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  2. Name Three People...

    Jimmy Riddle Nash the Slash Jean-Jacques Pissoir
  3. What are you listening to right now?

    Chico Hamilton - Reunion Excellent!
  4. Sidney Bechet

    Actually this box set is not to be seen as the average Bechet reissue but rather as a "no compromise" project which actually consists in an 12" x 12" 216-page art book with 4 CDs of Bechet's Swiss recordings thoroughly restored and mastered from the best surviving original audio sources. This box set actually weights 2,5kg (5lb) ! The aim of this project, which took 2 years in the making, was to document the story of Bechet in Switzerland for future generations, with some 250 photos, most of which have never been seen before, as well as some 140 documents consisting in all Swiss tour programs from 1926 (Black People tour) through 1958, local press articles and announcements, as well as some legendary documents such as the never-seen original Ernest Ansermet article published in the Revue Romande in 1919, and André Wagnière's private guestbooks signed by Sidney when he came to his place in the 50's. At the bottom of this page, you will find a video preview of what is in the book: Extensive research in a wide range of Swiss press archives has taken place to also document all of Bechet's Swiss concert dates and venues (from 1926 to 1958), thus correcting all errors from current biographies. And a bilingual essay (French/English) by Bechet's French biographer Fabrice Zammarchi explains Bechet's intimate relationship with Switzerland. As for the audio restoration and mastering process, you can judge for yourself here: Finally, I would like to point out that an average record company would never have been able to put together such a project, sincec it would have never been financially viable. It took a Swiss nonprofit for the preservation of the recorded music heritage, the United Music Foundation, to make this happen. As a result, this unique box set has been praised by the press and awarded twice (including the Coveted Best Reissue Award by the French Academy of Jazz). It also served as the basis of a TV documentary on Bechet in Geneva with previously unseen private footage. Finally, I would like to correct one point: this box set is not only available from the United Music Foundation's web store but also from the Jazz Record Center in the US: Kind regards, David
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  6. Bad jazz art.

    Compare the finish of the two boogie woogie paintings. Masking tape, used during painting, is still in place in the later work. Perhaps this might suit you better:
  7. Larry Coryell R.I.P.

    Really depressing, and as Hardbopjazz said, all these musicians who died in the last 10 years are the musicians of our youth. We had all those greats still alive and active on scene, the established masters , and people like Larry Coryell were the "young lions", the musicians who were in their early 30´s and played more "wild". Like Larry Corryell , Alphonse Mouzon. And I think besides their fans they got a lot of young people to listen to the older masters, like the big selling Mingus had when he decided to get Larry Corryell involved. And I loved it, the way he does it on "Three or Four Shades of the Blues". Because Larry didn´t have to make commitments to adapt his style to the older master. He really could play the way he felt and what he was famous for. I liked his solos much more than the somehow half hearted efforts of Phillipe Caterine or John Scofield on that record. Anyway it seemed that Corryell was the man who would have stayed of Mingus had lived more. A tour with him was allready announced in Europe in late 77, and he was on the last sessions in 1978 (Me myself an Eye etc.).
  8. Name Three People...

    Peter Porker, the Amazing Spider-Ham Pepe Le Pew Donald the peepee lover
  9. Name Three People...

    Pete Best Mickie Most Pete Postlethwaite
  10. Bad jazz art.

    How can you tell?
  11. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    nice choices.
  12. Larry Coryell R.I.P.

    Depressing news. I recollect seeming him live four times, in very different circumstances. Once in Arlington, Texas, at a bar/club where he played a solo concert on acoustic and electric guitar. It was an impressive performance. Then at the Time Cafe in New York, in a five guitar group playing Mingus compositions. Next playing with a quartet, in the vein of his Muse recordings, at the Blue Note. The last time, at the Granada Theater in Dallas, playing in a trio in the jazz-rock style, but for some reason this evening the music just wasn't working. Unfortunately, no more chances.
  13. What music did you buy today?

