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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I've been listening to lots of Oscar:
  2. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Arrived in the mail today. First listen: Aldo Romano - Dreams & Waters (Owl, 1991)
  3. Ben Riley has died.

    Sorry to hear this news. R.I.P.
  4. Saxophone-bass-drums

    A few that I particularly enjoy: The Scott Colley CD features Chris Potter.
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Hannibal Marvin Peterson - One with the Wind (Muse, 1994) e Caribbean Jazz Project / Dave Samuels - Here and Now: Live in Concert (Concord Picante, 2005) Argentinean trumpeter Diego Urcola shines on this one. sidewinder -- what do you think of this CD? I love Cedar's music, but I've never heard this recording.
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Joe Diorio - Solo Guitar (Spitball / Art of Life)
  7. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet - The Year of the Elephant (Pi)
  8. The new year is just around the corner. I thought it might be fun to launch a thread where we can discuss the recordings that we've discovered and enjoyed in 2017. Rather than limiting the discussion to music that was released in 2017, I suggest that we expand it to include anything that we've discovered this year, regardless of when it was released. The music may not be new -- but if you discovered it in 2017, then it's "new to you." Here's what I came up with: David Friedman - Of the Wind's Eye (Enja, 1981) The compositions are all Friedman originals, and the line-up is killer -- Jane Ira Bloom, Harvie Swartz and Daniel Humair. The sound quality is ridiculously good, and the sonics add to the powerful musical effect. Art Pepper - The Maiden Voyage Sessions, Vol. 3 (Galaxy, 1984) Prime late-in-the-game Pepper; with George Cables, David Williams, and Carl Burnett. Jack Walrath - Wholly Trinity (Muse, 1988) This LP has a wonderful Ornette-like vibe. Walrath dispenses with the piano, paring the group down to a trio consisting of his trumpet, Chip Jackson's bass, and Jimmy Madison's drums. The music is thrusting and powerful. Walrath's personality -- quirky, puckish, serious -- shines through. Eddie Palmieri ‎– Vamonos Pa'l Monte (Tico, 1971) Mongo Santamaria - Mongo at Montreux (Atlantic, 1971) Poncho Sanchez - Poncho (Discovery, 1979) I've spent quite a bit of time listening to Latin Jazz this year. These three are the new-to-me recordings that I've enjoyed the most. JD Allen - Radio Flyer (Savant, 2017) One of only a few new releases that I bought this year. Allen's working trio throws down. Adding guitarist Liberty Ellman to the mix takes the music even higher. Joe Lovano Us Five - Bird Songs (Blue Note, 2011) I like how Lovano and his band transform these ultra-familiar Charlie Parker songs into something new. The band features two drummers, and it works surprisingly well in a clattery sort of way. Michel Petrucciani/Ron McClure - Cold Blues (Owl, 1985) Aldo Romano - Ritual (Owl, 1988) Ed Sarath - Voice of the Wind (Owl, 1990) Three from Jean-Jacques Pussiau's Owl label. I was drawn to all three by the pianists. Petrucciani is obvious. Romano's CD features Franco D'Andrea and Sarath's features Joanne Brackeen. Russ Freeman/Shelly Manne - One on One (Contemporary, 1982) I discovered this music when another forum member posted something about it on this site. Fun to hear the unusual instrumentation of a piano/drums duo. Manne's musicality leaps out. Enrico Pieranunzi - Perugia Suite (EGEA, 2002) Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet - The Year of the Elephant (Pi, 2002) My favorite new-to-me discoveries of 2017. Musically, they're very dissimilar -- but both succeed in conveying a sense of vastness and wonder. Powerful music! And outside the world of jazz: Mahler - Symphony No. 7 / Boulez, Cleveland O (DG, 1996) Boulez's transparent textures and the Cleveland Orchestra's virtuosity make this "problematic" symphony seem almost inevitable. Rush - Snakes and Arrows (Anthem/Atlantic, 2007) 70s prog rock lives! **************************** So how about you? What has knocked you out this year??? By the way, don't feel compelled to create a big list. If you want to name one record (or artist), that's fine. If you want to list twenty, that's fine too. Whatever. No rules -- other than telling us what you've discovered & dug in 2017. And if you don't like list-type threads . . . well, you don't get to play.
  9. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    The Art Farmer Quartet - Sing Me Softly of the Blues (Atlantic, 1965) with Steve Kuhn (p), Steve Swallow (b), and Pete La Roca (d) One of Farmer's many peaks.
  10. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Bill Evans - Consecration I (Timeless) Recorded at the Keystone Korner just weeks before Evans died.
  11. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Denny Zeitlin - Labyrinth: Live Solo Piano (Sunnyside) Bill Evans - New Conversations (Warner Brothers)