Larry Kart

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  1. Post a pic

    You guys can start up this thread again, but NO political content allowed!
  2. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    My favorite (albeit not perfect) performance of (probably) my favorite Mozart work: Sonata in B Flat Major for Violin and Piano, K. 454. The work itself is sublime -- in particular the formal and emotional relationship among the three movements: Forgive these groping characterizations: The first movement, immensely poised, balanced, and poignant; the second, a solemn immense and wholly Mozartean sadness; the third; a tremendous outburst of bouncing contrapuntal energy and joy that nonetheless is not without reference to the second movement's sadness and the first's poise snd balance. My favorite performance, (from 1974): Szymon Goldberg and Radu Lupu (London). Not perfect because Goldberg, arguably the greatest Mozart fiddler of the 20th Century, is here in his mid-60s, maybe a decade or so past his prime, amid all of his beauty, wisdom, and insights. Lupu is in prime, and clearly inspired by his partner, but given Goldberg's age there are times when Lupu comes close to rushing him off his feet. Nonetheless, I've yet to find a superior version.
  3. RIP Helen Reddy.

    I love it when Andrea Martin blows into her palm and then smells in an attempt to see if she has bad breath.
  4. Ella Fiitzgerald - The Lost Berlin Tapes

    How does the CD sound compare to the clips? It was on the latter that I found Ella's voice harsh and blarey.
  5. Ella Fiitzgerald - The Lost Berlin Tapes

    Maybe it's just me or the sound quality of these clips, but while I've heard and enjoyed a good deal of live Ella, her voice here sounds rather harsh, forced, and blaring to me.
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Barron's ability to give a subtly different weight to each note in a multi-note line is something else. Yes, it's a tribute album (to Lee Morgan), but the choice of pieces is shrewd, and the band is hot and really together.
  7. Reservoir report

    Yesterday by way of Tommy's Jazz I got my order of ten Reservoir CDs. Initial thoughts as I sample along: John Hicks' trio album "Beyond Expectations" (with Ray Drummond and Smitty Smith) is solid gold. I coiuld kick myself for not delving into Hicks' work under his own name before, much as I've liked him as a sideman. He was a superb, quite individual player. Nick Brignola's "All Business," with Dave Pike, guitarist Chuck D'Aloia, John Pattitucci, and Billy Hart. Nick's up tempo take on "Pent-Up House," a virtual duet with Hart, is something else -- rip-roaring, as one might expect from Brignola, but SO coherent that it's almost a composition in itself. Excellent Jim Anderson sound. Moving on.
  8. Dany Pucillo/Bill Perkins

    Many thanks to Jim Sangrey for recommending this fine album (see below), which has the best latter-day Bill Perkins I know; on this one at least it all came together for him. My guess is that the springy somewhat reminiscent of early Gary Peacock bass playing of Chris Colangelo had a good deal to with this. Anyone know when this album was recorded?
  9. Dany Pucillo/Bill Perkins

    It's on the way to me.
  10. Dany Pucillo/Bill Perkins

    Thanks, Jim and Dave.
  11. A week or so ago my 62-year-old wife was walking the dog on the sidewalk when a kid aged 12-14, on a bike came barreling up from behind with no warning and almost knocked her down. She yelled at him that he should be riding on the street (that's the law here) or at least shout in warning "on your left"or "on your right" or walk his bike when approaching a pedestrian from behind at high speed. He did yell "sorry" as he rode away. So today she was walking the dog again when a woman in a white Cadiliac SUV pulled up alongside her and began yelling at her for yelling at her kid that day -- the kid was in the SUV's front seat, which is how the mom knew my wife was the "culprit" who dared to admonish her offspring. My wife replied that her son should be riding his bike in the street, per the traffic laws, not mowing down pedestrians from behind; the mom replied that the streets here are too narrow for that, which is b.s. Then the mom angrily gunned the SUV's engine several times, seemingly to express how furious she was, and drove off.
  12. Suburban vignette

    My wife missed getting the license plate. The next time, if there is one, she won't. BTW the official motto of our town -- Highland Park, il. -- is "courtesy counts."
  13. RIP Ira Sullivan

    Ira, Johnny Griffin, and bassist Nevin Wilson are on the cover of my book: The uncredited photo was taken from almost exactly where I was sitting that Monday night at the Gate of Horn, though it may have been taken at another club. Couldn't believe my good fortune when I found it in the Chicago Tribune "morgue," from whence I borrowed it. BTW, when Ira came back to Chicago to play at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in 1967 IIRC after a long stay in Miami, I did an interview with him for the Tribune. He couldn't have been nicer or more real. My favorite Ira tenor solo -- with Red Rodney, Tommy Flanagan, Oscar Pettiford, and Philly Joe Jones in 1957. The transition Ira makes from the Latin-portion into straight time!
  14. Your audio equipment?

