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  2. The 80-20 principle of listening to jazz albums

    Have lots I'll never listen to again, but don't know exactly which ones in many cases. Most of the ones I am sure I'm done with, I try to move on to a new home.
  3. The 80-20 principle of listening to jazz albums

    Robert, Your theory sounds plausible. Speaking for myself, I think it's likely that the majority of my listening comes from a relatively small slice of my collection pie. Then again, it's always fun to (re)discover a disc that's been sitting on the shelf for years unplayed. That's part of the fun too.
  4. Reading the revised/expanded edition of Jeroen De Valk's excellent Chet Baker biography (James Gavin, author of the tawdry, inaccurate Baker bio "Deep in a Dream" should be embarrassed) reminded me that once upon a time (mid-'80s I think) I reviewed a Chicago engagement by Baker. I looked it up, and here it is: Larry Kart, Entertainment writerCHICAGO TRIBUNE If the jazz musician`s job is to make up melodies better than the ones he started with, trumpeter Chet Baker often goes further than that, beginning at a level of paraphrase that is so tenuously but gracefully linked to his tune of choice that it can be difficult to recognize his source material. A fine example--no, make that a magnificent one--of what Baker can do was his performance Tuesday night of ''My Funny Valentine,'' which has been his signature song ever since he recorded it some 30 years ago with Gerry Mulligan. From the first, Baker was improvising all out, but not in the sense that his lines violated the character of Rodgers and Hart`s romantically bittersweet composition. Instead, by removing all but the most essential notes and coloring those that remained with his uniquely plaintive tone, Baker recast the song`s wistful tenderness in near-tragic terms. Then, as if that weren`t enough, Baker followed his trumpet odyssey with a vocal chorus that was no less of a magical mystery tour. And that may have been an even more difficult feat, because the presence of words called upon Baker to reshape not just the notes but the verbal sense as well. That performance was the highlight of a set that began rather ominously, with Baker`s bassist and drummer delayed at the airport and his regular pianist still in transit from Belgium. But Baker and substitute pianist Dennis Luxian decided to carry on by themselves, managing quite handsomely until bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Leo Mitchell arrived. ''How Deep Is the Ocean'' was a particular gem, with Baker`s dulcet solo recalling his statement that ''my dream horn would be the kind I didn`t have to blow in--just press the valves and the music comes out.'' That`s almost the way it sounds, and there are definite advantages to Baker`s approach. For one thing it allows him to put so much breath into his tone that the line between singing and playing is almost erased, and each note can be colored individually. There is, in other words, a constant sense of touch to Baker`s music. And, unfailingly, it reaches out to touch the soul.
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Michael Garrick - Cold Mountain: I am looking forward to watching the Garrick DVD I also ordered from Dutton/Vocalion.
  6. Gregg Allman

    Can anyone tell me on which albums does Gregg Allman stick mainly to organ?
  7. Cootie Williams in Hi-Fi

    Amazon has a few used copies @ $5.00 or less:
  8. Today

    Full album is also on apple music
  10. Sexiest album covers

  11. Van Halen

  12. I have the Cootie cd.

  13. Disc 1, Matt Wallace's original mix of Don't Tell A Soul:
  14. Cootie Williams in Hi-Fi

    Turns out I have the 1994 BMG reissue, which is not the one to which Dan's referring in his original post. So he's still looking for help on this one.
  15. Van Halen

    a month ago That damn vaping pen could of messed his throat up I’ve heard that Valarie has been spending time with him
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  17. Half Price is full of that shit, the LPs OIO with phony covers that don't even try to pretend and shit, and I'm like, really...
  18. Ever heard of the 80-20 principle? It states that 80% of the results come from 20% of the actions. And 20% of the results come from the other 80% of the actions. More or less. In jazz collections, I hypothesize that 80% of your jazz listening is from 20% of your albums. And the other 80% get just 20% of your listening time. More or less. For instance: I buy about 100 or so albums a year from the current year. And I'm lucky if I have 15 or 20 that I like enough to listen to over and over again. And the other 80 mostly get ignored after hearing them once or twice. The problem is that I have albums going back to the '50's. Thousands of 'em. And I know that some I will never listen to again in my lifetime. Is this true for you? Do you care? Does your unlistened-to-music miss you? Cheers, RM
  19. Three Nocturnes...whoa...
  20. Happy 95th Birthday, Terry Gibbs!

    Happy birthday, Terry Gibbs! Hope you are still having fun playing drums in your backyard studio.
  21. Yosuke Yamashita's New York Trio

    Fourteen years later, somebody says: "Man, that sounds like a good concert." Been listening to Yamashita lately. May have to start a new Artists topic ...
  22. Milcho Leviev (1937 - 2019)

    I enjoy his playing on his collection of Irving Berlin songs, Easter Parade, as well as the Jack Sheldon session for Atlas. Thank you for the music, Mr. Leviev, and rest in peace.
  23. Cootie Williams in Hi-Fi

    PM on the way!
  24. Cootie Williams in Hi-Fi

    I'm sure someone has a copy of the late 1990s CD reissue with 12 bonus cuts not related to the original session .... if such a person could PM me I'd be highly appreciative. Thanks!
  25. Milcho Leviev (1937 - 2019)

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