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  1. Silliest jazz album covers ever

    No pun intended:
  2. Silliest jazz album covers ever

    Here's another one for B3 er's organ gallery: That organ top looks like it was taken from a coffin. Well who knows what's inside these boxes, anyway.
  3. Waldron at the VV: 9/86

    Seems it was deleted. Norbert Ruecker, who usually carries every jazz video available, doesn't list it any longer. Here's what the Woody Shaw discography says: Live at The Village Vanguard, NYC; September 16, 1986 WS - tp, flg; Charlie Rouse - ts, fl; Mal Waldron - p; Reggie Workman - b; Ed Blackwell - dr. 1. Status Seeking (Waldron) 20:19 2. The Git Go (Waldron) 25:31 3. Snake Out (Waldron) 17:19 4. Judy (Waldron) 12:42 5. The Seagulls of Kristiansund (Waldron) 26:02 Mal Waldron Quintet -- The Git Go: tracks 1-2 Mal Waldron Quintet -- The Seagulls of Kristiansund: tracks 3-5 Penguin heaps praise on Seagulls, but to these ears the performance "has its ups and downs". Some of the solos sound extended for a bit too long, repeating ideas several times; Woody is particularly guilty of this. Git Go is less remarkable. Live at The Village Vanguard, NYC; September ~16, 1986? WS - tp, flg; Charlie Rouse - ts, fl; Mal Waldron - p; Reggie Workman - b; Ed Blackwell - dr. 1. The Git Go (Waldron) 21:05 2. All Alone (Waldron) 17:35 3. Fire Waltz (Waldron) 19:18 Mal Waldron and Friends -- Live at the Village Vanguard vol. 4 Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Cedar Walton, Lenny White -- Live at the Village Vanguard: unknown tracks These would seem to be from the same series of dates as the Git-Go/Seagulls of Kristiansund albums, but the copyright date is 1984. The recording was part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Village Vanguard. He seems to miss on one track on the video and think the Hubbard performance is on the same tape. Judging from the timings we get different takes of "The Git Go" and two or three tracks not on the CDs. The hunt is on!
  4. Sonny Criss: the Prestige years

    I liked Sonny Criss' sound and conception from the first moment. I find his Prestige albums - as far as I know, there were all reissued as OJCs and sound okay - the most satisfying, followed by the two or so Muse albums, the Fresh Sound CD collecting an early 78 session with a later demo, and the French sessions, in that order. The Imperial sides never caught my attention as much, sold them after a while. He must have been frustrated by the business or whatever. After two commercial outings on Impulse - he played great on them, but the orchestral backgrounds are hard to bear - he took his own life.

    I love blindfold tests! Thanks again to all involved who made it happen! I just posted my guesses on the other thread before reading this one, and there were quite a few nice surprises! 1 - Aleman was a name that came to my mind, but I have to admit it would have been an educated guess - never heard a single note by him, but will certainly check him out now! 2 - At least I mentioned Jaspar. He sounds great but doesn't get me quite as much as Wilen or Lafitte. I'm surprised it's Elvin! 3 - Sure I got that one right! I'm afraid that spoils my idea to use his "Tilt" album for a consecutive blindfold ... 4 - I like cute arrangements like this ... but I can understand why some can grow tired of things like this after a while. Miles plays a lot cleaner on this than on his own albums ... Herbie Mann a lot gutsier than usual. A look into the Coltrane disco after posting my guesses gave it away. I'm proud I recognized Bill Evans. Again: Is this on CD? 5 - Tubby Hayes - never checked him out. Good player, but I'm not sure I would listen to him that often. 6 - Abdullah Ibrahim - I should have known. I thought I should recognize this player. This is an album to get. At times he has so much peace in his music it's incredible. 7 - Namyslowski - 20 years ago a then close friend with a connection to Poland used to fool me all the time with records he brought from his trips there. Some great musicians there, as in all of Eastern Europe. Now that I know I understand some of the overtones of this piece better. Still it isn't quite to my taste. 8 - Well I got Stuff Smith in the fours. This is the best playing of Utreger I've heard so far - found him too inconsistent on other records I have with him. Bassis and drummer are a surprise! 9 - I knew this right away, have the CD, had the LP, like it. I would have chosen Nardis for the test. So later Klook sounds stiff to some - he tried to play a little differently in his later years, probably had lost some elasticity with age, but still had great power. He played but did not like the rock inflections in the music. His European output is too little known to US listeners. 10 - So I was right about Tabackin. I had Gary Foster in mind, but he sounds different here compared to the stuff with Clare Fischer I heard him on. Good trumpet player. 11 - Ponomarev - saw him with the Jazz Messengers. He's improved a lot since then - more original. I wasn't quite convinced by my guess about Woody Shaw. Joe was easy. 12 - I like this much more than other Gaslini records I have or had. I will get me this. This is more composed than most of you think. 13 - Surman? I know him as a player with more guts. That damn ECM or ECM-like sound waters down so much of the individuality. Would have thought it was a Scandinavian or Eastern European player. 14 - Monk is always right with me. I will check this out. At the same time I'm skeptical about the achievements to come from this new European generation of piano trios. We'll wait and listen ... Can hardly wait for the second test to come! We're in for a series of ear-openers!
  6. Blindfold Test #1 - Discussion

