king ubu

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  • Birthday 04/18/1979

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  1. Wayne Shorter - Emanon

    Can't post a review after one listen ... but I enjoyed it a lot. The orchestral textures and stuff are intervowen with the quartet, this is not your typical "with strings" date - but then with Shorter that would have been a bad surprise anyway. The quartet date (less tahn 80 minutes spread over two discs, no clue why) is fantastic, but that's no surprise after the other albums by that group (of which I think "Without a Net" may be the best so far). The graphic novel is, well ... quite nice to look at, but the plot is a bit on the silly side, but then it's a superhero story, so what else to expect ...
  2. FS: Verve Stuff Smith Mosaic Box Set

    Yes, but other Verve sets such as the Kid Ory were around longer I think? Those, the Ory and Stmih, came before the times when in Europe Universal would sell their own share of the edition - not numbered and with a different catalogue number on the spines, but they said part of the total edition of 5000 or 7500 or whatever it was, too ... that was done for Farlow, Q, Eldridge I think, Nelson, Dizzy and several others ... with that collaboration in place, maybe license periods got a bit longer? I'm just saying that in my 20+ years of buying Mosaic, a set released 2-3 years ago was considered "new" until quite recently (I lagged behind for a long time, buying previously issued boxes and often delaying the acquistion of new ones until the hit the "running low" list ... I did change that eventually, but I missed out on the Dinah and Poppa sets, but have been helped out with both )
  3. FS: Verve Stuff Smith Mosaic Box Set

    3 years? Was the agreed upon period really that short for sets at that time? (Or just for Universal-owned stuff sets?) Seems awfully short!
  4. Dave Liebman on Anthony Braxton

    That's exactly what I did I read bits here and there and am looking forward to reading the whole thing!
  5. Dave Liebman on Anthony Braxton

    Thanks for the alert - too much to read on the screen for my liking, but I'll have a print-out with me, on the long train ride to vacation in a couple of days
  6. Overlooked pianists

    Norris Austin anyone? He plays on three of the seven tracks on Fathead Comes On, including a very catchy tune of his, "Cellar Groove". Newman revisited that tune 40 years later and it can be heard as the opener of his album "Davey Blue" (HighNote), which alas I don't know. A New Orleans soul jazz group (?) that calls themselves "The Prime Ministers" has also recorded the tune: Could that 1965 album be some kind of lost gem, I wonder? (The credit doesn't turn up via discogs, I found it on Allmusic which lists composer credits for that platter) Next, and final (?) piece is another tune, recorded on the Jazzland album of Joe Alexander's, "Brown's Town": Alas, I don't know that album yet (Fresh Sound has reissued it though). I can't quite read the print on the cover scans on the interwebs, but there's no backcover liners and the text on front only boldens (large caps, that is) the sidemen, not sure there's anything on the composers/tunes, the text is fairly short after all. So, who was (is?) Norris Austin? How did he end up with David Newman on that album? A Texas homeboy? Maybe also a nom-de-plume? Anyone?
  7. Dutch Jazz Archive - New Dexter!

    Niceoroony! :-)
  8. FS: Verve Stuff Smith Mosaic Box Set

    Amazing set! Wouldn't be willing to part with mine
  9. Least Favorite Classical Music Instrument

    Oh, I have, and I do dig! It's more like... baroque chamber music with flute (that's not crazily good, as it often will be -- even on recorder -- with the right people involved)
  10. Least Favorite Classical Music Instrument

