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  • Birthday 03/18/1969

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Washington DC!! (formerly Kansas City, MO)
  • 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. I met both Michael Ray and June Tyson at the only Arkestra show with Sun Ra that I ever saw (in around 1990/91, in Chicago). Both were very friendly, and VERY gracious. Got both their autographs. I'm sure Ray was on one or two of the Arkestra shows I heard after Mr. Blount's passing, but I thInk Ms. Tyson had left us by that point, unfortunately. I count them as two of the most amazing voices in the entire Arkestra, right up there with John Gilmour and Marshall Allen, far as I'm concerned. Not quite their longevity with the band, of course, but every bit as impactful during their years in Sun Ra's orbit.
  2. I recently got the Bee-Hive set too, and although I was a little trepidatious about doing so, I did break off two (2) teeth on each of those inside spindels, with a pair of needle nose pliars, and it works like a charm, perfectly. Two teeth alone still grip like a mofo, but it's WAY easier to get the discs out. With the needle nose, it took about 2-3 minutes total to fix all four boxes. No regrets, and quite as easy solution.
  3. Donny McCaslin

    I have to admit that McCaslin is bit of a puzzle to me. (But -- confession - I haven't heard many of his leader-dates yet, something I'll surely get around to one of these days -- and I'm streaming his latest album here at work, now, as I'm typing this.) His approach (and his tone) is nothing like the tenor-players I like best. I was initially, not so much "put-off" by his playing on David Bowie's Blackstar album, as I was just intrigued that here was an "inside/outside" approach -- something that (in the abstract), I really espouse and love. And yet, his particular language seemed entirely foreign to me. Of course, after 10-20 spins of Blackstar, I absolutely fell deeply in love with the album (in general), and 30-40 more spins later, I also love McCaslin's playing on the album (which I now think is incredibly beautiful). THAT SAID, his approach is not a style I'm instantly drawn to (or at least not yet). I heard the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra several months ago, here in DC (first time hearing them live), and best as I'm recalling, a LOT of the reed-players had an approach not entirely unlike McCaslin's (or maybe my ears aren't discerning enough to say how their approaches differed a lot). Maybe there's an inner logic to his style that gets better with repeated exposure. I seem to remember spinning (streaming) a couple of his more recent albums ~8 months ago, and my initial reaction was either ambivalence, or puzzlement. But now, as I'm typing this and spinning his 2015 album Fast Future, I'm connecting better with it than anything I'd tried last year. Maybe all the repeated exposure to Blackstar (along with Maria Schneider's most recent CD), is also getting his sound in my head. There's a simplicity to his approach, that's very melodic, and chromatic - but one that isn't afraid to bend damn near every note a bit. And his sense of time is elastic, to put it mildly - but his attack isn't especially hard-edged either. All just a very different approach than what I'm more used to. He's playing here in the DC-area (at UMD) in December, and I'm pretty sure I'll end up going (though it's a pain in the ass, cuz I probably need to rent a zip-car to get there).
  4. I'm temped too, and in retrospect I should have gotten one with the Bee-Hive box I ordered back in May.
  5. Eric Dolphy on flute

    As acerbic as Dolphy's tone was on alto and bass clarinet (and I don't mean that negatively)... ...I think it's astounding how pure his tone and technique were on flute -- arguably as good as anyone outside of a handful of upper echelon classical players. Three wonderful flute tracks on the less-well-known (posthumous) Other Aspects (Blue Note, 1987). Here's the first one:
  6. R.I.P. Glen Campbell.

    This clip of Glen covering the Moody Blues song "Question" popped up in a prog music forum (subreddit, actually)...
  7. What Mosaic set have you listened to the most?

    Andrew Hill big box and the Hill BN Select (probably), off the top of my head. (Was anyone surprised?) Next, maybe the Larry Young? Jackie McLean is up there too. I'll have to look at home, and see if any more jump out at me.
  8. Again, come hell or high water Jim, you've gotta see the Obit documentary, on the NYT's obit department.
  9. Clifford Jordan-Strata East Mosaic

    I do too -- as well as the Jordan Mosaic box now. Looking for a good home for the P-Vine CD version, though I haven't really been shopping it around or anything.
  10. Lee Morgan At The Both/And Club June 1970

    Uptown, maybe, perhaps. But I cannot see Blue Note releasing this material, I'm afraid, unless it was download-only perhaps. There were quite a number of other unissued takes from the same nights as the already 3CD release of live material by this band. It would seem unlikely that BN would release other material by this same band (same year), unless they had already exhausted what they already had in their own archives. Don't mean to be negative, I just wouldn't chase the Blue Mote option until my dying day.
  11. Happy birthday Stefan Wood...

    Happy B-Day‼️ 🍧🍩🍭🍪🎂🍦🍰
  12. Probably, yes. But yet, I know there have been countless theoretical "proposed" Mosaic sets discussed here (and surely elsewhere). I'm sure I could easily come up with every specific ideas for 10 sets I'd personally buy myself, and another 10 I'd at least be tempted to buy. (None of which are probably the least bit commercially viable now -- and may have never been, perhaps, either -- even if they'd been more seriously contemplated 15-20 years ago. A hell of a damn LOT of their mission was certainly accomplished, but I'd say that if market demand (and market forces) were difference, they could have been as much as TWICE as many sets that could have been produced (total) -- meaning AGAIN as many yet unproduced, as has been Mosaic's entire output to date. That is in NO way meant to be a criticism (in any way, shape, or form). Not suggesting for an instant that any "in our wildest dreams" sets were ever really possible. But in a different universe, where there was many twice as much interest in jazz overall (among the general populace), coupled with a continued interest in buying things on physical media (like CD's), one could certainly conceive of any number of great sets that 'could have been'.
  13. It's a promotional device, to draw traffic to their website and sell stuff. Labor of love, perhaps, but it serves a business purpose first and foremost, I'm sure. I too have scrolled through the Gazette having to look for things -- that's just the way it works. In the process I've often stumbled on things I hadn't expected, or overlooked the first time. And I've spent more time on the Mosaic website as a result, sometimes reminding myself of what their current offerings were (and checking out what's on the running-low and last-chance lists) -- all of which is the whole point of it.
  14. Geri Allen Has Died

    Somewhere I have a CDR (audience recording that I acquired from gosh only knows where, as I honestly can't remember)... ...of just Geri and Wallace playing as a duo -- interpolating nearly the entirety of Birth of the Cool album -- from a performance at a Museum (iirc), some 20(?) years ago, give or take. Will have to dig it out, as a recalling it having been some really inspired and very creative playing by both of them. And "interpolating" is really the best word I could use to describe it, as it was really quite a free-form (and sometimes very "free-leaning") performance, iirc. RIP.
  15. Geri Allen Has Died

    Goodness. I'm seeing she just turned 60 a couple weeks ago. Thoughts and prayers.