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  1. Keith Jarrett - Sun Bear Concerts

    I'm not a fan of the box set, at least in regard to monster collections of live material or studio sessions from a tightly compressed time frame. I can go for the Mosaic sets (usually previously released stuff from an extended time frame) or diverse compilations like Joe Henderson: The Blue Note Years.
  2. RIP Chick Corea

    I loved Mahavishnu, especially the first couple of records. It took a while for me to come around on Weather Report. Return to Forever, other than the ECM album, never really did a thing for me.
  3. RIP Chick Corea

    Regarding DiMeola, there's a sucker born every minute.
  4. RIP Chick Corea

    Then there's the cult of the last president, but I guess we can't go there.
  5. RIP Chick Corea

    So Chick was looking for fellow Scientologists to be in his bands and groups? This is the man who has played with about a million other musicians.
  6. RIP Chick Corea

    I think those who are a bit dismissive of Corea's late work are really sleeping on the trio work. What Corea did in pretty straightforward trios--whether Vitous and Haynes (sometimes adventurous), the "new trio," Gomez and Motian, McBride and Blade--is as good or better than what anyone else has done in this vein over the past 40 years. Just an opinion. I don't think I've heard much (if anything) about the duets with Gary Burton--a significant and very long-running strand in Corea's career. Nice stuff, although I would take the trios first.
  7. RIP Chick Corea

    Here's a man who passed away at age 79 and I would argue that the work of his final two (2) decades was as strong as anything in his career. It's amazing in size, diversity, and quality.
  8. RIP Chick Corea

    I'm big on the ECM record too, especially the title track.
  9. Your Favorite Jazz Records of the 1980s?

    Here are a few: The African Flower--James Newton Rejoicing--Pat Metheny Billy Highstreet Samba--Stan Getz Portraits of Monk--Randy Weston You Know the Number--Henry Threadgill
  10. RIP Chick Corea

    R.I.P., Chick. You will be deeply missed. Great, great musician and one of the most electric players and composers on Earth. He could do anything at a high level. I only got to see him once...with the Corea-McBride-Blade trio. Fabulous show.
  11. Booker Ervin

    I love to make playlists that spotlight artists in various ways. For instance, I have created three playlists of Bobby Hutcherson on Blue Note--tracks from both leader and sideman dates. I have a playlist of Booker Ervin's work with Mingus.
  12. Booker Ervin

    There's a lot of fine work by Billy Harper on several Randy Weston records; that's mainly how I know his playing. BlueSpirit, in regard to your last point or question...that's the joy of it, one thing leading to another. That's the process of trying to dig up all the records by a particular artist, including the obscure ones. It's following Larry Goldings (organ), who does not have a lot of leader dates but who can be found on many records. It's not's joy! And you should love the fellowship here at Organissimo.
  13. Looking for "That Sound"

    If you want to check out players who are different and play organ in a more subtle style, I recommend these two: Larry Goldings--has played with with John Scofield (extensively), Peter Bernstein, Jim Hall, and many others Dan Wall--most notably for his work with John Abercrombie (yes, I see you're up on him; Open Land is a favorite of mine too).
  14. Booker Ervin

    I'm a big fan. Among his own records, I love Freedom Book the best, and after that usually go to his sterling work with Charles Mingus and Randy Weston. He died pretty young--about the same age as Coltrane. It is certainly tough to rival the work and legacy of Trane. But Booker's profile 50+ years later should be higher than what is is now.
  15. BFT 203 Available For Download

    Yes, that sums it up!