    Don't know him, but I've had questions about my post since the second I hit "submit" -- it's really about context, I mean I love traditional jazz guitar, I enjoy plenty of rock and r & b (Jimi rulz!), I enjoy dealing with the likes of Fred Frith and other improvisers, but then to name one, Derek Bailey has an exceptionally beautiful (and natural, at that) sound ... there are others, John Russell, Pascal Marzan etc. etc. So it's about the setting/frame, and maybe even about the piece -- but the coupling of electric guitar and orchestra, based on what I heard, totally doesn't work for me (but I still found the two back-to-back performances of "Gruppen" - a few days ago at Lucerne Festival, with pieces by Messiaen and Nono in between, three concerts in quick sequence - a great experience ... I was just wondering "why?", and with the amazing Michiyo Yagi and her - amplified - koto still ringing in my head strongly, after two great concerts heard at Météo festival in Mulhouse in late August, I asked myself even more why Stockhausen, who was drawn to asian art, at least in parts, wouldn't have found a better solution ... maybe someone should do an improved version of "Gruppen" ) Other than that, I don't think there's an instrument I really dislike. Harpsichord, in the right hands (and with the right instrument*) is gorgeous (just heard Pierre Hantaï on Sunday, playing the "Musical Offering" with the Savall gang, and boy, his harpsichord sounded much more like an orchestra than the seven six other dudes together!) ... Flute, maybe -- at least I'm not on the lookout for flute sonatas and concertos and stuff, though I just found a new Bach disc that works like a charmer (Laura Pontecorvo/Rinaldo Alessandrini, >click<) ... and then there's the Varèse piece and more that's close to being a favourite, so there's that. Harp goes quite well with me these days, but it took me a while ... Dorothy Ashby must have been of big help - but I also heard some in concert, of course, either in richly orchestrated stuff by the likes of Holliger, Kurtág etc., or also in more traditionan orchestral settings, and once even in solo (a piece by Holliger, too). (Plus, there's Zeena Parkins!) -- *) though I am in the process of learning how to cope with the industry instruments that were played in earlier decades ... not there yet with Landowska, but working on Ruzickova and Walcha quite successfully, and Kirkpatrick is reat good!
  11. Least Favorite Classical Music Instrument

    Maybe electric guitar for me ... just heard its flat flat flat dead unresonating sound in Stockhausen's "Gruppen", where within all the breathing instruments it really seemed to be a very bad choice. He could have used a koto or something, but then I guess he wanted some of the "effects" (delay and such) that probably at the time he thought he needed a guitar for?) I have a similar reaction to the guitar in Schnittke's "Requiem" ... but I guess I need to listen to that again. On the other hand, I really do enjoy the Kairos disc "Sgorgo Y . N . oO" with music for guitar by Pierluigi Billone - but that's solo, so to my ears completely different.
  12. Wayne Shorter - Emanon

    interesting but I guess no point in repeating that on a release ... either way, capitalist came asked me "dude how much you willin' to pay"? I said "50€ max", he said "deal", so that was that, and I'm glad to have it
  13. Wayne Shorter - Emanon

    Got mine for about 50€ (ordered a couple of weeks ago at - first spin earlier today ... interesting for sure, but I'll need more time to sit down and listen while not doing anything else at the same time ... the quartet concert is indeed less than 80 minutes, so it is weird that on the CD version they split it up onto two discs, but I guess the price I got is quite alright with me, and the London concert is excellent for sure. Envious of all those that were there (and generally of all those that ever caught him live).
  14. Rhoda Scott tonight! That's Ms Rhoda ... Scott! I hope they'll provide (or have paid for her bringing) her two Leslie's and she'll rock the house with her "Lady Quartet". Didn't enjoy the group's second disc as much as the first, but live is going to be different anyway.
  15. Jon Hendricks - A Good Git-Together

    @mikeweil Interesting ... like the album a lot, but I never gave the soloists much thought, just was aware of the mighty good bands. But yeah ... not that familiar with Pony Poindexter, but very familiar with Cannonball (I used to play an entire book of transcribed solos of his 20 years ago and still am very familiar with his pet-licks, phrasing, intonation and stuff). So indeed, the theme presentation in "Music in the Air" sounds like him, totally. The solo afterwards does not. And the intro fanfare has two saxophones, I am quite sure. "Pretty Strange": only one sax here, I think? Hard to tell, but I'd rather not opt for Cannonball indeed. "The Shouter": the first sax solo is by Jon Hendricks of course - the second again doesn't sound like Adderley - check the rocking phrasing in that 2:13 to 2:16 phrase. No way that's Cannonball. The (what's the tune again?) quote afterwards (2:23 to 2:29) and again the very fluid phrasing from 2:36 on could be Cannonball, but the entire thing: nope! Who's that riffing behind Nat, just Hendricks, guitar and one sax, or do we have two again here? "Social Call": again I think I hear only one sax in the backings of the opening theme? The solo again is clearly not Adderley - the licks thrown around here are pet licks, but not Cannonball's (and it sounds very much like the guy we just heard in the two tracks before, so there you go. "Out of the Past": This one I find kind of hard to tell, but as with "Pretty Strange" I'd rather go with Poindexter, too. And if you're sure about it, that pretty much seems to seal it.