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  • Birthday 03/18/1969

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Washington DC (formerly KCMO)
  • Interests 'Progressive' hard bop (Andrew Hill!!!, Larry Young, Charles Tolliver, Woody Shaw, later Lee Morgan, Tyrone Washington). Also a big fan of 20th Century classical, and Frank Zappa.

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  1. ambrose akinmusire

    I heard him here in DC about 4-5 years ago in a small theater, and I had a tough time connecting with his music. On paper, it should have been right up my alley, but it just didn't hit me, for whatever reason. I love lots of avant-garde music, but there's lots that leaves me cold too. I tend to like progressive trumpet (better than sax), but I just wasn't feelin' it that night. Might have been him, might have been me, or maybe some of both. Haven't ever bought any of his recordings yet.
  2. David Crosby tells great Coltrane story

    Crosby has always, or for a long time at least, seemed like a real ass. Not of the very worst variety, but defijtely chaotic-neutral (at best). Kind of reminds me of Morrissey a bit. A coworker was reading Morrissey's autobiography a couple years ago, and I asked him how it was. He said "ok, I guess, but it's all so misserable and whiny."... which I processed to laugh and laugh quite heartily in his face, my retort being: "well, duh. It's Morrissey!" Similarly, Crosby is exactly who he is, and long as you know that going into it, nobody's gonna get surprised or nothing. I like CSN(Y) well enough, but haven't followed them too closely. In think Four Way Street is all I have on CD, though I've had another title or two in years past. I think I saw them once back in high-school or early in my college years, 6th row (iirc), maybe circa 1987-89. I remember them being quite good. I'd probably pony up to see the Crosby doc, just cuz I love music docs. Not a huge priority, but I be open to paying to see it in a theatre at matinee prices. (FYI, I generally like Morrissey, probably more than David Crosby. But Morrissey is definitely an ass. Saw him live twice in the late 90's, and was blown away, couple of the best non-jazz concerts I'd ever been too. But we saw him again a couple years ago, and he was more annoying, and I don't think we need to go hear Morrissey again for another's 5-10 years.)
  3. Booker Ervin

    It just always seemed comically incongruous that Lauren Bacall, would be claiming in all these (radio ads) that she just had to shop at Tuesday Morning whenever she needed that perfect something or another. Mind you, the chain was housewares that were middling, at best. Similar to Target's mid-century modern furniture and occasional pieces (though, frankly, Target's stuff was/is better than Tuesday Morning, far as I'm remembering). It wasn't the junkiest store of its type ever, but for someone like Lauren Bacall to go on, and on, and on about it (through the wonders of repetitive radio advertising, at least), always seemed entirely incongruous with what I would perceive to be the "Lauren Bacall" brand of style she might more logically have been able to promote stuff. Presumably 'actual' high-style Lauren Bacall, just can't get enough of what was clearly very faux (and very cheaply mass-produced) fake 'high-style' stuff, that didn't look like it would last more than about 5 years, tops. Just a funny memory.
  4. Booker Ervin

    Maybe, but what in the hell was she doing radio advertising for Tuesday Mornings all those years back in the late 90's and early 2000's? My wife and I were hear her talking about how she just HAD to get to Tuesday Mornings whenever she needed a certain something special to give to a special friend, that she just couldn't find anywhere else (or some ad-copy drivel like that). She was always so (over)-emotive and earnest in her devotion to Tuesday Mornings, that we used to laugh that she either had tons of stock in the company, or more likely that her 2nd cousin twice removed must have started the place. Like it really HAD to be because of some weird family-connection that Lauren Bacall -- of all people(?!) -- would be pimpin' the crap stuff Tuesday Mornings sold. Many laughs over hearing those radio ads, for years.
  5. Woodstock - How Much Were They Paid?

    Never even heard of Madura, that i can remember. (But I've forgotten a shit-ton of stuff over the years too.)
  6. Woodstock - How Much Were They Paid?

