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  1. Catesta?

    I'm another one, though I still occasionally lurk and post here, but I keep my posts at a minimum. There are more who left because of you, but I'm not going to name names, I only speak for myself. That's all I'm going to say about it.
  2. Whither Allen Lowe?

    Wishing you all the best.
  3. Phil Schaap R.I.P.

    Sorry to hear this. Listened to some of his shows, and he did indeed talk a lot, but it was always at least interesting.
  4. I don't agree, a loud mastering can make the music unlistenable (headaches, fatigue, that kind of thing), at least for me. I'm certainly not saying that's the case here, but the so-called "loudness wars" have done a lot of harm, especially in rock music, but not only there.
  5. Funny you should say that, I just got that kind of feeling - being part of a historic run, even though it was years before I was born - when I listened to the first couple of discs of Mosaic's Savory Collection set, which I only got the other day. Wonderful set, a historic document. But I'm digressing...
  6. Thanks. I read some of the opinions over there and noticed the different views, and just mentioned them here without giving my impression - which I don't have yet, I need to hear the set on my system first and intend to get it later this month.
  7. OK, but I said "compared to the earlier versions".
  8. Not if the dynamic range is reduced by compression compared to the earlier versions, at least not for me. I've heard parts of the set on free Spotify, but judging the sound quality that way is not a good idea, given the limited sound quality on Spotify, so I really can't say anything about it. I guess I'll have to get the set and see/hear if there's any truth in the comments. Anyway, the music is great.
  9. The comments (compression, too loud) were about the CD-set, which has indeed a different mastering, done by Robert Vosgien if I'm not mistaken.
  10. Harold Mabern died in 2019, aged 83. [edit] Just noticed Kevin's reply. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Some people on the Hoffman board complained about the sound being compressed, too loud and too much 'in your face', compared to the earlier 2LP-set and 3CD-set. I don't have the new set, so I can't comment. I'm still on the fence, but those comments make me cautious. Hmm...
  11. True, but that doesn't alter the fact that I found them rather uninspired, and DeJohnette being barely audible on some tracks doesn't make it any better.
  12. Now listening to Another Time: The Hilversum Concert again to see/hear if I missed anything. At least it's DeJohnette on drums, not Morell.
  13. Which sets with Morell are you thinking of? And I totally agree about LaBarbera.
  14. I find it difficult to describe, to my ears he just didn't sound "right" in the trio, not like Paul Motian did for example. There are more albums, some of them revered, where a musician doesn't sound comfortable/"right" to me, like for instance Kenny Dorham with Cecil Taylor, and John Coltrane on his Blue Train.
  15. No, I didn't, the two I mentioned were quite enough, and I don't feel the need to add to my 80+ Bill Evans collection.. Besides, I don't like Marty Morell.
  16. Really? The ones I've heard (Another Time and Some Other Time) sounded pretty average, uninspired to me.
  17. Paul Desmond set running low.

    I was on the fence about this set because I wasn't too fond of the guitar - the sound, not the playing - but decided to get it after all. Glad I did, and I recommend it to anyone who's not sure whether or not to get it - grab it while you can.
  18. Peter Ind (1928-2021)

    Sorry to hear this. Met him once, in the 1970s, when he was touring with Lee Konitz and Jimmy Raney.
  19. Importing/exporting UK/Europe after Brexit

    Thanks for the info, David. I contacted Dutch customs about this a while ago and apparently was misinformed, they told me at the time the 45 euro threshold for shipments from private persons outside the EU would be abolished, just like the 22 euro threshold for everything else. Good to see it wasn't.
  20. Importing/exporting UK/Europe after Brexit

    I wonder if they forgot to delete this when the new rules came info force on 1 July Dutch customs is clear about this: no such exception and I think it's an EU-wide rule, but maybe you're lucky. Please keep us posted. Maybe too much hassle for such a small shipment? Officials in the Netherlands complained about the amount of extra work that comes with the new VAT-rules for imports into the EU.
  21. Importing/exporting UK/Europe after Brexit

    As I understand it nothing is free anymore, VAT will be charged on everything that's imported into the EU, no matter if it's a gift from a friend valued under 45 euros, second-hand/used or whatever.
  22. Importing/exporting UK/Europe after Brexit

    Have you received it yet? How did it go?
  23. No idea how the current situation in the UK is, but for EU residents things have changed: from 1 July VAT is due on every item that is imported into the EU, regardless of its value; the 22 euro threshold has been abolished. I know this doesn't concern you since you're in the UK, but I thought I'd post this here anyway, it might be of interest to people here who live in the EU. I've used CDJapan's proxy service twice, but only for a few items I really wanted and couldn't get anywhere else. It was very expensive indeed and I also had to pay VAT on arrival.
  24. Goooooooooooooooooooooooooool

    I hope Southgate will refrain from further World War II comments... Southgate WW II comments
  25. Goooooooooooooooooooooooooool

    That's why I said "English fans", not "THE English fans" - there's a difference I used to be an anglophile, but I'm afraid that's a thing of the past... Going into that any further would get political, so I'll stop here.