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  1. BFT 193 Link and Discussion

    This is a really good BFT, Cardinal Jazz Fan. I will post some detailed comments later in the month but I want to let you know that I am enjoying it.
  2. LPs that have never made it into CD

    Some albums still not on CD: Jack DeJohnette--Untitled (ECM) James Newton--Paseo Del Mar (India Navigation). It is my favorite James Newton album Sun Ra--Unity (Horo). His other two Horo albums have had CD and digital download releases, but this excellent live album has not.
  3. This is one of those posts which reveals the great lack of tech sophistication of the author (me). When I had Windows 7 on my desktop, I found it very easy to add photos to posts here. I would right click on the photo. A drop down menu would appear with the word Properties as one option. By clicking on Properties I would get a link which I could copy. Then I would click on the Insert other media rectangle at the bottom right of the post here on Organissimo. I could then paste my link and it would appear in my post. Now Windows 7 has finally bitten the dust, and with Windows 10 I do not get the Properties option when I right click on the photo. I have tried the options I do receive, and can't figure out how to add a photo to my posts here. Can anyone with more than my tiny amount of technical knowledge give me a step by step tutorial? Thank you!
  4. Garth Brooks and Gershwin Prize

    I have seen Garth Brooks twice live. It was a revelation. Apart from Sun Ra, he is about the most memorable live performer I have ever seen in any genre of music. He is definitely not without substance. He is an incredible force of nature onstage, and gives it every ounce of energy he has. I do not own his albums, but I enjoyed his singing and the material he sang, in concert. The songs were really good, and he performed them better than just about anyone else could. He gave his backup singers mini-sets in the middle of the show. As his backup singers sang some of their compositions, Garth sang harmony inconspicuously off to the side of the stage. Not many big stars would do that. From the book of work I heard in concert, he is deserving of the award.
  5. BFT 192 Reveal

    I am looking forward to that. I love the Tito Puente recordings from the late 1940s to the early 1970s and there seems to be no good, comprehensive source which tells us when the songs were recorded and which musicians play on them. Unless there is, and I can't find it.
  6. BFT 192 Reveal

    Thom Keith, your mention of another version of the Ginger Baker song on his “Coward of the County” album prompted me to play that album on Spotify today. It is easily one of my favorite Ginger Baker albums now. It is a real jazz album.
  7. BFT 192 Reveal

    According to Thom Keith there is another excellent version of that song on Ginger Baker’s “Coward of the County” album. I plan to check it out soon. I recommend the entire Shabaka Hutchins album!
  8. BFT 192 Reveal

    I do not know about Idris Rahman’s trio Wildflower and am excited to learn about it. You are not thread bombing. I hope that the BFTs spark more musical discussion.
  9. BFT 192 Reveal

    I can rarely identify tracks or artists in anyone’s Blindfold Tests. I have come to view the BFT as enjoyable new listening and then learning the identifications later. Often I then buy some new CDs! I have come to not worry about whether I can identify anything or anyone!
  10. BFT 192 Reveal

    Thanks! My BFT 179 from last year had even more current London jazz.
  11. BFT 192 Reveal

    I agree about the Shabaka Hutchings cut. The entire album is strong. I almost chose other cuts from it for this BFT. It is one of my favorite albums of the past 20 years. I was not that familiar with Shakira when I saw her Super Bowl halftime performance. I listened to many of her songs on Spotify after that and was surprised by the variety in her musical career and by the depth and quality of some of her material. This particular song really struck me as different from what I have grown to expect from contemporary pop stars.
  12. BFT 192 Reveal

    I have tried in the past to put together an all-Sun Ra BFT, in many very different styles of music.
  13. BFT 192 Reveal

