Robert Middleton

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  1. New Thelonious Monk album

    Looked up this film on Wikipedia and saw that a soundtrack with other music by Duke Jordan and Art Blakey was previously released: "No Problem (1st Version)" – 7:23 "No Hay Problema" – 4:35 "Prelude In Blue (À "L' Esquinade")" – 6:59 "Valmontana (1st Version)"- 4:46 "Miguel's Party" – 4:23 "Prelude In Blue (Chez Miguel)" – 5:54 "No Problem (2nd Version)" – 6:00 "Weehawken Mad Pad" – 1:50 "Valmontana (2nd Version)" – 4:33 "No Hay Problema (2nd Version)" – 3:53 Bonus track on CD reissue It's available on Amazon in a couple of versions. Cheers, RM
  2. Rudresh Mahanthappa & the Indo-Pak Coalition - Agrima

    I have all of Mahanthappa's recordings, including those with Vijay Iyer and others (22 in all). He has a unique style and sound that makes him stand out. Every one of his releases is worthwhile. I enjoy his previous album, Bird Calls, the most, but his duet with Iyer, Raw Materials, is also an extraordinary album. Cheers, RM
  3. Miles Davis Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years

    I got this set this week. I remember when I first got these albums when they came out in the 80s and early 90's. I went apeshit over Tutu. And I Iiked the rest enough to give every album several listens. I noticed that the sound was markedly superior on the new Master of Tutu. The other albums sound about the same but haven't listed quite as closely. The live Nice album is the only new material and it's as good or better than any of his live performances of the time - comparable to Live at Montreux. No, I don't like this era of Miles as much as most of his earlier stuff, just like everyone else, but I don't disdain it by any means. My first jazz album ever was Bitches Brew when it came out in 1970 and I was 18. And it's still probably my favorite piece of music ever. So I have no problem overall with electrified Miles. My favorite of the 80's era is We Want Miles which I've listened to a whole lot over the years but nothing after that quite blew my socks off. On the other hand, if you compare MIles stuff to the rest of jazz that came out at the time, Miles definitely holds his own. What other killer jazz albums do you own from the 80's? I have about 340 albums from the 80's and only one comes to mind that really killed it - Bass Desires by Marc Johnson with John Scofield and Bill Frisell. Remember, this is when Marsalis was coming into his own. Jazz was going back to basics and lot of stuff was old and stodgy. The Keith Jarret Standards Trio had just launched. Carla Bely had some good stuff. Herbie Hancock was rehashing 60's MIles. Jazz really started getting more adventurous in the mid 90's. Think Masada (18 albums), Medeski Martin and Wood (9 albums), Bill Frisell (16 albums) and Thomas Chapin (23 albums). Would they have existed without 80's MIles? (I dunno!) I also saw Miles live 6 or 7 times in the 80's and I've never seen a live show that held a candle to Miles. Not even close. He was a master showman that held the audience in the palm of his hand. I think for maximum impact you need to listen to these albums at quite a high volume to grasp the real impact. He delivers the goods. It's just different.
  4. Dexter Gordon

    I've had all of the Blue Notes for years but just found and downloaded one that was recorded in three sessions in 1961 and 1962 called "Landslide." It's excellent. You can find details on Discogs.com. Also located all the Black Lion releases on eMusic for $1.99 to $2.99 each at 320 Mbps. And there are a whole lot of his Steeplechase sides there as well, however, a number of them are listed under Various Artists, so yo need to dig through them by searching on "Steeplechase." This includes the duets with Jackie McLean. In any case, they are all bargain priced and the sound is excellent. Reading this thread has been fun!
  5. Kenny Wheeler 1930-2014

    I'm a little Late to the party on this, but you can find pretty good discographies of most jazz artists, including band members, at Discogs.com - Here's the link for Kenny's Discography which features all his main albums plus a lot of albums as a sideman: https://www.discogs.com/artist/142047-Kenny-Wheeler - Also, he has a p[retty god discography on Wikipedia. I'm still discovering new ones where he plays as a sideman. He elevated every date that he played on, so it's rare to find a "just average" album with Kenny on it. Man, do I miss him.
  6. And the AOW Chairman for Aug 24-30 is...

    Sonny's Dream is absolutely one of the best jazz albums of all time. The title song is off the hook and Sonny plays unlike anyone else, a true master, sadly underappreciated.
  7. R.I.P. John Abercrombie

    Very sad to hear this evening that John had passed away. He was one of my all-time favorite jazz musicians and I always anticipated his next album. I own 55 albums that feature John as a leader, collaborator, or as a sideman. My very favorite song of his is from Open Land. "Gimmie Five." I may have played that more than any other song in my life! I once cut a CD with nothing but that song on it! But my very favorite album with John is by Mark Egan (electric bass) - "As We Speak." Also with Dan Gottlieb on drums. The serpentine lines John and Mark spin out on this album are wondrous to behold. A true masterpiece. Check it out if you haven't heard it. R.I.P. John, you will be missed immensely.