Justin V

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  1. When I was at Amoeba in LA 6 months ago, I ended up passing on both Heaven on Earth for 10 or 15 bucks and a chunk of the Young Mosaic for 25 or 30 bucks. When you are at places like Amoeba or Princeton Record Exchange, tough choices must be made. I rationalized it by telling myself that I could pick up the download, but I wish that I hadn't decided to be cheap.
  2. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Roy Haynes - Cracklin': I have wanted to hear this one for years and finally bought the Japanese version. This is vintage Roy and worth the wait.
  3. Jerry González RIP

    I have two of his albums and they are a lot of fun. I wish that I could've seen him perform live. Thank you for the music, Mr. Gonzalez, and rest in peace.
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Amir ElSaffar - Two Rivers: It's been a few years since I've listened to this, but it is just as brilliant as I remember. I'll finally be catching ElSaffar live in two weeks (from the front row, no less).
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    George Russell - The 80th Birthday Concert: Aside from a track on a Bill Evans album of odds and ends, I am unfamiliar with Russell's music.
  6. Lalo Schifrin

    Gillespiana/Carnegie Hall Concert was the first jazz album I ever bought, so Schifrin holds a special place in my heart. I recommend Lalo Schifrin & Friends, a 2007 album with James Moody, James Morrison, Dennis Budimir, Brian Bromberg and Alex Acuna.
  7. It's Newk's Time

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Rollins!
  8. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Satoko Fujii - Jo: I enjoyed my first listen to this one without looking up the personnel first. I received one of her albums a few years ago and my dog ate it when it was still in the shipping envelope.
  9. Happy Birthday Wayne Shorter

    I listened to Alegria yesterday to celebrate. I hope Wayne had a great birthday.
  10. Your acting like you are the only one here listening to new and exciting music or catching it live (when, in fact, you listen to a pretty narrow spectrum of improvised music) is getting old.
  11. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Sonny Stitt - The Complete Sonny Stitt Roost Studio Sessions: I am listening to the session with Hank Jones, Roy Haynes and (likely) Tommy Potter. I bought this a few months ago for $75 on Amazon, without the box or giant book. I probably could have snagged it for a bit of a better price had I waited, but it is such a nice set that I still feel like $75 was a bargain.
  12. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Menza has apparently played in Buffalo several times in the last year, but without a website listing his tour dates, it'll be a little tricky knowing when and where he is playing. I hope to catch him again.
  13. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Don Menza & His '80s Big Band - Burnin': I was fortunate enough to catch Menza in Buffalo last weekend. I went from roastin' in the sun at the outdoor concert to Burnin'.
  14. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Art Davis was an excellent bassist. If you haven't heard it, check out his A Time Remembered, which has Herbie Hancock, Ravi Coltrane and Marvin 'Smitty' Smith. It says a lot about Davis that Herbie would do a sideman date at a time where he didn't record often in that capacity.