B. Clugston

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  1. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Now playing the underrated and highly enjoyable The Empty Foxhole, Ornette Coleman (Blue Note).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Which classical composer are you?

    I got Ravel.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    "The Mis-Used Blues" is amazing!
  12. I met homefromtheforest at an Evan Parker concert, though it took us months to realize we were both board members.
  13. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Ornette Coleman, Who's Crazy? 2 (Trio Records, Japan)
  14. Anthony Braxton

    Graham Lock's excellent book on Braxton, Forces in Motion, has been reissued with some extra material by Dover Publications. The book covers the quartet's 1985 tour on England and provides excellent background on Braxton's approach to music. One of the best jazz books out there.
  15. I voted for Jimmy Giuffre. I followed your lead and wrote Nessa on the write-in ballot for label.
  16. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Paul Desmond Quartet Live Herbie Hancock, Flood John Coltrane, Transition
  17. Bob Dorough Dies at 94

    Bob Dorough has been named one of this year's NEA Jazz Masters, along with Abdullah Ibrahim, Maria Schneider and Stanley the Grouch.
  18. Anthony Braxton

    Anthony Braxton in conversation with Alexander Hawkins.
  19. Coltrane: Both Directions At Once (lost album)

    Lewis Porter writes about Both Directions at once, including a theory that someone other than Coltrane wrote “11386”
  20. Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

    Rickey Washington plays flute in the orchestra that's on many of the tracks. He also plays tenor on one of the "hidden" disk tracks.
  21. Coltrane: Both Directions At Once (lost album)

    I got a replacement copy--still warped and the second LP has the same labels on each side. Musically speaking, there is some stellar Jimmy Garrison on this.
  22. Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

    I'm really enjoying this one. I've only heard bits of the The Epic (which I admired but not really my cup of tea), but I think Heaven and Earth is a step up and more jazzy. At times, when the choir and orchestra are added, it sounds like Ennio Morricone hijacking a CTI session.
  23. Bley/Mantler - Escalator Over The Hill

    Here's a fascinating look at the making of, written by Carla Bley: https://ethaniverson.com/accomplishing-escalator-over-the-hill-by-carla-bley/
  24. Bley/Mantler - Escalator Over The Hill

    I believe the last track was under 10 minutes on the original but ended in a locked groove, so it went on forever. Some of the CD versions try to replicate this. I've never really dwelled much on this record, but it's delightfully bonkers!
  25. Coltrane: Both Directions At Once (lost album)

    Picked up the 2 LP set. The music is wonderful and the deluxe version is worth it. Nothing deluxe about the vinyl presentation, however: the records on my copy are warped, the liner notes are on a poster you have to fold out to read and the design is oh so 2008.