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  1. George Mraz (1944 - 2021)

    Interesting review of different bass players ! About Ron Carter: I like him very much now, but during the time I heard him most, (70´s ) sometimes his extremly amplified sound and those many glissandi annoyed me and I didn´t find his solos as exiting as those of Mingus let´s say. But now I listen very much to jazz of the 70s and really like it as part of the time of that sound. Paul Chambers was my first love on bass. I was so fascinated about his playing on my first jazz LP (Miles´Steamin´) that I decided to buy a bass fiddle and learn it (autodidactic) as a second instrument. I still have that bass fiddle and very good bass players wanted to buy it, but nope....., though I concentrate on piano and due to some health issues with my left hand in the past can´t handle it any more..... Very interesting the point of view about that George Joyner with Garland. I also was surprised that Garland used on that session a more old fashioned player with the bop sound of Curley Russel or Tommy Potter or Gene Ramey, that someone like Chambers or Watkins. But as you said, I love Curley on the 1954 Blakey session, and on "Blowin´in from Chicago". Ray Brown, well all those years with Peterson....., and sometimes he is too loud. He is terrible loud on the 1956 Bud Powell session for Verve, which otherwise would be a very good album. And in later years he was even louder.
  2. Roy Haynes--no more new recordings?

    I saw him in 2005 with his band "Fountain of Youth". He was in top form and still looked much younger than 80.
  3. George Mraz (1944 - 2021)

    That´s a terrible blow. He was one of my favourite bassists from the younger generation during the time I saw him life. The last time I saw him in 1985 with the absolute dream piano trio: Tommy Flanagan, George Mraz, Art Taylor !!!!
  4. Bud Powell - 1962 Copenhagen

    I think until his last occasion to perform it always depended what mood Bud was into. Something had to do with the quantities of Largatyle Buttercup gave him, sometimes it was that someone gave him a drink or he cadged a drink, or sometimes it may have been frustration (his comeback to NY, where he found out that the only purpose was paying back his depts for hospital bills, not "handling his own dough") . So even in the course of an evening it could happen that it started great and then the next set was not up to his standards. Look at the video from Denmark, were Bud plays "Round Midnight" almost exclusivly for a young lady, who looks just fascinated and lits a cigarette, and Bud smiles to her and seems to talk to her through that wonderful music. The best version of Midnight I ever heard or saw..... In Sweden he himself says on Vol. 5 how much he enjoyed his stay. But some pieces are only routine, like the over long "Straight No Chaser" and "Blues for Closet". Maybe he had troubles with the rhythm section and decided to play medium tempo blues form for that reason. Few days later in Denmark he made one of his best studio albums with 15 year old NHOP.
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    For me too as a reunion, but I didn´t mention it in this context, because it´s a rare thing at BN to record such reunions, they usually used current rhythm sections. As I know, the 1963 date for Dexter in Paris was meant to be with Kenny Drew on piano, who got sick. Dexter wanted to do originals and Bud would not cooperate on that new material. So what came out was a topnotch bop session with some of the most famous bop standards played by three creators of that style with the fantastic Pierre Michelot. That´s my impression on that album. But as I said, it´s quite untypical for BN.
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    For me, it´s the very best from all BN albums Dexter made in the 60´s. I like them all, but let´s say: "Dexter Calling" would be great, but somehow the great rhythm section, one of the best of all, somehow does not fit to Dexter or vice versa. "Gettin Around" is a bit too comfortable "A Swinging Affair" would be from the same date als "Go" but doesn´t have the same fire.....
  7. Passing of George Wein

    Great man and a great life ! Once I read a great story from Austrian Festival Organizator Fritz Thom about his meeting with George Wein on a winter day at Wein´s home (I think it was in the northern part of the States, somewhere with a lot of snow in winter, since Fritz Thom helped Mr. Wein to remove the snow around his house..... and then they stayed in the living room and talked.... I think, it was written in the illustrated program book of the "Danube Jazz Festival Hollabrunn 1985) where a lot of stars from Wein´s schedule performed, including Mr. Wein himself with his Newport Allstars.......
  8. Looked for it yesterday but for sources available for me (Amazon) it is only on Amazon.UK, but why not on ?
  9. Time flies. Wynton is now as old as Dizzy was when I saw him first (1978 or so). And Wynton was the "wunderkind" of 1980 or so, with Blakey, and still very fine with VSOP II in 1983. But I don´t know what he really did after that, only sometimes read his commentaries as he pretends to tell the world what is jazz and what not. But Wynton a living legend who changed music ? Like Diz ? Not at all. He is always scheduled in Europ with that Lincoln Orchestra or something like that. I never heard it.
  10. I wrote my personal "Brubeck experience" in my posting from Thursday ora 09:29 on page 1 ! That´s what I was asking.
  11. What can I say ? That combination is my absolute dream band. I must have it.
  12. Good Jazz Albums from 1979?

    If my perfect pitch is still intact: Isn´t the disco part of Disco Monk in G-flat, and the slower "Monkish ballad" part in D-natural ? Both keys not often played in "jazz" ? If I think spontanously, the only D-natural tune that comes to my ear and I play sometimes, is "Thou Swell".....
  13. My absolute jazz entry, before I heard Bitches Brew, was "Steaming". Soon after that I had "Miles in Antibes" and then "Bitches Brew". So I had a mini history of Miles within 3 albums (First Quintet, Seconde Quintet, electric Miles). But how can you handle my writing about my lack of passion for Brubeck ?
  14. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Inspired by Mark Strykers article: Sonny Stitt Nightwork with Howard McGhee, Walter Bishop, Tommy Potter and Kenny Clark. Recorded in Switzerland.
  15. Wonderful article, Mark ! Really enjoyed it. I love McGhee´s trumpet from the first time I heard it on Fats Navarro-Howard McGhee Boptet. He is also fantastic on a Spotlite LP "Afro-Cuban" with Brew Moore and the Machito band. On Howard´s Blues it´s just incredible how strong he is. Also like very much his BN recordings 1950 and 53. He had slowed down a bit in the 60´s but still is great on the Black Lion LP "Nightwork" with Sonny Stitt as the leader. Once I read an interview with Howard McGhee´s son "Bootsy", were he says something about his father.