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  1. Greatest LPs to never make it to CD

    I just picked up this Clifford Scott LP yesterday. Nice record! I can't believe it hasn't been issued on CD. What a good thread. Several in here I agree with. I will have to do some thinking before I post my thoughts. Has "The Piano Choir" on Strata East ever made it to CD? I really enjoy that one.
  2. Gene Ludwig

    Just wanted to share a player that I don't think gets enough, or any, recognition: Gene Ludwig. He has spent most of his life in Pittsburgh, so he's really flown under the radar. But he's made a number of recordings that I think the B3 fans on this site might appreciate. I stumbled on to him when I found an old LP put out on his own label from the early 60s (I think). Most of his stuff is probably out of print, but one I found on E-Bay is called 'Soul Serenade" from 1999. It's on Loose Leaf Records out of new jersey, and I got it for 99 cents I think, so it won't break the bank if you can find one. He has also done a few on Muse in the 70s I think. Before posting this I didn't do any web searches, so there may be something there too. I just was listening to it and thought I'd share. Also, the quotes on the back are from Pat Martino, with whom he had a trio in the early 60s; Lonnie Smith; Jimmy McGriff and Jack McDuff. That gives an accurate idea of where he"s coming from. Tracks on this CD I recommend are 'Soul Serenade" and "Rejoicin'"
  3. Tina Brooks Mosaic set.
  4. Vinyl Revival

    To some degree, yes. I still use the CDs for the car, but if my choice is a nice mono LP and a CD I'll go with the LP every time. Also, I find it difficult to listen to a number of the RVG CDs after being used to BN LPs. But given the prices of the LPs I'll settle for them when I have to or look for one of the older CDs.
  5. Mad for Mad Men Corner

    I'm clearly in the minority here regarding this season's episodes. But, I enjoyed tonight and last week, so I'm hopeful.
  6. Herman Leonard dies.

    What a great contribution he made. Sad to hear of his passing.
  7. Who's your favorite Alto Sax Player?

    "Sonny's Dream" is awesome. Good call, and I wish I had mentioned him.
  8. Who's your favorite Alto Sax Player?

    All of my favorites have been named, but I did want to put in anther mention of Art Pepper. The sound he gets on the Contemporaries is just fantastic. I like the looseness of his improvising (i'm not a musician, so I don't know how else to describe it). Plus, I like where he ended up in his later recordings, with more expressiveness, such as the Vanguard recordings. He also did what I think is one of the best albums with strings, which is "Winter Moon," if I remember correctly. Love the guy.
  9. What an awesome LP. One of the all-time great blues albums. This is one of the reasons I love this thread. I haven't listened to this one in a long time, and now I'm reminded to get it out. I got it because a friend pointed this out at a garage sale a long time ago and said I should buy it ($2).
  10. I like Billy Strayhorn, read "Lush Life," but haven't seen the PBS show. And incidentally, I am sitting in my house in Pittsburgh a few blocks from the Billy Strayhorn theater (and 2 blocks from Billy Eckstine's house). In terms of Ellington, I think Strayhorn was another instrument in the Duke's massive toolbox, and that doesn't take anything away from either of them. Ellington got a lot from a great many people, and there is no way Strayhorn had it in him to do what Ellington did. Ellington was Ellington without Billy Strayhorn. The same is not true for Strayhorn.
  11. George Coleman

    That's too bad, and I hope that was a one night or short-term issue for him. I'm not a musician, so can't comment on the technical aspects of his playing, but i enjoy him a lot. In my early days of jazz listening, a friend recommended Amsterdam After Dark, which i still really love. That and Manhattan Panorama are my two favorites of his leader albums.
  12. Jackie McLean on Mars

    Nice. I'd never seen it.
  13. Mad for Mad Men Corner

    Don't know if people watched episode 2 last night. I didn't like it any better than I liked the first episode. I'm not buying the direction they're taking Draper, and I agree with an earlier poster who said the dialog is worse. And can someone please give Roger Sterling an office he might actually work in? The thing I liked least was that I was actually BORED.
  14. H.R.S. Sessions- Disc 2. Love Jack Teagarden
  15. Gene Ludwig

    Up, so this might get some attention.
  16. I hope this is true (and its coming from Chuck is cause for optimism). Those were really good LPs and I'd love to see them in print and easily obtainable.
  17. Letterman Craps All Over Jazz Again

    Chris, I never claimed Letterman "has an interest in jazz." I only sought to rebuke dale's wild accusations. On the face of it, Letterman appears to have no more or less interest in jazz (or whatever passes for "jazz" in the general public) than do other hosts of similar shows. I agree that it's a dismal situation all around, but to single out Letterman is preposterous. And to answer your previous question: "Herbie plays jazz? When did he resume?," it had to be sometime after Thursday, August 27, 2007. I saw him that evening at Chicago's Symphony Center, ironically on what was billed as the opening night of the Chicago Jazz Festival. I assure you, it wasn't jazz I heard coming from the stage, at least not during the first three or four tunes. I can't say after that, because I walked out. Hell, even the representative from the concert's sponsor, the Chicago Jazz Institute, offered an apology for what Herbie did that night ! He's coming to Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh and I was wondering what he would be doing there and if I should go. This helps!
  18. Good point. Quality analysis of a recording or performance often adds to appreciation and understanding. It doesn't even have to be highbrow. Look at something as available as the Penguin guide to jazz. It's imperfect, and is flawed by only covering things in print (and not all of those), but as an introduction to the music it is very good. I have a whole pile of books that I have picked up over the years that I re-read, sometimes when I'm listening or going to see a particular artist. A well-informed writer also can lead you to things you haven't heard before. The book "Delta Blues" by Ted Goia is a personal example.
  19. ESP Sale

    I can't believe that's down to $40. There are some other good CDs in the sale too.
  20. Letterman Craps All Over Jazz Again

    I can't see Letterman putting much jazz on his show. Maybe some kind of cross-over thing like Willie Nelson did with WM, but that's about it. As much as I wish otherwise. I don't think TV viewers have the patience to watch instrumental jazz. We're a minority; not a persecuted minority, but a minority nonetheless. I'm already on record above, but I thought the "heroin" joke was funny.
  21. "The Free Slave" is a nice one. Right now I'm listening to "Red Allen Meets Kid Ory" on a mono Verve. Before that was "Swing Session With Edmond Hall" on Commodore.
  22. Letterman Craps All Over Jazz Again

    That's actually funny. I will continue to give Letterman a pass for having Tom Waits on to do "Chocolate Jesus" through a megaphone. Classic. Chocolate Jesus
  23. Sadly, I have found this true as I had a NM copy of it and my wife's cat peed on it. Totally ruined the cover, which is gone, but the Nitty Gritty record cleaner saved the LP. I was hoping replacing the cover would be easy and cheap, but I haven't found that so far. Since I already have the music, I don't want to pay much just to replace the cover.
  24. YES. Glad you are pushing this Jim. He is criminally underappreciated. And I hope it doesn't take you 50 years to have the jazz world give you your due.
  25. WE'RE APPROACHING A MILLION POSTS!

    I'll have to remember that for meditation....