Ed Swinnich

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  1. I saw Hutcherson's name where Henderson's should have been.
  2. Not sure what the shipping would be from Europe, but it's listed on the Jazz Messengers site Dexter Gordon - In the Cave - from Jazz Messengers
  3. RIP Chick Corea

    My first look at the Di Meola site posted was that this is some sort of joke. But I guess it's not, right? I read the Di Meola interview posted upthread and could not believe what a self absorbed, ego driven douchebag the guy came across as, the scientology comments notwithstanding. I will admit to liking his work with RTF, but the solo stuff - after the first couple of solo efforts which were sort of cool back in the day just left me empty for the most part. I remember seeing him at a local club during the Cielo e Terra - World Sinfonia period which I enjoyed But the electric stuff he does just does not work for me.
  4. RIP Chick Corea

    I'm almost regretting reading the last few pages of this thread that recount the impact of Scientology on Corea throughout his career. Like trane123 above, I discovered RTF while I was in high school. "Where Have I Known You Before" just might have been my first jazz album. Up until then, I was pretty much into progressive rock and the Allman Brothers Band. Listening to that album was a real breakthrough for me and really inspired me to begin exploring jazz and I've never looked back. Also like trane123, I noticed the acknowledgement of L. Ron Hubbard. I had no idea who he was, what he did or what he represented. It probably wasn't until a decade later that I found out and I had a hard time separating Corea the musician from Corea the cult member. In the end, I couldn't - and stopped listening to Corea from probably 1990 until about five years ago. RTF did a reunion tour of sorts with Jean Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale. I decided to go see them and as a result, began pulling out some of my old Corea stuff. I guess I sort of found myself able to ignore the cult and concentrate on and enjoy the music. Then I read the past few pages. I'll just say it brought back some prior feelings and exposed me to some new information.
  5. Jones/Lewis Mosaic

    The Eagle has landed! Sometime in the late 90s/early 2000s but certainly after the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Mosaic went OOP, I was able to pick up a partial LP set with box and booklet from Mosaic. 5 of the 7 LPs were present. Since then I have been casually looking for a complete set in either CD or LP. Problem was, that this set has pretty much maintained a pretty high price on eBay. Since I already had the bulk of the set, I was not super motivated to pay over $100 or so. I happened to check Discogs a couple of weeks ago and voila! - a complete CD set sans box and booklet for $50. I'm listening to it now. Sorry for resurrecting such an old thread. My other choice was one from 2005
  6. I am so saddened to hear of Henry Aaron's passing. I followed his career as closely as I could as a boy/adolescent living in Buffalo NY with no internet. Back then it was checking the box scores in the local paper and reading the reports of the previous day's games, subscribing to sports magazines like the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated and watching the baseball game of the week. However it came to be, of all the great players who played the game in my youth, Henry Aaron was my favorite - one of my heroes. I followed his home run course for many years before he actually got close and remember getting into quite a few heated debates about the merits of Aaron's pursuit of the Babe. Watching home run 715 that night in April of 1974 with satisfaction and happiness. Watching the call of the home run on the highlight posted upthread gave me goosebumps and a few tears. Thank you Henry Aaron.
  7. Woody Herman set on last chance

    I have the set and am really enjoying it. I remember that they needed a pre-book of a certain number of sets - 700 - before they would even move forward. Personally, I did not mind that concept and if it is needed to move other borderline sets forward, I'm good with that. Sound is great and there are plenty of vocals that I really like. There are a few novelty songs, but not enough to make me avoid listening to it. Like many of the Mosaic sets from this era, it helps to take my mind off things...
  8. The Desmond set arrived yesterday. It was a Christmas gift that came late. I listened to the first disc yesterday. Very, very nice. Seeing Ed Bickert in Toronto in '73 or '74 at a place called Yellow Fingers was one of my first exposures to jazz. Our family was on a weekend getaway to Toronto so it was my parents, sister and brother. It was at my insistence that we went, and obviously - it was quite memorable for me. Great music and nice venue as I remember it. My first jazz club Another highlight was my brother and I sneaking out of our Sutton Place hotel room some time after midnight and walking down and back up Yonge Street. Quite an experience of sights and sounds for a couple of kids who had never seen nightlife on a big city main street. One thing that sticks in my mind was encountering an open door and stairway up to upper levels above some business that was closed for the day. There were a few guys hanging out outside the open door, a speaker through which the sweet sound of Herb Alpert's "A Taste of Honey" was blaring. Sitting every few steps on the way up - women of varying ages. Scantily clad and at first glance, attractive. But we didn't exactly stop and stare. I was around 16 at the time. Memories.........
  9. Merry Christmas!

    Holy crap! Who knew?
  10. Merry Christmas!

    Seems like she must have bought it at an online store called Society6. Seems like the sell home decor items, furniture, household items etc.
  11. Merry Christmas!

    Didn't know where else to put this. Got this blanket from my wife Kelly for Christmas. I have a jazz listening room down in my basement and it's not always the warmest. So, perfect gift for a Blue Note lover
  12. Weird crazy-high price. Why?

    Just checked my copy. It's the Manhattan Records one. I bought it back in the day. Actually - I have never replaced any of the Blue Notes I bought back in the early days of CDs
  13. Glad I checked in here today. I had forgotten about this one, having just received the Chateauvallon disc. Placed an order and should be here Wednesday.
  14. Tubby Hayes has arrived. I've never knowingly listed to him prior to this purchase. Looking forward to it.
  15. Does anyone know where you can pre-order? I just saw an MP3 of the song Cheesecake on the US Amazon. Nothing about an CD