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  1. Great Finds

    That's definitely a GREAT find!
  2. Great designing! LOVE the black. I'll order a large in whatever you guys put out.
  3. Nothing guilty about Procul Harem. Love The Band too. I'm listening to Ornette Coleman "Friends and Neighbors, live at prince st." (French RCA label, re-issue, don't know date of re-issue; haven't ever compared this to the domestic sound-wise.)
  4. Welcome, this is a great place to learn about Jazz.
  5. "Forest Flower", Charles Lloyd (with Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette, live at Monterey, September, 1966) -- This icon looks kinda like Charles Lloyd on the front cover...
  6. LP jacket ringwear

    Bags Unlimited also sells an insert that they advertise as helping to prevent ringwear. I haven't tried it though. The best solutions are the two listed above: don't pack your LPs too tight and store the LP outside the jacket.
  7. Richard Davis "Epistrophy and Now's The Time" (1972, live at New York's Jazz City, Muse Records)
  8. Strata East

    It is. Never heard it, but I've always been curious about that one. It goes for pretty good prices on E-Bay. Don't know if it is available on CD anywhere or not.
  9. NFL 2004

    To add: "Warriors" isn't exactly perfect either, but much improved over the overtly racist "Redskins"
  10. Strata East

    Thought I'd bring this topic back up because I was going to put on "Handscapes" by the Piano Choir. Did a search on "Strata East" and found this thread. Chuck, thanks for your post, and it would be yet another thing I could add to the "What have you learned" thread. Most of what I have heard about the label would fall into the "indy label romanticizing" category, so having a fuller picture is appreciated. I don't think I've heard enough of their releases (they aren't all that easy to find) to have formed a full opinion of the entire label, but I like much of what I have heard. "Handscapes" is one of the ones I really like. It is poorly recorded but the music has an intensity. The Stanley Cowell above is awesome.
  11. NFL 2004

    You are so right about those names. There was some talk last year about this when the Redskins adopted a new home uniform with a new helmet that had a spear or something like that on it. Somebody did a piece in the Washington Post that Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, wanted to get rid of the name and that the new uniform was step one in the process, but nothing ever seemed to come of it. The thoiught was they were going to call themselves the Washington Warriors or something like that. I hoppe that happens but I'm not holding my breath.
  12. I'm not really into country music

    I didn't think I liked country music either, but the NPR show (I can't remember the guy's name who hosts it) got me into it -- the earlier stuff. And full confession time: I also enjoy some George Jones on occaision, as well as some Willie Nelson. I have a cd in the car that has "A Man Can Be a Drunk Sometimes, But a Drunk Can't Be a Man." I love that tune. I also found an early LP a while back on Mercury that is Jones doing Hank Williams tunes. Awesome. I'd include Johnny Cash, but to me he is just in a category all by himself, beyond country or anything else.
  13. NFL 2004

    I'll lay my cards on the table right up front: Go Steelers!
  14. Just put on Dewey Redman "Tarik" (BYG Actuel)
  15. Question regarding Coltrane

    I would also highly recommend Afro Blue Impressions as a way to enter later Coltrane. It's live from 1963 (the vanguard boxed set was recorded in '61). It is a good step into the later stuff. Great version of My Favorite Things and Spiritual. I remember the first time I ever heard this I just played it over and over and over. And of the others that have been talked about, I most love Crescent, First Mediations, and Interstellar Space. But I think all the late Coltranes are special music that sounds like nothing else.
  16. Bill Dixon "Intents and Purposes" (RCA) Colin Walcott, Steve Eliovson "Dawn Dance" (ECM)
  17. The duds.

    I'm a huge Sonny Rollins fan also, and have seen him live and loved him. It's not the absense of the rythm section on this that gets me, its just that for me he doesn't seem to take the music anywhere, or at least anywhere that I have been able to get into. Which is what made it dissappointing for me. And I came to this with very high expectations, so that might have something to do with it too. And as you mentioned, the crowd is obviously appreciative on the recording, so it obnviously was "gettable" for some folks. Has he done any other solo recordings?
  18. Looks Near Mint, but I think it needs to be play graded...
  19. Upcoming Freddie Hubbard RVGs

    I have volume one of Night of the Cookers on LP, and like the version of "Walkin." It is the tune that "cooks" to some degree. But I tend to agree with the negative reviews of the other tune, "Pensativa," which suffers from an uninspiring and monotonous rythm section and an equally unispiring "dual" between Morgan and Hubbard. It just seems to go on too long. Plus, I found out on listening to it because of this thread that my LP repeats toward the end of "Penasativa," which I guess means my copy really does go on forever! At least on "Walkin" James Spaulding plays a bigger role, and there seems to be more involvement of Big Black on the congas, both of which make it more interesting. The audience is clearly liking it, and it does sound like the band was having a good time. Haven't heard the CD version, but perhaps this could benefit from a sonic upgrade. On my blue label re-issue the drums seem pretty dominant which may be a problem with the original live recording. Not one I would pick for a RVG re-issue though with others out there.
  20. Interesting about the Art Pepper participation too. Way cool.
  21. Great question and hard to quantify. I guess I am sort of constantly learning on here. What I really have enjoyed is just coming in here and finding things like the Lee Konitz interview that was posted earlier this week, and comments from all the folks who really have spent some time with jazz -- playing it, recording it, writing about it, or just listening to it like me (I've started keyboard lessons, but I'm waaay in the beginner category). It just expands my enjoyment of this music. Plus, I too have noticed a tendency to buy more Mosaics...
  22. "Bobby Bradford with John Stevens and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble Volume One" It's on Nessa Records. The session was recorded in 1971 but the release is 1980. Havent listened to this one in a while, but every time I do I wonder why I don't return to it more often. Nice job Mr. Nessa!
  23. The duds.

    Sonny Rollins "The Solo Album." I was so dissappointed by this. Sounds like he didn't think about the date at all, and just showed up and warmed up, kinda, for an hour. No connected thoughts or anything. Really bad. Stanley Turrentine: he did a few for Fantasy in the 70s with strings that were just awful in my opinion. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" was one. I can't think of the others. Whew! What's that smell???
  24. 16. It's educational. I'm learning.
  25. Charlesp: THANKS for the "Three For Shepp" recommendation. I hadn't listened to that before. It's really dynamite. Here's one for the list, although it's from 1974: Shirley Scott "One For Me" with Harold Vick on tenor. On Strata-East.