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  1. Heap big thanks to SEK for allowing me to be a last-minute pinch-hitter while he takes the next week to pick HIS AOW! So let this be the official announcement as well: SEK for AOW, 10/5 - 10/11. Big John Patton - Got A Good Thing Goin' (click here to buy) I'll post a more proper beginning to this thread after dinner. My wife's homemade chicken pot pie is callin' my name!!!
  2. The thread started by Chuck Nessa describing his meeting with Ghost of Miles was nice. Made me wonder who others have met through the various BBS's? Or who you hope to meet someday? Me, I've had the pleasure of spending an evening with Jazzbo (aka Lon) and seeing his mammoth music collection. Also had the pleasure of hanging out with Joe Christmas and Joe a few years back. That was a lot of fun. And I've also had my backbone shattered by the ferocious playing of JSngry and Quartet Out!!! Man, the CD may be awesome, but actually seeing them live is an experience that must be had! Even better than listening to him play is actually rapping with the guy. He is just as engaging in person as he is on the board! Would really like to hear others stories!
  3. I was thinking they recorded a lot together, but a search at jazzdisco.org supplies the following albums: Look Out (to be issued as an RVG next year) Speakin’ My Piece (on the Parlan Mosaic) Comin’ Your Way (on the Turrentine Mosaic) Up at Minton’s (readily available by itself) On the Spur of the Moment (on the Parlan Mosaic) Then there was a rejected session and an earlier session on Time Records. And that appears to be it. Am I missing anything? They blend so well together, it would be a shame if they didn't record more together.
  4. This is a test. I am attempting to make two separate posts. This is the first. This is supposed to be the second. My question is, why are my separate posts being combined into one, and is there any way to keep that from happening? Because this is supposed to be the FOURTH post within this thread, and it only shows one post!
  5. Verve Originals, complete list

