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  1. Happy Birthday McCoy Tyner. 79 years young.

    Happy birthday. I would like to see at least one more recording. He can take his time and get it done just right. I have heard McCoy play delicately--and quite well. There's no need to be the powerhouse he used to be.
  2. Jim Nabors R.I.P.

    I think we should include Ken Berry too, popping in there near the end.
  3. Jim Nabors died peacefully at age 87. He made a nice little contribution to The Andy Griffith Show, and for reasons I still don't quite understand I was a pretty big fan of Gomer Pyle USMC. I have to say, though, that there were moments in Gomer Pyle they were absolutely hilarious. Other than Ron Howard, is anyone significantly associated with Andy Griffith still alive?
  4. Seeing Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Live

    I saw Blakey and Messengers at what was called the Kool Jazz Festival (near Cleveland) in the summer of 1984. It was a good show, and actually Dizzy was there too (I believe he was scheduled) and played on a few numbers. It was good stuff, and yet not completely memorable. I was pretty new to jazz at the time, and I didn't have a lot of Blakey in my collection. The personnel was probably the same as what Late listed. But the festival show overall was something else. It opened with Miles, who had Bill Evans (sax) and John Scofield in the band; then Gerry Mulligan; then Blakey; then finished with Herbie H./Ron C./Tony W. with the Marsalis brothers on the front line.
  5. Old and New Dreams

    Motian and Haden connected a great deal over the span of many decades, and Motian certainly had a feeling for Ornette and the avant garde. So why not Motian in Old and New Dreams?
  6. Old and New Dreams

    I love Charlie Haden, but a 17+ minute bass feature?
  7. Arthur Blythe

    I've heard some stuff by The Leaders, and it always seems to be a case of hit-or-miss. My favorite track by them is "Everything Changed," found on Slipping and Sliding--just gorgeous.
  8. The Writer Gene

    And some have the knack for hiring decent writers. The perfect example is Art Blakey, who had Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons, Cedar Walton, and countless others. But you need to recognize the talent, plus have the clout to lure them into the band. I'm curious to know if anyone can answer this. Does it cost more to record the pieces of living jazz composers vs.deceased ones like Gillespie and Coltrane (or for that matter, the likes of Gershwin and Porter)? .
  9. Questions to ask Randy Weston

    A for hating that record, two words: electric piano.
  10. Questions to ask Randy Weston

    Will he be releasing any small group stuff soon--perhaps a trio with African percussion added, or a small group with T.K. Blue?
  11. I got the sense that this was over early, once Houston scored those runs. All told, it was a pretty anti-climactic Game 7. But the Astros are a great team and fully deserving.
  12. I've been collecting a great deal of Lovano, and I have quite a bit of Douglas. Their live record from Monterey (Blue Note) sounds good, but I've only heard it on Spotify. Yet this album is not available under the used records at Amazon, and a new one costs about $30! I have also not located it in libraries, including college libraries. What is up with this?
  13. Happy 90th Birthday Jimmy Heath

    Randy Weston is another great musician who is past 90 and still performing.
  14. Diana Ross--Blue

    Well, I took one year of French in high school, and it was one of my true low spots as a student.
  15. Diana Ross--Blue

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