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  1. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    I saw him live at least in 1978 and 1979. The 1978 was a whole concert (with JoAnne Brackeen on piano !), the second was a festival schedule. I missed a third date that would have been with Tete Montoliu, but I had flu and couldn´t go and see them.
  2. Ravi Coltrane signs with Blue Note

    Same mistake here. I think I had the same problem. Now it´s hard to find.
  3. Ravi Coltrane signs with Blue Note

    Yes I remember that Pat LaBarbera was on the 1979 edition. I think the actual album was "Remembrance" from 1978. The Sonny Fortune version, I remember Willie Pickens on piano.
  4. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Oh, if that´s the case, I think I might not regret so much that I haven´t purchased that album. I had thought it might be a really encounter with hornplayers. Anyway, I think the most spinning Errol gets from me ist the "Cool Blues" session date, the tracks with Bird and Earl Coleman. Actually, did Erroll play with other hornplayers or vocalists on other occasions, I mean other settings that trio ?
  5. Ravi Coltrane signs with Blue Note

    Yes might have been 1996. Saw Elvin only twice, one edition was 1979 but I don´t remember exactly the personnel. Yes, the Lou Donaldson album might have been Sweet Lou. I want to say, I´m not deaf to electric jazz and have all of Miles´ 1970-75 albums, but this 74 Lou Donaldson album is just a shame. To record music that sounds like the background music you might hear in a commercial complex is just a no go for a famous jazz label and an artist who once recorded "Blues Walk", one of the most important hard bop records. I think I had bought it because somewhere I read "2012" and thought it might be recorded in 2012 maybe with his road band which I saw. A terrible mistake.....
  6. Ravi Coltrane signs with Blue Note

    Ravi Coltrane is a very fine player and I too saw him for the first time together with Sonny Fortune with a quite late Elvin Jones edition. About mid seventies BN, I never purchased anything but saw the BN Discography and from the player´s list they all seem to be grossly overproduced, a lot of instruments..., Once I bought a Lou Donaldson thing from 1974, because I had thought it´s a regular jazz record and what I heard was the dullest thing I ever heard. I actually threw it into a garbage can. Another thing I remember from visiting a record shop when I was young and started to collect records. There was a record shop where the records where not after alphabetically order of artists, but after record labels and as a saw "Blue Note" I hurried to that section, hoping to find all those classic BN records I had heard about, but believe it or not, there was not even one of those records, all of it was mid seventies BN.
  7. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Too bad I didn´t purchase this when it was easy available in all record shops. Would have liked to hear how Errol sounds with Brass. During the 70´s Errol Garner was quite en vogue here in Vienna, especially among middle aged people who otherwise didn´t listen much to jazz. They might have some classical and one or two Errol´s, but no Trane, Mingus or Ornette, not even Miles or Bird. So when I came in visit somewhere and would browse through the them their records the only stuff I would listen too was Erroll, maybe out of necessity. But I always have liked him. I think even the most critical Miles who dissed almost everybody had some nice words about Erroll. Nice shirt indeed, and believe it or not, but my first pair of cuffs was also those frensh cuffs and I still have them and wear them ocasionally. I´m not so much into non jazz music but since I had learned some hungarian when I was younger, I had to read what´s written on the record and it says it is in the memory of Bartók for the 5th anniversary after his death. Hungarian Radio record from 1950. The strange thing I heard something that sounds a bit like Bartók to me I found on Graham Moncur´s "Some Other Stuff" on the tune "Twins". It reminds me of some transsilvanian folk music I heard much in my youth. The kind of stuff you heard on weddings, and the kind of stuff that I think had influenced Belá Bartók´s writing.
  8. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    One special think about Thad Jones on small band records is that even here he shows his great talent for arrangement. His voicings make you think that it´s a larger band playing. Like Tadd Dameron, he also had that quality. All three Thad Jones BN´s are great, as is the Debut LP "The Fabulous Thad Jones". I saw him "live" only once with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band late in 1978, but to my disappointment he only conducted, I had hoped he also might play some trumpet. Anyway it was torwards the end of his collaboration with Mel Lewis I think.... This, together with "Fuego" are my favourit Byrd albums from the 50´s.
  9. Don´t see much "hard bop" here. Maybe I´m not as much into other music, but if you say "mysterious hardbop" one of the only recordings I can think about is that strange partially pianoless Transition record that sometimes is listed as being led by Paul Chambers (three tracks) which also has Trane, Pepper Adams and Curtis Fuller and a more obscure tenor player too, who seems to double on one or two tracks on piano. This was first on the 2-Lp set BN LA-Series "Paul Chambers - John Coltrane". Later I found it on a japanese cardboard CD as bonus tracks on that 1956 Westcoast Date with Trane, Kenny Drews, Chambers and Philly J.J. That´s a quite hard to find record and I think it´s definitly hard bop.......
  10. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I have a CD with the same cover and maybe the complete BN of Elmo Hope, the trio stuff from 1953 with Philly J.J., and the quintet from 1957 I think....
  11. I would have liked to see him live. As much as I remember, a really strange thing was he never was scheduled on the many jazz concerts and festivals I attended from 1977-1985. Almost all the legendary musicans could be seen and heard live then, but is it possible that Horace Silver was not touring much then? Or at least he wasn´t doin Europe....... maybe....
  12. Branford slams Miles

