felser

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  1. RIP Helen Reddy.

    Some really good music, but not exactly noted for theological accuracy!
  2. LF Lee Morgan Last Session

    "Capra Black" !!!
  3. RIP Helen Reddy.

    It is from JC Superstar, but Elliman had the Mary Magdaline part in that, in the original album recording the original Broadway run, and the movie. That being said, it looks like I passed along incorrect info that I saw on the web, and that the song was written by Rice/Webber along with the rest of the show. Mary Magdalene talking about Jesus, but I'm not sure who she's talking to at that point. I don't remember a thing about the movie except that it was over the top (saw it almost 50 years ago), and you can't tell from the original album (which I still own).
  4. Talk about culturally essential works! And the music is a great as it is important. Also a beautiful album cover.
  5. RIP Helen Reddy.

    She could sing, and did do some good, provocative songs. "Angie Baby" is creepy and fascinating. "I Don't Know How To Love Him" is beautiful and thought-provoking (the version by Yvonne Elliman, who also wrote it, is even better).
  6. Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder

    Looking at my Joel Whitburn Billboard chart books and the Cuscuna/Ruppli BN discography, I see this picture: 'The Sidewinder' album was released in July, 1964 (recorded late 1963) charted on the pop album charts in October of 1964, a full year before the 1965 world series, and eventually reached #25, a stunning achievement. 'Search for the New Land' (February 1964) and 'Tom Cat' (August 1964) were recorded prior to 'The Sidewinder' charting, and were obviously held back while 'The Sidewinder' was selling so well. The first Morgan album recorded after the success of 'The Sidewinder' had commenced was 'The Rumproller' (April 1965), and that adopted the lessons learned from 'The Sidewinder'. Several (though not all) Subsequent Morgan albums followed the same path for a number of years. Some magnificent ('The Gigolo', 'Infinity'), others less so, until he broke free of the formula with 'Live at the Lighthouse'. 'Search For The New Land' is spectacular, and did eventually make it out a few years later.
  7. BFT 198 Reveal

    Many mysteries solved, thanks! I also own the Akiyoshi album (Dan and I own the same album, say it ain't so!), as well as the Nat Adderley. Fascinating on Terry Riley, and I look forward to picking that up eventually. I have his "A Rainbow in Curved Air" album, which I also like, but which is very different. And I have the Abdul-Malik, which I identified. The Kenyatta was an especially interesting reveal, as 1972 is very early for that sort of thing. Wouldn't mind picking that up eventually, either. He has an interesting (if frustrating) back catalog. A shame that Ernie Watts is not on CD, and at this point, it likely never will be. Great job on the BFT and the Reveal, thanks so much!
  8. Melvin Rhyne question

    And "The Wind Beneath My Wings" is the big Bette Midler hit written by Larry Henley. May he rest in peace, but he has been a prime minor annonayance in my life for well over 50 years, as he was the lead singer on the Newbeats "Bread and Butter".
  9. BFT 199 - Link & Discussion