    I can't figure out how to insert photos of the album covers using Windows 10. I found it very easy to do with my old Windows 7. 1. contemplation, by Nubya Garcia, from Nubya’s 5ive (Re:freshed, 2017) Composer: McCoy Tyner Nubya Garcia—Tenor Saxophone Joe Armon-Jones—Piano Daniel Casmir—Bass Moses Boyd—Drums 2. Tangled, by Ill Considered, from Ill Considered (Ill Considered Music, 2017) Idris Rahman—Saxophone Leon Brichard—Bass Emre Ramazanoglu-Drums Yahael Camara-Onono—Percussion This album is consistently at the level of this track. 3. . You Stepped Out of a Dream, by Anthony Braxton, from Five Pieces 1975 (Arista, 1975) Composer: Kahn/Brown Anthony Braxton—Alto Saxophone Dave Holland—Bass 4. 4. Mzwandile, by Shabaka and the Ancestors, from Wisdom of Elders (Brownswood, 2016) Shabaka Hutchings—Tenor Saxophone Mthunzi Mvubu—Alto Saxophone Siyabonga Mthembu-Vocals Mandla Mlangeni—Trumpet Nduduzo Makhathini—Piano, Electric Piano Ariel Zamonsky—Bass Tumi Mogorosi-Drums Gontse Makhene-Percussion London based Shabaka Hutchings, whose family comes from Barbados, records here with musicians from South Africa on this consistently strong album. 5. 5. Ran Kan Kan, by Tito Puente Composer—Tito Puente I cannot find detailed information about Tito Puente’s early work. I cannot tell if this song was first recorded in 1949 or 1955 as a single. It appears on the 1955 Mamborama LP on the Tico label. I cannot find musician credits for it. 6. 6. Ojos Asi, by Shakira, from ?Donde Estan los Ladrones? (Columbia/Sony 1998) Composers—Shakira Mebarak/Pablo Flores/Javier Garza Shakira—Vocals, harmonica Luis Fernando Ochoa—Guitar, Bass Adam Zimmon—Guitar Marcelo Acevedo--Guitar Lester Mendez—Keyboards Randy Barlow—Accordian Teddy Mulet—Trumpet John Falcone—Bass Brendan Buckley—Drums Edwin Bonilla--Percussion Wendy Peterson—Backing Vocals Shakira was one of the headlining Super Bowl halftime performers in February, 2020, with Jennifer Lopez. This song, “Ojos Asi,” was the fifth single released from this multi-platinum selling album, ?Donde Estan los Ladrones?, which has sold over seven million copies worldwide. This song, “Ojos Asi,” as a single, reached Number 9 on the U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart. It has been performed on six of Shakira’s seven concert tours. For this song, Shakira won a Latin Grammy award in the category of Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2000. 7. 7. Space Shuttle—Ra to the Rescue. Ch. 2 (a.k.a. The Alter Destiny), by Sun Ra, from Ra to the Rescue (Saturn, 1983) Composer—Sun Ra Marshall Allen—Alto Saxophone Solo Sun Ra—Keyboards John Gilmore—Tenor Saxophone, Percussion Danny Thompson—Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Percussion Hayes Burnett-Bass Samari Celestial (Eric Walker)-Drums Michael D. Anderson—Drums Eddie Thomas—Percussion Atakatune (Stanley Morgan)—Congas 8. After Hours, by Roy Buchanan, from Second Album (Polydor, 1973) Composer—Avery Parrish Roy Buchanan—Lead Guitar Teddy Irwin—Rhythm Guitar Dick Heintze—Piano, Organ Don Payne—Bass Jerry Mercer—Drums 9. El Is a Sound of Joy, by Sun Ra, from Sound of Joy (Delmark, Recorded 1956) Composer—Sun Ra Sun Ra—Piano Art Hoyle—Trumpet Dave Young—Trumpet John Avant—Trombone Pat Patrick—Alto and Baritone Saxophone John Gilmore—Tenor Saxophone Charles Davis—Baritone Saxophone Victor Sproules—Bass William Cochran-Drums Jim Herndon—Tympani, Timbales 10. El Is a Sound of Joy, by Sun Ra, from Mayan Temples (Black Saint, 1990) Composer—Sun Ra Sun Ra—Piano, Keyboards Ahmed Abdullah—Trumpet Michael Ray—Trumpet Tyrone Hill-Trombone Marshall Allen—Alto Saxophone, Flute Noel Scott—Alto Saxophone John Gilmore—Tenor Saxophone, Timbales James Jacson—Bassoon, Ancient Egyptian Infinity Drum Ronald Wilson—Tenor Saxophone Carl LeBlanc—Guitar Jothan Collins—Bass Clifford Barbaro—Drums Earl “Buster” Smith—Drums Ron McBee—Congas, Percussion Jorge Silva—Percussion Elson Nascimento—Surdo, Percussion 11. Ginger Spice, by Ginger Baker, from Why (Motema Music, 2014) Composer—Ron Miles Pee Wee Ellis—Tenor Saxophone Alec Dankworth—Bass Ginger Baker-Drums Abass Nii Dodoo--Percussion 12. No Agreement, by Fela Kuti, from No Agreement (Decca Afrodisia, 1978) Composer—Fela Kuti Fela Kuti—Tenor and Alto Saxophones, Electric Piano, Vocals Lester Bowie—Trumpet Solo Tunde Williams—Trumpet Nwokoma Ukem—Trumpet Lekan Animashaun—Baritone Saxophone Leke Benson-Guitar Okalve Ojeah—Guitar Clifford Itoje—Guitar Oghene Kologbo-Guitar Nweke Atifoh-Bass Tony Allen—Drums Ayoola Abayomi—Percussion Babajide Olaleye—Maracas Oladeinde Koffi, Addo Nettey, Shina Abiodun—Congas 13, 14, 15. When You Love/Where You Love (edit)/How You Love, by Quicksilver Messenger Service, from Happy Trails (Capitol, 1969—recorded live in 1968) Composer—Bo Diddley; on the album, composers of these sections are listed as Gary Duncan/Greg Elmore/John Cipollina Gary Duncan—First Guitar Solo John Cipollina—Second Guitar Solo David Freiberg—Bass Greg Elmore--Drums