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  1. The Ed Bickert package has been sent.  Now, it's up to Canada Post and USPS to fill your needs! ;)

    I think the technical quality of the stuff will be adequate...remember that it's old stuff, all done live to 2-track (and analogue in most cases), and concert or concert-like circumstances.  But the music's great:  it's ED!

  2. They ain't happy with da hip-hop getting the Pulitzer. NPR is doing a program on it sometime this week.
  3. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Love that one! Yeah, I like his piano playing more than his vibes playing, but I'm beginning to appreciate his vibes playing for its simplicity compared to the excesses of other vibes players. On this LP, he plays only vibes, with his buddy Bill Evans playing piano. I finally found EC's trio recording with Oscar Pettiford. I had hoped there was a full record of the trio, but they just play one tune, 'Taking a Chance On Love'. It was recorded during the session for the LP 'Winner's Circle, but not included on the album.
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Yeah, I like his piano playing more than his vibes playing, but I'm beginning to appreciate his vibes playing for its simplicity compared to the excesses of other vibes players. On this LP, he plays only vibes, with his buddy Bill Evans playing piano. I finally found EC's trio recording with Oscar Pettiford. I had hoped there was a full record of the trio, but they just play one tune, 'Taking a Chance On Love'. It was recorded during the session for the LP 'Winner's Circle, but not included on the album.
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I finally tracked down a copy of 'Something New, Something Blue' a 1959 LP with modern arrangements of old blues tunes. There are two different bands used, and the one I got the record for consisted of Bill Evans, Eddie Costa, Phil Woods, Art Farmer, Frank Rehak and Al Cohn. Those guys could make anything sound good, but they play three arrangements by Manny Albam, and one kind of sloppy but interesting arr. by Teo Macero, and their playing of the Albam arr. is perfection itself. Hearing Woods and Costa blow with Bill Evans comping for them is a rare treat.
  6. Clint Strong?

    So what's the deal with this guy? He can play his ass off, but he hasn't made any records under his own name. There are some records of him playing with country artists like Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, but what about da jazz music?
  7. Bill Kirchner...

    If you read what I wrote, I said I think Lorne and the other guys I mentioned are fine guitar players, but when they play with someone like Ed or Jimmy Raney, they tend to sound stiffer, less melodic/more mechanical, pattern players, when compared to the unforced, more rhythmically swinging and melodic phrasing of Ed and JR. 'This Is New' was not a "mistake"; it's a great album. This is a subjective observation I made after listening to the album many times, This is not a put down of Lorne; he's one of the world's greatest players, and I never would've made this observation if I was listening to one of LL's records without EB to compare him to. Another example of this happening was Richie Cole's album 'Side By Side', with Phil Woods. I'm not saying it's a competition, but some players are so strong, they make you look weak in comparison. Another, more glaring example of this was the duo piano recording(plus bass) of John Mehegan and Eddie Costa. BTW, I think you meant to say "Lorne" with Ed in your first sentence, but you forgave my "baited", so now we're even.
  8. Bill Kirchner...

    Now you've got me even more desperate to find out what gauge strings Ed used! Reg is another great Canadian player, along with Lorne Lofsky, although Lorne made the mistake of making a recording with Ed, the Master. This is always a mistake, because no matter how good you are, Ed will make you sound like a, well, not as good as you would normally sound. Witness fine guitarists like Jack Wilkins and Cal Collins playing with Jimmy Raney...
  9. Audrey Morris R.I.P.

    Great stuff, thanks!
  10. Audrey Morris R.I.P.

    That's a singer!
  11. Audrey Morris R.I.P.

    Many great, local singer/pianists/guitarists never get the recognition of a wider audience, because they stayed local, never got the big break (or in AM's case, turned it down), or other reasons. Frank D'Rone was another one that was an incredible talent (especially his version of 'Joey,Joey,Joey' on the Hefner Show).but never reached a wider audience. I just received word that Sal Casper,a singer/pianist I used to work with a lot just passed at the age of 81. The best way I can describe him is that he had a voice like Mark Murphy, but without the affectations of MM. I played on the one LP that he released, but was disappointed that he decided to sing only commercially oriented originals that he thought went over with the 'crowd', rather than the great standards we'd play on gigs. He said he used me because I sounded like Phil Woods on the guitar, which is still the greatest compliment I've ever received. RIP, Sal
  12. Yeah, but we'd have guys from the One O'Clock Band. Everyone knows that hot chicks always put out for the One O'Clock Band.
  13. Bill Kirchner...

    It was sad to hear about BK's battle with partial paralysis. I played some jazz gigs in the late 1980s with him in a 'little big band', and he was an outstanding soloist and reader on alto. I'm glad that he's managed to find a way around his difficulties using the soprano. BTW Ted, did you ever get a chance to ask Ed Bickert about the gauge of strings he used on that relic'd Fender Telecaster of his? The entire jazz guitar world is waiting with baited breath!
  14. If we pay them enough money, they'll even give those young jazzers a fake orgasm or two.
  15. If it's uninhabited, that creepy place outside FW sounds ideal for a found-footage horror flick. We could work in the Narco aspect; have a few ghosts of guys like Tadd Dameron, Joe Guy, Stitt, etc... haunting the place. Have some young jazz musicians just out of N.Texas State going on a road trip with their busty Dallas Cowboy cheerleader girlfriends; car breaks down; forced to spend the night in the creepy place. Tadd Dameron's ghost promises the kids some EDM tunes he's been writing in the afterlife, winds up killing them all, but the cops find one of the kids' iphone...