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  1. BFT200

    Organissimo November Blindfold Test #200 REVEAL 1. Big Alice (Don Pullen) HOWARD JOHNSON: Gravity!!! Howard Johnson,tu. Bob Stewart,tu. Dave Bargeron,tu. Earl McIntyre,tu. Raymond Chew,p. Bob Cranshaw,b. Kenwood Dennard,d. -12/95 2. Blu-a-Round (Sahib Shihab) SAHIB SHIHAB: Jazz Sahib Phil Woods,as. Benny Golson,ts. Sahib Shihab,bs. Bill Evans,p. Oscar Pettiford,b. Art Taylor,d. -11/57 3. Children of the World (Khan Jamal) KHAN JAMAL: Three Khan Jamal,vb. Pierre Dorge,g. Johnny Dyani,b. -10/84 4. Lonnie’s Lament (John Coltrane) ARI BROWN: Groove Awakening Ari Brown,ts. Kirk Brown,p. Yusef Ben Israel,b. Avreeayl Ra,d. Dr. Cuz,pc. -5/13 5. Tonk (Ray Bryant) ART FARMER: Perception Art Farmer,flgh. Harold Mabern,p. Tommy Williams,b. Roy McCurdy,d. -10/61 6. Send in the Clowns GEORGE ADAMS: Paradise Space Shuttle George Adams,ts. Rahn Burton,p. Don Pate,b. Al Foster,d. Azzendin Weston,pc. -12/79 7. A Notion (Albert Heath) SAM JONES/NIELS-HENNING ORSTED PEDERSEN: Double Bass Sam Jones,b. N-H Orsted Pedersen,b. Philip Catherine,g. Billy Higgins,d. -2/76 8. Kamal’s Gift (Hugh Ragin) HUGH RAGIN: Revelation Hugh Ragin,tp. Assif Tsahar,ts. William Parker,b. Hamid Drake,d. -9/03 9. Body and Soul AHMED ABDUL-MALIK: Spellbound Ray Nance,cnt. Seldon Powell,ts. Paul Neves,p. Ahmed Abdul-Malik,b. Walter Perkins,d. -3/64 10. Twinkle Toes (Will Smith) MAX ROACH: M’Boom Roy Brooks,cymb. Joe Chambers,vb. Omar Clay,mrb. Fred King,mrb. Max Roach,tymp. Ray Mantilla,bells. Warren Smith, Afr.bells. Freddie Waits,xylp. -7/79 11. Nothing But Love (Frank Lowe) BILLY BANG: Above & Beyond Frank Lowe,ts. Billy Bang,vi. Andrew Bemkey,p. Tood Nicholson,b. Tatsuya Nakatini,d. -4/03
  2. BFT200

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  3. BFT196 Link & Discussion

    Yo, am i in?
  4. BFT156 Announcement and Discussion

    First impressions for BFT 156: #1- Meditative reflection, almost an etude - piano "piece" from any era, no idea who? #2- 70's rehash of Trane & McCoy, lively soprano (Carter Jefferson?), driving piano, good congas & rhythm section #3- Rather soft rending of "Manteca", decent guitar, strong bari solo, band sounds slightly uninvolved #4- Slightly parodied reading of "Jitterbug Waltz", maybe Arthur Blythe? #5- Bird tune done "live", okay trumpet, rather muddy guitar, drummer a bit over the top and too tight; fast, yet unswinging #6- Organ/tenor grind, doesn't quite catch the groove, no guesses? #7- Jaws on tenor, Shirley Scott, organ(?) thought of Bobby Blue Bland (?) up front, churchy feel, unmistakable tenor sound #8- Bluesy take on "St. Louis Woman", nice soulful feel, no clue? #9- Henry Threadgill with one of his fast, furious, whacko marches, great playing all around, superb attentive drumming for 10+ minutes. Great stuff! #10- Bass and flute(s) intro, good piano (John Hicks?), solid bass #11- Horrid sounding piano of Sun Ra, "live", raw & real, with great John Gilmore tenor #12- Bach-ian organ-cum-blues of "Motherless Child", slow, Phantom of the Opera-styled version. Very interesting! Thumbs up! I like it. #13- Wow! SNL skit? HA! About the 3 minute mark, I was feeling "enough! enough already", a L O N G 5 minutes, but point made!
  5. BFT #154 Sign-up, Discussion, Answers

