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  1. New Mosaic Homepage

    I agree the new front page does not fit the style of the remaining (unchanged) pages. As a page # 2 it would be okay. Just about as hastily done as the Blue Note Board changes - hope this doesn't mean the Mosaic site will be temporarily closed
  2. Jazz Vocalists

    Jim, check out Carla White, especially her first album with manny Duran, where she is a second horn rather than a voice in the conventional sense. Full-fledged bebop. Carla White at Jazz Corner
  3. New Mosaic Selects

    Regarding Baby Face Willette, that's all I could find (except for a few single sessions before the Blue Note dates): Blue Note BN 4064 Grant Green - Grant's First Stand Blue Note BN 4066 Lou Donaldson - Here 'Tis Blue Note BN 4068 'Baby Face' Willette - Face To Face Blue Note BN 4084 'Baby Face' Willette - Stop And Listen Now if they would add the two Argo LPs: Argo LP 739 'Baby Face' Willette - Mo-Roc Argo LP 749 'Baby Face' Willette - Behind The 8-Ball plus an unissued session, if the tapes still exist ...
  4. Please !!! give us a link here !!!
  5. New Mosaic Selects

    I'll definitely go for the Pearson set, if they do it in session order - the LPs were a scattered affair - it'll be a treat. When I heard the few tracks with Vinnie Burke as bonus tracks to the Mulligan Songbook CD issue, it made me wish there was more ..... I have all of the Bennie Green stuff on LP, this is great stuff, Green was one of the most entertaining serious jazz soloists ever. I'll get that one too ... pity my purse
  6. Groove Holmes

    So far these two are my favourites, especially with the bonus material on the Pacific Jazz CDs. I have yet to check out his Prestige albums; Groove with Chambers and Higgins, sounds real interesting.
  7. Poll: the quintessential Blue Note pianist

    That says what I think about it - I voted for Herbie for these reasons, too.
  8. Shared birthdays...

    21 February Tadd Dameron *1917 Al Sears *1910 Nina Simone *1933 Warren Vache *1951 Not bad, but Jim, how come your list is so impressive? Except for the lucky guy who shares his birthday with the Duke...
  9. Super Session

    Well, better than nothing. Just ordered My Labors and The Lost Tapes.
  10. Elmo Hope

    There is an excellent Elmo Hope Discography on the web, written by Noal Cohen. The twofer LP All Star Sessions consisted of the Prestige Session known as Informal Jazz and the Riverside LP Homecoming with Blue Mitchell, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster and Hope's bandmates from the Joe Morris R & B group, Percy Heath and Philly Joe Jones. Their trio title tune is one of the greatest improvised blues performances I have ever heard! Highly recommended! Available as Original Jazz Classics OJCCD-1810-2 with three bonus tracks. There is a CD issue of the Milestone twofer as well, but it omits one or two tunes from the Riverside LP and doesn't have the (very good) bonus tracks - the info on the Elmo Hope page at the Fantasy website is not quite correct as it does not mark all three bonus tracks on the Homecoming CD issue. Informal Jazz is available only on the All Star Sessions CD issue or in the Prestige Coltrane box set. I consider the Blue Notes, the Riversides (there is a great solo/duo piano LP with his wife Bertha) and the Contemporary (ex HIFIJazz) albums the best. The Last Sessions are great, too.
  11. Super Session

    For me, Bloomfield was the greatest white blues guitarist ever! But he had his ups und downs, Kooper's new liner notes to the Live Adventures reissue are very telling in this respect. But nevertheless, this disc contains what is IMHO Bloomfield's greatest solo on disc, in "I Wonder Who". His vocals are second rate, but his guitar solo is fantastic; listen to the point where he milks that one note and stretches the beat to its utter limit. Gonna get me that new reissue. Curious to hear that track without the horns, who were, as Kooper already stated on the original liner, "added as an afterthought". Second afterthought: take your own choice ..... BTW I'm looking for Nick Gravenites' live LP (Fillmore?) with Bloomfield guesting (Epic). Anybody got that, or was there any reissue?
  12. Walter Fuller dies

    Yeah, thanks for clarification. I should have checked the year of birth first ....
  13. Paul Gonsalves

    The Impulse twofer CD "Tell It The Way It Is" that also includes "Cleopatra - Feelin' Jazzy" is very nice, in spite of the movie soundtrack reference. Fine sidemen and good sound. I also recommend his OJC/Jazzland album "Gettin' Together" with Nat Adderley, Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones and Jimmy Cobb: Great to hear him in such an advanced hard bop setting, and he is in top form! He can be heard to good advantage on quite a number of Ellingtonia albums, but I consider the Impulse and Jazzland albums to be his top work. Now if he only hadn't been drinking that excessively ....
  14. Who did Larry Young play with...

