B. Clugston

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  1. Does Oscar Peterson get a bad rap?

    Yes, he does get a bad rap, though I agree with Chuck in that he too often took the safe route. I wish he found himself more often in unfamiliar contexts, like Emerson, Peterson & Palmer.

    Go Bombers!

    The defending champ says Winnipeg 40.
  4. Akosh S Unit

    I owned Élettér once, but didn't like it. He has done some nice albums with Joelle Leandre, however.
  5. Blue Note's TONE POET series.

    I picked up the Tone Poet Black Fire the other day and my copy indeed has the warbling issue. It's really noticeable from the title track on. Not sure if it's a worn master tape or a post-mastering screw-up or what, but it is reallyweird.
  6. Woodstock - How Much Were They Paid?

    Mountain actually does have two tracks on the second Woodstock set.
  7. Birth of the Cool ... AGAIN

    I have the 2 LP set and it's a nice package. New extensive liner notes from Ashley Kahn. I wish they swapped out Schaap's notes for Zwerin's. The studio sides sound great, though I don't have previous editions to compare with. Mastering is credited to Robert Vosgien of Capitol Studios and Kevin Reeves and Seth Foster of Universal get credit for live restoration.
  8. Ed Bickert, RIP

    RIP. Great guitarist. First heard him on the Paul Desmond live album from the 1970s where his masterful playing would quickly soothe anyone missing Brubeck. Lots of other great work on his own.
  9. CONTEST: 2018 Grey Cup

    Woo-hoo! I figured any game in Edmonton in November would be a low scoring affair and there's no way Calgary was going to lose another one. Thanks GA Russell!
  10. Steve Lacy

    Distant Voices, one of five excellent albums Steve Lacy recorded during his 1975 tour of Japan, has been reissued on vinyl. Good news as it's $475 cheaper than the last copy I had a shot at. This one features pianist Yuji Takahashi and Taj Mahal Travellers' Takehisa Kosugi and is unique and out there in a indescribable manner. This one did get a CD issue over 10 years ago. The other four albums from the tour remain only obtainable in their original Japanese issues and each cost a lot! Hope someone reissues them. Stalks, in particular, is among Lacy's best.
  11. Dave Holland has released a new album with Evan Parker, Craig Taborn and Ches Smith called Uncharted Territories. While they still play together from time to time, including last March in London, I think it's been a while since they've been on a record together (I'm thinking Kenny Wheeler's Music for Large and Small Ensembles?). The samples I've heard some great.
  12. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Kosuke Mine Quintet, 2nd Album (Three Blind Mice).
  13. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Reggie Lucas, Survival Themes. Ornette Coleman, Crisis.
  14. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Steve Reich, Pulse/Quartet (Nonesuch). New-ish release from earlier this year. Quartet (for two pianos and two vibraphones) is very jazzy sounding. Dollar Brand, African Space Program (Enja)
  15. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Now playing the underrated and highly enjoyable The Empty Foxhole, Ornette Coleman (Blue Note).
  16. Dave Holland - Uncharted Territories

    Me too. His tenor playing can cover quite an unexpected range and can be full of surprises. Last time I saw him, he did the human bagpipe soprano solo, followed by a Monk tune, and then switched to tenor in a group setting, where his playing was very bluesy at times.
  17. Ken Pickering RIP

    Really sad news. He was indeed, by all accounts, a really nice guy. Black Swan Records, which he cofounded, was an amazing record store in its time and Pickering did great work in leading the Vancouver Jazz Festival over the years. Back when they had cigarette company funding, he used to bring in some big names from the free/avant jazz world. Here's a nice obit.
  18. Which classical composer are you?

    I got Ravel.
  19. Best CTI records

    Jobim's "Wave." It's more of an A & M release, but it does have a CTI logo on it, so I'll go with it.
  20. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Superb album--both sides are great. Pepper Adams, Encounter! What a line-up--these guys cover a lot of bases!
  21. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Anthony Braxton Ensemble, (Victoriaville) 1988. Nice one with Evan Parker, Paul Smoker, George Lewis, Bobby Naughton, Joelle Leandre and Gerry Hemingway. Kamasi Washington, Heaven and Earth. Still diggin' it! Rudolph Serkin, Beethoven: Variations on a Theme by Diabelli. Not as boogie woogie as Op. 111, but gettin' there.
  22. Reissue labels - legit or not

    Speaker's Corner is another legit one and they do a good job. 4 Men With Beards is legit, but only sound as good as the DAT they're given.
  23. RIP. That's a nice article--I never knew much of Dewey Johnson's history. Full credit to him for being the guy who had to solo after Coltrane on Ascension.
  24. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Jimmy Lyons, Push Pull (Hat). Jimmy Lyons away from Cecil Taylor is as cool as Paul Desmond away from Dave Brubeck. Love this one!