    BFT #154 Revealed: #1. "Ponce" (Noro Morales), Elliot Lawrence Swings Al Cohn & Tiny Kahn -1/56 Elliott Lawrence Big Band; Lawrence, piano solo (Al Cohn,ts, prominently featured on the original album). #2. Ill Wind (Arlen/Koehler), Howard McGhee: Sharp Edge -12/61 Maggie,tp/ George Coleman,ts/ Junior Mance,p/ George Tucker,b/ Jimmy Cobb,d #3. "Nubian Stomp" (Carlos Ward), Bob Stewart: Then & Now -3/96 Stewart,tu/ Graham Haynes,tp/ Carlos Ward,as/ Jerome Harris,g/ Buddy Williams,d #4. "Warm Valley" (Duke Ellington), Jerome Richardson: Roamin' With Richardson -10/59 Richardson,bs/ Richard Wyands,p/ George Tucker,b/ Charlie Persip,d #5. "You Go to My Head" (Coots/Gillespie), Ed Cherry: Second Look -4/94 Cherry,g/ Steve Nelson,vb/ Kenny Barron,p/ Andy McKee,b/ Yoron Israel,d #6. "Up Above My Head" (trad), Sammy Price & Lucky Thompson: Paris Blues -7/57 Lucky,ts/ Price,p,voc/ Jean-Pierre Sasson,g/ Pierre Michelot,b/ Dave Pochonet,d #7. "The Isolated Pawn" (John Williams), Shelly Manne: Checkmate -10/61 Conte Candoli,tp/ Richie Kamuca,ts/ Russ Freeman,p/ Chuck Berghofer,b/ Shelly Manne,d #8. "Hucksterman" (Khan Jamal), Khan Jamal: Dark Warrior -9/84 Jamal,vb/ Charles Tyler,as/ Johnny Dyani,b/ Leroy Lowe,d #9. "Song For Clare" (Dave Holland), Dave Holland/Barre Phillips: Music From 2 Basses -2/71 Holland/Phillips,b #10. {Improvisation}, John Lee Hooker/Miles Davis: Music from "The Hot Spot" -'90 Hooker,g,voc/ Miles,tp/ Roy Rogers,elg/ Tim Drummond,elb/ Earl Palmer,d #11. "Madeline" (Hank Mobley), James Spaulding: Escapade -4/99 Spaulding,bsf/ John Hicks,p/ Ray Drummond,b/ Kenny Washington,d #12. "Nu Kingdom" (Zane Massey), Zane Massey: Brass Knuckles -11/92 Massey,ts/ Hideiji Taninaka,b/ Sadiq M. Abdu Shahid,d #13. "Elos" (Duke Ellington), Duke Ellington: Private Collection Studio Sessions Vol. 9 -12/68 Willie Cook,tp/ Money Johnson,tp/ Chuck Connors,tb/ Buster Cooper,tb/ Lawrence Brown,tb/ Johnny Hodges,as/ Russell Procope,as,cl/ Paul Gonsalves,ts/ Harold Ashby,ts/ Harry Carney,bs/bc/ Duke,p/ Jeff Castleman,b/ Rufus Jones,d
  6. BFT #154 Sign-up, Discussion, Answers

    You're the first to correctly i.d. Carlos Ward (such a personal sound) with Bob Stewart. Love his alto work with Ibrahim. Shelly is so spare and precise and always drums for the group. His Contemporary quintets hold up well, a bit restrained, but very musical. I'm no expert on the "complete" Dave Holland, but I've never heard him have an uninteresting performance- (from a bass-nut).
  7. BFT #154 Sign-up, Discussion, Answers

    #4- Good guess, but not Joe. Multi-reedman, from '59.
  8. BFT #154 Sign-up, Discussion, Answers