    That´s what I mentioned in my first posting on that thread. I purchased "Decoy" as soon as it came out in 1984 but as much as I liked the before album "Star People", "Decoy" somehow bored me. But this is not Branfords fault. I think he was just a studio replacement since I think (saxophonist) Bill Evans had left that band at that time. I saw Miles quite often in the 80s, only while in the early 80´s it still had something to do with jazz, it later became a show act with an aging Miles who played "Time after Time" as someone who just might try to learn that incredible simple tune....really boring. But as I said, that was not Branford´s fault. It was just the whole situation, the 1981 Miles still played something a jazz fan might like, even if his chops were not up to his earlier standards, it was a band that played live music. But I think you don´t need to hear "Tutu" "Full Nelson" "Time after Time" live, you can hear that with headphones...... it was done in the studio with all that machines, no real band...... Don´t misunderstand me: Miles was one of the greatest musicians of the century, period. As long as he was able to be creative. And the 60´s was an extremly creative phase for him. Listen to all the stuff he did from 1963-1969, each album is fantastic and the music developes further and further. And even if some people didn´t like it, the stuff from 1970-74 still had much creativity in it.
  13. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Maybe my favourite Grant Green album. Really an allstar setting.
  14. Branford slams Miles

    Miles was kind of a catalizator (don´t know if I wrote that word correctly). Anyway like most of you have said, he didn´t have to "teach" them new tunes and stuff. But Miles anway gave the directions. Look for example at Herbie Hancock: Miles told him that he does´t have to play all 88 keys at once. And that it was, Miles for his 60´s bands wanted a more spare piano with more abstract lines, like you can hear it on "Miles Smiles". And I think, Miles had encouraged his band to write stuff , and I think the stuff they wrote wouldn´t have happened if they didn´t feel Miles´ presence. I think Marsalis played once with Miles, I think he is on the album "Decoy" (an album I don´t like). I always have thought Wynton was the one who assumed the role of telling us all stuff as if he had been part of it. But like you say, it seems to be the "Marsalis Disease". But I must say I once heard Wynton and Branford together in 1983 with Herbie, Ron and Tony, and it was VSOPII. Well, sure there was nothing new compared with the old 1977,78 VSOP´s with Hub and Wayne, but at least it was a band that cooked and grooved.
  15. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    A perfect record with allstar setting. My idea of the perfect Hank Mobley albums. If I might keep only one, or if I might take only one Mobley record to an Island, this one would be the choice. No one could play the rare old 1920´ standard "Remember" like Hank does it.