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  1. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Steve Lacy/Ulrich Gumpert - Deadline (Sound Aspects). I avoided this record for years because Lacy said not to buy it, since it was mastered at the wrong speed. When I got a variable speed turntable a couple of years ago, I realized that I could rectify the problem. It helps that the first track, "Art," starts with a single note - C - on the piano. Eugene Chadbourne's review on Allmusic can be safely ignored - it's an excellent album. The Lee Konitz Nonet (Roulette). I'm really enjoying this one tonight.
  2. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Clayton Love - Come on Home Blues (Red Lightnin' 10" LP) Recorded live in a club in St. Louis sometime in the 1970s, I think. One of the best hours of my life was spent in a hot, steamy, run-down theater in Clarksdale, Mississippi - in 1994, probably. After a set by Little Bill Wallace (Wadada Leo Smith's stepfather), Love and his band played an amazing set of blues and R & B much like this album. Of course, he played and sang "The Big Question," his hit with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, and also Turner's "I'm Tore Up," originally sung by Billy Gayles. He does both of those songs here.
  3. Was this the first box set?

    Yeah, I don't see calling a 78 album a box set, generally. But The Jazz Scene is so over-the-top deluxe that it certainly provided the template for limited edition box sets in the LP era. When I finally found a near-mint copy of the original 78 set, I justified my purchase by noted that, adjusted for inflation, I was paying less that the original price.
  4. What 78 are you spinning right now ?

    As promised:
  5. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    I love that "Razor's Edge" 12". And the entire Thermonuclear Sweat album.
  6. What 78 are you spinning right now ?

    Bebop and such tonight: Bennie Green - Expense Account / Blow Your Horn (Decca, 1953) Milt Jackson Quartet - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea / Milt Meets Sid (Dee Gee, 1951) Wardell Gray - Blue Lou, parts 1 & 2 (Modern Music, 1947) J.J. Johnson - Jay Jay / Coppin' the Bop (Savoy, 1946) Charlie Parker - Moose the Mooche / Yardbird Suite (Dial, 1946) Charlie Parker - A Night in Tunisia / Ornithology (Dial, 1946) Metronome All Stars - Overtime / Victory Ball (RCA Victor, 1949)
  7. What 78 are you spinning right now ?

    Some great old-time country today: Leake County Revelers, from Mississippi: Rockin' Yodel / Julia Waltz (Columbia) Wednesday Night Waltz / Good Night Waltz (Columbia, late 1940s reissue) Roane County Ramblers, from east Tennessee: Southern No. 111 / Home Town Blues (Columbia) Marion Underwood (as Floyd Russell), from Kentucky; flip by Frank Jenkins (as Louis Watson), from North Carolina: Coal Creek March / Home Sweet Home (Silvertone). These are both banjo solos. "Coal Creek" is one of the great early banjo records. Dock Walsh, from North Carolina: Knocking on the Hen House Door / We Courted in the Rain (Columbia) I'm Free at Last / The East Bound Train (Columbia) and Walsh with the North Carolina Tar Heels: When the Good Lord Sets You Free / I Love My Mountain Home Scottdale String Band (They worked in the cotton mill in Scottdale, Georgia, about 7-8 miles from my house.) All on Okeh: Carolina Glide / My Own Iona Chinese Breakdown / In the Shade of the Parasol Down Yonder / Sea March
  8. What 78 are you spinning right now ?

    I've got a few - 3 or 4 Paul Whitemans (with Bix on a couple) and one by the great Greek clarinetist Gus Gadinas.
  9. What 78 are you spinning right now ?

    Just poking around the web, I can't find any CDs with tracks by Ford Dabney or Tim Brymm. The 1913-14 James Reese Europe Victors have shown up one or two at a time on CD - at least the ragtime sides. Stomp and Swerve on Archeophone has "Castle House Rag." I have three ragtime collections on the British Saydisc label: I'll Dance till de Sun Breaks Though has "Castle Walk," Rusty Rags has "Castle Walk" and "You're Here and I'm Here," and Too Much Mustard has "Down Home Rag." I have no idea how easy or difficult to find these discs are now. If you just want to hear the Europe Victors, rather than "own" them, wait about a week. The next entry in my 78 blog will feature all eight of Europe's Victor sides. (Of course I have all the original records. Don't be ridiculous!) I'll post a link here. In the meantime, there's this:
  10. RIP Saxophonist Eddie Shaw

    For various reason I won't get into here, Eddie Shaw's music means a lot to me. And his song "Delta Bound" from the album In the Land of the Crossroads has (I think) the only geographically correct version of the first verse of "Highway 61." All the other versions have 61 staring in Chicago, Atlanta, or elsewhere, but Eddie sings: "Highway 61, the longest highway that I know; Highway 61, the longest highway that I know: It run from the Twin Cities down to the Gulf of Mexico." RIP, Mr. Shaw.
  11. Ken Vandermark's two-guitar band Marker at The Earl in Atlanta tonight. (Sorry about the lousy cellphone pic.)
  12. What 78 are you spinning right now ?

    Some early near-jazz by black New York bands: Ford Dabney - When My Baby Smiles/Wedding and Shimmie and Jazz (Aeolian-Vocalion, 1920) Ford Dabney - My Laddie (Aeolian-Vocalion, 1920) (Reverse is by Paul Biese's dance band.) Ford Dabney - Mr. Sousa's Yankee Band/Feist's All-Hit Medley (Aeolian-Vocalion, 1918) Tim Brymm and His Black Devil Orchestra - Siren of the Southern Sea/Wang Wang Blues (Okeh, 1921) Dabney's was a good dance band, but with really no jazz content. The odd title of side two of the first record was apparently meant to be "The Wedding of Shimmie and Jazz." If that's the case, Jazz didn't show up, and left Shimmie at the altar. The third Dabney record is a 12" vertically-cut disc - my turntable has a "vertical" switch to play these early discs. The first side of that one is pretty grim, but the medley is interesting as pop music of the time. Brymm's band was a lot looser - "Wang Wang" actually swings.
  13. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Earl Hines - My Tribute to Louis (Audiophile). All tunes associated with Louis Armstrong, recorded twelve days after Satchmo passed. Hines is at his latter-day best, the piano is a fine Steinway, and the brilliant Ewing Nunn did the recording. Thanks to Chuck for hipping me to this one.
  14. Best track you heard all week

    Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music. Not everyone's cup of tea, for sure. But listen to the list of influences Mike lists: Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Willie Hutch, OutKast, Jimi Hendrix, George Clinton, Aretha Franklin, Shirley Caesar, Nina Simone, Sade, John Coltrane, Miles Davis. We love Killer Mike in ATL. Our tunnel-drilling machine is called Driller Mike. This is totally true.
  15. Red Nichols

    I have the first Jazz Oracle 3-disc set. I don't listen to it as much as I expected to. Including groups like the Charleston Chasers, the Arkansas Travelers, Red and Miff's Stompers, The Captivators, etc. in addition the Five Pennies. I have about two hours of Red Nichols 78s, and listen to those fairly often, a few at a time. That's no help to most folks, of course.