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  1. Kenny Burrell in 1948

    Is anyone surprised that Kenny was a professional (I assume) at this age?
  2. Dr. John: 1941-2019

    I'm seeing in several places that Dr. John has passed away. Certainly an interesting and often enjoyable singer and pianist. R.I.P.
  3. Lisle Atkinson: 1940-2019

    I'm afraid I never heard this name.
  4. Rock exploded in 1971?

    Good point, Captain Howdy. The Rock Hall of Fame (I usually don't use the term Rock 'n Roll) has its issues, but the museum itself is not bad. It honors most of the artists from the good days, and I get the feeling that most of us here rarely listen to anyone in the field of rock, however one defines it, under the age of 65.
  5. Rock exploded in 1971?

    So rock 'n roll is a very specific form and had died about 1960? Even early Beatles were not rock 'n roll? I know the term "rock" incorporates a very wide swath, but Streisand and Parton? Big Beat Steven, your comments are appreciated, but I would maintain that the earliest pioneering figures in most fields of music are not the ones held in greatest esteem or listened to the most. To most listeners, Chuck Berry is a bit lower than the Beatles--even if certain elements of The Beatles were impossible but for Berry. The greatness of Armstrong, Ellington, Lester Young, Hawk, Bird...are beyond dispute. But how much are they really listened to now? Do they receive the tribute albums and concerts? Do they receive oodles of scholarly analysis? Are their songs being downloaded in big numbers? The tendency is to have the pioneering figures, then the greatest artists, then some shifting to the avant garde, then a lot of retro. You see it in virtually every type of music, as well as in other arts.
  6. Rock exploded in 1971?

    I have to say Sticky Fingers is a mighty fine album, probably my favorite Stones record. Still, rock peaked in the 1960s.
  7. Rock exploded in 1971?

    The author does say that people tend to favor the music that really hits them when they are teens or young adults. It's the music that speaks to you "when you feel most alive." in Hepworth's case he was 21 in 1971. But he says that there is a difference, and that difference is simply that he is "right" about 1971. Geez. In objective terms, I think you'd have to pick something between 1964 and 1969, if one has to choose a year. The work there is more important, more innovative, and more enduring than all but a handful of works from 1971. Such a debate, no what type of music, is somewhat problematic. But I think you have to favor the peak years of The Beatles, The Stones, and Dylan--just as in jazz you'd favor the peak years of Miles, Trane, and Monk.
  8. Miles had a sextet with Hank and J.J.? If I ever knew that, I've forgotten. Is this documented on record?
  9. Rock exploded in 1971?

    The title refers to a book by David Hepworth: Never a Dull Moment: 1971, The Year Rock Exploded. His dubious thesis is that this was simply THE greatest year in rock history. A very good year, for sure, but the very best? The man has a list of 100 great rock albums from 1971, and I imagine there would be agreement on Who's Next, Sticky Fingers, and possibly Tapestry (not that we usually think of Carole King as rock). For those into Progressive Rock, you have The Yes Album and Aqualung. But otherwise, nothing from Bob Dylan and nowhere near the best work from Van Morrison, CCR, and David Bowie. And why are there albums by Barbara Streisand, Dory Previn, and Dolly Parton? Rock journalism (if such this is, and the author is described as a journalist) just seems mighty personal and subjective anymore.
  10. BFT183

    I know the piece on #11, but can't come up with the title. Otherwise...guessing somewhat poorly!
  11. BFT183

    On #11 it sounds like a Strayhorn or Ellington composition. I'll take a guess and say Ken Peplowski. On #12, is it Pepper Adams? On track #13 I'll guess Phil Woods, but probably I'm wrong. Track #14 is pretty cool. Where do I find that? Track #15 sure sounds like a piano duet, but I have no idea on the players. But I'm also thinking Jarrett, mainly because of the vamp and the extended applause at the end. I imagine he could sound like he's playing two pianos.
  12. BFT183

    I'm finding it tough to identify most of the players, many of whom ( I suspect) I know by name only. But I think that's mostly the idea of the BFT.
  13. BFT183

    Track #2 has a 50s vibes: a little mellow for bebop and too fast for cool. Nice tenor, and the trumpeter has some of the qualities of Miles. But no guesses here. Track #3 is Jackie McLean from an early session on Prestige--one that's not in my collection. I know he did a record with Ray Draper on tuba. Track #4 is a cool rendition of "Seven Steps to Heaven" on acoustic guitar. It sounds a bit like Charlie Byrd, but both the guitar work and the overall concept/sound suggest it's not him. Track #5 is, of course, "It Had to be You." No guess at all on the singer, who doesn't sound like he has much of a voice (but who am I to say?). Trombone work by J.J. Johnson? Track #6 is a nice grooving number--some virile tenor work and fine playing by the guitarist (both the solo and the comping), but he's not a really distinctive player like Wes, Kenny Burrell, or Jim Hall. Actually, the comping reminds me of Hall, but this guy goes for a bit more speed. Track #7...oh, that's instantly recognizable as the gorgeous "Single Petal of a Rose." Very nice...I've got some fine versions (but none top Duke's original), but I can't recall any with trumpet in the spotlight. Clark Terry? I doubt that it is Clark. But this is lovely; this needs to be in my collection. Track #8 is "If I Were a Bell." Did Milt Jackson do this? But it's probably not such a famous player. Track #9 is "Turn Out the Stars." The tenor reminds me a bit of Joe Lovano, but this is certainly not his version with Motian and Frisell. The pianist has listened to his Evans, but needs to slow down on the pace. Whether it's Lovano or someone else, he takes out the tune in fine fashion. That's it for now. I really like your choices. I've got several of the titles, but only on #3 am I certain of the artist.
  14. What the heck is Anthony Braxton playing?

    Yeah, that sure is a beast!
  15. BFT 182 link and discussion

    I have never before heard the name Curtis Amy. I did look up information and found that he participated in some high-profile rock and soul projects--The Doors, Carole King, Marvin Gaye, etc.