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About Gheorghe

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  1. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Is this Dorothy Donegan ? I think I saw her live once, but IMHO she overdoes the piano a bit, very technical really, but maybe some pianists just think if the piano has 88 keys you have to play them all at once......, I like the piano more if it can also get out of the way, leaving space for the other musicians.....but if I here someone like Dorothy Donegan I always think I can imagine them as child wonders, beeing carried from one competition to the next, and then at some point they switch to "jazz"...... And maybe she was not presented were she expected to be presented, it was a small cellar club, fine but maybe not for her, she seemed to be a little lost and overdressed for that joint....... poor Mrs Donegan......
  2. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I think it took me some time to get used to Dizzy Reece´s trumpet sound, it sound´s a bit "squeezed" . But he got really a hell of a band for that record. I think "Star Bright" and "Sounding Off" are my favourite records he made.
  3. I think I remember having heard about Sadao Watanabe, but I am not sure in which context. Didn´t he play a very bird like altosaxophone on some Galaxy records with some US musicians. I don´t know what has happened to Galaxy, there was a whole bunch of recordings made in Japan. But I think, Watanabe made some fusion albums also, for money. And I think some Europeans knew him especially for that fusion stuff....... I saw Terumaso Hino live with Dave Liebman, can you imagine that ? About the question about pre 1975 japanese jazz.... hard to say, wasn´t the early 70´s a quite rough period for jazz with many guys having difficulties to get jobs and a lot of joints closed? But I think I remember there was a japanese guy dont remember his name, a quite long and not pronouncable name, who had a big band called "New Herd" and who recorded some tracks with US Stars in the early 70´s. He can be heard on an ill fated Mingus in Japan album from around 1971, and on a Monk album also from that period which was quite unhappy for both Monk and Mingus.....
  4. Two more Hank Mobley photos.

    wow, never saw Mobly bespectacled. Maybe on some pics with sunglasses.
  5. I don´t really understand all that discussion about Quincy Troupe´s book, since this is an old thing, I think it was published around 1989, right ? I would have liked to read that new book, but sorry to say I think I´m too conservative for Kindle. To read a book means to me to read paper format, not to press buttons. I tried Kindle, when Peter Pullman´s "book" about Bud Powell came out. I even bought that Kindle Equipment and someone told me how to handle it, but I fear I have forgotten how it has to be done, and have misplaced the Kindle Book somewhere. And the guy who was my "computer expert" died to early, so I´m alone and lost with stuff like that........ I hope, that new book will be published some time on paper format.
  6. Miles Davis’ lost album “Rubberband” set for release

    100% agreement ! I´d say I had the same impressions: And I think they were exactly how Miles played his live shows in those years 1983-1985: The 1983 "Star People" reflected what I saw "live" in spring 1983: Still a band playing instruments, Al Foster on drums, Mike Stern AND John Scofield so you had both elements, the more rock-sounding Mike Stern and the more cool and laid-back Scofield, and a lot of playing. There was no keyboard player, only Miles filled in on keyboard here and there, as he did in 1974-75. The 1984 "Decoy" .....well maybe it´s my own fault, maybe after liking Star People so much I expected more, or better said, something else. I think, and that´s how I felt when I saw Miles again in 1984, that 1984 was a year of "transition". Miles, who had started his comeback with a really playing stage band in 1981 and kept that kind of stuff until 1983, was looking for a change but still did not no in which direction to go. Finally in 1985 he had decided to go "pop" and commercially strong. The electronic keyboards got a bigger role, the drums became more mecanic and could have been replaced by machines, the stuff became more music you can hear on headphones, not necessarly famous for jazz solos. I saw Miles twice in 1985. In July he played exactly what´s on "You Are Under Arrest" and in November which was quite a tired, weak thing, I think there was more from "Rubberband" in it, I remember then he had Marylin Mazur on percussion....
  7. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    One of my all time favourites.
  8. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Oh yes, this explains much. I noticed that as soon as 1967 (see Sam River´s "Dimensions and Extension") he sounds much more subdued and a bit "rusty". And right, I think I have read that he did very much educational work. I remember the first Donald Byrd record I had was "Long Green", the Savoy record with Frank Foster, Hank Jones, Kenny Clark and Paul Chambers.
  9. what are you drinking right now?

  10. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    But what really had happened to Donald Byrd that he sounded so weak on that recordings? Even Miles after 6 years off trumpet, when he sounds very shaky on that tape when he was sittin in with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band, sounded better than Donald Byrd on that Sonny Rollins album. And Donald Byrd was not that old, I think he was about the same age like Sonny. I have a lot of Donald Byrd records from the 50´s and 60´s and he was one of the fastest trumpet players around.
  11. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    One of the most fascinating recordings. But was it really recorded by Blue Note ? Somehow I can´t believe this would have been recorded in the RVG Studio. I never associated Mingus and Duke with BN. Max was on some recordings , but not as many as other drummers....... This one
  12. Miles Davis’ lost album “Rubberband” set for release

    I haven´t listend to it for years, but if I remember right, I thought that "Amandla" had a bit more playing of real musicians, than just machines. "Mr. Pastorius" sounded much more like a tune played by musicians, and I think on one track they had flown in an acoustic pianist too (was it Joe Sample ?). Maybe in reality there was also a lot of machines and synthies and drum computers, but it didn´t sound so artificial as was the case with "Tutu".
  13. Charles Mingus, The Complete Town Hall Concert

    Yes this is the cover of the LP I purchased in the late 70´s .
  14. Charles Mingus, The Complete Town Hall Concert

    When I first purchased the "Town Hall Concert" it was a BN LP with a painted cover of the concert. But I never understood why it was under the BN Label since Mingus never was a BN artist, he only once played bass on a 1954 J.J. Johnson date. Later I picked up the CD with the "Complete Concert" with a very strange cover photo of Mingus with a shaved head. I like mostly the slower numbers, there is something based on the chords of "I can´t get started" and a beautiful thing which I think is called "Love X" or '"Duke´s Choice". Some of it is weird, I think the "Epitaph" has some passsages that reminded me of "Pyticantropus Erectus" ..... On the original LP the last tune "In a Mellow Tone" I think was titled "Finale".....