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  1. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Cecil Taylor Quartet in Europe (Jazz Connoisseur). I find the performance on this bootleg more engaging than the three-record Great Concert album by the same Taylor/Lyons/Rivers/Cyrille quartet.
  2. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    An unsung masterpiece. Now playing: Max Roach/Anthony Braxton: One in Two - Two in One (Hat Hut)
  3. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Sonny Red - Images (Jazzland mono)
  4. What 78 are you spinning right now ?

    Today I did something I usually don't do - play all my discs from one label, more or less. In this case, the Arto/Bell group, which operated through the 1920s. If anyone cares about esoteric record company history, Arto was formed first, and soon began making records for the W.T. Grant chain store, whose record label was called Bell. Ironically, Arto folded after a few years, but Bell lasted a decade; the later issues were pressed by the Plaza record group and Gennett. Arto / Bell's one big hit was "Arkansas Blues" by Lucille Hegamin. It was leased and issued by about a dozen labels; I have it on the obscure Famous label, which was apparently pressed by Paramount. (The relationships between record labels in the 1920s can bafflingly complex.) My one Arto, by Hegamin, a popular vaudeville blues singer, is pictured above. I have some really nice Bells, by the Original Memphis Five, the California Ramblers (as Golden Gate Orchestra), the Original Indiana Five (as the Red Hot Syncopators), and the anonymous but excellent Superior Jazz Band. I also have a fun little oddity - a 1924 demonstration record called "Broadcasting Grant's Greetings." It's a simulated radio broadcast with the announcer extolling the value and superiority of Bell records. The flip side is a dance band.
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Anthony Braxton - Trio (Victoriaville) 2007 (Victo). My parameters were: 1) Braxton, 2) small group, and 3) Mary Halvorson. This is a good one.
  6. Just a collection filing note

    Thanks for the mention. I'll post something more about it in a couple of days, when I get it up on Bandcamp. Official CD release is April 12.
  7. Just a collection filing note

    Ha! Yeah, me and Sonny like hanging out together on your shelves.
  8. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    That's a magnificent record. There's so much going on lyrically in this version of "Pony Blues."
  9. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Cecil Taylor - Indent (Arista/Freedom). Brilliant, very tightly woven solo piano music. I've had my copy for 40 years.
  10. Mingus Moves

    This was Ronald Hampton's only shot at the big time, I think. Shortly after this session one of his parents became ill and he moved back to Atlanta to take care of him or her. He is now a substitute teacher in the Atlanta school system, and a band teacher friend of mine says the kids love it when he subs in music class.
  11. Post a pic

    It's small - 5" x 7" on board. It's part of a series of small paintings called collectively "Not Everything Will Be Okay But Some Things Will (Thank You, Mrs. Kalman)."
  12. Post a pic

    A painting by my friend Judy Rushin.
  13. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Love that one, plus More Gumbo Stew and Still Spicy - Gumbo Stew.
  14. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Info that I think I got from the Lord discography: Middy Middleton - tenor sax; Edward Crockett - bass; Sunny Murray - drums; Philly Joe Jones - congas; Joe Lee Wilson - vocal; NYC, c. 1973 "This was originally recorded for the Creative Artist Program Record Edition by Desto Records." John Coltrane - Expression (Impulse). Nice original pressing that cost me all of a dollar in a junk shop in Bellingham, Washington.
  15. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Rev. Johnny L. "Hurricane" Jones - Do Your Thing (Jewel). From J.M. Gates to Jasper Williams to The Hurricane, Atlanta has always had the best recording preachers. Just sayin'. This is some sermon. After referencing the parable of the talents, Rev. Jones is now preaching/singing, " Joe Frazier did his thing. Muhammad Ali did his thing!"