    Better (more detailed) Wikipedia entry than I was expecting.
  7. Lionel Newman and the Penis Dinner Napkin Gag

    Total dick move.
  8. Is there a list of all the performances/artists somewhere? Would be fun to puruse sometime.
  9. Miles Davis KInd of Blue listening event

    Maybe I'll take my shoes off the next time I listen to KOB at home.
  10. Beatles Abbey Road 50th anniversary reissues

    For those curious (as I just was), that appears to be this...
  11. Mrs. Rooster is back home in KC for a week visiting her folks (left just this morning), so time to listen to a whole bunch of things that she could only abide so much of -- this being the first thing on after work tonight. Anyone else have this obscurity? Not too hard to find on CD, but no less obscure probably.
  12. Hank Mobley In Holland

    Used copy of Hank in Holland, via The Bastards. $17 ain't a steal, but it's a good $5-6 less than new (especially if you're getting a bunch of other stuff from Dusty). FWIW. Still a very nice date, and probably the single best non-BN think by (or even with) Hank, that I've yet ever heard. EDIT: I see The Bastards are normally selling this for only $20 now (I'm just seeing), whereas I'm sure I paid $23 for it (from them) a year ago. So $17 is not as much of a deal as I thought. In any case, there it is, fwiw.
  13. Warne Marsh on Schoenberg

    I've said it dozens of time over the last 10-15 years, but specifically Schoenberg's mid-20's opus numbered chamber works specifically with winds, are just divine... This stuff (his Wind Quintet, Op 26 - for instance) literally half-makes me want to dance around the room, and always puts a big smile on my face. (That said, I can't get with most of Schoenberg's string quartets -- or certainly not in the same way at least. But his stuff with winds is just the bee's knees, far as I'm concerned.)
  14. Jazz musicians that played chess.

    Wow! Michael, where and how in the world did you have the chance to play chess with John Gilmore?! EDIT: Sun Ra played too, it would seem (and Arkestra drummer Tommy Hunter too, a name I must confess I didn't recognize - though maybe 20-25 years ago Hunter's name (and loads more Akrestra members) might have been more in my immediate recall). Tommy Hunter on Sun Ra and John Gilmore John Gilmore Memorial Broadcast, WKCR-FM, New York More if the interview (all non-chess related) here... Noel Scott (Knoel Scott) too, a bit, it would seem... Remembering June Tyson and John Gilmore John was not a talkative or extroverted person at all. Maintaining a high level of privacy. His closest buddy in the band was Thomas ‘Bugs ’Hunter… the drummer/photographer and recording engineer for Sun Ra who with Pat Patrick and Walter Miller also started playing with Sun Ra as a teenager. John would occasional engage in a card game called ‘tonk’ with Arkestra members. They would wager and the obligation of the winner of the ‘pot’ was required to show up the next day or so with something he bought from his earnings from the game. John was a frequent winner. And a dapper dresser……now we know why….as the code prevented him from banking his earnings from the Tonk games. This activity along with chess was the large extend of his hanging out with the ‘fellas’. John was an excellent Chess player and would often play with Bugs and other high level players who would come through the band for a time. I recall having the nerve to play John one chess game and he beat me in about 3 moves. I never bothered to waste his time at the chess board again. But I would watch him and bugs play. From a nice, much longer piece at the link below. I always have fond memories of my one brief interaction with June Tyson, who seemed like a real class act, and she was super nice to 21-year old me the one time I saw the Arkestra with Ra in Chicago in 1990. Alas she was 7 years gone before I saw the Akrestra again in about 1999 (sans Ra, Gilmore, or June Tyson).
  15. Warne Marsh on Schoenberg

    For some reason reading this specifically reminded me that it was a 4-5 nights a week gigging jazz musician (10-15 years my senior) back in Kansas City circa 1995 who, when I mentioned that I was increasingly trying to get into more complicated and modern string quartets, told me to listen to the late Beethoven quartets (but especially the Große Fuge) -- and also Alban Berg's Lyric Suite. I will never forget his exact words (and the look in his eye) as he told me "that Grosse Fuge, and Alban Berg... will. FUCK. YOU. UP!" No specific point, other than to relate a story and cool memory.