    how about Joe Gallivan, who invited Young for a record project in 1972? New Jazz Records
  15. Walter Fuller dies

    What is missing are his unvaluable contributions to the early Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and its circle. He was co-credited for Manteca, with Dizzy and Chano Pozo, among other things. Must be hard to do a well researched obituary. When Mongo Santamaria died, a writer for one of Germany's leading daily newspapers wrote two paragraphs, the first was a superfluous history of Latin jazz, the second on Mongo inclued three biographical errors!
  16. Most interesting/favorite James Spaulding context

    If this was so, Spaulding's not the one to blame. Was Alfred Lion getting old? Or in need of a selling record?
  17. Dexter Prestige Inquiry

    Well, we better not answer that question .....
  18. Dexter Prestige Inquiry

    Jim, I think we can trust in the dumbmindedness of record producers other than Chuck Nessa to design new riddles for us to solve ......
  19. Most interesting/favorite James Spaulding context

    So it seems Spaulding is one of those players you either love or don't..... I always liked him, he was one of my favourite alto players from the first time I heard him (which was on Freddie Hubbard's Breaking Point, a friend of mine had that at the time). I voted for the "progressive dates" because the Rivers date would have been my single choice date. The originally unreleased date with Hutcherson, Patterns (?) is nice too. That he and Joe Chambers - who had even grteater potential as a composer than Spaulding - didn't get their Blue Note dates is one of Alfred Lion's greatest mistakes, in my opinion. Jackie McLean, OTOH, never really got to me - couldn't stand his intonation. Always liked Dolphy. And Bartz. When Spaulding had his first date as a leader, in the 1970's for Storyville, I was disappointed because it was a straightahead Ellingtonia thing. And the Muse dates are nice, but not overwhelming. Maybe he missed the right point in time. With Hubbard it always sounded to me like Freddie kept him down a little so he couldn't steal the show - Freddie certainly had the bigger ego.
  20. Bennie Maupin

    Yeah, that's goodie! How could I forget???!!! Tim Garland is another of the younger cats doubling on bass clarinet, by the way .....
  21. Organissimo forum just hit 10,000 posts

    Turns out this here is the board I return to 90% of the time, and the one where I post my questions. Here are the fellow who know! Thanks again a thousand times, Jim, and it's a fantastic piece of freeware indeed!
  22. Bennie Maupin

    Thinking about it, Maupin remains my favourite bass clarinet player. Besides David Murray, Chris Potter and the like, isn't there some nice b-c every now and then by Michael Moore, Marty Ehrlich and Bob Mintzer (the latter two on Don Grolnick's Blue Notes). I have to admit my favourite straightahead b-c albums are Herbie Mann's "Great Ideas of Western Mann" on Riverside/OJC (with Jimmy Rowles and Mel Lewis) - and Buddy DeFranco's (yes! his only bass - and alto - clarinet recordings) "Blues Bag" on VeeJay(1964). The latter practically has the Jazz Messengers - Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Victor Sproles, Blakey - of the day plus DeFranco and Victor Feldman alternating on vibes and piano. A great selection of Blues tunes by Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Monk, Feldman, DeFranco, Leonard Feather and Dizzy Gillespie. Very nice selection of tunes, great concept, great playing. Does any of you b-c freaks cherish any of these two?
  23. Bennie Maupin

    Jack deJohnette's "The DeJohnette Complex" on OJC/Milestone has some nice Maupin, in a vein similar to the IS sessions. There is a long bass clarinet solo on the next deJohnette Milestone LP "Have You Heard" and more Maupin on the Prestige "Sorcery" - don't know if they were on CD.
  24. Bobby Capers

    I have always enjoyed saxophonist Bobby Capers' playing. I have most of his records with Mongo Santamaria and the Latin Jazz Quintet, found a small number of studio dates and the info he played but obviously never recorded with Max Roach. The stuff he recorded with his sister, the esteemed pianist/composer Valerie Capers remained unissued and is probably lost forever, as well as a session as a leader for Atlantic. I read on some web pages on his sister that he died, but cannot find any details. Does anybody here know when he died, the circumstances and wether he recorded anything more than the stuff mentioned above? I consider writing his discography and would be grateful for any biographic/discographic detail.
  25. Jutta Hipp died on Monday, April 7

    I haven't heard these early Hipp recordings, they are hard to find, even here in Germany, but I know Brubeck's early stuff very well and know he just tried something ryhthmically different than just swing in a conventional jazz sense. I appreciate his ideas wery much, have tried similar things and sometimes received criticsim from people - listeners or fellow musicians - who could not follow the idea that rhythmic phrasing was subject to improvisation just as melody or harmony are.