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  1. John Coltrane - Blue World

    I had a listen to the title track, "Blue World," which bears inspiration from "Out of this World." It's probably the most intriguing track from the set and does sound quite good. But at this point you're not going to have any surprise factor from Trane, at least from the stuff recently unearthed.
  2. Woodstock - How Much Were They Paid?

    The issue of royalties from the film and records is interesting too. I've never seen/heard Woodstock performances by BS&T or CCR. Maybe that too was a money issue. Actually, with all the talk of peace, love, etc--you'd think everyone would play for free.
  3. Woodstock - How Much Were They Paid?

    Jimi and BS&T made our rather well, didn't they?
  4. Charles Lloyd Corner

    I have to say that "Angel" (The Jimi Hendrix song) is among the moving and effective closing tracks of a jazz album I have ever heard.
  5. Toni Morrison - RIP

    She was a great writer, and will be a long remembered--though there's not much respect for novelists anymore. I was close to Morrison a couple of times, first when she gave a stunning reading from Beloved at Cleveland Stat University (I was in the Master's program then) and later when she appeared at the Toni Morrison conference at Lorain County Community College, where I teach. But she was low-key there and I had no chance to talk to her or shake her hand. I have long taught The Bluest Eye, which is favored around here since it's the only one with a Lorain setting. A very good book, but not her best. I think everyone should read Sula, Song of Solomon, and Beloved. Among later novels, A Mercy is quite good.
  6. Collections

    OK, I definitely had a few of those Blue Note twofers (or brown bags), though not as many as the Prestige. The best one featured Randy Weston's Little Niles, the live set with Hawkins and Dorham, and some other stuff. By that time I had been seriously collecting Weston on CD for years, and I always wanted to hear Little Niles (given the reputation), on CD, vinyl, anything. Absolutely a great record.
  7. Blindfold Test 185--Link and Discussion

    Track 11...what is this? Some nice trumpet, a bit in the style of Miles circa early 80s--but he gets rather intense later. Nice singer. She can hold a note, among other things. Track 12...old-time feel with some fine playing. Maybe Ken Peplowski? Some members associated with Wynton? Track 13 has something of a smooth jazz feel, but certainly a couple of cuts above the usual stuff. No idea on the drummer. Grant Geissman or Chuck Loeb on guitar? Just guessing. Track 14, "St. James Infirmary," is pretty cool. Other than the edgy guitar, it sounds a bit in Ray Charles style, though certainly not Ray himself. No idea.
  8. Collections

    I can't recall something officially called the Brown Bag series. Was that printed right on the covers? The Prestige two-fers were a major focus in initially building my jazz collection, back in the pre-CD age. I do have quite a few of them still (especially Miles Davis), but I hardly ever play vinyl nowadays. I'm not an audiophile.
  9. Blindfold Test 185--Link and Discussion

    Track 1 is really nice. It sounds like old time jazz--maybe something by Fats Waller. But it's a modern, or relatively modern, player. Nice touch on the keys. Maybe Hank Jones? Track 2 also interesting--tenor/piano duo. It sound a bit like Jan Garbarek, including the shift from slow and breathy to rather overheated. I would not think he'd do a track so brief (3 minutes). Track 3 is another short one and another duo. This certainly has elements of Classical. Eddie Daniels?
  10. BFT 184: THE REVEAL

    Very obscure stuff to me, other than the Mingus composition. Even Woody Shaw, Louis Hayes, and Junior Cook (outside of the Silver Quintet) are poorly represented in my collection. Other stuff...not a clue!
  11. Collections

    Art Blakey is a different case (for me), as he was such a dynamic drummer, a great bandleader, a phenomenal talent scout, etc. Plus he would record the pieces of talented composers, most notably Wayne Shorter.
  12. Collections

    There are artists like Lou Donaldson and Jimmy Smith where most of the records sound pretty much the same--or so it seems to me. I can't imagine going for 30-50 discs by these artists, even though their output is huge. Probably less than 20, and the main factor would be the sidemen.
  13. Collections

    Many jazz artists record so much that it is simply difficult to keep up. And do we need to keep up on all of it? For many artists, owning 20 records is scratching the surface. Are there people here who have 20 records by Red Garland? I'll bet some do. Yet his prolific period was relatively brief. I know I don't own 20, but I have quite a few, several due to the selling point of Coltrane as sideman. But the question becomes this: what is essential?
  14. Collections

    Older style collecting presents difficulty because of the space issue. CDs (as opposed to LPs) are easier, especially if kept in jewel cases of slip covers (if that's the right term). My collections is big (I don't think I can give any kind of reasonable estimate), but it's nothing compared to some numbers thrown around here. but a lot it has gone the ways of files on the computer hard drive (much of which will never make it to CD). You can build up a nice collection that way, with no worries about space. But if we are talking about tangible items, there's a lot of difficulty and complications in being a serious collector--as well-illustrated by Ken Dyden and many others.
  15. Monk and Lacy

    I don't think there is any such thing. There were just a few occasions when Lacy was in the band, which was a big band--or more accurately a mid-size band--and Lacy was not a soloist. A rather odd thing. There have been a million records of Lacy playing Monk's music, sometimes solo versions.