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About Gheorghe

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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Must be great. Saw Woody Shaw with this group (Steve Turre, Mulgrew Miller, Stafford James and Tony Reedus) at "Konzerthaus" early in 1983. At Bremen I think Steve Turre had left the band. I remember especially Tony Reedus as a top drummer, a very exiting group that worked together for serveral years. Later, the situation was much unhappier for Woody since he was forced to work as a single with local picked up rhythm sections.......
  2. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    A great album. Remember the exitement when it came out, around 1978. This together with "The Milestone Allstars" and other similar albums was tops then. All those who like Supertrios, might also love the 1980 album "Four Quartets", where you have on trio and on each side of the then existing double LP another soloist, one with Hubbard, one more abstract one with Abercrombie, one with Bobby Hutcherson and on with Athur Blythe.
  3. Woody Herman presents Four Others

    I think I saw that album, it´s a Concord , right ? I saw Woody twice , the first time with the Herd in 1979 and the second time with an allstar combo 1985 which indeed had Al Cohn, and also the pianist John Bunch. George Duvivier was scheduled but was replaced to my disappointement but later I heard he died around the same time. As you say, Al Cohn was fantastic. On that occasion he shared the tenor soloes with Buddy Tate and if I remember right, Scott Hamilton also, and I think Varren Vaché was on trumpet and Jake Hanna might have been on drums. But Woody also contributed with some short but fine clarinet solos.
  4. Perry Robinson (1938-2018)

    his playing on Grimes´ "The Call" is first class. I heard he did some projects with Grimes even much later, in the early 2000´s . He really was a great musician.

    Strange, but Dolphy who was much younger and one of the young avantgardists, while Dorham was a bebop veteran, looks older than Dorham on this photo.
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    This, and Jackie McLean´s One Step Beyond, but I coudln´t post the album cover
  7. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    One of my favourits from the later period of the second great quintet.

    Might spin once again "Una Mas". I had that tune for some months in my own playing repertoire, might play it again on some occasions. I have read a very very moving article about KD in something like "Austin News" or something like that, also focussing on his bitter last years. I love everything he played, maybe most of all "Afro Cuban", "Round Midnite at the Bohemia", "Una Mas" and sometimes "Trompetta Tocatta". And of course all his work as a sideman: With Bird he is at best on the Roost Recordings, I love the 1952 stuff with Monk, the 54/55 Messengers, and of course his later collaboration with Joe Henderson, and the outstanding rare almost-avantgarde excursion with Andrew Hill and Dolphy. And I discovered just recently his very latest stuff for Strata East with Cliff Jordan and Cecil Payne, but have more difficulties to enjoy those, since it sound´s somehow a bit "lost" if you hear more straight ahead as late as in 1969. It sounds to desperate struggeling for survive to me, when all around that was the New Thing and the electric jazz was just beginning, somehow a sad period for straight ahead acoustic players........
  9. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Too bad I don´t have that, would be very interesting, though I always try to avoid to buy piano-trio albums, preferring them together with horn players. Great cover ! I think I remember the Steeplechase covers from the inner sleeves of the LPs and Birdtown Birds had another cover. Recently I saw the film based on Albany´s daughters Amy book "Low Down" or something like that. Some piano tracks show a quite interesting piano style, somehow a mixture of bop with more Tristano-like dissonant touches, maybe a bit like a mixture between the late Dick Twardzick and Herbie Nichols. On the only recorded document I have from him with Bird at the Finale Club he sounded a bit stiff, but interesting.
  10. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    I must admit I don´t have much Duke Pearson, I have him on some Donald Byrd, on the "Idle Moments" where he contributed most, and his own "Sweet Honey Bee". My question is about the title "Wahoo". Do they play that old bebop tune "Wahoo" (Tadd´s riff on Perdido) or is "Wahoo" not related to the old Dameron-composition ?
  11. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    That´s it. Really strange the tune "Twins" on Grahan Moncur´s album. It sounds like some Roumanian folk dance to me, the kind I know them from Transsilvania and Banat....., and the composer himself admit´s that it has a 4/4 time, but "not necessarly in a jazz rhythm". It would be interesting to know how he got that idea. Maybe, maybe it was via Bela Bartok, who I think lived his last years in the States and who had much of that transsilvanian influence in his compositions........
  12. me too, I think I saw him even later, maybe it was in 2013 or even later ?
  13. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Never saw the cover of the King LP, only the CD. The music is interesting, but maybe I´m wrong, but somehow it sounds to me that if Hank already might have some respiratory problems, he sometimes sounds short of breath on that. Anyway, I like Hank´s "round sound" more, the way he sounded until the mid 60´s . I have most of his post 65 albums also, but dont´listen to them as often as I might listen to let´s say "Soulstation" or "Workout" or the early stuff from the 50´s .
  14. When I was a young man, I played in a short-lived jazz combo (as, tb, p, g, b, dr) and the trombone player was a huge guy with an respectable girth, and he was a freckled redhair. He was a funny guy, but concerning the rehearsals he made the most mistakes and we often had to interrupt the music just that he can play the line again. This was not necessarly his fault, the leader had written quite tricky compositions and let´s say the trombone is hard to play. But.....I must admit when he got it nailed he had a beautiful sound and nice ideas, so I called him separatly for other gigs, since he had that nice trombone sound and as I said, nice lines. But once when we had a rehearsal he again was the one who made a mistake, and I got bored and said I´d go upstairs and smoke a cigarette and have a beer until he got the theme. When I came back we played the stuff again and maybe because I wasn´t really concentrated I also made a mistake, my first mistake, and that guy got red at the face like a turkey and pointed to me and went "ha ha ha" ha ha ha " Now YOU made a mistake. His nick was "Specky" which means something like "Fats" in german. I liked him, always a funny guy and a goodenough musician.