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  • 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. Blue Note "Connoisseur" CDs for sale

    This long (12-min) track from the Foster kills me every time...
  2. Blue Note "Connoisseur" CDs for sale

    The Frank Foster date is really great, as is the bonus session it has. (Some really nice Garnett Brown on at least one of those sessions.)
  3. Don't think anyone's mentioned Paul Tingen's 2001 book "Miles Beyond: Electric Exporations of Miles Davis, 1967-1991", which I seem to recall also has some on-line updates via his website (been a while since I've last looked), or many some unpublished interviews, and such. Can't vouch for the veracity of all of it, but I seem to recall Tingen's book being BY FAR the best coverage of Miles post-'67 output -- light years deeper than anyone else dared venture into his electric output. Probably if push came to shove, I'd nominate the Szwed and Tingen books as my top-2 Miles books -- though the latter one clearly because of its specialized focus.
  4. John Szwed's "So What: The Life of MIles Davis" (2002) is my go-to Miles biography. It might not be the only Miles book you'll ever need, but it's the best written one I've yet found. Szwed is perhaps better known for his definitive biography of Sun Ra, from a few years earlier (late 90's).
  5. Two more Hank Mobley photos.

    Not sure why, but this pic on this cover for Far Away Lands has always struck me as looking VERY much like it could have been taken yesterday -- or certainly any time in the 80's or 90's (or early 2000's) anyway. NOTHING about it says it's from the 1960's (at least not to me).
  6. I remember it being a great read too ('great' with a lower-case 'g'). Hard to call it just 'good' -- it's a fairly wild ride, though a lot more in the delivery than what's actually being delivered (iirc). But despite the mountain of salt you gotta take with it, I still always generally recommend people read it (or I certainly wouldn't dissuade anyone from reading it). There's bound to be a lot of 'truth' in it, facts be damned.
  7. I've only spent 5-minutes skimming the sample, but this is all both intriguing (seriously) -- but also the level of detail (some would argue "minutia") to which this document delves (with, thankfully(?) documentary evidence, in the way of images of transcripts and photos), is perhaps a bit overwhelming. We've all been hearing for years about Troupe playing loose with the facts, and perpetuating inaccuracies from prior Miles biographies. Personally, I think I must have first started hearing about that close to 20 years ago. I still think Miles' autobiography gives a fair bit of insight into what Miles must have been like, and is probably a fair study of what his "voice" (thought process) sounds like. But the thing is, any particular thing -- fact, detail, story, whatever -- has always had the (strong?) possibility of simply not being accurate (at best), or true at all (at worst). Perhaps, in a perfect world, someone could take all these transcripts and mold them into the sort of thing that Troupe should have done in the first place. Probably never happen, I realize. I've only read Miles' Autobiography twice, iirc -- back around 1992, and again sometime between 2000-2005 (no idea when). The more I've heard about it over the years, the less cause I've ever had to revisit it. EDIT: Take a look at the sample pages (about 15 pages total, by my wild guess), and I'll be curious what people's reactions are. There was a time, 20 years ago, when I would have eaten all this up. Not I'm not sure I have the time, or interest -- or at least not this level of interest.
  8. Another Miles documentary is coming out.

    Saw a screening of "Birth of the Cool" here in DC yesterday (AFI Documentary Film Fest). It's good, but of course left out a few things I would have like to have seen (or seen more of). 2nd quintet doesn't come up until 75 minutes into the whole 115 minute affair (so everything from 1965 and after is crammed into the last 40 minutes. Not too uprising (I think every Miles doc has done that). I could list a number of complaints (mostly having to do with omissions), and things I might have done differently -- but overall I'd still probably give it a 7.5/10 (or maybe slightly begrudgingly an 8/10). There's zero new performance footage of any note, and only a handful of footage that was new to me. LOTS of great photos though, easily 20% of which I'd not only never seen, but were from circumstances/photo-shoots I'd never seen. And there were LOTS of photos (periodically number of bursts of fast-paced editing/montages of stills). Frances Davis gets a fair bit of screen-time (not any more than she deserves), but at least 4 times her comments elicited massive groans from the packed house audience of roughly 200 people that I saw it with. Most of the usual suspects in terms of musicians with on-camera interviews. NO WYNTON, thank god, but Stanley Crouch does show up for 3 very short segments (which were honestly short enough, that he didn't totally piss me off). Santana too, but thankfully less screen-time that he got in the recent Coltrane doc. I was hoping for more, but it still didn't disappoint. It's supposed to get a general release in maybe another month or so (I think), and I'm thinking I may go back and see it again. There was enough profanity that surely the version they show (in the Fall?) on PBS will either have to have 10-12 big bleeps, or else 3-4 minutes of editing. The whole thing felt like it could have used 30 more minutes to cover some lost territory: Miles Smiles was the only 2nd quintet session touched on (and even then, no specific albums were even mentioned), and "Footprints" was the only tune from that era that got any coverage. Then straight into Bitches Brew (so no real Filles... or ...In The Sky coverage) though that music did get played in the background kind of prominently - just no mention of the context). No In a Silent Way, and no Jack Johnson soundtrack (not even in the background music, which kind of surprised me), but On The Corner got a halfway decent (extended) discussion (considering the 'general audience' nature of the doc, it was more than I was expecting). Nothing about Aura, and his post-80's comeback was essentially represented by some early 'come-back' footage (and the story of him coming back), and then they jumped into him switching labels form Columbia to Warner, and Marcus Miller talked about coming up with "Tutu" (the song specifically). No Doo-Bop. But a good dive into his visual art towards the end. I won't say the whole thing felt rushed, but when you consider the sheer volume of material they had to cover, some of the progression seemed overly sped-along more than a few times. Clearly it's easy to nitpick something like this, for a subject a bunch of us are steeped in -- and I'll repeat that I'd still give it a 7.5 (or 8) out of 10, as a general-interest sort of thing. The earliest footage was of Miles playing to scenes projected from Ascenseur pour l'échafaud -- which I guess I vaguely remember having seen before (though I remember seeing stills of him playing in front of the footage, and didn't realize there was actual footage of Miles doing that). I was kind of surprised they **DIDN'T** use any of what I think(?) is the earliest known footage of Miles, of which "Round Midnight" seems to exist almost complete, and is with a larger "Gil Evans Orchestra"-size group. There was some brief footage of him setting up before an actual broadcast of some sort, which might(?) have been related to this same footage (it's been so long since I've seen it, I can't remember what Miles was wearing, but the time-frame looked right), but no actual performance footage. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the earliest known performance footage of Miles? - this German thing from 1957 (which I mis-remembered as being French). I'll be interested in hearing other people's impressions of this new documentary. I think they did well my Miles, but it still fell slightly short of being 'superb'. They didn't sugarcoat his treatment of women, nor his drug usage -- and I thought the coverage there was appropriate (neither topic was given short shrift. but they didn't overemphasis it to the detriment of covering other things either). There were about 4-5 friends of his, some going back to his East St. Louis days, and some who still new him in his later years. One tiny detail that was nice to hear was that the location of his father's farm (outside of East St. Louis) was south of Belleville, IL -- in (near) the tiny village of Millstadt, IL (population 4,000 currently) -- which is where my family occasionally went for fish fries when I was growing up (elsewhere in the town, NOT at Miles' father's farm - clearly). Both my parents grew up in East St. Louis (and were white), and my father and Miles were born about 1 year apart (almost to the day), and both Miles' father and my father's father were dentists in East St. Louis. But their paths likely never crossed (not even the tiniest bit, probably), given the color-divide.
  9. Duke

