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  1. BFT 201 - Link and Discussion

    Oh did you select 13 you knew Felser would love? 1. Woody Shaw, possibly from Blackstone Legacy 2. Wes Montgomery, maybe early Verve? 3. Randy Weston or Roland Hanna 4. I think this is a drummer led band, and it sounds more like Max than Art Blakey. Max Roach? 5. Sure sounds like Larry Young with Grant Green, or maybe Larry on Prestige. 6. Leaning toward Gerald Wilson 7. Jackie McLean? 8. Lee Morgan? 9. Billy Harper!!! I'm guessing on Steeplechase with Francesca Tanksley on piano. A whole lot of bass being played, but I haven't figured out who, and don't remember who was playing with him then. It does make me think of Buster Williams. 10. The trombone led intro made me think of Slide Hampton, but no bone solo forthcoming. Thoughts then went to Clarke-Boland and Jones-Lewis big bands. Mel's rep was that of a restrained and tasteful drummer, and the drums thunder here, so I'll guess Clarke-Boland big band. 11. It's hard not to think of Art Farmer when you hear a fluegelhorn played well. The only other though I had was Emily Remler with John Swana, but I think this is the horn's date, so Art Farmer. 12. Sounds a lot like Santana, until the vocal comes in. The original Why Cant We Live Together was by Timmy Thomas. The percussive organ riffs at the end of the intro are straight out of Oye Como Va, but there's no guitar. I believe this is the orginal top-40 hit by Timmy Thomas. 13. Maybe Lloyd McNeil? Either voices or percussion that makes a voice like sound emerge from the background.
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  3. BFT200

    Went back to The Almoravid, and this wasn't that. Which made me realize JSngry was right. Track 2 from the self titled album. I believe it is Joe Chambers on the mallet instrument.
  4. BFT200

    1. Gravity? 2. Oliver Nelson? 3. Joe Locke? 4. Reggae Jazz Piano! maybe Ethan Iverson? 5. Art Farmer? 6. Send in the Clowns. Steve Grossman? 7. Richard Davis? He did a trio album with Joe Beck. 8. Fred Anderson? 9. Lovely, but I'm still stumped after several listens 10. Joe Chambers, from The Almoravid, I believe. Always liked this album. 11. Hints of the Tyner Horizon band, then thoughts it might be Pharaoh. It goes a little out but not very far or for vey long. I think about Billy Bang and Michael White and come back to Pharaoh Sanders.
  5. BFT 199 - Link & Discussion

    Relistened to a bit of Vassar Clements Hillbilly Jazz and it's all two-beat early western swing, definitely out. My new left field guess for #4 is Willie Nelson, maybe from Teatro.
  6. BFT 199 - Link & Discussion

    And I'm a megafan of Ralph Towner, but never had a clue. I listened to Matchbook a lot, Slide Show not so much. There's time to fix that. Finally got to see Ralph live and solo at the last Big Ears.
  7. BFT 199 - Link & Discussion

    I've always liked Joanne Brackeen's Choice quartet date with Michael Brecker, Tring-A-Ling. I like this too.
  8. BFT 199 - Link & Discussion

    BFT 199 1. Feels like 90's or later neo-bop. Could have come out on Criss-Cross. I think of Bobby Watson as more of a featured horn than one choosing to fade back into the ensemble ever so elegantly as happens here. But I have no better guess. 2. Fairly clueless again. Maybe Karryn Allison? 3. Guitarist is more aligned with South American forms than jazz here. It could be Bobby Hutcherson on marimba or Dave Samuels. 4. This is quite happy to let the country in. First thought was Hank Garland who played well in both genres, but after a few listens I'm saving him for the next track. Could this be from Hillbilly Jazz by Vassar Clements? 5. Nice vibes and guitar version of All The Things You Are. The opening reminds me of an MJQ track, but that's a guitar, not a piano. So I'm wondering if this could be Hank Garland with Gary Burton as a sideman. 6. Caravan, and I'm leaning toward believing it's Duke's band. 7. Brawny baritone fronting organ and guitar combo. I can't remeber hearing Pepper Adams or Cecil Payne with organ. Since he doesn't come in right away, he may not be the leader, but he sure steals the show. My weird guess is James Carter. 8. I think Kenny Burrell until the other instruments come in, then that thought ends. Maybe Harold Alden and Ken Peplowski, but who would be playing the fiddle? 9. Lots of people can pull off a nice ballad like this here and there. I haven't found any guesses I like better than later Dexter Gordon. 10. Has to be Randy Weston, and I'm pretty sure it's Billy Harper he's duetting with. 11. My guess is McCoy Tyner, sometime from Trident onwards. So many players soarked his influence up like like a sponge that I'm probably wrong. 12. Is this from Lee Morgan's last sideman record date, Intensity by Charles Earland? 13. The first question that hit me was Miles or not Miles. The playing gets close to late seventies miles with a little wah-wah pedal. But the arrangement is much more through-composed than what Miles was doing. I'm going to guess Eddie Henderson. 14. Piano with strings, quite well done. McCoy recorded with strings at least twice, but I don't think this is him. Kenny Barron or Cyrus Chestnut maybe? 15. I knew I knew this but wasn't finding it because I fixated on Max Roach and tried to remember what Mildama sounded like. Then I noticed the absence of sax, and figured out that it was one of my favorite obscure seventies dates, The Trio by Ted Curson. The track is Snake Johnson. Trumpet-bass-drums trios were very rare at that time, I only know of unreleased Don Cherry and Mongezi Feza for sure preceding this one, and the awesome musicianship of Roy Haynes and Ray Drummond are essential to the album's success. 16. Take Five with guitar and alto. Paul Desmond with Jim Hall, maybe? Enjoyable from end to end. Thanks!
  9. Sun Ra, Accompanist

