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  1. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    The two new avant-garde releases that have excited me the most recently are: Eve Risser - Des Pas Sur La Neige (Clean Feed) Bill Pritchard - Amplituba Neither of these are jazz, really,, and neither of them sound like the instrument that the artist plays. They are both totally improvised, unusually and beautifully. The French pianist Eve Risser produces very few sounds that are recognizable as coming from a piano, and the same is true of Atlanta tubist Bill Pritchard. (Full disclosure - Bill is a friend of mine, and he's in one of my bands.) His Amplituba project uses electronics, loops, and effects to create some pretty amazing improvisations. "For Cliff" here is really amazing. You can buy the Amplitua CD at CDBaby, or download from Amazon or iTunes.
  2. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    The best recording job this great band ever had, at RVG Studio.
  3. James Cotton, R.I.P.

    Aw, man. I hate hearing this.
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Shorty Baker / Doc Cheatham - Shorty & Doc (Prestige OJC). A genial trumpet non-battle. It would have been nice if they had spelled Doc's last name correctly on the cover.
  5. Blue Note 45s - pressed by Plastylite?

    Well, if anyone's interested, I've got: 45-1710: Horace Silver Quintet - SeƱor Blues (with Bill Henderson, vocal) / Tippin'. No album release at the time. 45-1727: Bill Henderson with the Jimmy Smith Trio - Ain't No Use / Angel Eyes. No album release at the time. 45 - 1752: Lou Donaldson - Mack the Knife / The Nearness of You, from The Time Is Right. 45-1761: Sonny Red - Stay as Sweet as You Are / Bluesville, from Out of the Blue. 45-1823: Leo Parker - Parker's Pals / Low Brown, from Let Me Tell You 'Bout It. 45-1890: Freddie Roach - I Know / Googa Mooga, from Mo' Greens Please, but to my chagrin, both sides are edited and shorter than the LP tracks.
  6. Blue Note 45s - pressed by Plastylite?

    Thank you, Dmitry! My favorite of my half-dozen is BN 45-1710, by a version of the Horace Silver Quintet not recorded elsewhere, with Donald Byrd and Junior Cook as the front line. "Tippin'" is over six minutes long, and Bill Henderson joins for the vocal version of "Senor Blues." I know these tracks have been reissued on CD, but it's cool to have the original single.
  7. So I'm spinning all my Blue Note 45s tonight, and they sound great (except for one very worn Lou Donaldson). It seems obvious to me that they were all pressed well before the Liberty era, but none of them have the Plastylite backwards P "ear" in the dead wax. Does anyone know if Plastylite indeed pressed Blue Note's 45s? (Calling Chuck Nessa!)
  8. Sunny Murray

    For later recordings, this is really nice - a duo concert with Sabir Mateen: We Are Not at the Opera on Eremite.
  9. Horace Parlan (1931-2017)

    I became aware of Mr. Parlan's work back in the 1970s, when, as a teenager, I heard him on a Mingus album I checked out from my small-town public library. Over the years, I admired his work on his own albums, and as a sideman. RIP.
  10. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    George Lewis - Concert! (BN NYC). Found this one this afternoon. I had just about given up on finding a decent mono copy - every one I had previously come across was fake stereo. It sounds really good for a live recording of the time - RVG mastered, although he didn't do the recording. This is the afternoon set from a 1954 Bakersfield, California concert; the evening set was issued on Storyville.
  11. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Yes, although I know this question has already been answered. Levister did some "music director" type work for Debut - arranging and conducting on several sessions. Later in life he did a lot of commercial arranging/composing - Motown, Verve, Broadway, commercials. Manhattan Monodrama seems to be the only time he was given the freedom to write and record whatever he wanted. It looks like one track showed up on a Debut CD collection, but it's otherwise un-reissued.
  12. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Alonzo Levister - Manhattan Monodrama (Debut). I found this record in a junk shop in Savannah around 20 years ago. I always thought it was interesting, but tonight it seems more than that - really excellent, well-crafted music. "Third Stream," maybe, and that implies "pretentious" to some folks, but there's none of that here - the music is natural-sounding, personal, and expressive.
  13. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Paul Chambers - A Jazz Delegation From the East (Imperial) Globe Unity Orchestra - Pearls (FMP) Gary Burton Quartet - In Concert (RCA). RIP Larry Coryell. Lars Gullin - Modern Sounds: Sweden (Contemporary 10")
  14. Clyde Stubblefield, RIP

    I rank "Cold Sweat" right up there among mankind's greatest music creations (no kidding), and Clyde Stubblefield was a big part of that. RIP to one of the greats.
  15. French Horn Recommendations

    Jazz: Mark Taylor - QuietLand (Mapleshade). Out of print, but cheap copies are easy to find on Amazon. Excellent music, impeccably recorded. Classical: Mozart's four horn concerti, but on a modern horn. (Historical "natural" horn may freak her out.). I like Barry Tuckwell's recording from the 1980s.