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  1. Jimmy Smith

    Thanks for mentioning the "Baby Grand" live date. I´ve almost forgotten about it and spinned it yesterday. Jimmy Smith always brings a big smile to my face. What a wealth of music, that incredible latin section of "Caravan", that heavy sound on the ballads, the fingerbusting uptempos and that cute medium-tempo tunes with a bit of Errol Garner-fealing.....
  2. I remember I saw Arnett Cobb once, it might have been in the 80´s and he was still playing very very strong. On that ocasion there it was a group with two other horns, one of them was Jimmy Ford, a quite obscure player who once played with the Tadd Dameron-Fats Navarro band in 1948 (no recordings, but a foto exists). Both Cobb and Ford were great, but another really obscure trumpet player was quite weak. But I´m glad I saw Cobb life. Anyway he was still traveling very much in his late years....
  3. Erroll Garner

    Very interesting issue about Garner´s talent as a composer . I have a video of Garner which was done probably in Paris in 1970 maybe 1971 where he plays one tune that might be his own, and it´s called something like "Errol´s tune". That tune is a medium tempo B-flat minor stuff, and from the melody and the chords it´s very similar to a strange Bud Powell tune called "Ups ´n Downs" from his last recording date for ESP a few months before he died, and which was reissued on Mainstream Records in the early 70´s (another take of it is titled "Caravan Riffs") . Since there is also some Garner on Mainstream, it´s possible Garner "borrowed" some ingredients of that strange and forgotten Bud Powell tune. While Bud plays the theme in an attempt to do it "latin", Errol plays it with his trademark "Garner beat".
  4. Jimmy Smith

    Yes, this one is great, it´s even better than the live date from Small´s Paradise, just incredible. Those early Jimmy Smith albums from the historical 1500 Series is the greatest. I only have the japanes cardboard reissue of this album, and as I noticed then, it seemed that they didn´t release alternate tracks or unissued material , they kept strictly to keep it as a CD version of the historical original LP....
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Oh yeah ! I love this great little record. It has a very very special and personal meaning to me, because I purchased it in september 1978 after I have heard the great Max Roach Quartet (with Bridgewater, Harper, Workman) at "Kongresshaus" (that ugly hall on Margarethengurtel, I think now there´s a BILLA ....) and I went to the then famous record dealer "Radio Kratz" in Delka Hof Mariahilferstrasse and asked Mr Kratz if he has some Max Roach and this it was. But it was a different cover, a colour foto of Roach in profil , well this was the period of the french "America" Label, they had many Debut and Fantasy records in their cataloque. I even played that record at school as a listening example when our music professor asked if someone has a recorded drum solo.
  6. Lee Konitz LIVE AT BIRDLAND on ECM

    A title "Life at Birdland" always sounds great , all those great records that were made there. But I never could have imagined that a label like ECM would make records titled "Life at Birdland". I always thought they focussed on such very western sounding chamber-music like kind of stuff.....
  7. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Sonny Stitt is always a pleasure to hear. Recently I listend to his album "Nightwork", where he plays with Howard McGhee, Walter Bishop, Tommy Potter and Kenny Clarke.....
  8. Clarence Fountain (1929 - 2018)

    must admit I never heard the name. Only know about a Clarence "C" Sharp, and (not from my musical tastes..... a Pete Fountain......)
  9. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Thank you Brad for mentioning "Long Dring" and "4,5,6" since they are also my favourites from those Prestige albums of Jackie. The most interesting thing is really that "rough" but relaxed "Long Drink" with the really unusual tenor sax played by McLean. It has a quite "hollow" sound but is pure McLean from his phrasing. Curtis Fuller is also great. And on "4,5,6" the rare choice of "Sentimental Journey" a tune rarely picked by post war musicians, and the faster version of "When I fall in love".....
  10. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Those early Prestige sessions of Jackie McLean are quite interesting, though they still sound a bit "rough". I remember when I bought this album I couldn´t believe the man on the coverfoto is Jackie, I wouldn´t have recognized him. There are still a lot of standards and ballads on those albums. I think one track is called "Outburst" and it´s an ultra fast improvised line of the "Salt Peanuts" changes.
  11. Reggie Lucas RIP

    Really sad news. He was a remarcable musician and one of the key figures for 70´s rockjazz. The Miles Bands with Reggie Lucas-Pete Cosey were great.
  12. Mingus Moves

    Besides the occasions where I saw George Adams in top form (for example in 1980 with Don Pullen, Cameron Brown and Danny Richmond) I also saw him shortly before he died in one of those "Mingus Memorial Bands" conducted by Jimmy Knepper. This one was weak IMHO, it seemed that Jimmy Knepper wasn´t really interested in that project and he looked tired and bored, and George Adams was very subdued.
  13. Charlie Parker - Bird's Eyes

    The Machito session is really a treasure. I have it on a Spotlite LP from the late 70´s . Great Howard McGhee and Brew Moore also and a rare early vocal of Harry Belafonte.
  14. Woody Shaw "Tokyo 1981" (Elemental Music)

    Must have that ! Woody Shaw and that band, they were the greatest, each of them a topnotch musician. I was lucky I saw that band. Was quite astonished when I saw the fotos: He looks much heavier here than I remember him, I remember him really skinny.......
  15. Mingus Moves

    The Band with George Adams and Don Pullen sure was fantastic, because at least for me and my friends it was something like the resurrection of Mingus. We all had associated him with Dolphy, Jakie Byard and now here was that new band, which had it all, I mean the Mingus I always loved, with tensions alternating with tender moments, like the then brand new composition "Sue´s Changes". So, the way how they played "Adams/Pullen" marked the real comeback of Mingus. And I´d say Mingus was the artist who was one of my first very very early associations with "jazz". I heard Mingus before I even had heard about Bird and Diz, dig that ! And Mingus´ music "helped" me to get into more advanced forms and so called New Thing (Free Jazz), because even the music went far out it still went back to moments where it would "groove" just to be helpful for lesser advanced listeners, that´s how I see Mingus, fantastic, a teacher, a mentor........ George Adams and Don Pullen had that quality, they took it into more avantgardistic directions, but had those roots, when they got back into some blues-gospel influenced chords and phrases....... It was harder for the next band, such as it was harder for the men who followed after Dolphy/Byard. But Mingus got back into composing new stuff for that last band too. About "Bruce Springsteen": Let me tell it as the hard core jazz fan I am: About the time I got to dig Mingus (mid 70´s ) I haven´t even heard about Springsteen. I first heard that name when about in 1984 Artie Shaw (who came back to the scene for a short period) mentioned him in an interview as something "today you must be Bruce Springsteen to get famous". Imagine: I had to hear that name for the first time from an old musician who could have been my grandpa.....