    Received my disc - thanks a lot to Couw - on Wednesday and had resisted the temptation to look up the answers, but had read through some of the discussion, which convinced me to join the club. Looking forward to the second test - excellent choices! I had a lot of fun with it, but if goes on like this my wish list will expand rapidly ... When I get the second disc I won't read any comments before I posted my own. Since most of you have posted their guesses already and/or read the answers, I'm not afraid to drop names. Here are my comments after three spins: Track 1: I have no idea who this is, but I would say it's definitely not Django, from what I've heard of him. I enjoyed it, nice style, I'd buy this. Track 2: At first listen from the kitchen while preparing dinner it reminded me of a 1949 Kai Winding session with Brew Moore, but a closer inspection reveals a newer recording, I'd say Columbia's studios. Could be Jay Jay. Tenor Player? Bobby Jaspar? I'm not sure. I resist the temptation to browse the Columbia Jay Jay discography. Drummer is not Elvin, maybe Tootie Heath? Track 3: Knew right away this is Kenny Clarke, a Barney Wilen session, I have this, a great session, played to exhaustion after I bought it. Nice to read about Jim Sangrey's problem's with this .... One of Europe's greatest sax talents so far. I would have chosen him for a blindfold just as well. Track 4: Nice arrangement of Jitterbug Waltz. Has touches of some of the experimental stuff people like George Russell, Hal McKusick, Teddy Charles etc. did in the late 1950's, but not as radical tonality-wise. I know that trumpet player. Like him a lot. Phil Woods or Gene Quill? Might be Bill Evans on piano, sounds like the stuff he played on the Russell arrangements I know - the tenor player sounds like early Coltrane. I'd like to have that one, too. Is this on CD? Track 5: Great tenor player - from what I've heard of him I'd say Buck Hill. Would have been nice to have a piano solo as well. Track 6: Very nice. The mood reminds me of one of the pensive trio pieces Horace Silver did on one of his Blue Note albums. Like the way the pianist takes his time and choses his notes well, he knows his church and modern stuff, the way he throws in dissonant chords in unexpected places reminds me of Randy Weston, or one of his disciples, Rodney Kendrick. This is getting expensive - like to have that one too! Track 7: Sonny Simmons came to mind first. Don't know why, but this sounds like a European rhythm section to me. Don't like the way the bass player phrases during his solo - timing is much too inaccurate. A wild guess would be one of Pony Poindexter's European sessions, but this does not sound like the things I know of him. Too many sloppy notes for him. Track 8: Two violins - well .... drummer's brushwork sounds like Kenny Clarke again, but the breaks don't - Arthur Taylor or Ed Thigpen? Bass could be NHOP. Wasn't there a violin record with Grappelli and some others - or is this the MPS Violin Summit? Third violin solo starting the fours on the left channel sounds like Stuff Smith. Some answering phrases remind me of Svend Asmussen. Great swinging piano player. Track 9: Knew this right away - Eddy Louiss with René Thomas and Kenny Clarke - would have been one of my candidates to fool the overseas folks too ... great organ trio record. Track 10. No this is not Thad Jones & Mel Lewis - drummer doesn't sound like Lewis. Akiyoshi/Tabackin? Haven't heard much of them, but the tenor could be Tabackin. Don't like that they use electric bass, acoustic would be better in my opinion. Curious about the alto and trumpet players - I'll know very soon ... Track 11: First phrase after the intro gave it away - Joe Henderson on tenor. Is the trumpet Woody Shaw? Thought it was on the Shaw Mosaic, but it isn't! Doesn't quite sound like Shaw. I'm not sure. The piano player is either Herbie or has digested him very well, with a hint of Cedar Walton mixed in. Drummer is Victor Lewis, I'm certain. Track 12: That's great! Completely threw me! How's the remainder of the record? If it's that wild, I wanna have it! Those tempo changes are great. The marimba player sound like a crossing of Dave Pike and Walt Dickerson to me. Very creative but controlled at the same time. It's not Hutcherson. This is the one I wanna really about! Drummer is somewhat like Daniel Humair. Nice compositional touches, great humor. My favourite of the test. Track 13: Sounds like an ECM session, probably Abercrombie. Don't know the soprano player. Drums are too low in the mix, maybe Jon Christensen. They all sound alike when recorded that way. Track 14: Monk's "Little Rootie Tootie". Nice idea to transform those three dissonant chords into that upward phrase. In most cases it won't work when you change even the smallest details in a Monk composition, but this fits. Don't know who this is, but sure would like to have it! Again: Excellent choices, we're in for a magnificent series of explorations of too little known music. Thanks a plenty to Dr J - had to edit in the name - for compiling this great selection. And now Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm off the answers thread ...
  7. Silliest jazz album covers ever

