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  1. 5 hours ago, jazzbo said:

    Some Stevie Wonder tunes are on their way to becoming jazz standards. The first I remember is the excellent "Maybe your Baby" done by Gary Bartz. This century SFJazz Collective have done two releases (a live concert compilation and a studio session) dedicated to his tunes. And I know there are more interpretations.

    Lots of good jazz covers from the great Innervisions album.  

  2. 22 minutes ago, mjzee said:

    AFAIK, Cobblestone was a partnership of Schlitten and Fields; Muse was always all Fields.  When Cobblestone ended, the two partners took their own masters.  Schlitten's ended up on Xanadu, and Fields's on Muse.  Muse is now owned by Denon; Schlitten still owns Xanadu.

    Thanks.  Both are sitting on some gems.

  3. 2 hours ago, jlhoots said:

    I've always wondered what "consulting" means, when you have no particular skill sets or special interests. You can't just say you're a consultant.

    For me, it would be limited-duration contract work in IT (I have 40+ years solid experience), through an agency which does those placements.  A few have contacted me already.  

    2 hours ago, jazztrain said:

    Sorry to hear the news.  It's an increasingly familiar story these days.

    My advice is to:

    1.  File for unemployment.

    2.  Register for social security.  You may or may not want to begin collecting it, but it's important to at least register with social security if you haven't done so already.  

    3.  File for medicare if you haven't done so already.  It's most likely a better deal than switching to COBRA for health insurance.  Losing your job is a "qualifying event" and you can sign up for Medicare if you haven't done so already without incurring a penalty for filing too late after you reach the qualifying age.

    4.  Enjoy the time off.  Listen to music.  Read things you want to read instead of things you need to read for work.  Pursue your hobbies.  Consider volunteering for worthwhile activities.

    5.  If you like what you were doing, consider consulting.  If you do this, you might want to form an LLC to protect yourself.  There may be some tax benefits for doing this as well.

    It may not seem like it at the moment, but it may really be a blessing in disguise.

    Good thoughts, thanks.  Will look into unemployment and file as soon as I am officially off the books..  I registered for Medicare A at 65, had not registered for Social Security since I was not going to draw on it (and still won't for a good while).  A well-qualified fellow board member has volunteered to give me a crash course on Medicare B and the other Medicares, which I need.  Have always done a good bit of volunteering, which I will continue and even increase, and I am also helping raise my 3-year-old grandson, who lives with us, which takes a huge chunk of time/energy already.  I do have a lot of books/music I'd love to get to, and a lot of work around the house which has gone neglected for years.  And a wife who I love and look forward to spending more time with.  Keeping myself occupied has never been an issue for me, I never get bored.  I expect that not many of us in the Organissimo community do - there's always an old pleasure or a new discovery right around the corner.

  4. 6 minutes ago, rostasi said:

    "I can't seem to face up to the facts
    I'm tense and nervous and I can't relax
    I can't sleep 'cause my bed's on fire
    Don't touch me I'm a real live wire..."

    You start a conversation you can't even finish it
    You're talking a lot, but you're not saying anything
    When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed
    Say something once, why say it again?

    Psycho Killer
    Qu'est-ce que c'est
    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
    Run, run, run, run, run, run, run away oh, oh, oh

  5. Thanks everyone.  Consulting looks like a possible winner, I'm sorting it out.  I get transition counseling as part of the severance package, and plan to take them up on that.  I have a 401K with them (no pension), and will have it rolled over into my IRA to avoid taxation, or may just leave it with them (Fidelity managed) if that is an option.  I meet with our financial advisor next Thursday.   Yes, very uncool that no one talked through it with me, but I am just callingHR hotline with questions, and will get it sorted out.  I have a lot to be thankful for in the situation, luxuries (such as the severance package, etc.) so many lack.

  6. 47 minutes ago, romualdo said:

    ps. Aren't you Lithuanian (you told me that once in the past)? Are you active in the Litho community where you live?

    I am, fully on my father's side, but don't really feel much kinship with the community (we were several hundred miles away from where I am now, and my father basically abandoned me following my parent's divorce - my stepfather is the one who has filled the father void for me).

    15 minutes ago, Brad said:

    John, from a practical point of view, did your company go over benefits with you such as pension or 401K and medical. Have you registered for Medicare Part B? That’s the first thing I had to do upon retirement. I assume you have a financial advisor. 

