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  1. Col. Bruce Hampton, RIP

    I want to emphasize how much joy Col. Bruce brought to Atlanta and the world. I've been listening to lots of his music today, and I remarked to my wife what a happy, upbeat-sounding song is "Basically Frightened," the lyrics of which are about fear and paranoia. And I'll never forget an evening back in the 1980s, when a band I was in opened for Hampton's band at the time, The Late Bronze Age. Chick Corea and the Elektric Band had played the club the nght before, and Corea had apparently distributed flyers titled "Rules for Musicians." Hampton's bassist, Ricky Keller (now also gone) found one of these papers; he read each rule in turn while the band interpreted them. The only one I remember all these years later was, "Do not bang on or abuse your instrument." You can only imagine what the next two minutes sounded like..
  2. Col. Bruce Hampton, RIP

    Yes - I talked to a friend today who was close to Bruce, an Atlanta music writer who was at the concert. He said that when Hampton fell onto the stage, there was no doubt in anybody's mind that it was part of the show. John Popper, who was on stage playing harmonica, was the first person to realize that something was wrong. Even after Popper and a couple of stagehands turned Bruce over and it was apparent that he was unresponsive, the audience was hoping that it was still part of Bruce's flair for the dramatic. My friend said that for most of the audience, it wasn't until they walked out of the theater and saw the ambulance that they realized how serious the situation was.
  3. Col. Bruce Hampton, RIP

    The unclassifiable Atlanta music legend Bruce Hampton collapsed last night during the last song of his 70th birthday tribute show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. He died soon afterwards. Col. Bruce's music can be described as improvisational avant rock, I guess. I'll miss him.
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Ernie Caceres was a great, underrated clarinetist. I love the Condon "Town Hall" series. I can kind of see why many critics didn't think much of it at the time, but all these years later, every recorded minute seems precious. Same with the "This is Jazz" broadcast series.
  5. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Who is on this one, and what vintage are the recordings?
  6. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Improvisational Arts Quntet - NO COMPROMISE! (Prescription). Alvin Fiedler's group with Kidd Jordan, Kent Jordan, Clyde Kerr, Jr., and Elton Heron. The liner notes make a big deal over the fact the the title was deliberately presented in all capital letters, so I followed suit.
  7. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    The Davis Sisters - In My Room (Savoy mono, 1967)
  8. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Essence: John Lewis Plays Gary McFarland (Atlantic mono promo)
  9. The "Construct a Song Title Sentence" game

    Alec Wilder edition: Give me time; I'll be around while we're young. Never love a stranger; love is when Mimosa and me walk pretty. Everywhere I look: moon and sand - unbelievable! That last one was the Wilder medley sung by Neil Armstrong when he first set foot on the moon.
  10. Post A Pic

    Brother Matthew! One of my favorite saxophonists, and the reason I became an insane 78 collector.
  11. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Have you heard the two volumes of Live in 75: The Japanese Tour by Supersax? These are the only two Supersax albums I've felt compelled to keep on my shelves. I remember posting here years ago that I found myself staring dumbfounded at one of my stereo speakers during one of the Warne Marsh solos.
  12. 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.
  13. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

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

    Aw, man. I hate hearing this.
  15. 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.