    B&W 800 speakers Marantz SC-11SI amp Marantz SA-15S2 CD player Rega PS2 turntable Audio Technica VM740ML cartridge Sennheiser 655 headphones Schitt Magni heaphone amp cables whose names I don't recall Tripp-Lite power conditioner Onkyo TA-RW255 cassette deck
  15. Gale Sayers, RIP

    Have never forgot some sequence photos of Sayers in maybe his first or second year versus the Lions. He'd broken through the line a bit and was faced by two Lion linebackers -- Joe Schmidt and another guy, one facing Sayers directly maybe two feet away from him, the other also close up and a step or two to Sayers' right. In the next photo in the series Sayers was several steps to the left of the two Lions (i.e. he'd moved sideways) while the two Lions were still rooted in their former spots, after which Sayers turned upfield. If a guy can move sideways that fast and that smoothly... He was a joy to watch. Then there was the day he scored six or seven TDs against the 49ers on a muddy field, all of them needed for the win -- the last one on a kickoff return where he scored untouched.
  16. RIP Ira Sullivan

    I'll never forget hearing him when I was a freshman in high school in 1956 or '57 at a Monday night session (Monday was a no drinks sold off night so young people could get in) at the Gate of Horn with Johnny Griffin, Jodie Christian, Donald Garrett, and Wilbur Campbell. They played "Night in Tunisia" and after Ira and Griffin soloed, Ira picked up his tenor and he and Griffin had a friendly tenor battle.
  17. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Further Berwald report: I got the Dausgaard, and while I like his foregrounding of the winds; heard alongside Kamu (whose virtues shine by comparison) he's too (rather self-consciously) delicate, even a bit persnickety in his phrasing. Most troublesome is the very broad dynamic range of the recording (originally on Chandos); I have the Brilliant Clasic reissue). Adjust your (at least my) volume control so as to clearly make out the more delicate passages and you'll be blasted elsewhere. OTOH, a comparative listen to Dausgaard and Kamu did make me hone in on the virtues off the latter. You listen and learn.
  18. "Black Beauty" (dedicated to the late Florence Mills) -- the solemn tap dancing here is elegiac, even funeral, no? Also... "What Am I Here For?" And "The Sergeant Was Shy" -- though it's not a song at all but a fullblown composition, like "Ko Ko."
  19. Thanks. I used to have many copies, maybe 40 or so, that the Jazz Record Mart bought as remainders and then sold at a modest price -- they used to do that a lot with jazz books -- but my copies are gone now, given away to people whom I thought would like the book. I'm sure it still can be found used at Amazon and in some of your "better" libraries.
  20. RIP Stanley Crouch

    The reason I had the suspicions I did was that Stanley was in such an impetus high gear from the first, spewing out what he did about Lester, that I felt he might be used to more or less rolling over people when he was in that groove, which seems to have been fairly common for him. Further, it seemed to me that in this wild rush of words he didn't need my agreement but merely my silence, which he then could either interpret or reshape as agreement. P.S. about that impetuous high gear groove, it just occurred to me what might have been at the root of it -- Stanley was simply nervous, anxious perhaps that I might try to cite chapter and verse as to why his ugly put down of Lester was mistaken, even stupid. That didn't occur to me until now because the idea of me/my opinions making anyone feel nervous seems absurd to me. But if Stanley was that committed to being the or a top dog in the realm, I was after all a published critic whose track record on this and that probably was known to him. I should add that if one is a longtime (some 60 years now) friend, as I am, of Chuck Nessa and Terry Martin, and even relatively gentle John Litweiier, one gets quite used to encountering rock-solid opinions from them that would and should daunt anyone, unless one already happens to agree with them. A long rich education, it's been. And Sangrey is coming up hard on the far turn.
  21. RIP Stanley Crouch

    My two personal encounters with Crouch. 1) back in the mid-1980s, when I was at the Chicago Tribune, Stanley was a guest at a Lake Forest, Ill. writers colony, the Ragdale Foundation, working on his novel perhaps. We'd never met but one day he called me up at work to chat. In short order, no doubt knowing of my fondness for the AACM circle of musicians, he began to go off on Lester Bowie as a fraud -- this because among other things (and I think he'd written about this previously) when Lester played "Well You Needn't" he played, as many people did, the simplified bridge that Miles popularized rather than the more complex one that Monk wrote. I began to suspect that Stanley was telling me this with little or no prelude and in a great gush of enthusiasm because either he thought I might flat out agree with him that Lester was a fraud or that if I didn't contradict him, he could think that I agreed with him even if I didn't say so and then perhaps tell someone else that I did. So I told him right off that I thought Lester was a master musician, and added a few details. Stanley hung up the phone without another word, didn't even try to argue with me. And I wasn't being hostile about it. 2) Several years later, I was in NYC to hear the first concert of the Basie Band under Thad Jones' new leadership, after which I was supposed to interview Thad. The night turned into a long goofy odyssey that didn't end until maybe 6:30 a.m. (I may write about it sometime), and at one point our group (Thad, myself, a young Turkish student of Thad's, Tommy Flanagan, and his wife) headed over at Thad's urging to the Vanguard to hear Kenny Burrell on his opening night. Kenny finishes his set, spots Thad and with a smile on his face heads across the room to greet him. But halfway there, he's intercepted by Stanley, who leaps up from a table, wraps Kenny in a bear hug and proceeds to shower praise on him in a voice that is loud enough to be heard by much of the room, which may have been the point, this while Kenny is looking at Thad with a rather sheepish "what the hell is going on here?" expression on his face.
  22. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Interesting jam session material, with pluses (Cole, Jacquet -- both in warmly inventive modes, and Jacquet here not into honking and screaming) and minuses (Jack McVea, with his penchant for whistled-out high notes). Particularly choice is a long exchange between Cole and Les Paul, where each man tries to amuse or even baffle the other with figures that were "far out" at the time -- the pattern being that Paul leads things off and Cole imitates and modifies in in a more musical, less tricky direction what Paul has proposed. It's certainly fun for the audience, and one feels that Paul and Cole were having fun too.
  23. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Oops. I got on the wrong ferry. But the rest of what I said still goes, no?