Ken Dryden

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  • Birthday 10/03/1954

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  1. Best concert line-up ever?

    I remember the audio being so-so, while the medley has a clipped intro, which is faded in.
  2. Best concert line-up ever?

    This 2 LP set from UK has been in my collection for decades, it is from that very concert. No Ahmad Jamal... .
  3. Not to mention with the shortage of pressing plants for LPs and inconsistent quality, I doubt that Mosaic would want to try to do a limited edition LP boxed set of 2500 to 3500 units, the economics would require a much higher price per disc than Mosaic customers are used to paying.
  4. I once heard a trumpeter butcher Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare For the Common Man” in a small town orchestra concert. It was so bad, my friend and I were trying to control our laughter.
  5. Getz-Barron People Time

    I remember right after I paid a small fortune for the European boxed set, it was reissued in the US.
  6. Discographers Monetizing Their Work

    I reviewed one of Lord's Discography CD-Roms years ago, probably for Allaboutjazz. I also have a problem with the hefty subscription price, particularly if you bother to send corrections and updates without compensation. He had no knowledge of the remaining unissued material from Jaki Byard's gig at Lennie's On the Turnpike (which I obtained from Fantasy in the midst of writing liner notes for The Last From Lennie's), while there is far too much in the way of incorrect information and omissions from so many releases that it would be impossible for someone to keep track of it all.
  7. Igor Stravinsky

    It is from a piano roll. I haven't heard his piano roll LP of "The Rite of Spring" while he also made a piano roll of "Petrouchka." I am unsure if the latter appeared on LP.
  8. Igor Stravinsky

    I am pretty sure that I bought this LP back in the 1970s after discovering its existence in a Schwann catalog.
  9. Ralph Peterson Jr. RIP

    I have appreciated Ralph Peterson's work since first reviewing one of his early Blue Note Fo'tet CDs. He was a terrific drummer and bandleader and his music had many facets. I enjoyed his live webcast from The Side Door in the past few months. It may have been one of his last performances. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
  10. BFT203 Reveal

