Ted O'Reilly

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  1. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    Hmmm...24 if you're the home team and don't have to pitch in the bottom of the ninth. If you do, 27 but then it would be a 10 inning game your team would have to win in the top of the tenth... How's that for a guess? (NO: 27 and 30, not 24 and 27. I'm on my second beer...maybe fourth. Not third, I think.)
  2. Your Thoughts On Glenn Gould/Bach?

    Off-topic a bit, but has anyone ever heard of any opinion whatever by Gould on Jacques Loussier's Bach efforts? Even though Gould was a neighbour of mine once (saw him, never exchanged a word) he might have once said something, might he not?
  3. Reissue labels - legit or not

    Mr. Nessa and I, both being of an age which welcomed in new formats of vinyl LPs and 45 rpm singles, are correct. Re-issue problem solved.
  4. Reissue labels - legit or not

    I never hear anyone remark on the fact that every time you run a tape over the heads it wears out a bit. And that tape needs to be run several times to align the playback machine to the tape's references, to set playback levels, etc. How long do you think it's going to be before those precious Master Tapes are going to sound like crap? It might actually be best to make a one-time digital clone of that Master Tape, then cut your analogue from that clone. How many releases of Kind Of Blue "from the original masters" have there been over the years? Remember, the earliest digital recordings were not done to a hard drive directly, but to tape, and there's physical wear-and-tear on them, too... Might not the very first physical pressing -- but pressers wear out too -- be the best source in some cases?
  5. Coltrane: Both Directions At Once (lost album)

    Good points. Those might be 'spiritual' moments more than 'beautiful' moments, but dang...some times I just like pretty more than moving. Tinsel-shallow of me, I guess. (Undistorted bass is always welcome.)
  6. Coltrane: Both Directions At Once (lost album)

    Well, maybe. But that doesn't mean "Ballads" is unworthy of affection. By me, and I'd guess many thousands of others. (Suggest me the much-more-beautiful later ones, please. Always looking for Beautiful...)
  7. Coltrane: Both Directions At Once (lost album)

    There's a hole in your life. It's beautiful. Got no time for beautiful?
  8. Ellington Treasury Shows

    That's a good deal Chuck... Still, for any of the Treasury sets that's 600 discs. And I wonder if it would be any different in the EU (soon to be a member short, I hear.) And, I wonder what the situation is about paying composer royalties. In Canada, if you press 1000 copies you prepay on them all. Sell 237, tough: George Gershwin got paid for 763 extras. Same in the US? I think in the EU that's paid on copies sold, not on copies manufactured.
  9. Ellington Treasury Shows

    I have the complete series, no CD-Rs. I'm not defending Storyville (or the CD-R format), but could it be a way of keeping the material in stock, actually pleasing customers? These are two-disc sets, and that would likely mean having to make 1000 (500 + 500) new discs for what may very well be a saturated market. In my experience, since printing booklets is just about the priciest part of manufacture, and it's almost the same price to print 1500 as 1000, so you do, but make 1000 CDs. If there's a demand, it's best to just repress the disc. So, maybe the CD-Rs turning up now are just re-filling the left over booklets... Besides, the first volume was issued in 2000 (the debated Vol. 6 in 2002, 16 years ago) so perhaps your should have bought it then. Kudos to Storyville for doing it in the first place, and double kudos for finishing it. How many small niche companies would go as far as they have done? Same artwork for the whole series, perhaps you don't like the colour? For the most part, I'm here for the music, so cover art (especially on CDs) is of less interest to me.
  10. Wild Bill Davison

    Wild Bill made a really good record in Toronto that virtually launched John Norris' Sackville label back in 1968. "The Jazz Giants" featured Benny Morton on trombone, Herb Hall (Edmond's brother) on clarinet and a rhythm section of Claude Hopkins, Arvell Shaw and Buzzy Drootin. I don't know if the Delmark version of Sackville carries it, but it did get released as a CD back in 1986, but it's one worth seeking if you like some solid dixie/swing played by distinctive musicians. (The catalogue # was Sackville SKCD2-3002.)
  11. Frog Records

    I have the Forte, and it looks like (from that list) about the last half are on the Forte. It would seem that the Frog draws from only Vocalion and Pathe, while the Forte in offering the complete Armstrong with Henderson offers 65 tracks released on about 16 other labels. That would include alternate takes issued separately.
  12. Best track you heard all week

    Sorry, Peter: it says "Bill Parkins". Who should I trust, you or my lying eyes? ;-)
  13. Martial Solal

    Yeah...think of that: an uncompromising artist ("not going to change what I do") who thinks about his audience and is considerate of them.
  14. Martial Solal

    I've just ordered the LA sessions volume 1, and expect I'll like it as I have all of his work. I recorded him once for broadcast, and actually visited him at his home outside Paris. Many years later (2003) emceed a solo piano Toronto concert performance where he played a VERY short first set, perhaps 25 minutes in length of standards: "Here's That Rainy Day", "Prelude To A Kiss", "I Wish You Love".... He came offstage and said "Let's take a brief intermission, maybe 10 minutes. I know that there are people who don't like the way I interpret these things, so let's give them a chance to leave without making a fuss." Most people were still in their seats when I went back out, and I repeated what Solal said. He came back out to strong applause, played another full hour (more standards, and jazz standards: "Round Midnight", "April In Paris", "Sophisticated Lady/"In A Sentimental Mood", etc. and at the end got a standing ovation. I've always found him to be one of the great musicians, as a player (whether as a sideman -- Bechet to Reinhardt to Byas to Koller & Zoller, Konitz to Liebman to Thielemans); or leader of a big band or as a soloist. He's composed for small groups, big bands, film, stage, TV, concert orchestras. He is deeply musical, and Gallicly whimsical in his playing -- I've laughed out loud at his audacity. Martial Solal is an amazing musician, and I'm happy I've met and recorded him, and even more happy that I've heard him. He's over 90 now: what a life. What music!