Justin V

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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'.
  4. 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.
  5. Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time - Ranker

    Who doesn't like Jackie Mac?!?
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    The more I hear this, the more I believe it ranks among the greatest organ trio albums.
  7. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I would love to hear an expanded reissue. When it Haynes, it roars:
  8. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I was happy to score a CD reissue of this a couple of years ago. It's a shame that Sam Dockery dropped out of the national scene, because he didn't wilt when playing with Blakey or Haynes. I need to find my physical copy to see if the liner notes say whether this was a working band.
  9. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    The Dick Katz material from Discs 10 & 11
  10. Music related dreams

    My music dreams often involve frantically trying to find a bathroom to urinate before a concert starts. That's what happens when I listen every night before falling asleep and drink a lot of water, I guess.
  11. Thanks for posting that. I'm surprised that the unpublished interview mentioned in the article hasn't seen the light of day, as it'd be a fascinating read. I'll have to seek out some of Johnson's other work, but a listen to Ascension is in order. Thank you for the music. Mr. Johnson, and rest in peace.
  12. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Gil Evans and Lee Konitz - Anti-Heroes: I found this, along with a lot more Konitz and other goodies (nearly 60 albums!), at a library sale for a buck recently after having owned the companion volume for years. Having been fortunate enough to have seen Lee perform 9 times over the last several years, I think that these live recordings capture his sound remarkably well. Evans' minimalistic and responsive piano is a joy.
  13. I've used vgy.me to upload photos using my phone. This is a pic of a dog currently available at the shelter where I volunteer. (I didn't take the picture, but I saved it on my phone because I am in love with her.)