Larry Kart

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  1. Black Coffee

  2. Name Three People...

    Hope Lange John Cheever Miniver Cheevy Edwin Arlington Robinson Edna St. Vincent Millay Edna St. Lous Missouri
  3. 'C'mon Larry:  "(not) alien to the ears of, say, an admirer of Mingus' music or Roswell Rudd's '60s work on Impulse" is hardly a recommendation.'  It's not? Besides -- I'm not recommending or, if you will, selling Allen's work in this particular instance, I'm  just trying to figure out what the thinking was behind your "Who is this for?" You've now made it clear, unless I don't understand you at all, that the music of Mingus and Rudd are, for two, beyond the pale ("hardly a recommendation"). But  Ayler's "Billie's Bounce" is OK by you? I'm bemused. And what "primitiveness of the past" do you have in mind? BTW, my mention of Kenny G was sarcastic.
  4. "Who is this for, Allen?"  Kenny G fans everywhere? Without ignoring the specific virtues of Allen's work here, in terms of overall style there's little or nothing in this piece that would be alien to the ears of, say, an admirer of Mingus' music or Roswell Rudd's '60s work on Impulse ... and on and on. What are those "serious questions" then? 
  5. Bud Powell RCA, '56-'57

    These tracks are from “Time Was.” I hear a substantial difference between them, especially in terms of rhythmic freedom, and those on “Bud Play Bird.” And they do come from about the same time.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWcg5b_F4Dg   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO_tMlDpj8s
  6. Progressive Records remasters

    Not in L.A. He was in the Tonight Show band for seven years in NY after Doc Severinsen took over leadership but remained in NY to freelance when the show moved to L.A.
  7. Bud Powell RCA, '56-'57

    Well, the Penguin Guide gives it four stars and says "All Bud Powell fans will want this record." By contrast, check out anything, but especially "Just One of Those Things," on "Bud Powell, Live in Geneva 1962," which was mentioned earlier in this thread, in a passage I took from a knowledgable Powell fan's survey on Amazon of the best latter-day Powell live recordings. My gosh what playing!  BTW, what I particularly don't like about "Bud Plays Bird" is the sense almost throughout that Bud finds himself imprisoned by bar-lines; few are the moments when he flows over them, which is why I said that he sounds like he's in chains. When Bud was really Bud, as on "Live in Geneva," there was no bar line he couldn't leave in the dust. The opening 30 seconds of the Geneva “Just One of Those Things” can be heard here:   http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=7988203   Bud goes on at that pace and level for six minutes.
  8. Bud Powell RCA, '56-'57

    A warning: After beginning this thread by extolling much that's on the RCA-Bluebird Powell CD "Time Was," I bought "Bud Plays Bird," which Bud recorded for Roulette with the same rhythm section (George Duvivier and Art Taylor) at about the same time and which had never been issued until Cuscuna unearthed it in 1996. Sad to say, it's pretty dire, at least IMO. Bud sounds close to comatose, and/or like he's in chains. The instrument he's playing is close to comatose, too. Onward to more late Powell.
  9. ****The Return of the Film Corner****

    Didn't see the play.
  10. ****The Return of the Film Corner****

    I read that summary, and it jibes with what I saw last night on the DVD "Ides of March" but not with what I recall seeing in the theater. Weird. My memory of the nurse fingering that guy to the police as the person who accompanied the now-deceased girl to the abortion clinic is quite clear. My further recollection is that the investigating detectives go to the clinic because that's where the drugs the girl took came from. Two different political campaign movies, both with that plot development, one that extends it as I recall, one that cuts it off? Not likely, I think. P.S. This is one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's best roles. And Ryan Gosling is also very good and quite creepy. Finally, I watched it again because of where we are in this primary season; one hopes that nothing this bad or worse is happening in real life. In any case, I now feel somewhat innoculated.
  11. ****The Return of the Film Corner****

    Anyone else ever see the very good political drama "Ides of March" (2011), directed by George Clooney, with Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, et al. Saw it in as theater when it came out, watched it on DVD tonight, and I'm fairly sure that the version I saw in the theater was somewhat different than the DVD one. In particular, without giving too much away, a character gets pregnant, has an abortion, and then dies of a drug overdose -- this in both versions -- but in the version I recall seeing in the theater the male character who drove the girl to the clinic is later identified by a nurse at the clinic in the course of a police investigation into the girl's death, and then there's hell to pay -- though I can't recall exactly what sort of hell. But in the DVD I just saw, there's no police investigation, no nurse blowing the whistle, etc., although there's plenty of hell to pay of other sorts. Am I somehow confusing two different movies here, or what? In any case, if there are two different versions of "Ides of March," I prefer the DVD one I just saw.
  12. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Fine performance of the Schubert D. 894, a great work. Haven't moved on to the Schumann No. 2 yet. It’s amazing to me how out there Schubert could be, especially in the piano sonatas, and this one as much as any I know. It’s like the most basic building blocks/materials of music are virtually stripped of all rhetoric — a note is just a note, a chord a chord, a rhythm a rhythm, a modulation a modulation. Of course, these things do coalesce into larger designs, but at the root there is this sense of nakedness, of near-isolation of parts. Schubert was the Morton Feldman of his time?