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  1. BFT 161

    Thanks for the hints. As for #8, I am trying now to think of who played with Sun Ra and recorded with other artists, and would have played this kind of material. I will let you know if I think of something.
  2. Herbie Hancock Live 2017

    Tickets to see Herbie were not especially expensive in the 1,500 seat classical concert hall in Kansas City. You could get a ticket for under $40.
  3. BFT 161

    I listened to this Blindfold Test some more. It is really enjoyable. Track 8 is very intriguing. Whoever this is, i want to hear more. This is really satisfying music!
  4. Herbie Hancock Live 2017

    It would be more like a combination of Sextant and the Headhunters album. Sextant is more aggressive than Crossings or the other Mwandishi group albums. It really reminded me of a combination of Miles Davis' Agharta album mixed with Sextant and Headhunters. The electronically altered, screeching extended guitar solos, and the relentlessly pounding wall of rhythm drumming, was more like Agharta than anything Herbie has recorded himself.
  5. Herbie Hancock Live 2017

    It will be interesting to hear Herbie's upcoming album. His recent concert was not especially hip hop oriented.
  6. True. My mother, a retired Registered Nurse, volunteers at a hospice center. In most cases the patients are there because they are near death and the hospice centers can give them more painkilling drugs to make their last hours more tolerable, compared to what a more regulated hospital can do.
  7. This is very sad. Valerie and I exchanged several private messages several years ago. She is a very nice person. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, I commented to her that I wished that I had a Jazz for Obama campaign button, but that they seemed to be scarce and that I could not find one. She said that she was getting some for other people and would mail one to me. A few days later her envelope arrived with the button inside. She wrote that she had obtained three buttons and had given them to her friends Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter.....and me. There was a thread on some online music board, it may have been a board other than Organissimo, about whether or not you can play your favorite music at work. I posted that as an attorney, there is no written rule in my office stating that I cannot play music at work, but that it is just unthinkable that I would, that music is simply never played in a law office. Valerie contacted me privately and said that she had been working for years as a legal secretary for a successful partner of a Los Angeles law firm, and that my comments were exactly right. She said that it is just impossible to imagine playing music during a work day in a law office. She also commented that the attorney she worked with was very conservative politically, with views opposite of her own, but that he was also personally very nice, and had treated her very well over the years. We had some nice exchanges about what it is like to work in a law firm. I had just sent her a Facebook friend request, about ten days ago, because I realized that I had not seen any posts by her on any online boards, and I missed reading her thoughts.
  8. I saw Herbie Hancock live in Kansas City on August 12, 2017. With Herbie were Lionel Loueke--guitar (mostly highly altered with electronics); James Genus--electric bass; Terrace Martin--alto saxophone, synthesizers, electronically altered vocals; Vinnie Colaiuta--drums. Herbie played some acoustic piano, a lot of synthesizers and other electronic keyboards, and electronically altered vocals. It was a wild, scorching concert, an all-out intensity blast. I never got to see the Miles Davis electric band of the mid-1970s, the band that recorded "Agharta" and "Pangea". This is about as close to that as I am likely to ever get. It was without a doubt highly successful for what they were trying to do. There was literally no lyricism or swing. It was an electronic jamming explosion, from start to finish. Herbie is not retreating to a rocking chair in his old age, that is for sure. He is getting more intense and abrasive in his music. About eleven years ago I saw Herbie live with Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Scott Colley and Terri Lyne Carrington. At the time I thought that the concert was energetic and innovative in its use of electronics. Now it seems quaint and restrained, compared to this year's tour.
  9. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I have heard Watson play the title track live. He has introduced it by saying, "this song is called The Inventor. It is dedicated to my father who is a great inventor. I am one of his greatest inventions."
  10. BFT 161

