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  2. John Coltrane - Blue World

    Speaking of the album cover, I have a pet peeve:The word "blue" is printed with red letters. The uniform of the Ottawa Redblacks football team spells out "red" in red letters, but "blacks" in white letters. Would "counter-intuitive" be the correct term for this? Anyway, there oughta be a law.
  3. Black & Blue Records - CD Offer

    should be here in two weeks. It was bad timing to get an order from Europe. "They" could have easily meant my suppliers and not Europeans. So you generalized Europeans and I generalized Jazz labels who like to take the entire month of August off. Three of my orders are being delayed. One from Spain, France and the UK. And the one from South Carolina. I would tell you why my order from South Carolina is late but I don't want to generalize all southerners. Poor guy was on holiday in France.
  4. John Coltrane - Blue World

    I think I like it better than the one from The Stardust Session that Sidewinder says is from the same shoot. The largest size JPG file looks very good. I'm sorry to hear you won't be getting Blue World.
  5. John Coltrane - Blue World

    I'm glad that you are glad. I don't need another album or CD with a boring photo of the artist.
  6. Leon Lee Dorsey - MonkTime

    Leon Lee Dorsey Explores the Music of Thelonious Monk On "MonkTime," Bassist's First Album in 20 Years, Set for September 13 Release On Jazz Avenue 1 Records Recording Features Eight Monk Compositions, Performed by His DSC Trio Featuring Guitarist Greg Skaff, Drummer Mike Clark August 16, 2019 Twenty years after the release of his last album, bassist Leon Lee Dorsey reassumes the mantle of a recording artist in his own right with the September 13 release of MonkTime (Jazz Avenue 1 Records). The debut of Dorsey's DSC Band, which also includes guitarist Greg Skaff and celebrated drummer Mike Clark, features the trio applying their potent chemistry to eight compositions by jazz titan Thelonious Monk. While Dorsey is himself a talented, accomplished composer and arranger, he brings a minimal, spacious treatment to bear on MonkTime -- preferring to let the tunes speak for themselves. "We wanted to retain the original character of Monk's music," Dorsey says. "We weren't looking to reinvent the wheel on masterpieces. We wanted to keep the essence of the songs, that timeless commonality they have, while blending in our own spices and flavors." Those spices and flavors are simultaneously bold and subtle: a paradox that Monk would surely have appreciated. Skaff, as the DSC Band's principal soloist, favors lean single-note lines that tend toward the low and middle registers (as on "Blue Monk"), imbuing them with a distinctive round, dark tone. It gives extra oomph to the chords and high crescendos he does employ in places like "Little Rootie Tootie." Clark reins in his famously brawny chops; he keeps the swing supple and assured but eschews pyrotechnics, even in his solos on "Monk's Dream" and "Epistrophy." Dorsey, meantime, sets the pace. Whether it comes through his beautiful reading of the melody on "Monk's Mood" or the gentle pulse and solo he lends to "Ugly Beauty," the bassist's command of both the repertoire and ensemble avoids flash, yet is nevertheless unmistakable. Dorsey keeps it tight on MonkTime; only one of the eight tunes strays beyond to the six-minute mark, and then just barely. "We took a page out of the vinyl era in keeping the songs at a manageable length," he says. It brings a sense of clarity and focus to the performances, spotlighting the trio's interplay as much as the individual improvisations. L. to r.: Mike Clark, Leon Lee Dorsey, Greg Skaff. Leon Lee Dorsey was born March 12, 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to a family that was plugged in to the Steel City's storied jazz lineage. He began playing piano in third grade and, the following year, switched to classical cello studies with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony at the famed Center for the Musically Talented, where he remained throughout high school. He also picked up electric bass in the seventh grade and, later, in high school, was drawn to the double bass, having always loved the instrument. Dorsey attended Oberlin College Conservatory, graduating with double degrees in music in 1981. Under the tutelage of bass legend Richard Davis, he received his first master's at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a second master's from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Dorsey then pursued doctoral studies at the City University of New York under Ron Carter, finishing his doctorate at Stony Brook University. In 1986, Dorsey began a two-year stint with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, including performances with Frank Sinatra and visits to the White House, which honed his skills for his next endeavor, namely as a Jazz Messenger. In 1988 he joined Art Blakey's most fabled of jazz finishing schools, which left a lasting impact on his subsequent career. Since arriving in New York, Dorsey has performed and recorded with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Hilton Ruiz, Cassandra Wilson, James Carter, Freddie Hubbard, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He released his acclaimed debut album, The Watcher, in 1995 and followed it up with 1999's Song of Songs. In 2003 he founded Leon Lee Dorsey Studios in New York City, at which more than 100 albums have since been produced. Dorsey is also prominent as a jazz educator. From 2008 to 2011 he was Coordinator of Jazz Studies and Director of the Jazz Seminar at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he teaches harmony and jazz arranging and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He looks forward to working with the DSC Band and hopes to be announcing performance dates soon. "I felt from the start that with the chemistry of this band -- there's no horn and no piano, the two instruments that defined Monk's sound -- we could go to the magical music level." Photography: John Hasselback III DSC Band - "Well You Needn't" from MonkTime Web Site:
  7. John Coltrane - Blue World

