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  1. I've tried and tried, really want to like it, do like "A New Perspective", but it doesn't work for me. As you say, we're all different.
  2. I like those Byrd albums for the sound also. I also like the Grant Green albums from that period for the same reason. Those Byrd albums were a big step forward from the monstrosities of "I'm Trying to Get Home" and "Up", and way better to me than what came afterwards (both the Mizell etc. commercial stuff and the disheartening ca. 1990 "comeback"). The interlude in between with "Mustang", "Blackjack", "Slow Drag" and "The Creeper" was pleasant, though unremarkable. "Free Form" will always be THE Donald Byrd album for me, with some others from that very early 60's period not far behind. BTW, the Elvin Jones version of "Fancy Free" on the Live at the Lighthouse album is great (as is the whole album). Expecting to see that one pop up during the year of postings, though "Coalition" or "Genesis" would also be fine choices.
  3. My feelings exactly. Sound is far superior to the Wounded Bird reissues. We probably hate the same 10 albums! I at least sampled everything on the box, but did not even listen to about a third of it (think "Rockit" and the like, and all those horrible vocoder vocals). But would not want to be without the remaining 20 discs. Paid something like $110 for mine several years ago.
  4. It doesn't get any better than that album!
  5. At this point, their importance is much more historical than musical, and they were quickly obsolete. As you well know, music progressed at a staggering pace in the 60's.
  6. Mingus at Birdland 1961-62

    I hear ya. I think the philosophy on the Andorran releases has been briefly discussed once or twice in the past on the Forum...
  7. Complicated, forerunners who did not progress. This is the undisputed early masterpiece and only must-have, also available very cheaply. The group I found much more convincing for this sort of thing was the Graham Bond Organisation, who had Dick Heckstall-Smith (also on this Blues Inc. album), Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker. Zoot Money also did some interesting work in this vein, as did Georgie Fame, but the Bond group is the one I favor, along with John Mayall's groups from that period, of course. And from Bond and Mayall's personnel, you shortly afterward got Cream, Fleetwood Mac, and the magnificent Colosseum. https://www.allmusic.com/album/r-b-from-the-marquee-mw0000180954
  8. I'm actually not a fan of "...Rudely Interrupted", but am in the minority there. By all means, pick up The Complete Animals. Dirt cheap, and the only reasonable place to get all of that material. There is a middle Animals period around 1966ish which is not well represented on CD. 'Animalism'/'Animalisms' and related tracks.
  9. Mingus at Birdland 1961-62

    Here is info on the Solar release, but it may be the same as the others. https://www.jazzweekly.com/2017/04/historical-album-of-the-year-charles-mingus-the-jazz-workshop-all-stars-the-complete-1961-1962-birdland-broadcasts/ https://www.jazzmessengers.com/en/72140/charles-mingus/the-complete-1961-62-birdland-broadcasts
  10. Mingus at Birdland 1961-62

    Same country, same genre, but different approaches. Solar does some very thorough and sensible collating of historical material.
  11. To each his own. I think 'Every One of Us' is spectacular, and greatly look forward to the full box.
  12. Mingus at Birdland 1961-62

    They're Andorran PD, but pretty high quality for that sort of thing. I like them. I have a half dozen of their releases, and none are needle drops. And this MIngus is a great set.
  13. Booker Little

    What Booker Little accomplished musically in less than 24 years of living is astounding.
  14. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I know what you mean. This was mine, courtesy of my college library: