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  1. Phil Woods Mosaic set

    Hear, hear! He was still at the height of his powers in 1994 on the 'Ornithology-Phil Salutes Bird' CD. He burns on 'Star Eyes'!
  2. Phil Woods Mosaic set

    Even when you get done with his many albums as a leader, there are still some great things he did as a sideman with Oliver Nelson, Quincy Jones, Benny Carter, Michel Legrand, and many others. The 'Images' LP he did with Legrand was another one that I'm not sure was re-issued on CD, but features PW in a concerto-like setting on the title tune that is one of the most exciting pieces of music I've ever heard. And then the fact that PW studied composition with some of the heavy dudes at Julliard (Lucas Foss and another composer I can't recall), which resulted is some good pieces for saxophone quartet that are a part of the literature. He had his own big band up at the Delaware Water Gap, and at his memorial concert in Penn., the second half of the concert consisted of PW's original compositions/arrangements for the big band. They were all great charts, and they chose ones that featured Randy Brecker, Brian Lynch, Vincent Herring and Bill Mays as the main soloists. But chops can only get you so far, and IMHO the show was stolen by the great Houston Person featured on an arrangement of Dameron's 'If You Could See Me Now'. Here's 'Images';
  3. Phil Woods Mosaic set

    PW said his fave recording of his was 'Live at the Showboat'. I'm not sure if they released it on CD, but the two-record set is great.
  4. Left Bank releases upcoming

    I keep forgetting to pick up the Walter Namuth live recording with that great tenor player. I think I downloaded some of that CD on my Amazon account. Great, overlooked guitarist.
  5. Let's send some good vibes to Barry Harris.

    Yeah, that's him. Probably panhandlin' again...
  6. Any good? I just saw the Wekmeister Harmonies. Other than the walking, pretty good.
  7. Charlie Rouse redux

    I don't know about lumping EH in with those other giants, including Rouse. Intonation is one of the few objective aspects of music.
  8. John Carisi

    5:50 A2 Soadades Composed By – John Carisi 3:08 A3 Wedding Dance Composed By – John Carisi 5:23 A4 Bleaker Street Composed By – John Carisi 3:22 B1 Eruza Composed By – John Carisi 5:09 B2 Flute Thing Composed By – Al Kooper 4:56 B3 Jes' Plain Bread Composed By – John Carisi 3:36 B4 The March Of The Siamese Children Composed By – Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers 3:25 B5 Sunny Ever heard the successor? Arranged By, Conductor – Mike Abene* Bass [Fender] – Bobby Cranshaw* Bass Trombone – Myron Yules (tracks: A3, B1, B3, B4), Paul Faulise (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2) Design – The Forlenza Group* Drums – Mickey Roker Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Herbie Hancock Engineer [Recording] – Frank Laico Engineer [Rerecording] – Paul Goodman French Horn – Joe DeAngelis* Producer – Bob Thompson Soprano Saxophone – Jerry Dodgion Trombone – Lloyd Michels (tracks: B1, B4) Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Bernie Glow (tracks: A1-A4, B2, B3) Trumpet, Trumpet [Piccolo], Flugelhorn – Burt Collins, Garnett Brown, Joe Shepley Tuba – Tony Price* Written-By – J. Lennon - P. McCartney* Notes Myron Yules appears through the courtesy of Coral Rock Productions. Herbie Hancock appears through the courtesy of Warner Bros. Records. You're still not my best friend. You didn't listen to Soadades to see if it has that melody I wrote out. It starts on the second beat, three eighth notes followed by two quarter notes followed by two quarter notes, followed by four eighth notes, medium bossa nova tempo.
  9. John Carisi

    Thanks for mentioning the Marvin Stamm LP. I was featured at a jazz festival playing a transcription for guitar of a piece written by Carisi for Flugelhorn. I've been searching for that piece (it had a Latin title and bossa groove) for a LONG time; it's gotta be on that LP. Anything by Carisi is fine with me, but I didn't like the legit stuff I heard on Chirillo's CD. The only title that sounds Spanish is 'Soadades'. The title doesn't sound familiar, but I remember the beginning of the melody: A Bb A Bb A Bb D F A Ab - I forget the rest. Bossa Nova. for big band. Somebody check it out, please! I'll be your best friend! "Machinations" never came out on CD,
  10. Bill Watrous - RIP

    . I remember reading an interview with him in DB where he said that he lived on peanut butter until he started getting work. Phenomenal technique and ideas, but he always needed to shove that mic deep into the bell. RIP.
  11. Even though I've put Guy Berger on ignore (and reading his post reminds me why), I read his post and can only reply: This is 'eh'? BTW, it was written by Dolphy!
  12. Fresh Sound put this out, and after I picked up the Ellington re-issue of the CH Quintet with Dolphy, I couldn't see how you could go wrong with more Dolphy during this period. Dennis Budimir had not yet begun his long tenure as an LA studio musician, which he claims burnt out every bit of creativity he had as a jazz player, and he sounds very good here, acting as a good foil to the literally on fire Dolphy. This re-issue is worth getting just to hear Dolphy with a large string section. Hearing his incredibly strong sound with strings is a frightening experience; it was like seeing King Kong for the first time. He makes his appearance on 'Close Your Eyes', and it's like some wild beast has just entered what was a tranquil setting, and scares the schist out of you. Dolphy doesn't hold back as much as he did on the Ellington album, and isn't afraid to show his Bird roots, and maniacal chops on most cuts of this two CD re-issue.He seems to be everywhere at once on some cuts; playing difficult arrangements by the great Fred Katz, and then blowing his brains out on the solos. Katz isn't playing on this set; Nate Gershen takes his place as Katz writes the wild arrangements, composes most of the tunes, and conducts the approx. fifteen piece string ensemble. After hearing the much more laid back arrangements and tunes Katz did for the original Hamilton Quintet, I wasn't prepared for some of the more dynamic writing Katz does here, and he seemed to be writing with Dolphy and Budimir in mind. While there are sections of the Cool, chamber jazz from the original Quintet, many of the cuts were virtuoso showcases for Dolphy (on alto, bass clarinet and flute), and Budimir. It almost sounds surrealistic to hear Dolphy play the A section to 'Under Paris Skies' with a classical sax vibrato, and then loosen up and play the major key sections with a swinging mainstream sound, and then later take no prisoners on his solo. Almost every tune on this set is arranged episodically, with most of them providing enough blowing space for the soloists before going back to the original statements of the themes. This could have been one of the all-time top West Coast groups, but it ended when Budimir went into the studios, and Dolphy left to launch his own career, and then join Mingus. Even Hamilton plays some inspired stuff using brushes that I never heard him do much of in the comparatively sedate original group.
  13. New Dolphy release on Resonance

    I just got done listening to 'The Complete Studio Recordings of the Chico Hamilton Quintet featuring Dolphy and Dennis Budimir', and it is absolutely astounding how Dolphy had mastered the mainstream idiom during this time period! They have him performing with an entire string section, and IMHO, he surpasses Bird, Stitt and Woods in his sound, inventiveness and technique during this period. As Roland Kirk said,"You gotta master inside before you can go outside".
  14. Johnny Smith

    I clicked on the link, but didn't see anything about Smith