    Since the Verve website is useless (and BTW, if anyone can find any contact info on that site, please direct me to it), I've put together what I think is the complete list of CDs in the Verve Originals series. Thanks to king ubu for directing me to past discussion threads about this subject. If you see any errors, PLEASE feel free to let me know. This list was culled together from the aforementioned threads, as well as searches at CD Universe (mainly) and a few other sites whose names escape me. Google helped a lot, too. September 18, 2007 *Billie Holiday - Lady Sings the Blues Ella Fitzgerald - Ella in Hamburg Ella Fitzgerald - Live at Mister Kelly's *Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Porgy And Bess *Gato Barbieri - Ruby Ruby *George Benson - The Shape of Things to Come *Jimmy Smith - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (some of this is available on the Oliver Nelson Mosaic) *Miles Davis - Lift to the Scaffold (Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud) *Oscar Peterson Trio Plus One *Sarah Vaughan - Live at Mister Kelly's *Stan Getz - Getz Au Go-Go (Live) *Wes Montgomery - Goin' Out of My Head October 9, 2007 *Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins *Gil Evans Orchestra - Out of the Cool Johnny Hartman - I Just Dropped By To Say Hello *Oliver Nelson - The Blues and the Abstract Truth *Quincy Jones - The Quintessence (all of this is available on the Quincy Jones Mosaic) *RAMP - Come Into Knowledge *Ramsey Lewis - The 'In' Crowd *Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Lifeline *Sonny Rollins - On Impulse! *Stanley Clarke - Children Are Forever February 9, 2008 Duke Ellington and John Coltrane *John Coltrane - Africa/Brass *John Coltrane - Ballads *John Coltrane - Coltrane *John Coltrane - Live at the Village Vanguard March 18, 2008 Bill Evans - Plays the Theme from The V.I.P.S. and Other Songs *George Benson - I Got a Woman and Some Blues *Jimmy Smith - Live at the Village Gate *Kenny Burrell - Night At the Vanguard *Oliver Nelson - Fantabulous (all of this is available on the Oliver Nelson Mosaic) *Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie *Paul Desmond - Bridge Over Troubled Water *Stan Getz - Jazz Giants '58 *Louis Armstrong - New Orleans Nights (thanks, Swinging Swede) April 22, 2008 B.B. King - Live at the Apollo Grover Washington Jr. - Inner City Blues Ramsey Lewis Trio - Live at the Bohemian Caverns in Washington D.C. Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Vibrations (Amazon lists this, CDU doesn't) Terry Callier - Occasional The Jazz Crusaders - Old Socks, New Shoes...New Socks, Old Shoes June 3, 2008 Antonio Carlos Jobim - Rio Revisited Antonio Carlos Jobim /Elis Regina - Ellis & Tom Astrud Gilberto - Look to the Rainbow Astrud Gilberto - The Astrud Gilberto Album Astrud Gilberto/Walter Wanderley - A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness Luiz Bonfa - The Brazilian Scene Luiz Bonfa/Maria Toledo - Braziliana *Stan Getz - Getz/Gilberto #2 *Stan Getz w/Laurindo Almeida June 10, 2008 *John Coltrane - A Love Supreme *John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman *John Coltrane - Live at Birdland *John Coltrane - Impressions *John Coltrane - Crescent July 1, 2008 George Duke - Faces in Reflection *Norman Brown - Just Between Us *Walter Beasley *Will Downing - A Dream Fulfilled July 29, 2008 *Return Of The Brecker Brothers Dizzy Gillespie - The Cool World (all of this is available on the Dizzy Gillespie Mosaic) *Dr. John - City Lights *Hugh Masekela - Home Is Where The Music Is *John Klemmer - Barefoot Ballet *Maynard Ferguson - Octet *Milt Jackson - Live At The Museum Of Modern Art *Ramsey Lewis - Goin' Latin *Stan Getz - Sweet Rain *Willie Bobo - Bobo Motion September 23, 2008 *Cal Tjader Plays The Contemporary Music Of Mexico And Brazil *Crusaders - Pass The Plate George Duke - Feel *Grover Washington, Jr. - All The Kings's Horses *Joe Sample - Swing Street Cafe *Lalo Schifrin - Piano, Strings And Bossa Nova *Luiz Bonfa Plays And Sings Bossa Nova *Roy Ayers - You Send Me *Stan Getz - Big Band Bossa Nova *Terry Callier - What Color Is Love October 21, 2008 *Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy Goes Hollywood (all of this is available on the Dizzy Gillespie Mosaic) George Benson - Tell It Like It Is George Duke - I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry Grover Washington, Jr. - Soul Box *Jimmy Smith - Hobo Flats (Amazon lists this, CDU doesn't) (all of this is available on the Oliver Nelson Mosaic) *John Klemmer - Arabesque *Little Jimmy Scott - Everybody's Somebody's Fool *Oscar Peterson with Strings - In a Romantic Mood Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Change Up the Groove *Sonny Stitt Sits in with Oscar Peterson *Stan Getz In Stockholm *Walter Beasley - Intimacy Walter Beasley - Just Kickin' It Will Downing - Come Together as One January 27, 2009 *Bud Powell - Blues in the Closet *Gato Barbieri - Chapter One: Latin America *Stan Getz - Dynasty *Grover