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  1. Charlie Rouse--Epistrophy: The Last Concert, Recorded in San Francisco at the Thelonious Monk Birthday Tribute of the 1988 Jazz in the City Festival (Landmark) Leo Smith--Spirit Catcher (Nessa N-19)
  2. It was Jim's mention of "Little Rootie Tootie" that brought all that to the foreground again; that tune and the incredible logical solo that spins out from it always make me go "Aha!" The context in which we listened to "Little Rootie Tootie" the other night at Kelley's reading was set when he asked us to imagine as if we were Hall Overton, with Monk telling us to just play the record every time we ask Monk about the music to arrange it for their big band concert. Then Kelley played it. I guess I paid more attention than when I normally listen to it on my own, but I was quite taken by it. Since then I've been listening to "Little Rootie Tootie" over and over with the Riverside Town Hall recordings after the Prestige one. It's fun to hear the differences (and the similarities) of those performances because of the differing ensembles. Great tune!
  3. Thomas Pynchon cribs from this in the epigraph to Against the Day though he makes it a bit more poetic: "It's always night or they wouldn't need light.-- Thelonious Monk" I believe Kelley, himself, actually quotes it in his book Freedom Dreams, too, talking about surrealism.
  4. Thomas Pynchon cribs from this in the epigraph to Against the Day though he makes it a bit more poetic: "It's always night or they wouldn't need light.-- Thelonious Monk" I believe Kelley, himself, actually quotes it in his book Freedom Dreams, too, talking about surrealism.
  5. Miles +19 alternate cover?

    I have that. AFAIK, Miles didn't want a white lady on his album cover anymore.
  6. Kelley's reading at City Lights Bookstore last night was a pretty inspiring experience for me. As I've indicated, I have thoroughly enjoyed the book, and the explanations that he provided yesterday enhanced the whole experience. Besides having the privilege to hear some of the revealing music from the home tapes that Nellie and Nica kept (including a Christmas carol), it was a pleasure just to listen to tunes like "Little Rootie Tootie." I listen to those Prestige recordings for many mornings on my bus commute through headphones, but it was a more powerful experience to hear it in a room filled with so much concentrated love for Monk. He emphasized Monk's honest struggle to make it with a hit, his dedication to his family, his often loquaciousness and punctuality despite having been characterized only as an eccentric loner that doesn't adhere to society's rules, among many other things. In the Q&A session he told use more about the treatment of Monk by the different record labels and about Monk's music as a form of literature. I then asked to hear more about Herbie Nichols, the writer, and he gave a great overview. I was able to chat with Kelley briefly afterward, too, which was a real honor. It was a lovely evening.
  7. Poor albums by good artists

    I definitely won't tear you a new one, but I really love that album. Flanagan's performance of the tune "Light Blue" just hits me deep, in particular. Especially during hard times I've had. Thanks to Kelley's book, now I know why: it was written by Monk when he was struggling with depression after hospitalization.
  8. Poor albums by good artists

    Quiet Nights should not have been released at the time in the form it was. It was not finished, maybe it was never intended to be finished, but that was not the album that Miles and Gil wanted us to hear. In my opinion if it's a clunker, it is a clunker produced by Teo Macerio, not Miles and Gil. And despite that I like it. It has brilliant moments! Just like Monk's Blues (above). Seems to be a pattern.
  9. Poor albums by good artists

    I really wanted to go to that but couldn't. Did you enjoy it? I will buy the book this weekend. Always avoided that album, still no desire to try it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll post a synopsis in the thread on his book, when I get a chance.
  10. Poor albums by good artists

    This album would have worked with either a different arranger or a different pianist. At a reading last night at City Lights Bookstore, I believe I remember Robin Kelley speaking pejoratively about this album, as an example of the negative effects of Columbia trying to sell Monk.
  11. Horo releases coming out on CD in November