    Jim, would you post a picture of yourself so we can remember you as a young and handsome organist? These covers are great! But let's get back to jazz:
  8. Obscure album covers, by well-known artists

    Now is there a tune on it, "Pretty Minors" ... Thanks for the compliment! (Aren't you in for a change? )
  9. Obscure album covers, by well-known artists

    Now what was on his mind?
  10. Obscure album covers, by well-known artists

    Miles and Modern Art:
  11. Obscure album covers, by well-known artists

    Since linking doesn't seem to work, I'll post them this way: isn't this cute:
  12. Obscure album covers, by well-known artists

    Just came across this one - an item that would score hundreds of EUROs at an auction here in Germany. Makes me sigh and wish for a Clarke-Boland Mosaic with the combo stuff included ...
  13. Waldron at the VV: 9/86

    All I could find were these two albums released on Soul Note from these sessions: After your description, I'll check them out. I saw Mal perform quite often while he resided in Germany, and it was as if I was right inside the music. I miss him.
  14. Coltrane on Prestige

    Can't say it any better way! The only items missing in the Coltrane Prestige box set are the sessions with Miles, one Flanagan trio track from the "Cats" session, and two tracks from the Gene Ammons session without Coltrane. The sound of the box is excellent, the book is beautiful, and in the long run you get the same music on less CDs compared to buying individual album OJC reissues. Save the money, be patient, and be happy when you've reached the goal!
  15. I'm afraid this will, just like the Vinyl Freak column in down beat, water my mouth for recordings I'll probably never see nor hear - or is it intended as a thread for offering/exchanging LPs turned CDRs as well? p.s. I don't have a burner ..... -_-
  16. A.K. Salim's BLUES SUITE

    Found me a copy, too, at some German import site. Must be a nice date, can't wait to hear it. Does anybody whatever happened to him after these Savoy and Prestige dates?
  17. October Conns.