    Thanks Brad, do have a financial advisor, seeing him next week, also seeing medicare specialist next week.  Medicare B and supplemental plans coming up.  I have a lot to learn about all of that, and need to learn it very quickly.  Company went over nothing with me, just sent me a bunch of papers (well, .pdf files).  I have a lot of questions.

  7. Thanks all, brief summaryof thoughts at this point (though please keep them coming!)

    1 - consulting is a good idea.  I've actually had a half dozen contacts about consulting just today.   And that might allow me to pick my work schedule better.  I'd love to be able to continue from home if possible.

    2 - I don't get bored either.  I have so much I want to do, music, books, movies, service projects, etc.  Also have a 3-year-old grandson in the house, which clearly changes the chemistry.  I love him dearly, but he's very three, if you know what I mean.  Looking forward to his fourth birthday.

    3 - Relaxing sounds wonderful. but I seriously don't very well know how.  Would be nice to learn.

  8. So I got laid off from my job as a System Architect today after 40 years between the three companies (two buyouts).  I'm 66 (my wife is also Medicare/Social Security eligible) and got a very good severance package, so we're OK.  But not sure what's next (probably still want to work for awhile, but not necessarily in an IT pressure cooker), and it will be strange to not "go to work" after 45 years of full-time work since college.    Any advice on how to best approach this new world?

  9. 37 minutes ago, Joe said:

    BLUE AFTERNOON is a good disc for those looking for an introduction to Buckley's most fertile period, IMO. Once you're really ready for the adventurous stuff: LORCA, then STARSAILOR. 

    I agree that Blue Afternoon is a gem, to me his second best album and last good one.   Lorca is half good (literally, one side is really good), Starsailor is unlistenable to me.   I think it was Robert Christgau said about that one that it sounded like Buckely was having his liver torn out, slowly.  

    3 minutes ago, JSngry said:

    Live shows, thoiugh...not sure if that's gonna be for me or not, that was a long time ago...when did Lee Underwood get on board? And does it really matter?

    I'll almost fully agree with Felser about the late-period studio albums, but with two exceptions (songs, not albums)


    I agree with you on "The Dolphins", hard to do wrong on that song.   The live albums discussed are more circa "Happy Sad", "Blue Afternoon", and "Lorca", and are uniformly excellent.

  10. 1 hour ago, jlhoots said:

    I never quite "got" Tim Buckley. I'll try again.

    There were 3-4 distinct phases.  The late studio albums were horrifyingly bad, yet the live performances from the same era were really good, but those have come to light only in the digital era.  Conversely, his second album, "Goodbye and Hello", is one of my desert island discs.  But after that, the biggest treasures are the newly released live albums from the late 60's, like the ones discussed here.

  11. 1 hour ago, colinmce said:

    Strange little catalogue, with the 2 mainstream titles in there. You can get the Birigwa and Natural Food albums on CD from Porter still. Both are interesting in a time capsule sense I guess, but neither did much for me. ymmv.

    I was relatively disappointed in both, though they are indeed "interesting time capsules".  

  12. Dan would prefer Gene Harris :).  That Swiss Radio Days series is wonderful.  Audio tends to be stunning, and the musicians tend to give superior performances.  I'm borderline just because I have so very much 70's Dex already.  I'm sure it'll be really good.

  13. 4 hours ago, jazzbo said:

    Amazon has it listed for about 69.

    Importcds has it for $38 + $3 shipping (for a 6 CD set!).  They are always much better pricewise than Amazon on anything from the Cherry Red family of labels (which this release is).  Everything on those labels is usually beautifully executed and incredibly reasonably priced.  And they are all fully licensed, no PD worries.

  14. Just finished listening to the Bartz Bremen set.  It's wonderful.  First off, sound quality is outstanding for a 70's live recording.  Musically, it's an extension of what he was doing on the "I've Known Rivers" Montreux set.  This is two years later, and Charles Mims and Curtis Robertson have replaced Hubert Eaves and Stafford James.  Robertson is outstanding, and very well miked/mixed.  It is an active joy to listen to hs bass work here.  Mims also does a good job.   This set is 50% longer than the Montreux set, equivalent to three LP's, and every cut works ("Rivers" had a couple of throways).  Even the Isley Brothers cover is lovely, excellent work by Bartz and Robertson especially.  "Rivers" was my previous go-to Bartz album, so this will be my new one, though I love much of his catalog.   This is different enough in both content and execution from the Montreux set that if you like that, you'll definitely also want this one.  And the success of this release makes me ready to go check out the Airto/Flora release.