desertblues

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  1. Great Finds

    How about some great finds in vinyl? I'll start: a really mint copy of Milt Jackson/Sonny Stitt "In The Beginning" on Galaxy! This baby is like unplayed and contains late 1940's tracks recorded in Detroit-24.95 at a used record store and worth it! also by Sonny Stitt-a near mint copy of "Tune Up" on Cobblestone from the same store for $6.00. I probably don't need to point out that this is maybe the best thing he ever did... a vg++/nm copy of Willis Jackson's "Cool Gator" lp on Prestige (yellow Bergenfield label). Way cool lp and kind of rare too-25 bucks from a private party. Any other finds out there?
  2. After much searching, I scored a mint Shorty Rogers LP set! Of all the out-of-print Mosaics I've added to my collection, this has been the toughest to find for a reasonable price (I paid $175). The last time I located a copy for sale it was $300-and when they do show up on ebay the price gets higher. I remember reading on the old bnbb that poor sales made this a rare one, but it is such a great set I can't believe it didn't sell. For me, this is West Coast Jazz at its' finest! As for sound quality-the music just leaps out of those grooves-Pepper, Rogers, Giuffre, Shank, Sweets Edison, Shelly Manne et al swing like mad! So I'm a happy camper. And I got to wondering: what is/was the toughest Mosaic for you guys?
  3. For Diehard Elvis Fans

    What an amazing thread, thanks for posting this - I had no idea there was so much Elvis-hatred (or is it Elvis envy)! Speaking only for myself, I can dig Elvis, Sinatra and even Elton at the right time and place. It has never interfered with my other musical likes-I would even go so far as to say it enhances them! One more thing-I have even been to Graceland (twice) and would recommend it!
  4. Ellington 1930s big-band Mosaic

    Well, the box seems to be unchanged. My set arrived undamaged, but there was a torn seam on the box (this has happened before). They do use plenty of bubble wrap but really could use a sturdier mailer. UPS is pretty rough with packages.
  5. Ellington 1930s big-band Mosaic

    Set #37 has arrived. Enjoying disc 1 (sound is very good as expected).
  6. Got the new Bennie Green Mosaic last week- it's an excellent set! Soulful bop that moves and grooves, and doesn't get boring. There is great tenor throughout these sessions (Charlie Rouse, Gene Ammons, Ike Quebec & Stan The Man-and the unsung Eddy Williams). Sonny Clark is on three of these sessions also. Here's a big "thumbs up" to Mosaic for this one, oh and the sound is terrific on these discs too!
  7. Thanks much - I have warm memories of shopping for blues at Jazz Record Mart back in the day.
  8. "Interlude in Bop: Benny Goodman in the Late 1940s"

    Thanks for the shows. The "Cafe Society" episode is excellent as well!
  9. Living with Jazz

    What he said - well worth reading (even rereading).
  10. There is one other mistake, my booklet states the edition is limited to 5000 sets - the website says 10,000. Mistakes aside, this is a magnificent Mosaic box and this material has never sounded this good, IMHO! I can already say my copy will never wind up on ebay (in my lifetime, that is).
  11. Set #42 got here today - got a good scare when I saw the box, absolutely trashed like UPS backed the truck over it (even had two corners exposed)! The good news is the set is undamaged in any way. I'm listening to disc 1 and the sound is excellent, Pops Rules!
  12. The Armstrong has been shipped by Mosaic - just got the UPS email.
  13. Houston Person Trio with Atsuko Hashimoto on B3 & Jeff Hamilton, drums live at Jazz Port Townsend (July 27th). More concerts from the festival to come at: http://www.kplu.org/wilke.html
  14. It's hard to choose just one, but I have to go with the Shorty Rogers followed closely by the Johnny Hodges Small Groups and the Buck Clayton Jam Sessions (and the Hank Mobley, Anita O'Day and on and on...).
  15. I've been listening to set #2864 for a few days now, I agree with most of the previous comments. There is a lot of variety in the groups and the players are mostly outstanding - there is some great Dorham here and Tommy Turrentine is excellent too (as are all the tenors). Great drumming by Max of course. I'm very pleased with this one!
  16. Which Mosaic Are You Enjoying Right Now?

    It's disc 5 of my newly-aquired Max Roach set - I've only heard about half of the set so far. Lots of great music I wasn't familiar with (like the beautiful take on "Parker's Mood" on disc 3).
  17. Which Mosaic Are You Enjoying Right Now?

    just played Disc 7 & 8 of the Mildred Bailey, now it's time for some Sonny Stitt!
  18. Ordered the Max Roach set this am - there are "about" 100 sets remaining...
  19. With the new Herman set now listed on Mosaic's site for July release, I'm probably gonna pre-order it - but the discography makes me think it has a bunch of Woody's crappy vocals (a lot more than the previous Herman set). There's a lot of great music here, but oh those vocals! Any opinions?
  20. Computer Speakers

    I have the same ones. Not bad! I got a pair of these recently ($69.00 at Sam's Club) and I must say I am pleased with them also. They provide an amazing amount of bass with no sub.
  21. Just to chime in - I am pleased with the sound quality of this set also - did not know it was pressed by Columbia. I have also seen this set in a "pressed in Germany" version and it was identical to mine.
  22. ebay madness re: vinyl

    HOLY CRAP....
  23. Which Mosaic Are You Enjoying Right Now?

    Still awaiting mine.. And I'm still waiting. MG This one's really worth the wait - I'm listening to disc 8, the session with Don Patterson and Paul Weeden followed by the latin date with Thad Jones. Nice change of pace from the quartets!
  24. Connoisseur Wish List for 2007

    I think all of the above apart from 'Congo Lament' have previously been out as Conns. They all need to be available again though. The Harold Vick in particular. Not sure 'Congo Lament' has ever been on CD (I have an LP of it with the weird monkey-in-earmuffs jungle scene ). Good music though ! Actually Congo Lament is partially issued on the excellent Bennie Green Mosaic Select (five tracks with Ike & Turrentine on tenor, with Green, Sonny Clark, Milt Hinton & Art Blakey). Cuscuna states in the liners that these sides and three quartet tracks were issued in 1985 as "Easy Living" on BST 84103. I would love to hear those quartet tracks also, described by MC as "among his (Quebec's) finest moments on tape".