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  1. Whims of Chambers--Paul Chambers

    When he did do the leader dates, he was with Miles, as well as heavily recording with Coltrane, Burrell, Adderley, Lee Morgan, Red Garland, etc.
  2. Whims of Chambers--Paul Chambers

    Yes, he died very young, but he also didn't record an album as a leader after age 25.
  3. I finally got around to checking out this Paul Chambers record. Pretty nice, but then how can you go wrong with a supporting cast of John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, and Philly Joe? Does anyone else think it's quite odd that Coltrane has two writing credits, yet does not play on either of those pieces? Also, why was Chambers' solo/leader output so small and why did it end at such a young age?
  4. Ricky Ford

    I did not even known he had become an expatriate. I saw something about him leading a big band.
  5. Ricky Ford

    Any fans of Ricky Ford? He strikes me as one of those under-rated or under-valued tenor players. His thing is basically mainstream playing, though I notice he sometimes goes into those Jackie McLean type screams at climactic moments. I was mostly aware of him for his work with Abdullah Ibrahim's Ekaya. His stuff was never easy to find, and even now I don't see much by him on downloading and streaming services. He had a solid run on Muse in the 1980s, then quickly a few on Candid. Since then he's been scarce. I have just two of his own records...well three if I can find an old cassette around here. Not saying he is a tenor titan, but certainly worth hearing. So many good tenor players and some just slip away or fall between the cracks.
  6. BFT 201 - Link and Discussion

    Regarding Burrell, what about the famous Guitar Forms--several tracks with Gil Evans. On Verve and Cadet he had some records with similar orchestral backing to what Wes Montgomery was doing at the time. Some tracks from the 75th Birthday Party Bash feature the Gerald Wilson Orchestra.
  7. BFT 201 - Link and Discussion

    Is the Dorham track "Monaco"? I have a version that is a lot more sprightly.
  8. BFT 201 - Link and Discussion

    1. This is good. It has a bit of the Latin tinge. The tenor player reminds me of Joe Henderson. 2. That definitely sounds like Kenny Burrell. I don’t usually gravitate toward his stuff with orchestral backing, but not a bad little tune. Wow, he inserts a bit of “So Little Time” near the end. 3. “Tempus Fugit,” I believe. A classic bebop piece…but I have never before heard this version, which is creative and mostly stays away from the melody. The pianist likes the bass register. 4. “Johnny Come Lately.” Pretty cool. It has a modern swing feel…quite different from the Ellington style. 5. Guitar-organ-drums. Not bad. The guitarist seems to have a Grant Green influence, but sounds too mechanical to my ears. 11. Jim Hall, one of the all-time great guitarists. Actually I think that’s Art Farmer on trumpet (or flugelhorn). I think it’s a track from To Sweden with Love. And #8 sounds like Kenny Dorham to me. I thought I had this one in my collection, or certainly something very similar. Maybe it's not Dorham, though I know he did this piece...and I can't think of the title either!
  9. Cold Duck Time

    Scotch and Water--Cannonball Adderley Avila and Tequila--Art Blakey Pink Lady--The Great Jazz Trio One Mint Julep--countless artists -- I'm guessing there may be hundreds!
  10. Sign Up For a Blindfold Test in 2021!

    OK, I will request August.
  11. Sign Up For a Blindfold Test in 2021!

    What's still open at this point?
  12. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    The Joey Baron record is great. What a cast of players, and everyone at the top of their game.
  13. R.I.P. Alex Trebek

    Sad news indeed. I never miss Jeopardy. Great show and Mr. Trebek made a great host.
  14. Sign Up For a Blindfold Test in 2021!

    I am definitely giving it some thought.