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  1. I'm in at some acceptable price point. Running about $45 pre-order on Amazon, which is too much for me since I already have the original Band of Gypsies and the 2CD "Live at the Fillmore East". Look forward to any feedback on sound quaility on this new release compared to the two I already own.
  2. Dennis Gonzalez

    I know he had a lot of medical issues a few years ago.
  3. The PD Dark Overlords are at your service, at 1/10th of the price. Prepared for incoming artillary....
  4. I like that Alice Darr album a lot, one of the unexpected highlights of the set for me. Otherwise totally unfamiliar with her.
  5. It's certainly well worth $2-3/disc or whatever, as it's an interesting (though very inconsistent) body of work, but I don't think it's worth paying inflated Japanese prices for individual titles. Japanese remastering's not going to help all that much.
  6. Coltrane on Bethlelem

    2 CD set of Coltrane "The Bethlehem Years" available from multiple sellers for under $10 on ebay. Well worth it.
  7. Coltrane on Bethlelem

    Great analysis and reminder, thanks! Not sure if this was before or after - it was all 1957, I believe. Probably my favorite Monk album of all.
  8. Some of the Real Gone stuff sounds fine, they got better at it as the years went on (and they had better sources to pirate). Not Now is the worst of the worst in every regard. But yeah, there are plenty of cruddy sounding Euro PD labels, such as "Prestige Elite: and even some cruddy sounding Euro "legit" labels (looking at you, Hallmark)
  9. That would be Alfred Lion's sale of the label to Liberty in 1967. They continued to put out a lot of great music, but also a much higher percentage of disposable music. Then, when Liberty sold out to UA, the new music continued to weaken (though again, with some notable exceptions, such as the late McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones tites, and some of the Bobby Hutcherson titles). Though UA did unearth a lot of incredible unreleased or long out of print material in three glorious campaigns through about maybe 1980. We won't talk about the mid-80's relaunch to the present, which to me is a whole different label, for which I don't have great regard.
  10. Very impressive stuff - master musicians with quite a history prior to becoming ARS
  11. I'm the same way. I have a couple of these to fill gaps (Zoot Sims, pre-Impulse Archie Shepp, early Verve Jimmy Smith, pre-Contemporary Phineas Newborn), but generally avoid them. Even Real Gone are better than these (those at least list recording year and personnel), and Avid are much much better. As for Blue Note, like you, I buy the BN issues whenever I can (few exceptions are a couple stray Jimmy Smith titles and some Three Sounds). Even Blue Note on Mosaic doesn't feel "right" to me, I like having the original artwork and liner notes, etc.
  12. There was a box set released a few years ago that had their entire run, and it was really inexpensive. I just looked it up, I paid $42 (including shipping) for the entire 30 CD set. Still available on discogs and amazon for about $2/CD "The Charlie Parker Records Complete Collection". The source material was not recorded well, so all the fancy Japanese remastering in the world is not going to make it an audiophile delight. https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/5433565?ev=rb https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B006ZUKBJ4/ref=tmm_acd_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&qid=1574090376&sr=1-1
  13. Billy Harper

    Bartz is not on Asante, that's Andrew White. I agree he sounds great on Expansions and Extensions. Sama Layuca is a wonderful album, though Bartz's contributions don't jump out in my memory.