Washington, Jr. - Feels So Good *Nina Simone - Let It Be Me *Count Basie - On My Way and Shoutin' Again *Louis Armstrong - Satchmo at Pasadena *The Oscar Peterson Trio & Nelson Riddle *Roy Ayers - Ubiquity *Quincy Jones - You've Got It Bad, Girl April 14, 2009 *Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Soul Finger *Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy On The French Riviera (all of this is available on the Dizzy Gillespie Mosaic) *Ella Fitzgerald - Ella In Hollywood *Freddie Hubbard - The Artistry Of Freddie Hubbard *Roy Ayers - He's Coming *Gato Barbieri - Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre *Stan Getz - At the Shrine *Terry Gibbs - Swing is Here *Johnny Hodges - Used to be Duke *Keith Jarrett - Treasure Island John Coltrane - Ascension John Coltrane - Kulu Se Mama John Coltrane - The John Coltrane Quartet Plays John Coltrane - A New Thing At Newport John Coltrane - Meditations June 9, 2009 *Gato Barbieri - Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata *Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond - Blues in Time Crusaders - Images *Max Roach - As Quiet As It's Kept *Grover Jr. Washington - A Secret Place *Quincy Jones - Explores the Music of Henry Mancini *Oscar Peterson - Plays The Jerome Kern Songbook *Roy Ayers - Virgo Red *Count Basie - Basie Land *Wes Montgomery - Down Here on the Ground August 11, 2009 Gerry Mulligan - Lonesome Boulevard Grover Jr. Washington - Reed Seed Oliver Nelson - Musical Tribute to JFK: The Kennedy Dream Stan Getz - Apasionado McCoy Tyner - Today and Tomorrow Roy Ayers Ubiquity - A Tear to a Smile Quincy Jones - Smackwater Jack Joe Henderson - Porgy and Bess Gato Barbieri - Tropico Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond - 1975: The Duets *Available at yourmusic.com
  6. Eric Doplhy - Out To Lunch (click here to buy) John S has tagged me to pick this week's AOTW, and I've tagged sidewinder to pick the AOTW for 12/22-12/28. I'm taking a different approach for this AOTW by picking an album which I recognize is an unquestioned classic, but whose appeal is absolutely lost on me. That's right. I can't stand this album, it frustrates the hell outta me every time I listen to it, and it's not for lack of trying. I'll go into a point-by-point analysis of why this album drives me batty when the week actually starts, not wanting to take away from the current AOTW. But just keep all of this in your minds when preparing for next week: what the hell am I missing??!?!? Why has its charm eluded me all these years? Why is Dolphy seen as such a jazz genius, when, to these ears, his playing sounds like only so much squawking?!?!? Really and truly, I want to know!!!! Talk to y'all next week!
  7. Lately I've had a SERIOUS jones for the no-nonsense balls-out grit & crunch of AC/DC! For my money, nobody hits the raw nerve of rock like these guys, especially when Bon Scott was the lead screamer....er, singer! Double-entendres out the wazoo, delivered with a devilish sense of humor that a lot of today's self-obsessed grunge whiners could learn a lot from. And there's a lot of people who dig Angus Young's fiery lead guitar, but you know who my favorite's always been? His brother Malcolm! Man, NOBODY can play a rhythm guitar like this guy. This guy sounds like Chuck Berry with the amp cranked to 20! If it weren't for Malcolm, we wouldn't have those unforgettable riffs from "It's a Long Way to the Top," "The Jack," "Highway to Hell," etc. Teamed with his brother, these guys put together one of the most ferocious twin-guitar attacks I've ever heard. Not only that, they are the ONLY rock group that has literally scared the shit outta me. True story: 1978, I was 8 years old, and my cousin took me to the mall to pick up his brother and sister from the ice rink. We walked by the record store, and there in all it's bloody gory...er, glory is If You Want Blood, You've Got It. (This was before I knew what special effects were). Man, that cover frightened the hell outta me. Years later, I found out the record inside was just as ferocious! What I would've given to see those guys live back then. This is not to diminish or short-change latter-day Brian Johnson AC/DC. But there was something special about the Bon years. Something I can't really describe. But I do like it that 25+ years later, they're still kicking ass left and right. Oh yeah, one other thing: "Ride On," baby. Beautiful. Anyone else?
  8. Don’t know if there’s another thread dedicated to the Great Finds of CDs (I know there’s a thread like this for vinyl); I did a search and nothing comes up, so if there IS a thread for this, please tell me and I’ll delete this thread. I’m just giddy I found this: The Dissection and Reconstruction of Music from the Past as Performed by the Inmates of Lalo Schifrin’s Demented Ensemble as a Tribute to the Memory of the Marquis de Sade. Used for $8.00!!!! Funny thing is, I bought it thinking I would eBay this puppy; turns out I actually like this!
  9. CONTEST: 2016 Grey Cup

    Drat! Got the team but not the points.
  10. CONTEST: 2016 Grey Cup

    Ottawa 45 Year of the upset
  11. John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years in Mono

    According to the Rhino website: A quick caveat, however: you will not find My Favorite Things, Coltrane Jazz, or Coltrane's Sound contained within this set, but it’s through no fault of ours: the mono masters were lost in a fire, so their inclusion simply wasn’t possible, sadly. http://www.rhino.com/article/out-now-john-coltrane-the-atlantic-years-in-mono
  12. Inspired by deus62 admitting how much he loves Frampton Comes Alive, as well as Jazzmoose's confession to liking Simon & Garfunkel, what skeletons are in your closet? Here's mine: Foreigner's Double Vision. I know it's cheesy as hell, but it was one of the first rock records I ever bought, and if I didn't associate it so much with a great childhood, I'd probably hate it like everyone else! How about you?
  13. Andrew Hill space

    I FINALLY get it!!! Lately, I've been on something of a Hill binge, what with the new Conn coming out & all (and reading all the great comments in that thread, which I am too lazy to link here ). I haven't got it yet, but plan to. QUICKLY!!! So, to bide the time, I've been digging other stuff of his. I was fortunate enough to stumble across a used Mosaic a while back (no booklet, alas), and thought for $22, this was well worth looking into. Needless to say, the first couple of go-rounds scared me to death. (In fact, I still don't get Point of Departure, but that may have more to do with me not being able to get Dolphy than anything else!) But slowly, EVER so slowly, it started working its way into my system. Judgement was the one that left the most lasting impression. I mean, you can't go wrong with Bobby Hutcherson & Elvin Jones. Then I noticed that Richard Davis was all over the sessions, and HIS playing started reeling me in as well. So, two years and countless listenings later, I'm slowly appreciating this set. Some I enjoy now more than ever (Black Fire, One for One, and Andrew!!!); others are still just a wee bit "out there" for me (Smoke Stack, and especially the session with Sam Rivers. I can only listen to that in small doses, intensity level being as high as it is). Fast forward and start to dig some sideman appearances, especially the Hank Mobley No Room for Squares album. Not only is Hill an accomplished writer, but he's a helluva comper too!!! Especially on tracks like "Three Way Split" and the title cut! Then, of course, there's Dialogue which features Hill stealing the show on a grand scale! AND, if Joe Christmas is reading, I want to say right now that I shoulda purchased Dusk when you showed it to me at Tower a few years ago. I finally heard that album this week, and cannot remember the last time an album moved me as much as this did. The section work is lush and provocative to be sure, but for me, the highlight is the piano solo (don't have it in front of me, but I'm sure many of you know which one I'm talking about: track #4). I was in a trance at work today, and it was like a beacon of light broke through. Then, the floodgates opened today during lunch, while listening to Greg Osby's The Invisible Hand. Hill's phrasing during the second track, his subtle use of space, and the way he plays with, around, behind, and through the beat was nothing short of breathtaking. That's the kind of thing where something reaches from the music, slaps me around a bit, and says, "SEE??!?" I do now!!! As a P.S., I picked up Grass Roots today, for fear that somebody else might beat me to it and then I'll wonder what I missed. Hopefully, this thread will go long enough that I'll be able to share some thoughts on that as well. One more thing, how is Beautiful Day? Does it live up to the title? Whew! Thanks all for letting me air all this out. Needed to do this after the Cubs heartbreaker tonight!
  14. Bought this in Austin for $3 over the weekend, been hunting it for a while. Didn't know at the time of purchase that this re-issue omits two tracks: a cover of the Beatles' "And I Love Her" and another track I've not heard of called "The Grass is Greener." Now, I can live without the Beatles cover; but what about that other track? Is it worth continuing to hunt down the full album?
  15. BFT109 discussion thread

    I was thinking of a bonus disc BFT from many years ago, and remembered thinking this sounded exactly like "The Hucklebuck," but that my guess was wrong and the correct answer was "Now's the Time." I was too tired to look it up the other night, but now that I'm wide awake, I went on a hunt to see if I was just imagining things. Turns out, my memory wasn't as faulty as I thought, and someone else heard the same thing I did. It was the bonus disc to RDK's BFT #11, and he lined up three consecutive tracks as follows: 3. “Now’s the Time” Charlie Parker 4. “D-Natural Blues” Lucky Millinder 5. “The Hucklebuck” Roy Milton RDK then had this to say: "More famously, pretty much the same tune as “D-Natural Blues” and “Now’s the Time.” A famous court case at the time ruled that both “D-Natural Blues” and “Hucklebuck” could exist with separate titles, composer credits, and publishers. A lot of people say that “Hucklebuck” ripped off Bird, but “Hucklebuck” was derived from “D-Natural Blues,” which was written and first recorded way back in 1928. Go figure… " How it's possible I can remember something like this from years ago, yet on a daily basis can't remember where I put my car keys (this is even more embarrassing when the keys are in my hand), I'll never know! Well, sounded like 'Now's the time' to me, too. It's certain that when different people listen to the same music, they hear different things about it. MG
  16. BFT109 discussion thread

    Wow indeed! I see this from time to time but never had any inclination to pick it up until now!
  17. BFT109 discussion thread