    Great news! Thanks for passing this along.
  12. Joe Harriott

    Nice reflections. I had no idea Bobby Orr played drums.
  13. I'm all for intellectual curiosity about and exploration into... the process - of making music - composing, improvising, what have you. But as far as what Monk had for breakfast that morning, no thank you. One of my greatest pleasures in life is discussing scale and chord choices with Barry Harris. This is all off topic of the book itself, which I haven't read yet, so pardon the intrusion. Well, I definitely think you'd find far more meaning in this book than information about Monk's meals. For pretty much every composition that Monk recorded, and even the ones he didn't, Kelley tells us the story behind its genesis. This includes scale and chord choices, as well as title names, etc.
  14. Well said, Allen. You have wonderful insights like these; please try not to get too emotionally impacted by the prevailing power-discourse of your internet groups. The actual discussion is much more interesting.
  15. About his Prestige side that included "Monk's Dream," "Bye-ya," "Little Rootie Tootie," and "Playhouse," Kelley describes Monk as feeling alive again: "All four songs were recorded in one take, and his solfeggio singing at times threatened to overwhelm the music. Monk expresses pure joy as he sings out his ideas.(Kelley, 160)." It's true that he's singing out his ideas, and perhaps that's the essence of solfeggio. But it is so much more than what that term means, when I listen to these tunes, no?
  16. Can Larry or someone clear this up? Just curious because Kelley seems to use the term for any vocal noise that Monk produces while playing. The term seems funny to me, though. I imagine Monk singing "fa so la ti..." over his compositions. That's exactly what it is (do re mi etc). Sounds like Kelley's being ironic, or rather serious-joking. Yeah, that's what I thought, but I don't think he's being ironic in the context. A number of times he wrote, "Monk's solfeggio was particularly loud that day, indicating how good of a mood he was in," (I'm paraphrasing), but when I listen to the recording he refers to, I just hear grunting. Of course, loud grunting could say something about his state of mind, or at least his enthusiasm that day for his performance, but is that solfeggio? I'm not trying to nitpick, and I LOVE this book, but I was just confused by this.
  17. Can Larry or someone clear this up? Just curious because Kelley seems to use the term for any vocal noise that Monk produces while playing. The term seems funny to me, though. I imagine Monk singing "fa so la ti..." over his compositions.
  18. Ran Blake

    I agree. I meant to employ Baraka's criticism to the idea of a "freedom argument." I love Ran Blake's music. I need to spin Blue Potato & Other Outrages again--it's been too long since I listened to Blake. In fact, I have that duet album with Jaki Byard, and I think I only gave it one listen a year ago. Gotta get on that. Too little time.
  19. Ran Blake

    I see, thanks.
  20. Ran Blake

    Right. Sorry if that was unclear. That last line is his. I'm just unsure who "Lloyd" is.
  21. Ran Blake

    For Down Beat on July, 16, 1966, Amiri Baraka put this in perspective for me, (unclear who he's quoting to me): "This last item, is a found object: Owner and Slave If there were more Woody Hermans and fewer or no Archie Shepps, the state of Jazz would be much healthier --Dave Yost Spokane, Washington 'We try to use all components of music,' Lloyd explained. 'Chordal composition and improvisation are not finished, nor is complete freedom the answer.' here are some of the idiots floating around America" Totally not calling anyone on this board an idiot, at all. I thought this was hilarious and brilliant, though. When people start to argue that we shouldn't be completely free, they've got to think about what they're arguing.
  22. Is there a difference between solfeggio and grunting? Also, I didn't know that Herbie Nichols was a writer. Very cool.
  23. Herman Foster

    He really caught my attention on Disc 2 of the Lou Donaldson Mosaic from the 1957 BN date Swing and Soul. I didn't have the discography handy. On a couple tracks I was pretty certain I was listening to Horace Silver with the locked-hands thing that worked so well with a latin beat, but then he sounded delicate as Teddy Wilson on a couple ballads. I looked it up, and it's Herman Foster. I know nothing about him, and I couldn't find any threads about him outside of his work on this Mosaic set. It looks like he was a sideman for Lou Donaldson for years, but he did make a few records as a leader in the early 60s for Epic and Argo. Anyone have those? How are they??