    That Clemson link is fascinating. Several tracks on a Coleman Hawkins Classics have Sonny as sideman. A lot of the other citations are for Sonny as arranger only, though.
  10. Sun Ra, Accompanist

    and Wynonie Harris: http://campber.people.clemson.edu/sunra.html Sun1. Wynonie (Mr. Blues) Harris / Wynonie (Mr. Blues) Harris with Jimmie Jackson and His Orchestra* WSM Studio B, Nashville, March 1946 Dig This Boogie (Harris) -1 Bullet 251A, Krazy Kat KK783, Classics 1013 [CD], Bear Family [Ger] BCD 15864 HL Lightnin' Struck the Poor House* (Harris) Bullet 251-B, Krazy Kat KK783, Classics 1013 [CD], Bear Family [Ger] BCD 15864 HL My Baby's Barrel House (Harris) Bullet 252-A, Route 66 KIX 20, Classics 1013 [CD], Bear Family [Ger] BCD 15864 HL Drinkin' by Myself (Harris) Bullet 252-B, Route 66 KIX 3, Route 66 RBD 3 [CD], Classics 1013 [CD], Bear Family [Ger] BCD 15864 HL Bullet 251 and 252 were 78 rpm singles, both released on April 14, 1946 (thanks to Sam Byrd for the exact release date). They were the second and third releases on the label, immediately following Bullet 250 ("Nashville Jumps" b/w "Loose as a Goose") by R and B pianist Cecil Gant, who at the time was also managed by Harold Oxley. For Bullet 252, we follow the A and B designations on the labels. In the trailoff shellac, "Barrel House" shows 252-B and "Drinkin'" shows 252-A.
  11. The All Things Van Morrison Thread

    There's a musician I befriended in college and have been facebook friends with for a long while. He has also been an anarchist, an anti-vaxxer and a Bill Gates conspiracy theorist for some time. I choose to disagree, but also choose not to cut of the communication line. He's also one of the strongest opponents of racism I have ever known, and it's strange to see him falling into agreement with the creeps that carried guns to the Wisconsin state capitol. He doesn't support Trump. I'll extend the same indulgence to Van, who has provided many musical highlights to my life. I haven't heard the songs in question yet, but are they really more offensive than Under My Thumb or Blurred Lines? Artists are allowed to be wrong. Artists can even have serious flaws and still bring value through their art. No boycott for me.
  12. BFT 197 Link & Discussion

    Joshua Redman has a new album with Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade. I've only heard it once, but I'm liking that group for #10 given the other clues.
  13. BFT 197 Link & Discussion

    1. A nice florid solo piano version of In My Solitude. I'm guessing Earl Hines, from his two Duke volumes. 2. We aren't sure we're headed in a jazz direction from the vocal intro, but the music takes over and corrects that impression. With nothing to go on, I'll throw out Doc Cheatham just because I think he's a trumpeter who sings. 3. This one will probably surprise me. Chopsy solo tenor that's not afraid to show off a breathy tone. Definitely not off Sonny Rollins Solo Album, because both of the tracks there are side-long, and it's not considered among his best work. Still, I can't come up with a better fit than Rollins. 4. More breathy tone deployed beautifully, with piano to match. Maybe Don Byas? 5. Maybe the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis big band with Billy Harper and Roland Hanna? 6. The tenor's tone makes me think of Steeplechase era Dexter Gordon, but I'm not sure that the restless exploration of the rhythm section is consistent with that. 7. Could be Joe Henderson's Milestone period. Definitely feels 70s. 8. Is this McCoy Tyner's album with Mike Brecker? Was it called Infinity? we have definitely settled into a tenor groove. 9. Nice and atmospheric, could be someone not normally considered a jazz perfomer. I vaguely think I recognize the tune - Shenandoah? Two wild guesses. Bill Frisell or Craig Chaquico. 10. I'm a person who doesn't consider that an ECM reference is a bad thing at all, and this could easily be an ECM recording. Charles Lloyd maybe? 11. Nice groove, but not particularly jazz based. I'm guessing the violist or violinist is the leader. Regina Carter? 12. Calypso feel. I'll try Sonny Rollins again. Nice Bari sax too.
  14. HELP@ Whatever Happened To Jacy Parker????

    A Newspapers.com search reveals gigs from Trenton NJ in 1960 through LA in 1974 with stops in Chicago and San Fran and a lot of Van Nuys.
  15. RIP Art Hoyle

    https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/post-tribune/obituary.aspx?n=arthur-hoyle&pid=196306766 Link not behaving, so: Arthur Hoyle, renowned Trumpeter and musician transitioned on June 4, 2020 at the age of 90. Arthur received his first trumpet on his eighth birthday in rural Oklahoma. He moved to Gary, Indiana with his Mother at age 13. He began playing in local clubs and ballrooms at the age of 15. Arthur's excellence as a jazz trumpeter earned worldwide admiration. After a four year stint in the U.S. Air Force, Arthur joined the Sun Ra Arkestra. He next worked with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, touring the United States, Canada, Europe and North Africa. Arthur's music career included the Art Hoyle Quintet and studio work as both a voiceover talent and musician on TV, radio, commercials and movie sound tracts. He has worked with some of the greatest musicians of our time including Lee Konitz, Gene Ammons, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Woody Herman, Billy Eckstine, Frank Sinatra and many others. In 2010 Art was the featured cover story artist in the July/August issue of the Chicago Jazz Magazine. Arthur was an avid reader and intellect. Arthur is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Ruth Hoyle, Godchildren, other relatives and dear friends. Funerial Services will be held Thursday, June 11, at St. Timothy Church, viewing from 10:00-12:00noon services at 12:00. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association