    Oh hey, I'm on time for once! Kinda! Track 1: This feels like a version of “Star Dust” I should like simply because it exists or because of who’s playing it, not necessarily because I particularly enjoy it. The trumpet sounds like he’s forcing everything. NMCOT™ Track 2: Unfortunately, this one isn’t doing much for me either. The groove is there, but this also sounds forced. Sadly, another NMCOT™ Track 3: Me likey. Interesting double-track of the organ. No clue who this might be. I think it wants to be mid-60’s Prestige vintage, but it sounds too recent. Either that or Contemporary was cuttin’ some greeeeeazy sides back in the day. Track 4: Sonny Stitt on Varitone for Impulse? Was gonna say Eddie Harris, but the stereo spread suggests Impulse to me. However, a quick check of the Impulse discography tells me that, if it is Stitt, it’s not on Impulse. And now, on second listen, I’m no longer sure it’s Stitt OR Harris, because what I thought was a Varitone is just a standard alto & tenor. I’m still gonna guess it’s an Impulse record! Track 5: Sounds like the theme to a 60’s sitcom. Which I love! They just don’t make TV themes like this anymore! Track 6: Very nice. No clue, but very nice! Track 7: First thought is Illinois Jacquet or Louis Jordan doing “Now’s the Time.” I really wanna say that’s Illinois’ brother on the bari sax! Track 8: This reminds me of that Dizzy Gillespie/Gil Fuller Monterrey Jazz Orchestra record. Except for that so-cheesy-it’s-hip organ! Absolutely DIGGING this groove, though! Track 9: Freddy Cole? No clue when it comes to vocals, but I can say that I didn’t dislike this! Track 10: Cab Calloway doing the St. Louis Blues? I don’t know who else it could be! Track 11: No clue. Sounds like the soundtrack to one of those old radio horror serials. Or Tex Avery’s WHO KILLED WHO? :lol Oh wait, there’s a tenor sax on this? I should check to see if this is from Grant Green’s GRANTSTAND. Naw, couldn’t be: Grant don’t comp like that. Oh! Oh! I know: Baby Face Willette! Track 12: Same as track 9, but substitute Johnny Hartman for Freddy Cole. Track 13: A very sleepy clarinet player. Just like me (sans clarinet). Gonna finish this later and read others’ comments now (because it’s not like I’d remember anyway). I’m sorry, MG. Maybe it’s my own tired state that is preventing me from really enjoying all of this.
  18. BFT 108 Reveal

    Dan, thanks again for a fantastic BFT! This will definitely get repeated playings. Gotta say, the last buncha BFT's have been extremely enjoyable and fun and swinging (yes, I know my BFT is part of that bunch, OF COURSE I like my own BFT! ). Track 2: Not that I'm any expert on Dudu Pukwana, I've listened to his work on Hugh Masekela's HOME IS WHERE THE MUSIC IS zillions of times that I'm surprised I didn't notice him on track 2. After reading this Reveal, I went back and listened to it and there it is in plain sight. Or sound! Track 4: When I got home, I listened to ELLIS IN WONDERLAND just to see if there was anything even remotely close to this track. Again, I don't know what I was thinking. But I sure hope I can find this LP sometime! Sweets? Louie Bellson? Um YES!!! Track 11: the one time, THE ONE TIME, I woulda got a BFT track that NOBODY else got, and I put off my guesses until after the Reveal! AAAAAUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! Track 12: well, now I know why this sounded so familiar, having been one of the recipients of your digital generosity when you came across this. Again, happy to have THIS back in the collection! Again, thanks for another great BFT, Dan! :tup
  19. BFT 108 Discussion Thread

    Al, no worries on the lateness of the comments, they were worth the wait, as they always are. Glad you liked most everything on the disc. My pleasure, my man! It was a treat to listen to it again today. I had a chance to listen to it while driving around earlier in the month and heard the Harris acetate and had every intention of commenting on at least that track, and then life got in the way as it always seems to do. I have NO idea how/why I thought I heard a guitar on track 4! I must've been so confident in my guess that I didn't even bother to listen for Ellis!
  20. BFT 108 Discussion Thread