    Track 1: Butch Thompson: Handful of Keys, by Fats Waller Butch Thompson: piano, Good Old New York (Daring Records) I pulled the wrong track from this CD, I intended to include a bit more challenging composition from it. While I was never a huge fan of Garrison Keillor, Butch Thompson was by far his most interesting pianist and music director. He’s also a talented clarinetist, showcased on a duo piano LP that he recorded with James Dapogny for Stomp Off. Track 2: Martin Taylor: Moose the Mooche, by Charlie Parker Martin Taylor: electric guitar, Solo (P3 Music) This UK CD may not be that widely distributed in the US, so this may have been a tougher artist to identify. I heard him do a solo set in Nashville many years ago and got to know him through his recordings with Stephane Grappelli. Track 3: Jerry Bergonzi 4tet: Con Brio, by Jerry Bergonzi Jerry Bergonzi: tenor saxophone, Mick Goodrick: electric guitar, Bruce Gertz: bass, Adam Nussbaum: drums, On Again (Ram) My introduction to Jerry Bergonzi was hearing him in the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the late 1970s. He also stepped in to play electric bass when Chris Brubeck soloed on bass trombone. This recording may be another one of those elusive European releases, though I imagine there will be a few listeners who thought that they should have recognized Mick Goodrick. Track 4: SWR Big Band + Clark Terry: Tee Pee Time, by Clark Terry Clark Terry: trumpet & flugelhorn, Klaus Weigenleiter: piano Jazz Matinee (Faszination Musik/Hanssler) I think Clark Terry had one of the most recognizable sounds on both trumpet and flugelhorn, plus the ability to solo at a high level in almost any setting. This is one of a series of live meetings between the SWR Big Band and an American all-star. Track 5: Richie Beirach & Yoshiaki Masuo: Yesterdays, by Jerome Kern Richie Beirach: piano, Yoshiaki Masuo: electric guitar ZAL (Octave Lab/Trio Records) I avoided buying Japanese CDs for a time due to the higher prices, but realized that I was missing a lot of great music not issued at all in the US. Richie Beirach is a perennial favorite of mine and this cut is a bit of a change from his typical recordings. Track 6: The Uptown String Quartet: Along Came Betty, by Benny Golson Lesa Terry: violin, Diane Monroe: violin, Maxine Roach: viola, Eileen M. Folson: cello Just Wait A Minute! (BlueMoon/Max Roach) I had an opportunity to hear this string quartet in concert around the time this CD was released, but they seem to have disbanded a short time after it. While they are enjoyable, I don’t think that they have as much humor and spirit of adventure as the Turtle Island Quartet (formerly the Turtle Island String Quartet). Track 7: Michel Legrand: Jitterbug Waltz, by Fats Waller Herbie Mann: flute*, Betty Glamann: harp, Barry Galbraith: guitar, Miles Davis: trumpet*, John Coltrane: tenor sax, Phil Woods: alto sax*, Jerome Richardson: baritone sax, Eddie Costa: vibes, Bill Evans: piano*, Paul Chambers: bass, Kenny Dennis: drums (* = soloists) Legrand Jazz (Philips) I thought that this track would get identified quickly due to so many unique sounding soloists. A fun session… Track 8: The Peter Leitch New Life Jazz Orchestra: Spring Is Here, by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart Peter Leitch: arranger, conductor; Bill Mobley: trumpet, flugelhorn, Duane Eubanks: trumpet; Tim Harrison: flute; Dave Pietro: alto & soprano saxophones; Jed Levey: tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute; Carl Maraghi: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Matt Haviland: trombone; Max Siegel: bass trombone; Phil Robson: electric guitar; Chad Coe: acoustic guitar; Peter Zak: piano; Yoshi Waki: bass; Joe Strasser: drums New Life (Jazz House) I conducted a phone interview with Peter Leitch in the fall of 2018 for a Hot House article. I learned of his battle with cancer and the nerve damage from the treatments that left him unable to play guitar, which led to his focus on composing and arranging for a large ensemble, which he dubbed The New Life Orchestra. It prompted me to book a flight and several day trip to New York City and I attended both sets on opening night at the late lamented Club 75. It was a memorable evening and I think that the two CD set issued late last year turned out rather well. Track 9: Rufus Reid Trio: Tricotism, by Oscar Pettiford Rufus Reid: bass; Kirk Lightsey: piano; Eddie Gladden: drums Perpetual Stroll (Sunnyside) It’s hard for a bassist to go wrong by tackling this Oscar Pettiford jazz standard. Track 10: Bobby Jaspar: What’s New, by Bob Haggart & Johnny Burke Bobby Jaspar: tenor saxophone; Tommy Flanagan: piano, Nobil Totah: bass; Elvin Jones: drums Bobby Jaspar In Paris (Disques Swing) - an odd name for the release, given it was recorded in New York City… Bobby Jaspar tends to get overlooked due to his early death, this is one of his best sessions. Track 11: Ahmed Abdul-Malik: Song of Delilah, by Victor Young & Ray Evans Ahmed Abdul-Malik: bass; Ray Nance: violin; Paul Neves: piano; Seldon Powell: flute; Walter Perkins: drums Spellbound (Real Gone Music/Status) I always love tracking down recordings featuring Ray Nance on violin. Now if those small group concerts he did with Duke Ellington on a European tour will finally turn up… Track 12: Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken: Slippers, by Charles Mingus Kirk Knuffke: cornet; Jesse Stacken: piano Orange Was The Color (SteepleChase) Two strong young musicians who made several recordings together of merit. This is one of their best meetings. Track 13: Timeless All Stars: Alvin’s Smile, by Harold Land Bobby Hutcherson: vibes; Harold Land: tenor saxophone; Curtis Fuller: trombone; Cedar Walton: piano; Buster Williams: bass; Billy Higgins: drums Essence (Delos) With a number of Bobby Hutcherson fans on the board, I figured that this one would be identified quickly. Track 14: Frank Vignola & Vinnie Raniolo: You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To, by Cole Porter Frank Vignola: electric guitar; Vinnie Raniolo: electric guitar Beloved Earth Songs (self-released) I’ve had the chance to hear this duo in concert and they are a lot of fun and they have an incredible chemistry. I don’t know if they are still playing together. Track 15: Triad: Message to Love, by Jimi Hendrix Geri Allen: piano; Mark Batson: piano; Scott Batson: piano Three Pianos For Jimi (Douglas Music) I am not a huge Jimi Hendrix fan, but I always enjoy hearing multiple piano recordings, probably from getting hooked on listening to Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, as you might have guessed from my earlier BFTs. Track 16: Art Tatum: Yesterdays, by Jerome Kern & Otto Harbach a Zenph digitized re-performance of the pianist’s historic 1949 Pasadena concert, recorded live with an audience in 2007 at The Shrine Auditorium Art Tatum: Live at the Shrine (Zenph Re-performance) During the final 2008 IAJE in Toronto, Zenph Studios hosted a session and gave a demonstration of its piano reproduction of one track from Piano Starts Here, as its program replicated Art Tatum’s touch, pedaling and the recording was made on the reproducing piano with microphones above the strings and a second set positioned approximately where Tatum’s head would have been above the piano bench, enabling one to hear something similar to what the pianist heard as he played. There is also a regular version recorded from the microphones placed over the piano strings. Recorded with a live audience in the same venue. I was trying to locate the Zenph brochure given out at IAJE, but it is misfiled in my office downstairs. There is also an Oscar Peterson title in this series and a Glenn Gould, but I think interest faded in the series after a short time. Track 17: Gene Bertoncini: Snowfall, by Claude Thornhill Gene Bertoncini: nylon string acoustic guitar Body And Soul (Ambient Records) I didn’t know how many solo acoustic guitar fans there are who sample the blindfold tests, but Gene Bertoncini is a master who draws from standards, timeless jazz works and even opera. His duo sessions with bassist Michael Moore are also not to be missed. Sometimes I just need to take a break from the clutter and enjoy music such as this CD, which I’ve found is great for long dinners with my wife and a good bottle of wine.
  11. Covid vaccination: poll

    The county sites are open three days each week, but online bookings go quickly. Same for Walmart pharmacies, so no vaccine yet for me, though I became eligible at the beginning of the week.
  12. make any recent Dusty Groove orders?

    I sold a cd on Discogs and shipped it on 12-29. It still hasn’t reached its destination. It last turned up in Cincinnati on 1-8 tracking, then nothing until yesterday when it was tracked in Pittsburgh. My advice is to avoid shipping via media mail unless the seller or buyer is close. A Dusty Grooves order sat in Chicago for over a month before finally heading my way, I opted for priority mail for my most recent order.
  13. Michael Cuscuna told me that promos went to journalists, not to radio. Perhaps the station bought it and wrote in it themselves.
  14. BFT 203 Available For Download

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