    Ah, well THAT I definitely know. My father was a mechanical engineer (who went to college back in the mid-to-late 40's), and he even taught me how to use one back when I was in junior high (early 80's) I can probably still do rudimentary multiplication on one, if you give me 10 minutes to play around with it until I remember the process (but I was half-lost doing division back when I was in high-school, despite my dad's best efforts to teach me). In fact, I still have both his slide rules to this day, here with me in DC. I'd rank there somewhere between simply nifty, and something I'll "cherish" (not sure which word bisects those two extremes on the scale of 'likability').
  10. Duke

    I'm 50, and have to confess I have no real specific idea what 'telex' refers to. Not a term I think I've ever heard before -- or if so, not for 20-30 years (long enough a to have completely forgotten about it). I did work on-air at a small-town commercial AM-FM pair of sister stations back in college (circa 1989-92), and they had an AP wire machine, so I'm guessing(?) it must be something like that maybe?
  11. Birth of the Cool ... AGAIN

    I never bought the RVG with the upgraded sound (the one without the "live" tracks). I'd much rather have it all on one CD, and the SQ upgrade wasn't all that critical to me (and I didn't want to have to have two CD's, with the studio-material duplicated). But since this new version seems to be the best of both/all worlds, and new liners, I'm in.
  12. Birth of the Cool ... AGAIN

    Answering my own question about the liners, this review (which is reasonably informative, given that it's Pitchfork), mentions expanded liners, and a bit about the sonic upgrade -- primarily to the studio material. Sounds like this might well actually sound better (maybe), and in any case, the new liners would be enough for me to get it on CD. So then, I'm in, for this new reissue on CD.
  13. Miles Davis’ lost album “Rubberband” set for release

    I never really connected with Decoy either. I've never been too negative about 80's Miles, 'cept to say that the earlier in the 80's, the less interesting I generally found it. I know I've heard all of it, but I don't think I ever actually owned copies of Man With The Horn, We Want Miles, or Star People (though I might have had a cassette dub of We Want Miles at some point). I did own a real copy of Decoy (back in college, circa 1990) and also You're Under Arrest, but I only found the later one worth keeping (though later I finally got rid of everything but Aura. I also had about 15-18 hours of various "live" Miles VHS tapes of broadcast concerts from every year in the 80's -- tons of stuff I bought for like $8-$10 per videotape from an ad in the back of Goldmine, iirc. More damn versions of "Human Nature" and "Time After Time" than I have fingers and toes. Had about 10(?) hours of pre-80's Miles on VHS too -- 3rd, 4th, 7th generation dubs. Man, was that ever cool to have back then when NOBODY else had that stuff (nobody I knew, in any case), before you could stream all of it at the press of a button on your phone.
  14. Miles Davis’ lost album “Rubberband” set for release

    Just listened to the sample track again (and more closely than last time) - Yeah, it's not half-bad. Absent Miles, of course, count me out. But I think I like it better than half of Miles early-80's Columbia (pre-Tutu) output. The Man with the Horn, Star People, and even Decoy never did all that much for me. I remember sort of liking You're Under Arrest a little better, but not tons.
  15. Miles Davis’ lost album “Rubberband” set for release

    I remember thinking Amandla was the stronger album overall (over Tutu). But nothing on Amandla was quite as strong as the individual song "Tutu", which was probably the single strongest track Miles did in all of the 80's/90's.