    BFT 199 Quite a broad range of music here. Something for all tastes, ranging from my friend Dan Gould to me! 1 – Monk cover. Well enough done, but generally I only like Monk by Monk (and I don’t like “Blue Monk” by anybody). 2 – Nice version of “Born to Be Blue”. Not sure who the singer is, but she’s good. 3 – Doesn’t translate for me. 4 – Good guitar player, but don’t care for the rhythm section (too stiff). 5 – “All the Things You Are”. I do like this version. Surely from the 50’s? Would not be shocked if I have this on the shelves somewhere. Was thinking Teddy Charles and Jimmy Raney, but can’t find anything along those lines. 6 – Before my time. “Caravan” 7 – I like this a lot. 60’s? Might be a little later. I know a lot of these songs, but my brain is too scrambled at the moment to place them. 8 – Not a fan of this sort of thing, though (as with everything on the BFT), it’s well done for what it is. 9 – This is lovely for sure. 10 – Works for me. Randy Weston? I know he did a duet album with Billy Harper in the past few years, but I’ve never heard it. Is this from that? 11 – I LOVE this one! Sure hope I have it somewhere, if not, will seek to remedy that ASAP. This (along with the obvious #16) is the pick of the BFT for me. 12 – Caffeine high? I think if I was in the right mood, this would sound good, but it just strikes me as frantic. Not at all taken with the sound of the guitar player, and the organ player seems to be noodling. I do like the trumpet solo. 13 – Found the trumpet player most annoying (sort of like 80’s Miles Davis, when he had lost his chops). 14 – Sounds like something John Lewis cooked up when moonlighting from the MJQ. I like it. Good bass player (Percy Heath?) and good drummer. Another one of those standards my head can’t place today, but I believe it is likely a John Lewis composition. 15 – Good cut for sure, nice trumpet and bass. I imagine it’s a well-ish known trumpet player, who has listened to Don Cherry. I like it, but not sure it is something I would ever get around to pulling off the shelf and listening to a second time. 16 – Well, it certainly sounds like Paul Desmond playing “Take Five”, I assume from the 70’s live recordings with Ed Bickert, Don Thompson, and Jerry Fuller. Great stuff of course. And certainly the rhythm section brought a new excitement. This times in shorter than the version on the original album – is it an alternate take from the Mosaic set?
  10. Wayne Shorter for president.

    Me too, and that Paul Quinichette was his VP.
  11. BFT 198 Link & Discussion

    Yeah, this was a most excellent (though lengthy) BFT.
  12. BFT 199 - Link & Discussion

    Mine always fit on one CD, doesn't help responses all that much in my case. Just a limited interest topic anymore.
  13. Happy 80th Birthday, Gary Bartz!

    The Milestones were, but not the Prestiges that followed. AFAIK it was.
  14. BFT 198 Link & Discussion

    Looking forward to the reveal, as it is the last day of September!
  15. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Beautiful box set musically and aesthetically:
  16. Happy 80th Birthday, Gary Bartz!

    Milestone and Prestige were major jazz labels back in that era. Does anyone here know what their approach was on compensating artists for their albums in the late 60's to mid-70's?
  17. Happy 80th Birthday, Gary Bartz!

    Still my very favorite Bartz release, and still no CD reissue (how did OJC overlook it?). Also excellent Woody Shaw on this one:
  18. Strozier was a most underrated player. Glad he had opportunity to record those SteepleChase albums in the late 70's.
  19. Happy 80th Birthday, Gary Bartz!

    Masterly musician with a diverse recording legacy. Saw him live twice, once at the Tower Theatre in the 70's (his crossover phase, did "Macaroni"), once at the Mill Creek Jazz Society in the 90's (straight ahead with the house rhythm section led by Sid Simmons), and he seemed like a very kind man.
  20. Your audio equipment?

    To be honest, it's usually this while I work, Sony boombox with Sennheiser headphones. I'm a big Sennheiser fan. I do have a setup with Klipsch speakers, etc. but rarely get to use it.
  21. What happens to your collection?

    I'm thinking that if I get to retire at some point, I'll make a document for my wife to give her some options to consider, depending on her desires and financial condition (which should be OK) and try to specify what's worth selling, and what's not. Also will try to deal with most of the dispostion myself in retirement years if I can. May be that having someone like DustyGroove swoop in and handle it in my absence would be worthwhile. Pennies on the dollar, I know, but at least it's handled then and the music should eventually find good homes. My daughter has said that she wants my collection if I pass, so if that is still the case, that will likely be the disposition, but I'm not totally convinced. She couldn't tell you who Billy Harper, Charles Tolliver, or Lloyd McNeill are . For now, the music keeps me sane and motivated while I work.
  22. RIP Ira Sullivan

    Really interesting musician. 89 years old, RIP.
  23. And his Riversides from the early 60's are also really good, well-written and arranged in addition to being well-played.