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  • Interests People. Yes, all 6.9 billion of 'em. Therefore: travel.

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  1. Just the latest news on Amoeba Los Angeles, from Variety Amoeba Records’ Los Angeles store will move to a new location “within blocks” of its current spot on 6400 Sunset, where it’s been since first opening its doors back in 2001, according to Marc Weinstein, who co-owns the indie record retailer with Dave Prinz. The company also plans to seek a marijuana dispensary permit for the new location.
  2. Yes, Academy (the one on Manhattan that sells CDs, not to be confused with the others) is okay. Probably better for classical than for jazz, though there always seem to be some cool nuggets in the jazz CDs, about US$10 or so. Aside from Jazz Record Center can't think of a better shop on Manhattan. Always busy too. Mosaics usually in the front window. The Berkeley store was cut in half. Business was down. They turned the sectioned off portion into a marijuana dispensary.
  3. Happy Birthday, Kevin!
  4. Happy Birthday, Jim.
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    1.632 henways.
  6. Bob Dorough Dies at 94

    RIP, Bob Dorough
  7. Happy Birthday Allen Lowe

    Happy Birthday, Allen. I don't get around (here) much anymore, so I miss almost everyone's birthday. But it's nice to catch this one after seeing the man in the flesh (not too much flesh) in February.
  8. If you've been to Amoeba Berkeley in the past or so, you've noticed that half of the store's floor has been closed. (You probably also noticed Rasputin's vinyl business across the street open and close.) Today's Daily Californian (U.C. Berkeley campus paper) reports that Amoeba is opening "High Fidelity", a marijuana dispensary, as a neighboring business. I don't know anything about marijuana, aside from whatever knowledge is inevitable when you grow up on Telegraph Avenue/Sproul Plaza in the late 60s/70s, but I guess it's a compatible business.
  9. RIP Olly Wilson

    Mr. Wilson led a series of interviews with Earl Hines back in the early 1980s (?) at the UC Berkeley campus. The interviews were enlightening and enjoyable. I hope the proceedings were preserved in some form. (...though I couldn't find anything with a quick internet search; maybe back at the Hertz Hall library, as relocated) They ultimately led to my interviews and light friendship/acquaintance with Mr. Hines in his last couple of years. Mr. Wilson was quite an educator too, be reputation; I never took any classes from him. I've lots of respect for educators. So thanks, Mr. Wilson.
  10. Sam Most, Schildkraut, Mettome

    I'm traveling, so I don't have access to any of his recordings, but Sam Most was a really nice guy. He offered to play at my wedding, and, while it didn't happen, I think he was sincere. For a while, I was catching him all over the place; our travel schedules just had some odd synchronicity. (The same was true of Kenny G - another seemingly okay guy - but that's another story.) In my opinion, he didn't record enough on tenor - or play enough tenor in concerts. I used to tease him a little about it, and, sure enough, he'd pull out the tenor. I think there is some recorded on But Beautiful and on one of his early albums ("New Star"? "Debut"?) IIRC, there may be scattered tracks on alto and bari.
  11. That tour does look pretty interesting. If I happen to get 13 hours. My one hope would be U.S. Thanksgiving day; if all of my co-workers take the day off...
  12. Overlooked pianists

    Speaking further of Japanese pianists, I have enjoyed several duo recordings of Aki Takase: - Blue Monk (w/David Murray) - Duet for Eric Dolphy and The Dessert (w/Rudi Mahall) Is the late Connie Crothers overlooked?
  13. Resurrecting my own thread from 2015, now I'm going to Auckland and Melbourne. It's a work trip, but I'm hoping for a little slack time. (Time zone differences between those spots and "home office" may provide some opportunity to trade sleep for ????) Two weeks total, with most time spent in Melbourne. So, if anyone has thoughts on (1) live music, or (2) local stuff that might appeal to an extremely jaded traveler - 24 years at 365 days a year burnout - please share. I don't drink and I'm a ^&*#$^( ~ 40-year vegan*, so my universe of food and bev is pretty narrow, but if you want to take a shot at that... Thanks! * as opposed to the many "vegan-this-week"s.
  14. Overlooked pianists

    Agree. I inadvertently ended up as a Tchangodei completist. The sides with Archie Shepp are particularly good. ("Eagle's Flight" and "Ginseng" on Volcanic) as well as those with Steve Lacy. ...and "Pure Blues".
  15. I've long been fascinated by this. And now it appears to be coming to an end. (NY Times) A nearly century-old law that turned New York bars into no-dancing zones, prevented singers like Billie Holiday and Ray Charles from performing and drew protest from Frank Sinatra, is finally set to be struck down. See also Gigs: Jazz and the Cabaret Laws in New York City, by Paul Chevigny I didn't play in New York City enough that I can claim significant, direct impact, but I'm glad to see the legal morass being unraveled. And, of course, the broader social issues that were the genesis and result.