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  1. Donald Byrd

    I heard about DB on NBC Nightly News on Friday. The overexposed Brian Williams reported. To be honest, I was a bit surprised that his death would be mentioned on the national news, but am glad in a way that it was. I own two of his BN's, Fuego and Royal Flush. Classic BN hard bop, Royal Flush is one of my favorite BN's,period. His frontline teamwork w/ Pepper Adams was ahead of it's time when you consider all angles. He taught at Howard Univ. in Washington,D.C., my hometown, for some years. There were always people in D.C. aware of his presence. I am reminded of a rather poor book I read many years ago by the British critic Richard Cook, titled 'Blue Note Records'. I remember that he really cuts Byrd to pieces and more or less calls him a copycat. Critics, another parasitic lifeform. I will say that I never cared for 'A New Perspective' but most anything from '56-'62 is swingin' and classy. RIP DB.
  2. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Hank Mobley- A Slice of the Top. Dexter Gordon- Gettin' Around A Slice of the Top is an accurate title IMHO. Hard to believe this wasn't issued at the time, considering the high level of composition and musicianship. Got caught up in Alfred's numbers. I wish there was a better quality edition available in 33.3, this 1995 Crapitol release is about what you'd expect. Gettin' Around has long been one of my favorite BN's. What can be said about DG that hasn't been said a million times. Great album from an all-time great. My King re-issue has tremendous sonics.
  3. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Kenny Burrell "Midnight Blue" BST-84123 Liberty,rvg. In my Blue Note top 10. "Chitlins Con Carne" has been covered many times by jazz and bluesmen, This is right up there with Jimmy Dawkins, the congas add great color. Horace Silver "Cape Verdean Blues" BST-84220, blue/black,rvg. Strong mid 60's effort from Silver and co. I prefer Blue to Woody but it swings hard nevertheless.
  4. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Joe Gordon "Lookin' Good" OJC-174. Excellent playing by all, Gordon never got his due, tragedy intervened. Altoist Jimmy Woods is very obscure but quite creative. Most earlier OJC's sound as least as good as originals,IMHO. Herbie Hancock "Takin' Off", BST-84109, New York,USA. A neighbor asked me what I would recommend to a jazz novice, I played this. He asked to hear "Watermelon Man" again, he thought it was awesome, it is.
  5. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Today's line-up = "Introducing Joe Gordon" 1954 Trip TLP-5535 mono reissue of EmArcy release. One of two dates led by Gordon, excellent early hard bop w/ Charlie Rouse. Only decent sonics from this low-budget reissue. Wilbur Harden- "Gold Coast" Savoy Jazz reissue, rvg. Originally led by Harden, eventually credited to "Trane to capitalize on his name recognition. Very average date but being rvg, the sonics are excellent. Curtis Amy & Paul Bryant- "Meetin' Here" Pacific Jazz PJ-26 1961 mono. Under appreciated Amy, Bryant sounds similar to Freddie Roach, very good solo work from valve-trombonist Roy Brewster. Thick vinyl sounds fine.
  6. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Love the Movin' Along album - great Victor Feldman piano, too! Must investigate the Pettiford. Yes, nice playing by your countryman. As well as Louis Hayes, who is still going strong. I caught him at Jimmy Mak's in my town recently, great show and a great ambassador.
  7. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Right now, J.J. Johnson "JJ! in Person" Columbia CS 8009 six-eye 1959. Live recording, Nat Adderley on cornet, Tommy Flanagan on 88's. Pretty good sonics for a live show in 1959.
  8. Great Finds

    Gerry Mulligan "What is There to Say?" Columbia CS 8116 six-eye,1959. Found at a local thrift, fitty-cent. Aside from a single louder pop, virtually VG++ condition.
  9. The 70s Twofer Jazz Reissue LP

    Hi, I routinely pick-up Prestige & Milestone two-fers at my local vinyl shop, usually in the $8-10 range. Recently I picked up Miles Davis "Workin' and Steamin'" Prestige P-24034, the cover was a mess all over, the vinyl very dirty. But for 3 bucks, I gambled. Took it home, cleaned and cleaned again, turns out "Steamin' is in VG++ shape, "Workin'" could not be saved. If only it was RVG, I'd be a very happy camper. I don't care much for the two-fer cover photos, they're very dated now. The music is as always, timeless. Take care.
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  11. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Today, The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet OJC-112 Unusual and wonderful instrumentation. Pretty good sounding OJC from a Debut Records 10 inch. Wes Montgomery-Movin' Along Victor Japan SMJ-6199M Nice tonal changes by Wes, the very underrated James Clay on flute and the always stellar Sam Jones. Very good sounding Japan pressing. Jimmy Smith- Greatest Hits BST-89901 1969, rvg. "The Sermon", tremendous, great solos by Tina Brooks and Lou Donaldson, Lee sounds a tad reserved to me,and the Art Blakey shuffle to boot! Fabulous sonically.
  12. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Hi all, first post! 1) Donald Byrd - Byrd in Flight Blue Note(blue,white b, no rvg) 2) Hampton Hawes - All Night Session!,Vol.2 Contemporary(C3546 [M]1958) Another great D.Byrd recording and the vinyl itself is very good sonically. H.Hawes could swing as hard as any,and the story of the All Nighters is interesting. Thanks.
  13. Hi all, Thanks for the welcome and special thanks regarding the Y-adapter idea. I'll give it a try.
  14. Hi all! I'm new here and this is my first post. I'm considering purchasing a title or two of the above. Classic Records 200 gm. or maybe the Analogue Prods. 45 rpm. I don't think I like the idea of turning the record over every ten minutes or so, which likely rules out 45rpm. I've done my research online as best that I can and it seems that people really like OR don't like at all the Classic 200 gm. But my question, of which I hope someone will chime in, is : Most of the Classics are mono, my current hook-up employs a Sansui 50wpc receiver(Sansui G-4700), which doesn't have a mono feature for the phono section. My deck is a Pioneer with a nice, new and lovely Shure M97xe cart. So I'm definitely not going to change to a mono cart,i.e. Grado. Are the Classics going to be unsatisfactory played through the Sansui's stereo? I suppose the answer is yes, which would leave me with the only option of getting another receiver or integrated amp that has a mono switch. Other than that I am a longtime lover of hard bop and slowly rebuilding my vinyl collection after ditching everything digital! I never did really much care for the "RVG remasters" cd's, just too damn bright and shrill.... Thanks a bunch for any input, mark.