    I'm nervous about the "vocals". Let us know how it is.
  14. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Paul Chambers - A Jazz Delegation From the East (Imperial) Globe Unity Orchestra - Pearls (FMP) Gary Burton Quartet - In Concert (RCA). RIP Larry Coryell. Lars Gullin - Modern Sounds: Sweden (Contemporary 10")
  15. Kenyon Hopkins fans celebrate! Legendary soundtrack from legendary Academy Award-winning film finally gets CD world premiere! Expanded, too! Robert Rossen directs from book by Walter Tevis, gifted Dede Allen edits, Eugen Schüfftan nabs Oscar for his stunning widescreen black-and-white cinematography, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott both provide unforgettable, Academy Award-nominated supporting roles. Lead actor Paul Newman vividly plays “Fast” Eddie Felson, arrogant pool shark, who determines to best legendary “Minnesota Fats”, played with dignified class by Jackie Gleason. Detailed characterizations, events and powerful outcome create one of the defining pictures of the sixties. Stunning score by Kenyon Hopkins roots score in smoky pool hall jazz, then adds emotional depth, flavor to dramatic tale. Numerous musical devices are worthy of spotlight: Hopkins has trumpets, trombones typically utilize mutes, playing open in select passages only. Orchestration is equally unique: requisite sax-led big band forces appear but widening rainbow of sound comes from decidedly symphonic colors courtesy English horn, oboe, French horn, flute. Even electric guitar has its say. In another move of genius, Hopkins frequently writes in very transparent manner with exposed solos often heard without accompaniment. Jazz sequences play to tempo of montages, pulse of pool games while solos, woodwind colors play to inner drama, love story. Hopkin’s harmonic vernacular is also striking. This is serious, jazz-influenced original music! Inexplicably, prolific 50’s and 60’s film composer Hopkins has been mostly ignored in CD universe. The Hustler joins Baby Doll, The Fugitive Kind as lone trio from large LP catalog that boasts The Yellow Canary, Lilith, The Strange One, This Property Is Condemned, Eleven Against The Ice, The Reporter, East Side West Side, others. Courtesy 20th Century Fox, all-new Intrada CD presentation of The Hustler offers original 1961 Kapp stereo LP program, then doubles length with treasure-trove of previously unreleased outtakes, unused cues, demos, all from absolutely pristine condition stereo master tapes, mixed by Mike Matessino. Hopkins fans will be delirious! Julie Kirgo provides informative essay about picture and composer, Kay Marshall assembles dramatic “flipper-style” booklet with both original Kapp artwork plus 1961 film poster design, Nick Redman supervises production. Interesting movie footnote: Decades later, reprise of Eddie Felson role brought Paul Newman an Oscar for 1986 Martin Scorsese sequel, The Color Of Money. It’s hard to overstate importance of getting Kenyon Hopkins’ most important film score out on CD at last. Savor it! Kenyon Hopkins composes, conducts. Intrada Special Collection CD available while quantities and interest remain!
  16. Larry Coryell R.I.P.

    The one and only time I ever saw him was when he was perhaps with the same group CJ Shearn mentioned. In 2015 he was at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest with Bombay Jazz, a quartet of Larry Coryell, saxophonist George Brooks, bamboo flutist Ronu Majumdar and tabla player Aditya Kalyanpur. I only saw the last half of their set, but it was very interesting music. May he Rest In Peace.
  17. Larry Coryell R.I.P.

    Man, this is sad. I saw him in Binghamton at the defunct Night Eagle with an Indian group, they were great. Really nice guy too, have his autograph on their album, only pressed on CDR I believe.
  18. Bad jazz art.

    For some reason, instead of boogie woogie, this painting makes me think of Pac-Man . . .
  19. What are you listening to right now?

    I gottat say, I kinda like this cover better though
  20. "First Fusion: Jazz-Rock Before Bitches Brew"

    Upping this because there's so much early Larry Coryell in this program, as a part of Free Spirits, Gary Burton's quartet, and Count's Rock Band: First Fusion: Jazz-Rock Before Bitches Brew
  21. Larry Coryell R.I.P.

  22. What are you listening to right now?

    Pierre Dørge Quartet - Ballad Round The Left Corner (SteepleChase) Recorded just before the launch of the New Jungle Orchestra.
  23. What are you listening to right now?

    His finest hour.
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