    Blind Man, Blind Man & Lazy Bones - what a nice medley
  18. A.K. Salim's BLUES SUITE

    There are 8 copies new or used available at www.amazon.com!!!
  19. A.K. Salim's BLUES SUITE

    But there's still hope: 1) here's a sealed copy at an Italian shop for EUR 15,49: A.K. Salim at rarerecords Italy 2) ... or a 14 $ copy at downstairs in New York 3) I prayed for years that Fantasy may do a reissue of Victor Feldman's Latinville! album, and they did it in May, so i suggest we just keep on begging, Jim ....
  20. A.K. Salim's BLUES SUITE

    A British shop carries a used vinyl copy of it for 50 pounds sterling! They also have a copy of the above mentioned plays pretty for the people with Kenny Dorham, Johnny Griffin and Max Roach for 100!!! (They also have a copy of Alkebu-Lan for 100 LBS) I'm glad I have an orgy I found in a second hand shop in Paris 20 years ago... As I said, how about a Savoy A.K. Salim box set?!!! The music is sure good enough!
  21. Silliest jazz album covers ever

    ..... but this album sure smokes, Jim, you ever heard it?
  22. A.K. Salim's BLUES SUITE

    Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, N.J., September 26, 1958 - Blu-Shout - Blu-Barry - Joy Box - Like how long baby Nat Adderley - cornet Joe Wilder - trumpet Buster Cooper - trombone Phil Woods - alto sax Seldon Powell - tenor sax, flute Sahib Shihab - baritone sax Eddie Costa - piano George Duvivier - bass Philly Joe Jones - drums ---------------------------------------------- same studio, October 6, 1958 - Pay day - Full moon - The sultan Nat Adderley - cornet Joe Wilder - trumpet Paul Cohen - trumpet Buster Cooper - trombone Phil Woods - alto sax Seldon Powell - tenor sax, flute Sahib Shihab - baritone sax Oscar Dennard - piano George Duvivier - bass Granville T. Hogan - drums Ahmad Kharab Salim of course composed, arranged and conducted all tunes. Philly Joe Jones and Oscar Dennard were not mentioned on the original liner. Judging from the descriptions of the solo routines, title attributions are correct. The Denon back cover mentions Jones and Dennard, but in a way suggesting Dennard comps behind Costa's vibes - but there ain't no vibes to be heard nowhere on this album ... The Denon reissue staff NEVER did seem to take the time and look up the session listings in the Savoy disco by Michel Ruppli and Bob Porter, which to me looks like extreme disrespect for their work. A lot of the credits are partially wrong or incomplete, and they rarely took the pains to complete a session. Hope their new host does it better. BTW, this is one of the best sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings I have!
  23. Eddie Gladden passes away

    Saw him live with Dexter Gordon's quartet (Kirk Lightsey and Rufus Reid were in it) at an 11 a.m. outdoor gig in Frankfurt. Dexter had a little hangover from the night before and adressed the audience with mumblings about it being "unusual to play some mid-day bebop", but the second the rhythm section hit the first chord of the first tune, "Moment's Notice", the sun broke through the clouds and lighted the stage! Unforgettable! Eddie was great that day, as always when I listened to him. His duos and general interplay with Larry Young was of the extraordinary. One of his closest musical friends was Mickey Tucker, they recorded a few excellent albums together I highly recommend. One of the many good musicians that go by unnoticed when they leave the general spotlight for some reason or other - didn't I read somewhere he was ill a few years ago? - and then are missed sorely when they pass away. R.I.P. Eddie, and thanks for your inspiring playing.
  24. A.K. Salim's BLUES SUITE

    Go get it! I got me a copy on ebay a few months ago and enjoy it to death! Everbody is playing great, Nat Adderley is in fine form, George Duvivier does some of his best work as accompanist and soloist on it, Costa's great too - Oscar Dennard plays on some tracks, but Costa has all the piano solos. Good writing too. A box set of all A.K. Salim Savoy sessions would be great. If it's the DENON CD, the personnel listings are not quite correct. Shall I post the right ones?
  25. McCoy Tyner's Milestone sessions

    There was a really good one. I don't believe I've ever seen it on CD. It was a double LP if I recall, and somewhere I have it. LPs are such a pain. Supertrios is on Milestone MCD-55003-2: McCoy Tyner Fantasy Catalog Page 2