Robert Middleton

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About Robert Middleton

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  • Birthday 03/09/1952

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Interests Jazz, duh and non-duality
  1. My very first jazz album, at the tender age of 18 was released in 1970 - Bitches Brew. So my jazz collection started with fusion - more Miles, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Weather Report. Over the years I’ve filled out my collection of 70’s jazz. But Scott is unearthing some real gems I’ve never even heard of. Reading this blog has become a daily ritual. And it's really good, to boot, with some wonderful observations and insights about artists and the music of the time. Check it out, for sure. Cheers, R.
  2. The Bad Plus - Activate Infinity

    This is a very listenable album. I like it.
  3. Your Favorite Albums of the Decade

    Hutch, this is fantastic. I know what it takes to write something regularly. I’ve written an ezine/blog for my business once a week for 22 years. But I can’t quite imagine writing something so comprehensive for a full year. And your writing is terrific. Full of color and love for you topic. I will be a dedicated reader!! And I expect to discover some real gems. Cheers, R
  4. What Are Your Favorite Jazz Recordings of the 21st Century?

    My main thought about Nate’s list is that it’s simply another subjective list. There’s really no such thing as an ‘essential jazz album’ that all jazz fans should own. There is only what someone personally likes. That’s why I hate the title, ‘Best of Year List.’ Yet I’m more than happy to see what people like and check out stuff I haven’t heard. For me, I like about 20% of what’s on this list. Some highly touted artists I simply can’t stand. Some stuff that I think is the juiciest jazz ever recorded was missed by almost everyone. So I guess we shouldn’t get so worked up about this shit. Cheers, Robert
  5. Your Favorite Albums of the Decade

    What is your 70’s blog project? 70’s Jazz, the decade jazz changed dramatically? Do you have a link? Cheers R.
  6. Your Favorite Albums of the Decade

    Boy, not only do I not have any of these, I haven’t heard of most of the artists! The jazz world is vast. Cheers, R Ok, well, I do have the Steve Lehman! Pretty amazing album. His latest is great, too. I’ll check out the others. Cheers, R
  7. Your Favorite Albums of the Decade

    Not everyone likes lists like this, but I do. I'm kinda obsessed with creating playlists of my favorite albums. This is not a "best of the decade list." Who knows what the best really is? But you do know what you liked the most, listened to the most and generally obsessed over. Here's my list of favorites from 2010 through 2019. What are yours? Current albums only, not reissues. Deluxe - Chris Lightcap Dulces - Billy Fox Pathways - Dave Holland Beat Therapy - Dmitri Tymoczko Hearts Wide Open - Gilad Hekselman On the Go - Matthew Halsall The Creep - Ted Nash The Troubles - The Troubles Quartette Humaine - Bob James, David Sanborn Trios - Carla Bley Harmonious Creatures - Sarah Manning Instead - Collocutor Live in Larissa - Nat Birchall New Song - Omer Avital Blue Blue - Bengt Berger Madeleine - Ghost Rhythms Silent Understanding - Double Pulse The Time Inside a Year - Dave McDonnell Beam Me Up - Shauli Einav Early Americans - Jane Ira Bloom Homage - Adam Niewood I Long to See You - Charles Lloyd Oceanic Suite - Atlantis Jazz Ensemble What We Bring - Ben Wendell Hudson - Hudson La Saboteuse - Yass Ahmed Layers of the City - Ben Allison Translator's Note - Oded Tzur Awase - Nik Barsch's Ronin Nubaya's 5ive - Nubya Garcia There is a Place - Maisha Blume - Nerija Fyah - Theon Cross Glitter Wolf - Allison Miller Good Hope - Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Zakir Hussain My album of the decade: Nubaya's 5ive - Nubya Garcia NOTE: I culled this list of 35 down from a list of 100. These really are my desert island disks of the decade. Cheers, Robert
  8. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    A playlist of the first 20 years of ECM. About 200 albums in all. I think these were the greatest ECM years with a lot of classic, beautiful albums. And, for the most part, a lot more distinctive than the last 30 years. Albums from these artists: Arild Andersen, Bass Desires, Bennie Maupin, Bill Connors, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Chick Corea, Collin Walcott, Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, Eberhard Weber, Egberto Gismonti, Enrico Rava, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, Jan Garbarek, John Abercrombie, John Surman, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Wheeler, Miroslav Vitous, Pat Metheny, Paul Bley, Ralph Towner, Steve Kuhn, Steve Tibbitts, and Terje Rypdal. An amazing body of work.
  9. My Favorite Jazz Albums of 2019 (so far)

    Yeah, this looks like a good one! Garzone is great but only have a few of his albums. Plus Erskine and Pasquale. And three discs!
  10. My Favorite Jazz Albums of 2019 (so far)

    Well, they're spitting 'em out as a prodigious rate. Ninety-three for me so far this year. Makin' 'em and bakin' 'em. And some are mighty delicious.
  11. My Favorite Jazz Albums of 2019 (so far)

    Yeah, pure vinyl. But I haven't bought one in more than 30 years.
  12. My Favorite Jazz Albums of 2019 (so far)

    Well, we focus on what we like the most. I'm kinda obsessed with collecting new jazz. It's a little overwhelming because there's always something new coming out. When I think of my collection, I think of "old jazz" as everything before 1969 and "new jazz" as everything after. My collection is 20% old and 80% new. Nice to see you here, HF. It's been a long time since the AAJ Forum! Cheers, RM
  13. My Favorite Jazz Albums of 2019 (so far)

    You DO need it. LOL. I love jazz albums that stand alone, that don't sound quite like anything else. And this fits the bill. Hussain has some amazing solos and Llloyd really soars. It's in the top 50 of all my albums. Cheers, RM By the way, I mentioned the one by Ghost Rhythms. Their previous CD "Madeline" is an alternate soundtrack to Hitchcock's Vertigo. An astounding piece of music. Nothing out there remotely like it. Double album. You can hear it on: Bandcamp:
  14. My Favorite Jazz Albums of 2019 (so far)

    It's really good. Love anything that Holland and Potter do, but with Hussain, it's a magical combination. One of the best of the year, IMHO. Do you have Sangam by Charles Lloyd with Hussain and Eric Harland? One of my very favorite albums. Never gets old. Thanks, I'll check out some of these!
  15. There have been some really good jazz albums released this year - especially by my favorite artists. These are my 20 favorites for 2019, so far (in the order in which I got them). My only criteria for favorite albums is that I'm compelled to listen to them many times (sometimes for years). * for albums from artists that are new for me this year What are your favorites for this year? Glitter Wolf - Allison Miller Infinity - Tom Harrell Animi - Shauli Einav Voyage - Daniel Herskedal Stomping Off From Greenwood - Greg Ward Pacifica - The Vampires Come What May - Joshua Redman Scopes - Scopes, Ben Van Gelder, Tony Tixier Ten - Beats & Pieces Big Band *Very Stable Genius - Bryan McAllister The Balance - Abdullah Ibrahim Hidden Corners - Jamie Saft Quartet Beyond Us - Angles 9 Where are You? - Kevin Hays, Mark Turner & Marc Miralta *The Hunter - Skyjack SuperBigmouth - Chris Lightcap Live At Yoshiwara - Ghost Rhythms Golden Valley is Now - Reid Anderson, Dave King & Craig Taborn Good Hope - Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter Blue Dawn - Blue Nights - Wallace Roney Cheers, RM