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  1. Miles Post-Sabbatical Columbias

    We Want Miles is the one I keep coming back to. Star People (studio) is not bad, especially the lengthy title track.
  2. WTF?

    I love it, but I wish there were actually a few teenagers like the ones depicted.
  3. Dame Diana Rigg, R.I.P.

    When I was young I thought she was sexy in The Avengers--a most common feeling. I did not see her in a lot of stuff otherwise--the so-so Bond picture (she was the best thing about it) and an appearance on TV in King Lear (with Olivier, no less). R.I.P. Diana Rigg (Mrs. Peel)
  4. I just listened to this, for the first time in maybe 40 years. The Blues Project was an obscure but admired group from the 1960s that mixed jazz, blues, rock, etc--pretty much the precursor to Blood, Sweat & Tears (literally, since Al Kooper and Steve Katz were in the band). Al Kooper actually said that a good jazz player listening to "The Flute Thing " would probably vomit! I think it's a pretty cool tune and it sounds like a first-cousin to a Horace Silver piece or something in that vein.
  5. The Saxophone Colossus turns 90 today.

    Happy birthday indeed! What are you called when you hit 90? I know at age 80 it's octogenarian.
  6. BFT 198 Link & Discussion

    1) “Summertime.” The performance feels pretty laid back, maybe too much so to justify the length of 10 + minutes. The opening made me think of Yusef Lateef on oboe, but not really his sound. For that matter, it may not be oboe. 2) I’m almost never good at identifying solo piano. Undoubtedly Konitz on #13. I browsed a bit and looked at Thom's comments. I have to say this is unfamiliar stuff, and I expect to bomb on this one.
  7. BFT 197 REVEAL

    It's a shame that Garzone has had a pretty invisible career. He's an impressive player with skills and qualities similar to Lovano. You made the right move by including him in a BFT that features so many outstanding tenor players.
  8. It sounds like just about the entirety of the Changes records. "Fables of Faubus" takes the place of "Orange was the Color."
  9. Charli Persip

    Like Jimmy Cobb (probably more so), Persip was rather under-rated. I'm with those who regard The Quest as a great album. He's also the drummer on the first great Randy Weston record: Litlte Niles. R.I.P. Charlie/Charli
  10. BFT 197 Link & Discussion

    Now we have it--that is Joe Lovano playing "Donna Lee," which is of course usually uptempo. It's found on the album Bird Songs.
  11. Bill Frisell--Valentine

    My offhand guess is that this is the usual length for a Frisell album: 65-70 minutes.
  12. Stone cold classic tracks post-Coltrane

    If it comes to universal, it is perhaps more useful to think of that kind of success belonging as much (or more) to individual pieces rather than specific performances. These include both standards and jazz compositions. Thus we would be thinking of "St. Louis Blues," "One O'Clock Jump," "I Got Rhythm," "Take the A Train," "Body and Soul," "Round Midnight," and "So What."
  13. Joe Lovano with Bob Meyer

    I'm afraid I must ask, who is Bob Meyer?
  14. Bill Frisell--Valentine

    Tonight I went on Facebook and watched and listened to Bill Frisell spin the 4 vinyl sides of his new record, Valentine. It's a trio record with Rudy Royston and Thomas Morgan. It was a great experience, and this is a fine record from start to finish. It's good to hear him commit this trio to vinyl (of course there are the digital versions as well), and this is so much more compelling than the duo records with Morgan. It's probably his best group project in a decade (I did greatly enjoy the solo Music Is).
  15. Stone cold classic tracks post-Coltrane

    It seems to me the issue is a thorny one. Jazz has rarely, if ever, managed to attain huge recognition with anything post-1960. I would still consider the 1960s to be one of the great decades for jazz music. But for rock, pop, and folk, that decade is simply THE GREATEST of the 20th Century. There are phenomenal stone cold classics like "A Hard Day's Night, "My Generation," "Cherish," "Like a "Rolling Stone," "Good Vibrations," "A Change is Gonna Come," "Groovin," "Light my Fire," and I could name a hundred more. They evoke time and place, yet also timelessness and usually pure joy. There are many jazz masterpieces since 1960, but they can't begin to have the impact of the songs I have named.