    I'm glad it's not.
  8. John Coltrane - Blue World

    This should have been the album cover: Or this:
  9. John Coltrane - Blue World

    I remember seeing Patterns when it was first broadcast. I was surprised when Serling became known for Sci-Fi. BTW he also wrote the script for Assault on a Queen which stars Frank Sinatra and has a score (or at least some of the score) by Ellington. Unfortunately the film is not very good. They wouldn't need a stereo tape for a film in 1964 so they may not have made one.
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  11. John Coltrane - Blue World

    Me too. Just noticed it's on for a 27th September release.
  12. August 17, 2019: Mingus Big Band, Miller Outdoor Theater, Houston August 31, 2019: Charlie Musselwhite, Ally Venable, Bedford Blues Festival Robert Kimbrough, Six Springs, Dallas September 1, 2019: Nikki Hill, Robert Kimbrough, Bedford Blues Festival Benny Golson, Eddie Henderson, Riverfront Jazz Festival, Dallas Convention Center September 5, 2019: Nels Cline, Joe McPhee & Tom Rainey, The North Door, Austin September 6, 2019: Steve Smith (Drums), Plus Gourisankar (Tabla), Aboss Kosimov (Doyera), Tony Monaco (Hammond Organ), Indrajit Banerjee (Sitar), Indradeep Ghosh (Violin), Eduardo Cassapia (Oboe and Flute) and Brajeswar Mukherjee (Vocal), Bates Hall at UT, Austin September 8, 2019: Vid. Kanyakumari (violin), Unity Church, Dallas September 12, 2019: Tinariwen, Paramount Theater, Austin September 13, 2019: Mdou Moctar, Boogarins, White Oak Music Hall, Houston Lucky Peterson and Chuck Rainey, Tutu Jones, Antone's, Austin September 14, 2019: Tinariwen, Canton Hall, Dallas Mdou Moctar, Boogarins, Barracuda Austin Al Di Meola, Kessler Theater, Dallas Tutu Jones, Lucky Peterson, Chuck Rainey, Don Braden, East Side Kings Festival, Austin September 15, 2019: Mdou Moctar, Boogarins, Deep Ellum Art Company, Dallas Al Di Meola, Heights Theater, Houston Carl Weathersby, Barbara Lynn, Eastside Kings Festival, Austin September 18, 2019: Daniela Mercury, House of Blues, Houston September 19, 2019: Terri Lynne Carrington, Fort Worth Public Library Broken Shadows (Berne, Speed, King, Anderson), North Door, Austin September 20-21, 2019: Garifuna Collective, Mdou Moctar, Dat Garcia, Lucibela, Natu Camara, Sahba Motallebi, Globalquerque, Albuequerque, New Mexico September 21, 2019: Pratik Shrivastava (sarod), Jesse Bannister (saxophone), Subhen Chatterjee (tabla), Allen Public Libarary September 27, 2019: Jackie Venson, Lewisville Western Days October 3, 2019: John Scofield, Duet, Tulsa October 4, 2019: John Scofield, Wortham, Houston October 12, 2919: Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider, Wortham, Houston October 17, 2019: Eddie Palmieri, One World Theater, Austin October 18, 2019: Eddie Palmieri, Dosey Doe, Houston October 19, 2019: Jenny Scheinman and Allison Miller, Duet, Tulsa Eddie Palmieri, Arlington Music Hal October 25, 2019: Joey DeFrancesco, Arlington Music Hall October 26, 2019: Joey DeFrancesco, Dosey Doe, Houston November 2, 2019: Dr. L Subramaniam, Austin