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  1. I e-mailed Mosaic this morning to inquire about the set, its size, when it's coming out, etc. Here's the reply I received, in less than an hour(!): 'This will be a 7 CD set that will be released at the end of May. It will be put up on the website under Upcoming Releases next week.'
  2. Billy Higgins

    Well, I'm not sure if it's my new stereo system or what, but lately I've really been digging Billy Higgins' playing. There's so much subtle, but profound, nuances in his drumming that it's really astounding. Until recently, I hadn't really noticed these "little things", but I find myself going back to his many sideman appearances and listening almost solely to his playing. I have most of his dates with Lee Morgan, a few with Hank Mobley, but not much else. So the question is this: what are some good albums where Billy Higgins appears on the drums? All suggestions are welcome, not only BN, but anything up until his passing. As usual, thanks in advance.
  3. John Young

    Am currently listening to the Sonny Stitt/Zoot Sims Cadet Lp, INTER-ACTION, and John Young is the pianist. As soon as I heard his first solo, I knew I'd heard him before (it was on a Von Freeman live album). A very recognizable style, good accompanist, great soloist; he seems to use the whole keyboard. Anyways, there's not much about him on this BB, so I thought a thread would be nice. BTW, here's AMG's page for Young: John Young
  4. I have also received "damaged goods" in the past, once from a prominent poster who will remain annonymous. I did not, however, choose to vent in this fashion, which does show a lack of respect and indeed can be harmful to the person who is targeted. Not to mention the fact that some of the information in the initial post is false and misleading.
  5. NHL Season cancelled

    Nowadays I only really tune in around playoff time; it was quite the ride following the Flames last spring. I think it's a shame that the season is cancelled, but both sides are greedy and most fans can't relate to that. They could've split the difference and made a deal but both Bettman and Goodenow are too stubborn. They had Gretzky on CBC news last night and he seemed pretty distraught over the whole thing. I think it was a mistake to expand into the southern U.S. in the first place; taking teams from traditional hockey markets like Winnipeg and Quebec City was stupid. Fans in Canada will come back quickly, most fans in the States will forget about hockey all together. This is an all-time low for the league.
  6. Feb 15 RVGs

    Surely you're kidding here, right? You honestly think in this country right now that no one would be offended by this title?? I think there would be an outrage in certain quarters. There are people out there who's lives are consumed with finding stuff like this to vent their anger on. It'd probably get made into posters and carried around at the next World Trade Conference with references to EMI's corporate "attitude". BTW, I never thought of it before, but Basra is held by the British and EMI, Blue Note's parent compnay, is British. Now don't get me wrong, I don't agree and I checked the calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1st when Michael told me this. I figured it had to be a joke. But it isn't. It's an indication of the world we're living in. Later, Kevin How many people even know that this album exists? Pete Laroca is not exactly a household name, right? Even people who are fairly into jazz may not have heard of him. I'd say 99.9% of the U.S. population would not even notice that this album is in stores, let alone show "outrage" about the title. It was released in the mid-1960s, it's being re-issued, what's the problem? Should we change history just so that no one is offended? I'm with Lon, this is pure bullshit and it can't be reasoned otherwise. I can't believe someone would try to defend BN's position on this one. I really wanted to hear this because I've heard Joe Henderson's reading of "Lazy Afternoon" was one for the ages. Guess I'll have to wait some more.
  7. NOJO w/ Sam Rivers

    I've recently been digging this release from one of the better larger ensembles on the scene. Sam Rivers is the guest soloist on this one and is featured on every track. Interesting writing, textures, colors, etc. Some smokin' trumpet playing from Kevin Turcotte. This group is actually on tour right now (they played in Mass. last night and are travelling to Washington, D.C. today for a concert tommorow night). This album is not to be missed. Here's the website for those interested: NOJO
  8. NOJO w/ Sam Rivers

    I spoke with one of the co-leaders of the ensemble this morning (Michael Occhipinti) and he mentioned that this disc was just recently released in the U.S.
  9. Don Byas

    I only have one Byas disc (LAURA, from the "Jazz In Paris" series), but it was a great introduction. I like the way he does that glissando (I think that's the term) at the beginning of a number of the ballads; very interesting technique. Marvellous sound too.
  10. How is LIVE IN TOKYO? Spotted that one yesterday.
  11. Roy Haynes

    Haynes is bringing his group to the Jazz Winnipeg Festival in June. Can't wait!!!
  12. President Ryan Ice, you mofos!
  13. earlier on this aft. - Albert Ayler: SPIRITUAL UNITY (Red vinyl)
  14. World Press Photos of the year ...

    Didn't make it to those ones. Thanks, I'll check them out.
  15. The troll who infests JC

    And which album was that?
  16. World Press Photos of the year ...

    Apparently there is no "good news". Great photos, sure, but depressing at the same time. They should have another category - happy/positive news photos of the year.
  17. That's interesting that you never saw them on newstands in Canada, sidewinder. Most decent bookstores have CODA displayed along with other jazz periodicals, at least in Winnipeg. Can't really comment on other Canadian cities. Where abouts did you live in Canada?
  18. K-2 remasterings

    Can anyone comment on the sound quality of THE CATS (K-2); I was thinking of picking this one up pretty soon. That's too bad re: TRANEING IN, it's a great session.
  19. I've started reading Coda only recently; the Albert Ayler cover caught my eye and that was the first issue I picked up. The latest issue has a nice article on bassist/cellist Oscar Pettiford. Too bad the mag. is taking a turn toward smooth jazz.
  20. The troll who infests JC

    That's messed up that he would say something like that. Wynton could only dream of putting something out that's even close to the level of Lee and Freddie's albums (even the lesser ones). Pretty sad when you have to dis the deceased in order to "elevate" yourself. Lee is a master - Wynton is a masterbaiter.
  21. Managed to acquire the Dizzy Reece BN Lp (deep groove pressing) of SOUNDIN' OFF (reasonable condition, some scratches). My introduction to Reece's playing - I dig it a lot. That Select just climbed up a bit on my list.
  22. Record Label attitude

    I guess Sony thinks there's room for another sqaure on their roster.
  23. Summer 2005 RVG Titles

    I still don't have INVENTIONS AND DIMENSIONS. That's probably the only Herbie BN that I don't have. Looks like an interesting session; P.C.'s on the bass, I'll be getting it for that reason alone. Any thoughts on this one?
  24. Last night I attended a Luciana Souza concert that was held at the Pantages Theatre, which is in downtown Winnipeg. I parked on a side street in order to avoid any parking fees. Upon returning to my vehicle (an older Toyota 4-Runner), I noticed that the back window had been smashed. Much to my surprise, the vandals didn't take anything. So, what are you doing on a Saturday evening? Busting car windows, of course. I don't get it. Tell your vandalism stories in this thread.