's nothing to do in that connection. Re. Distler, his reviews show technical grasp, but he's trashed many recordings I like. I listen to a lot of modern-ish music, so some of it could be down to conservatism. I have a feeling that in core repertoire he'll basically repeat "received values" and never recommend anything off-the run. Heidsieck and Sherman are both sets I'd buy in a flash at "the right price". Heidsieck was included in an EMI 50-cd Beethoven super-budget box, but that's oop and now hard to find. Unfortunately, some Amazon offerings are by the notorious momox from Germany, who I'm reluctant to trust with a significant order.
  6. As an added bonus, as if one were needed, Lester Bowie appears on 4 of the lp's: Stalemate (1977) No Agreement (1977) Sorrow tears and blood (1977) Fear not for man ( 1977)
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  8. T.D. - since you mentioned Heidsieck and were looking for a more eccentric set this is definitely one that is at the very top of my list in interpretation. I was not that impressed with Pienaar, his interventions don't bring anything new to the table for me. They seem superficial and done for the sake of recording a cycle to be different. Whereas Heidsieck and Sherman's usually (more below on Sherman) sense. I'll copy and paste what I posted to GMG after hearing Sherman's cycle: I've now made it through Russell Sherman's cycle. I remember hearing it a while ago on Tidal streaming, listening to it in order and immediately being turned off by it as at least for my tastes the Op. 2 sonatas were really, really off putting to me. And then reading one of Jed Distler's reviews where he gave one of the discs a comically bad 2/10 rating; it just didn't have me interested in hearing more. I am sort of puzzled why Jed Distler felt the need to slam it to that extent when he often extols the virtues of Schnabel. Fast forward to a few weeks ago I came across these for cheap and then decided to complete the set. Besides the Op. 2 sonatas which I'm still not a big fan of I think this is an extremely interesting cycle. Sherman's tremendous dynamic range, tonal color and his obsession with really bringing out the voices makes for a very interesting non-reference cycle. If you can look past his sometimes reckless use of rubato, tempo stretching, the little pauses he takes, etc. What I have founds helps is "listening to them from afar" instead of honing on these things, with that frame of mind Sherman has some tremendous ideas. This will be one of those great cycles I'll be enjoying for years, I think the way he breaks up the sonatas by volume was very well done as this isn't a cycle I'd want to listen to from start to finish but instead focus on in the order he presents them. These were some sonatas I listed after someone asked for some recommendations: The Pastoral Sonata is a real high point. Others are 10/3, an unusual Appassionata, 109 and Op 90. Op. 110 is also good. If it came down to a choice between Heidsieck and Sherman it would be a tough choice. Sherman has more sonatas where he goes too far with his idiosyncrasies like the Op. 2 sonatas, in that regard Heidsieck is more consistent. Heidsieck's recordings of the final 3 sonatas are also some of the finest I have ever heard (along with Lucchesini's). Either way these are two cycles that I absolutely would not want to be without and will be enjoying them for decades to come. Jed Distler trashed one of Sherman's volumes and it's one of his reviews I feel could not be further from the mark. Since you mentioned Jed Distler in a later reply, I have found he writes in a strictly objective style. If you play piano you will immediately understand what he is saying. I want more than from a reviewer; tell me about the pianist's realization of the works, their insights, their "depth" of interpretation (sorry hate to use that word). Having said that I find his tastes lean from the conservative to the ultra conservative when it comes to interpretations. I'm often left scratching my head in many of his 8-10/10 artistic quality ratings that are nothing more than fairly straight forward, very well played recordings. On a true scale of 5 being average I would be marking these recordings far lower. Truly great interpretation goes beyond merely playing the notes at written tempi markings, accents, etc. Even something as simple as allegro con brio appassionato should tell an interpreter that much. Fortunately most of the great pianists know this already.
  9. Art Blakey 3/8/59 Unreleased Blue Note Sess

    I'm going to be so bold as to channel Chuck here. Sigh.
  10. The Decca stuff, what is it being sourced from? Aimed at addressing the elephant in the room - did the MCA fire impact what sources were available for that portion of this project? It's ok for me if the answer is yes, btw. I mean, there's this, but lord, MCA was already pressing on crappy vinyl even then, I'd hardly look to it as an "alternative". and, ok, this, but...uh...good luck on finding a true mint copy of that, and besides, only 10 cuts, Just...was there an impact from the fire on the availability of Decca source material when assembling this set? It seems like a "yes" or "no" question. Either way, this is probably going to be the standard archive for this material going forth, and it sounds like they're proceeding with that reality in mind.
  11. Anthony Cox

    Another nice one is Mike Nock's Trio "Not We But One" on Naxos: https://www.discogs.com/Mike-Nock-Trio-Not-We-But-One/release/4153597 . Cox is very prominent here. I think the drummer Tony Reedus is needlessly hyperactive here, but it's a nice record nonetheless. I have Cox's solo on Sketch. Haven't listened to it in ages, but I do remember finding it good but not great. The sound is excellent, but does not have the range of ideas of the best solo bass records (like the ones from Barre Phillips or Joelle Leandre or Mark Dresser or Paul Rogers), IMHO.
  12. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I highly recommend Inner Circle from Osby's Blue Note years. It is my favorite and probably would make my list of favorite albums from 2000-19.
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    Treadmill To Oblivion: My Days In Radio by Fred Allen
  14. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    for a while about 15 years ago, Osby had A LOT of material like this as free downloads on his homepage, don't think I still have that, but it was a great band...
  15. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Currently the only Greg Osby as leader I own. The two albums from Andrew Hill's second stint with Blue Note I play regularly.
  16. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Trio No. 2,3,4 & 10 variations sur ''ech bin der Schneider Kadaku''
  17. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    ^my favorite Osby album by a wide margin (but I don't know all and haven't played it in a long time) Francy Boland - Flirt and Dream
  18. Art Blakey 3/8/59 Unreleased Blue Note Sess

    grant isn't good on standards either. on the whole, the trio session is much worse than the quebec imo. so i dont really buy the aesthetic angle there. and does it have to be good to be released? is there no historic value to the recordings of the best in their field? i understand if it*s not released because of money. but surely there are no reputations at stake?
  19. I love this album, though the remaster is a step down from the original Philips CD IMO. Do you have any early Paco on vinyl? I am curious how the original Philips CD compares to the 70s vinyl.
  20. Art Blakey 3/8/59 Unreleased Blue Note Sess

    Grant might be on fire but the rest of the band really isn't playing that great. As much as I like Ike Quebec, this is not a good date for him.
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