James Carter, James Francies, Wortham, Houston November 15, 2019: Miguel Zenon, Duet, Tulsa December 14, 2019: Mike Stern/Jeff Lorber Fusion, Dosey Doe, Houston December 15, 2019: Mike Stern/Jeff Lorber Fustion, One World Theater, Austin January 10, 2020: Stanley Clarke, One World Theater, Austin January 17, 2020: Andrew Cyrille Quartet, McCullogh Theatre, Austin January 25, 2020: Branford Marsalis, Wortham, Houston February 29, 2020: Vijay Iyer Sextet, Wortham, Houston March 6, 2020: Lila Downs, Jones Center, Houston Marc Ribot, Chaplin's The Kid, McCullough Theatre, Austin March 21, 2020: Dafnis Prieto Big Band, Wortham, Houston March 26-29, 2020, Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee April 17, 2020: Miquel Zenon, Wortham, Houston April 18, 2020: Dave Douglas with the Texas Jazz Orchestra, Bates Recital Hall, Austin April 23-26, 2020: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival April 30-May 3, 2020: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival May 2, 2020: Christian Sands, Carver Center, San Antonio
  13. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Brahms - String Quartet No.1, Op.51/1 Schubert - Symphony No.4, D.417 "Tragic"
  14. Anner Bylsma - RIP

    Is the Servais on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi box that Sony released? Is there overlap between the DHM box and the Seon/Vivarte boxes?
  15. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Astonishing piano playing IMHO. Of course there are many, many versions of these late sonatas I love, but if I had to save one from the flames, it'd be Pollini for me...
  16. Woodstock 50th Anniversary Releases

    Havent seen that nutsness in a while. So much for me hoping to get one for $400 or so.
  17. Anner Bylsma - RIP

    Perhaps Sony will release one of those Complete Bylsma box sets in the near future? (Until then there is bittorrent to sample the HM Servais disc as included in the OOP box set you mentioned.)
  18. Anner Bylsma - RIP

    I didn't know this also was on LP. It's beautiful music, anyway. The first CD edition had the cover you pictured but was on deutsche harmonia mundi - that label changed distributors several times until it finally landed under SONY's reign.
  19. John Coltrane - Blue World

    I ordered a copy of the SHM-CD from CD Japan. One of their 'initially supplied quantity', so at least it will ship 27 September at the latest.
  20. ambrose akinmusire

    Dead only added saxophones - only a few times except for late September 73 when they had a couple of horns added for 2 weeks - Branford a few times (2 or 3 concerts), then Ornette once and David Murray once or twice. All of these times 1990 through 1993 so never when they were at their real peak. When they were at their peak, they needed to add no one but Duane Allman played with them a couple of times🤗
  21. Anner Bylsma - RIP

    I have never heard of that album. I see this is from 1988 and so predates the Schubert quintet (D956) recording on Sony Classical (1990).
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