The Magnificent Goldberg

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  1. Afro-Blues Quintet (+1)

    Funny that. Afro-Blues Q + was an interesting, if unspectacular band. They issued 6 LPs, on Mira and Crestview (a budget label of the owners of Mira) and Surrey. I THINK the order in which they were probably recorded was Introducing the Afro-Blues Quintet + 1 - Mira 3002 (issued 1966) New directions - Mira 3010 (issued 1966) Discovery 3 - Mira 3013 (issued 1967) Afro blues today - Crestview 3054 (issued 1969) Next Album - Mira 3016 (issued 1968) Guantanamera - Surrey 1037 (issued 1966 according to the not wholly reliable Both Sides Now site) There's also been a CD called 'Stratosphere unreleased tracks'. There was a decent compilation of their material issued by Ace on their BGP label in 2004. That's this There's a decent sleeve note which, among other things, says that their last album to apparently be recorded - Guantanamera, on Surrey - was followed up by two LPs made by earlier bands. One, they say, was managed by cutting bits and pieces of thier (quite long, I assume) material that had been lying around for some time. On Guantanamera, the note says Rene Bloch had replaced Joe De Aguera. Bloch was on the album before, too. No doubt there were other personnel changes. I never find Ace terribly good at presenting discographical details, even if they do cover them, which is far from always. I think their notes are frequently designed to titillate rather than inform. I have the CD. I also have 'Guantanameria' and it's not bad, as well as 'New directions' and 'Introducing ABQ+1'. The Ace CD is probably enough to have, and contains some pretty interesting tracks, some of which will have been from the cut up bits of retrieved stuff. One of those bits was what I used in BFT122. Anyway, here's a link to Discogs page on the band https://www.discogs.com/artist/529016-The-Afro-Blues-Quintet-Plus-One And one to AMG, for what it's worth - OK, it does have the CD issues and everything now appears to be out on CD - I don't think I'll bother https://www.allmusic.com/artist/afro-blues-quintet-1-mn0000928677/discography MG
  2. BFT 173 access and discussion

    1 Not Bayard, as you thought. No tuba either, I'm afraid. 2 Don't know what Major usually did - there are probably well over a hundred sessions he did, but I've never heard him singing in a different octave to what he's playing. 3 You DO know at least a couple of those people. Can't be any doubt about it. 4 Interesting guess; yes, it's a pianner player. 5 Another interesting guess, but wrong. 6 Yes you do know these people! 7 You know THIS one, too. Any Django influence is probably coincidental. 8 Bill F got this, as you've seen. 9 Well, it IS 'Way back home', but the JCs aren't the backing band. 10 This is a pretty hard one, I think, albeit a very well-known name. 11 Oh... I don't think she'd have been very happy to have seen your comment. 12 Yeah, great sound. 13 Well, I can see why you say O C Smith, but it's not him. 14 No, neither Louis nor Clifford I know this kind of stuff isn't well up your street, Thom, so I'm glad you found a lot of it enjoyable. MG
  3. What music did you buy today?

    With David Schnitter tenor sax, Steve Giordano guitar, Idris Muhammed drums, Bobby Caldwell conga. June 1977, RVG. One of the few Muse albums produced by Joe Fields. MG
  4. 'Sweet Be Bop' What was that supposed to be?

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  5. Yeah, I heard Fats Domino before I heard Presley. MG
  6. 'Sweet Be Bop' What was that supposed to be?

    Ah, that sounds rational. MG
  7. What music did you buy today?

    Indeed. Along with 'Shippin' out' and the 2 albums live from Count Basie's, my favourite. MG
  8. So how do Fats Domino, Bo Diddley and Little Richard fit in? Or are they something that isn't rock & roll? MG
  9. 'Sweet Be Bop' What was that supposed to be?

    And that sold records? Amazing! Thanks. MG
  10. 'Sweet Be Bop' What was that supposed to be?

    My first encounter with the Lionel Hampton big band was getting - I think from my aunt's collection that she'd left with my Grandma when she went to the USA - a Brunswick 78 issue of Midnight sun/Ridin' on the L & N'. As was common in those days, the label bore a categorisation. Midnight sun was 'Be Bop'. Not a categorisation I'd quarrel with at all. Listening to the CD earlier, I wondered if that was something thought up by UK Decca and what was on the US Decca originals. So I looked on the web. 'Sweet Be Bop' is something I've never heard of before. If that record's supposed to be a bop equivalent of 'Sweet Jazz' that everyone says was the US equivalent of what in the UK were called 'Strict tempo' bands, then I've gotta say that Victor Sylvester was never like that so I've been barking up the wrong end of the stick for years. But it's not REALLY a categorisation; it's a label US Decca stuck on the record to help sales. Well, that means the phrase, even newly minted, must have meant something to the contemporary public. Anyone like to hazard a guess at what US Decca THOUGHT it meant? MG
  11. Aretha Franklin, RIP

    Well, it comes to us all. Thanks to her for much pleasure and some inspiration. MG
  12. What music did you buy today?

    I finally gave up hoping Mosaic would issue a Lionel Hampton Decca box, so I've started buying the Chronological Classics - some of which are moderately pricey. But I got three in Paris last month and have got two more from Amazon, the 1942-44 just arrived. So I've now bought: 1942-44 1945-46 1946 1947 1949-50 In the post now 1950 1950-51 seems to have a lot of MGM material in it, so I thought I'd not bother. Anyone know his MGM material? MG
  13. Best track you heard all week

    Ah well, I've been liking piano trios more and more in recent years. MG