    With thousands of apologies to Dan for taking forfreakinever to get to this, because I always look forward to a Dan Gould BFT and feel particularly bad that I didn't get any time to supply the usual meanderings & shenanigans. And especially because there's one track on here that I suspect he put on here thinking no one would remember its backstory. But *I* do!!! Once again, it should be quite obvious that I not only haven't looked at the answers, but also haven't looked at anyone else's guesses either (the mystery track, notwithstanding)! Track 1: Off with a bang! A big bang! A big band with a big bang! Say that fast five times! OH HEY that sounds like Stanley Turrentine! Or a huge fan of the man! GREAT way to start a BFT! Track 2: Somebody say AMEN!!! No clue on any of the players, but I love the spiritual feel to this! Track 3: Crud!!! I bet I have this at home. Or used to have it. Sounds like that Sonny Stitt record on Verve with Jo Jones. NEW YORK somethingorother. If that's the case, self-kicking will commence shortly! Okay, never mind, now that "Impressions" has started, my rear-end is saved from a momentary beating! Track 4: Herb Ellis, leadoff track from ELLIS IN WONDERLAND. I only know this cuz I have it, but haven't listened to it in ages. Needs to remedy that quickly. By God, ANYTHING with Sweets is sweet, and this is no exception! Still, I'm just tickled that I actually recognize something from my collection on a BFT! Track 5: Johnny Hodges. Maybe something from his 1951-1955 Verve years? Those years never made much of an impression on me, and this song is a good example why. Everyone sounds bored. Track 6: More Ellingtonia! Sounds like Paul Gonsalves & Clark Terry. Track 7: Even more Ellingtonia! I recognize the tune as "Rockin' in Rhythm," but don't recognize the guitarist. I like his sound, though! Track 8: Sheesh, no ide.... wait, I bet this is Gene Harris on the organ! MORE than sufficiently greeeazy! Fred Jackson on tenor, or some other good ol' blues wailer! Track 9: I don't care who this is, that groove is absolutely KILLING ME!!!! Must find source of this one! Dan, this is starting to remind me of the first BFT I ever did, where the last half was nothing but greeeeaze! It's either Gene Harris or Wild Bill Davis. WHOA!!! Love that fake ending!!! I like this track so much I'm gonna listen to it again before moving on to the next one! Track 10: Ahhh, God bless Jug and Sonny! Even if this ain't them, the statement still applies! But I think it's them! Track 11: I am willing to bet the house that this is the famous acetate of Gene Harris' very first recording that Dan received from Mrs. Gene Harris some years back. At least that's how my memory remembers the story. I have no doubt that Dan will gladly retell this story in the reveal or maybe even during the discussion. All's I know is, whatta treat to hear this again! I seem to recall that Dan made this available to those who asked for it and I don't know what happened to my copy, so I am *very* thankful to have this back again! Track 12: Pretty sure this is also Gene Harris, this time with the Three Sounds, and I'm pretty confident (although not bet-the-house confident) that this is from MOODS. I know I've heard this version: that bass statement of the chorus is unmistakable! Track 13: Aw, what the heck? Gene Harris again! Even if it ain't, the odds are in my favor, right? RIGHT??? The cool thing about Harris is that not only does he have a sound that is as beautiful and original as it gets, but I don't know that anyone ever tried to ape him like they tried to ape Horace Silver or Bill Evans or Red Garland; yet his sound is like a combination of all three. Nifty trick that! Track 14: More Gene Harris! This sounds like early 70's Harris, or maybe one of his gospel records for Concord (of which, I'm ashamed to say, I have zilch). Track 15: Aw geez, I should know this one. That sax sound is SO freakin' familiar! DUHHHHH!!! Well, the applause at the end suggests that maybe, just maybe, this is a private recording and I need not feel so dumb. Nahhhh, I still feel dumb for not recognizing the sax player! Track 16: Bird. What the heck? I'm all guessed out, and I could see Dan putting a Bird tune on here just to mess with us. That's why I like his BFT's: they can be such complete mindfreaks and I love it when that happens! Well Dan, another fine BFT, and not once did I have to drag out any of the dreaded DKDC™ or HAFC™ acronyms, a first for one of us! Now to look at the discussion and feel dumb, and then the answers to feel REAL dumb! :lol
  21. Toshiba Japan Blue Note LT Series Reissues

    I'm confused: "first 33 or so" of... RVG's? The current LT reissues?
  22. random thoughts

