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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    At home on a rainy day... catching up on a few things and not really sure what i felt like listening to... i don't reach for either of these often but they sure hit the spot today for some reason: The Magnificent Thad Jones Chick Corea - Children's Songs This year i'm sort of planning to acquire less new music and instead spend time rediscovering what's already in my collection.
  2. Herbie Mann

    I have 7 of his leader dates spanning 1959-1973. I like the more overtly Latin stuff the best, especially the early stuff. For me it pays to think of him as being his own weird thing rather than someone that was in competition with the jazz Blue Note/Prestige/etc scene of the 50s and 60s. It's hard to define what makes a Mann album i like versus one that i don't. Some albums have more corny tracks than others. Definitely a 'like him for what he is rather than dislike him for what he isn't' situation for me. I think First Light is a gem from the 70s, especially if you are down for some Sesame Street funk in places. FWIW, Memphis Underground was Hunter S Thompson's number 1 album of the sixties ("... may be the best album ever cut by anybody"): http://www.openculture.com/2017/05/hear-the-10-best-albums-of-the-1960s-as-selected-by-hunter-s-thompson.html
  3. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Duke Ellington - Peer Gynt Suites, Suite Thursday
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Anat Cohen - Luminosa Randomly picked this up in a brick and mortar today. Very nice. Pretty light, kind of has a Jewish x South America melange thing going on which i've really liked on certain John Zorn releases.
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    The Duke Box 2 (Gröna Lund Tivoli, Stockholm, June 6, 1963)
  6. *** The Duke Ellington Corner ***

    Interesting all round, thanks.
  7. New server and increased cost...

    Cheers guys.
  8. *** The Duke Ellington Corner ***

    Cheers. So it seems like at least to the wider fandom it wasn't a holy grail in the years prior to it's release.
  9. New server and increased cost...

    Don't want to seem unappreciative but i'm not gonna lie, $50 USD is a lot of money for me. I'm down for at least $20 USD before end of first half 2018, will see after that. Slightly concerned about the ongoing viability of this method of keeping things going (if we hadn't met 2017's target, which seemed like a distinct possibility, would that have been it for the board?) but i know that it's best to act in good faith and contribute.
  10. *** The Duke Ellington Corner ***

    Question regarding The Queen's Suite if anyone that was around at the time gets a chance: how anticipated was it's release? Were people clamouring for it or did it just kind of come out? Was the 'backstory' widely known in the years prior to it's release? Cheers.
  11. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Been on an Ellington listening binge, just hopping around all eras. Just finished reading A Portrait of Duke Ellington by Derek Jewell and am getting in to The Duke Ellington Reader which has been sitting on my shelf for a while waiting for the right time. So i'm kind of immersed at the moment, and just loving it.
  12. More info here: http://motionographer.com/quickie/buster-williams-with-gene-ammons-and-sonny-stitt-part-2-of-3/
  13. Henry Threadgill

    Yeah it is kind of weird; usually Pi releases are on Amazon and their own website months before release.