    1. Duke Ellington's "Moon Maiden" from The Intimate Ellington album. I bought that album when it was first released on Pablo in 1977, at Discount Records on State Street in Madison, Wisconsin. That Discount Records store had an extensive jazz selection and carried a lot of Pablo albums. Chuck Nessa was the manager of that Discount Records store earlier in the 1970s. 2. I do not know the album but I clearly recognize Michael Gregory Jackson as the guitarist. He was prominent in the indie label avant garde jazz scene in the mid to late 1970s. My friends and I listened to him often. An anecdote which shows how prominent he was in those circles: At the 1979 Ann Arbor Jazz Festival, a duet concert by Joseph Jarman and Don Moye was presented on Saturday afternoon in a small auditorium. After the concert, a member of the student volunteer organization, Eclipse Jazz, came out and spoke. He said that Eclipse would be presenting a series of avant garde jazz concerts on campus in small venues. He said that Eclipse would be asking for written suggestions for artists to be presented, so that they could compile the written results and get an idea of who might draw a good audience. While he had stressed that these suggestions would be written, immediately members of the audience shouted out suggestions. From around the room people shouted "Braxton!" "Muhal!" "Sam Rivers!" "Cecil!" "Michael Gregory Jackson! Michael Gregory Jackson!" At that moment, my friend, who had driven over from Wisconsin to Ann Arbor for the festival, screamed "Al Hirt! Al Hirt! Al Hirt solo trumpet! Al Hirt!" A strikingly beautiful woman near us laughed so hard that she literally doubled over. I can still picture her very pretty face. 3. I have no idea who this is, but I like it. I like the elements of it and the performance. I want to learn who it is! 4. This is African music which I am not familiar with. I find it very appealing. 5. This is from McCoy Tyner's Asante album on Blue Note. I have always wondered at the difference between Tyner's Blue Note output and his Milestone output starting a few years later. To me, the Blue Note recordings sound more cerebral. The Milestones are more direct, elemental, powerful. Tyner's Milestone albums really hit me in my first period of loving jazz. I wonder if Tyner deliberately took a different path as the 1970s progressed because he felt that way about music, if he wanted to explore a different area of music, or if the Milestone producers and engineering had a lot to do with the difference from his earlier Blue Notes. 6. This is Thelonious Monk, "Carolina Moon." I first heard it on the Blue Note album with the red cover, Genius of Modern Music Vol. 2. I hung out often at the great record stores Discount Records and Record World in the 600 block of State Street in Madison, Wisconsin, in the 1970s and early 1980s. The stores were one block from campus and easy for me to just slip over to. One day in the late 1970s, a rather noisy group of punk rockers were gathered in Discount Records, talking loudly about which punk groups they loved. The staff put this Thelonious Monk album on the store's sound system. By the third or fourth song, the punkers were all silent. They were listening. 7. This is Shostakovich. I generally recognize the sound of his music from a memory device I used to pass the classical music appreciation class I took at the University of Wisconsin in the mid-1970s. I do not know the work or the performers. This is compelling music to me. 8. I have no idea who this is, but I like it a lot. That sounds like a cello, which should narrow the possibilities for me but really does not. I am looking forward to the Reveal on this one. 9. I have no idea who this soulful vocalist is. Good stuff. 10. Beautiful piano music. I like it. I have no idea who it is. 11. I bought a lot of Evan Parker from a seller on ebay about ten years ago. I think it is Evan Parker, although I cannot place the album. 12. I bought this 2 LP set when it was released in 1976, during my first wave of jazz love. This album had the lead review spot in Rolling Stone magazine (which was somewhat more credible then, compared to what it became). I just about wore the grooves off of these two records. This is "Meandering." 13. Very appealing soul vocal. I like the song, the singer, the arrangement. I would buy this. I am looking forward to the Reveal on this. 14. I can't quite place this vocalist. I have heard him before. I am drawing a blank. 15. That is Terence Trent D'Arby. I like this. I am struck by how much his singing sounds like early Rod Stewart, on Rod's musically credible Mercury albums. The phrasing is often very similar, down to the little "ha" that both Rod and Trent would use at the end of a line sometimes. 16. A compelling classical piece which I like and cannot identify at all. 17. Abbey Lincoln. Her voice is so unique. I was fortunate to see her live, She was very compelling as a performer. This is a great track. Thank you for a most enjoyable Blindfold Test!
  11. I have played the Albert Ammons/Meade Lux Lewis set many times. I have also played the Thad and Mel set very often. I have played many other Mosaic sets often.
  12. I bought a Parker set this summer after comsidering it for decades. My order must have been the tipping point which caused them to announce it is running low.
  13. Blindfold Test #160, July, 2017 REVEAL

    Interesting that this was your childhood music. I heard it in college not too long after it was released. Now I feel old. I know Burrage as the drummer with Richard Davis and Friends. I did not know about this recording. Very interesting. Oh I have this album and have always enjoyed it, but just could not place it. It is a great album. Wow, so that is who that was! I was way, way off with my perception that it was a self-conscious jazz repertory group. It goes to show how a Blindfold Test can reveal how far off base one can get. Thanks so much for a truly great Blindfold Test!
  14. Blindfold Test #160, July, 2017 REVEAL

    Oh my God! how could I not know John Hicks? it is interesting that no one could identify drummer Vernell Fournier That is a really interesting story, of how you came to hear this music and record it.