    I hear ya!
  23. BFT 107 discussion thread

    Better late than never, right? RIGHT??? I haven't looked at the answers, which should become obvious rather quickly! Track 1: My first thought was Johnny Smith "Darn That Dream" from one of his Roost trio records, but then the piano came in, so now we call it "Dash That Guess." (ha!) I still think it's Smith, though, and thought for a second it was from the same session that gave us that wonderful song featured on the previous BFT, "Land of the Wisconsin Velveeta Chills." (Datsa for my bossa, Jim R). But I checked the CD, and it's not. So, final answer: Johnny Smith, "Darn That Dream," and I'm too lazy to investigate further! Track 2: I haaaaaaaate when I know the tune, but I forget the title! I mean, I can even hear Tony Bennett singing this in my mind! He did this at Carnegie Hall! My brain keeps yelling "SOLITUDE" or "SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME," and I keep yelling back "IT AIN'T EITHER OF THEM, SO SHUDDUP ALREADY!!!" Oh, I'm gonna be kicking myself once I see the answer. On an unrelated note, my son has a friend in marching band with him who is an expert flute-player (she made the All-State Band on the piccolo; y'all should hear her play the trills from "Night on Bald Mountain," it will send shivers down your spine!). Her style of playing, her intonation, is very similar to the player on this track, who I'm gonna guess is Herbie Mann. Track 3: Now that's just mean! I'm still blanking out on the song title! This sounds like Hubert Laws to me, though. A lot of things I'm hearing here I've heard in his other work. Well, then that sax comes in. Maybe Ronnie? Maybe I'm wrong on both accounts and it's the same person on both sax AND flute? Track 4: Wait, wasn't this on an earlier BFT? Ah well, one can never have too many greeeeazy versions of "Giant Steps!" Oh hey, that sounds like Grant Green on guitar! Sounds like the Mighty Trinity of Greeeaze (Patton, Green, Dixon)! Ah, if only! Track 5: Love it!!! This SO made me giggle! "SING that part, dammit!" Track 6: Nice, despite not really making any impression on me. Might sound better in a non-work environment (which is where I'm currently writing this) Track 7: A very beautiful "But Beautiful!" Whoever this is caresses this with such finesse, plays just the right amount of music so that no note, no breath, nothing is wasted. This is like a good massage for the heart AND soul. The piano player, on the other hand, seems to have graduated from the Oscar Peterson School of Subtlety.... Track 8: "Recorda Me" or whatever Joe was calling it in the 70's. I thought it was Joe's version with Curtis Fuller on Milestone, but after listening to that version, this definitely ain't that. No clue, as usual, but that trombone player is getting DOWN and I love it!!! Track 9: "Body and Soul," as played by someone trying to sound like Monk by apeing as many of his styles as possible, with some success. Track 10: "Autumn in New York," and I dig how they try to make it sound like a rainy dreary autumn day, where everyone else usually tries to paint a picture of sunshine, cool air, leaves changing colors, etc. Not these guys. It's cold, rainy, yucky, dreary, and lonely. This is the kind of day I used to love to go to the downtown library, curl up with a book in one of the big chairs that looked out the window to the railroad tracks, watch the traffic go by and watch the trains go by. Track 11: Nice. Nothing beyond that, though, since I don't recognize the tune or the players. But I'd listen to it again in a heartbeat! Track 12: Rather enjoyed this until whoever decided to start singing (?) along with the accordion and the guitar. Then that... what is that, a bass clarinet? I feel like I should like this a lot more than I do right now, but it's really trying my patience. Track 13: This is like the "Name That Tune" from Hell! You wouldn't know by looking at this, but the above answers have been heavily edited after my first guesses were "I should KNOW this tune!" and then finally figuring it out halfway through. Plus, with the repeated tunes, I'm getting confused even more! OH well, enough whining! I love the guitar accompaniment to this, that wonderful Freddie-Green-rhythm. Love it love it love it!!! Oh, a singer, and a nice one at that! Just wish he/she woulda sung the title, but apparently it's not to be! Geeeeeeeeeezzz!!! Track 14: Two guitars, strings... sounds like Joe Pass & Joe Pisano? Doesn't matter: ME LIKEY!!! What the... are they freakin' kidding me? "Goin' Outta My Head?" That... is... GENIUS!!! This just went from the sublime to the ridiculous and took sublime as hostage, and I... FREAKIN... LOVE IT!!! Whatta BFT! Lotsnlotsa good stuff here! Now to read the comments & hope that nobody else does the same!