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  1. It's December 10, 12:15 AM over here, so: happy birthday Dmitry! Have a great day and many happy returns!
  2. It's December 9 over here, so: have a great day and many happy returns!
  3. Classical music bargains

    I agree, but some prefer his earlier (incomplete) Philips Beethoven sonatas. I have both sets, but have never compared them.
  4. The Complete Verve Tal Farlow (Concert Band) Sessions (listed as one of an edition 10,000 albums). $105 I think you mean The Complete Verve Tal Farlow Sessions - the Concert Band is the Gerry Mulligan set that is listed further down the list.
  5. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Now listening to disc 6 of the box below, with Andrea Lucchesini's interpretations of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas 13-14, Op.27/1-2; 29, Op.106 A wonderful but unfortunately OOP and hard-to-find set. Highly recommended!
  6. FS: Verve Stuff Smith Mosaic Box Set

    There were indeed problems with the license, that's why Mosaic had to pull the set without notice.
  7. Very sorry to hear this. Did quite a bit of business with him back in the 1970s.
  8. It's September 5, 12.02 AM over here now, so: happy birthday and many happy returns!
  9. New Woody Herman Mosaic

    I asked Jazz Messengers about this when the final run of the Bee Hive set was pre-order-only a while ago, and they told me they wouldn't pre-order Mosaic sets, so chances are they won't be getting any Mosaics anymore if those are indeed pre-order-only from now on.
  10. New Woody Herman Mosaic

    I think this message is meant for those who are on the fence, not those who have already pre-ordered the set, even though everyone on their mailing list got the message.
  11. https://www.americanbluesscene.com/blues-hall-of-famer-lazy-lester-dead-at-85/
  12. Aretha Franklin, RIP

    Just heard that Aretha has died. She was one of my favourite soul singers in the late 1960s/early 1970s.
  13. New Woody Herman Mosaic

    It's been said several times before, but here goes again: according to Michael Cuscuna Mosaic can't get permission from the rights holders to offer downloads.
  14. New Woody Herman Mosaic

    Agreed. By the way, as I understand it Mosaic is now partly owned by Universal, who own the non-classical division of EMI.
  15. New Woody Herman Mosaic

    I agree with the quoted posts. However, while I fully understand the route chosen by Mosaic for this and maybe all their future projects I'm afraid the availability of new sets from Jazz Messengers in Barcelona, Spain, will be hit, since they (JM) do not pre-order sets - or so they told me. Importing Mosaics directly keeps getting more expensive by the day for customers in the EU, with import charges and all that - well, maybe that's a bit exaggerated, but cheap it isn't and getting the sets from JM is a lot easier and often cheaper.
  16. ...and many happy returns!
  17. Frog Records

    Any duplication with the Canadian Forte 2CD-set, Louis with Fletcher Henderson-The Complete Recordings Including All Alternate Takes 1924-1925?
  18. Vinyl/download-only releases

    The classical divisions of the big labels (owned by Universal, Sony or Warner) seem to be concentrating on reissuing their back catalogues in mega CD boxes for a relatively low price per disc - low cost, reasonable returns; as I said above I've been told that these boxes are selling well. New classical releases are mostly made available on CD (and often also as downloads) by small, specialized and mostly independent labels that seem to do OK.
  19. Vinyl/download-only releases

    I don't lurk here as often as I used to and just saw this topic. I guess you guys are talking about non-classical releases. Though Classical is and has always been a niche market with relatively low sales, there are still lots of CD releases and reissues; as I've been told big, relatively cheap limited-edition CD boxes are selling pretty well and some went OOP fairly soon, with ridiculously high asking prices on used markets like Amazon's. My point is that I don't think the CD format will disappear from the classical market anytime soon, even though audiophile stores like Elusive Disc, Music Direct and Acoustic Sounds are heavily promoting downloads and classical LP reissues, the latter mostly for insanely high prices.
  20. If I remember correctly Michael Cuscuna said a 1960s Mobley set wasn't viable because all the sessions were available individually at the time, which wasn't the case with the 1950s set when that one came out (1998), at least not outside Japan.
  21. Philip Roth, RIP

    He should have been awarded the Nobel.
  22. Idea for Mosaic

    Well, unless a license would be renewed, but, as I said above, they pledged not to reissue any of their OOP sets.
  23. Idea for Mosaic

    Not in a million years. People seem to forget that they pledged never to re-release sets once they're OOP.
  24. Ahmad Jamal Discography.

    His Epic recordings do indeed partially predate the Argo period. Sony released The Legendary OKeh and Epic Recordings on CD in 2005 with his 1951-1952 and 1955 recordings. Forgot to mention that Epic released 2 albums with the same title, Ahmad Jamal Trio, LN-3212 (mono) in 1956 and LN-3631 (mono)/BN-634 (stereo) in 1959.
  25. Those overseas DHL rates are insanely high, about twice what USPS charges, and their handling fees are also very steep. Not that the Dutch Postal Service is cheap, though, their handling fee is 13 euros per parcel on top of the tax/duty that is payable. It's one of the reasons I usually order my Mosaics from Jazz Messengers these days, they may not be cheaper in the end, but at least there's no hassle at the door on delivery. Unfortunately, they didn't know if they would get the now deleted Bee Hive set again, so I had to order that one directly from Mosaic. We'll see how that goes.