Steve Gray

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  • Birthday 06/09/1947

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  • Location London and sometimes Cala Canyelles
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  1. Jazz musicians that have cameos in films.

    Sweet Emma Barrett in The Cincinatti Kid. Cab Calloway is also in it.
  2. Mingus live after "Changes 1/2" (1976,77)

    I only saw Mingus once, on a European tour in 1974 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. Cannonball Adderley was also on the bill. The only member of the band that I am absolutely certain was there is Hamiet Bluiett, but I guess Richmond, Pullen and Adams were there as well. I would love to know the exact lineup on that tour. If anyone knows please let me know. Sorry to say but my recollections are that the band sounded very tired and I was very disappointed. I was about 10 years too late I guess.
  3. Chris Barber, R.I.P.

    It was Humphrey Lyttelton and Chris Barber who first got me interested in Jazz (and Acker to an extent but not Kenny Ball) I quickly moved on to the real thing but I still enjoy all the records I used to enjoy, including my Chris Barber disks. I only saw him once, on a tour with Louis Armstrong. RIP
  4. Ellington Small Groups on Columbia

    There is no other reasonable answer. You have to find a copy of the Mosaic box
  5. Mingus in Mono

    I have heard that the Mosaic set has excellent sound for this session but I am afraid I have not heard it. This one sounds good to me but I cannot compare it to the Mosaic, which I am sure you own. Perhaps when you receive your copy you could let us know how it compares.
  6. Mingus in Mono

    My copy of 'Mingus Presents Mingus' turned up this morning. The bad news is that the two extra tracks are simply the edited versions that were issued on a Candid single. So nothing really new. The good news for me is that the sound is better than anything else I remember hearing. (I haven't heard my Barnaby LP for over 30 years and I don't own the Mosaic set)
  7. Ella Fiitzgerald - The Lost Berlin Tapes

    I saw Ella on this tour, in London. I wonder if they also recorded the Roy Eldridge/Coleman Hawkins group with Tommy Flanagan that also performed that night. Would love to hear that!
  8. Album sleeves featuring great haircuts

    That's Alfred Lion on the left, isn't it?
  9. McCoy Tyner has died, aged 81

    RIP. Very sad I was lucky enough to have seen him with Coltrane and Dolphy in 1961, and also in the 70s with a quintet. Will be playing some McCoy later on ...
  10. Brian Rust, he of the discographies, used to write Traditional Jazz reviews using the pseudonym "Oliver King"
  11. Preferred Streaming Service for Jazz

    I did use Tidal but have switched to Amazon HD. I think the user interface of Tidal is slightly better but as a Prime user, amazon is cheaper and I fell the sound quality is very good. The only real problem I have with these services (and especially Amazon) is the number of public domain issues. Search for any jazz album recorded before 1962 and you will find dozens of PD versions and it can be difficult to pick out a genuine release.
  12. Blakey vs. Baker

    Elvin Jones as well
  13. Beethoven piano sonatas - Pienaar?

    The sonata performances are on the decca box linked above. I have the Brilliant issue and think it is wonderful. Another good set is Annie Fischer on Hungaraton. Don't particularly like Kovacevich in this repertoire. Kempff mono set is wonderful too.
  14. Here is a relevant thread from 2005 on the previous CD issues.