    #1- "Spunk" it has! Personally I dig the arrangement. Your comment of older working band players playing like a working band is spot on; #2- Not K.D. or Cliff, but Ill Wind is one of those songs that almost plays itself. This is "just right". #4- You're the first to get Richardson. Best track I've heard from him; #6- I love the tenor, one of the greats! #7- Everybody seems to like this one; #10- Miles & Hooker- it works; #13- "Duke, that's truth" (amen!). Great tune with Hodges, Gonsalves, Ashby, Procope from '68. This is so hip!! Thanks for listening.
  9. BFT #154 Sign-up, Discussion, Answers

    You got it! "The Isolated Pawn" from Checkmate.
  10. BFT #154 Sign-up, Discussion, Answers

    Actually, the drummer was quite well known at the time of this recording.
  11. BFT #154 Sign-up, Discussion, Answers

    I had a feeling that would be your response (smile). It would have been mine, too. Just a comment or two about the Ellingtonians: Johnny Hodges was probably the most "perfect" musician (in the best sense of the term) that I ever had the pleasure of listening to in person. Just consistent, consummate artistry, regardless of the situation of the moment (or the mood swings). What a SOUND! Paul Gonsalves (despite his demons) was devoted, as in idolatry, to the Man and his music- an artistic love affair. Carney was the rock upon which it existed. Most impressive, however, was Duke's ability to ignore all the annoying idiosyncrasies of his band of "misfits?" (Ha!) and continue the quest of his aesthetic visions, night after night. A great human being. He meant it when he said, "They get the money, I get the kicks!" -Also, the double bass cd by Holland/Phillips is truly not for everyone. I'm a bass freak and I love it, but "Song for Clare" was perhaps the most melodic tune of the session and most of it is more exploratory of the bass and its potential. Just a caveat. You might like it, however (another smile).
  12. BFT #154 Sign-up, Discussion, Answers

    Thanks again for the "home run" on my first at bat (big smile!) in the league. I started listening to jazz at age 10, in '52. I was fortunate to see the Ellington band in its great period when I was 17-20 years old, 1957-1960. Wow! These guys could really roar when they felt like it. Truly a band of unique soloists with a genius at the helm. If you wish, I could reveal the total BFT info to you now?
  13. BFT #154 Sign-up, Discussion, Answers

    #3- Unfortunately, it is not, but he's got the soul; #7- This one is bugging everyone. This leader-drummer's group was always under appreciated; #8- Jamal/Tyler is correct. A great song, too
  14. BFT #154 Sign-up, Discussion, Answers

    #3- It is Bob Stewart, but no Bowies; #4- Not Pepper or Roland Hanna, but a multi-reedman on bari; #6- Bluesy male singer, aided by a famous saxman; #8- Not James Brown, nor Maceo, and more avant-garde Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for listening. Answers forthcoming soon.
  15. BFT #154 Sign-up, Discussion, Answers

    Sorry for the delay, computer Neanderthal here! Glad you enjoyed the BFT and appreciate your enthusiasm (it helps). #1- I think this tune really pops, love the arrangement. You're right about it being a good opener. On the fringe big-band of pianist-leader from'56; #2- "Ill Wind", of course. Under-rated well-known trumpeter (and tenor); #3- Right on! Bob Stewart stepping' out with a great altoist in tow. Love it!; #4- A great version of "Warm Valley" by a multi-reedman of some renown from '59; #5- Your comment perfectly befits the music and the guitarist; #6- Sammy Price it is, with a very rollicking tenor solo from a great one; #7- Such a great feel to this one. A (famous) drummer-led combo from circa '61; #8- Khan Jamal, indeed, with an avant-garde altoist from the ESP days; #9- You got it! Dave Holland/Barre Phillips "Song For Clare". Deep stuff; #10- Miles & Hooker. Could never figure out why it works, but it does; #11- Agreed. Spaulding's flute work is special, especially in later years; #12- Zane Massey's kind of an enigma. A solid player with little exposure. I didn't think anyone would get this one (smile); #13- Hodges (who else!) with sensuous help from PG, Harold Ashby, and Procope. Duke amazes me still. Who could write this type of composition at the end of a lifetime of such creativity, and still have something in the tank. Soulful and revealing. We owe it all to Ellington. Again, thanks for listening and glad you enjoyed it so much.