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  1. People who know how to make a wiki page look good and such, please do's not really something I know how to do. But geez, it seemed kinda to hear "why isn't Darius Jones" better known, and then, there not even be a wiki page for him. But what I've done is pretty basic, and not really "attractive", so, again, anybody who can fill it up and/or make it look better, have at it.

    I'm trying to improve free jazz discographies on the wikipedia and I created some musician pages:

    Darius Jones was on my list for next updates.

    In progress now.

  2. My 2014 favorites:

    1. Jemeel Moondoc, The Zookeeper's House (Relative Pitch)
    2. Wadada Leo Smith, The Great Lakes Suites (TUM)
    3. Matthew Shipp, I've Been Too Many Places (Thirsty Ear)
    4. Jason Adasiewicz, From the Region (Delmark)
    5. Trio 3 + Vijay Iyer, Wiring (Intakt)
    6. Adam Lane, Live in Ljubljana (Clean Feed)
    7. John Hebert, Floodstage (Clean Feed)
    8. Cortex, Live (Clean Feed)
    9. Dave McDonell, The Dragon and the Griffin (New Atlantis)
    10. Variable Density Sound Orchestra, Evolving Strategies (Not Two)
    11. Audio One, An International Report (Audiographic)
    12. Paul Giallorenzo, Force Majeure (Delmark)
    13. Howard Riley, To Be Continued (Slam)
    14. Jason Roebke, High Red Center (Delmark)

    15. Kris Davis, Waiting for You to Grow (Clean Feed))

  3. I'm a great fan of Barry Guy New Orchestra, but the box is not so great imho because is that band only in a few pieces, Parker/Guy/Lytton and other formations are outstanding, but I missed the whole formation, only my point of view.

  4. Or the William Parker Wood Flute Song on Aum. I got the three (Parker, Brotzmann, Guy) and the Mad Dogs it's not even my favorite box, I like a lot some things but I think the whole box is not so great.

  5. Cayetano posted this one on his or her list:

    8. Kris Davis, Massive Threads (Thirsty Ear)

    This one got completely by me; in fact, I've never seen a reference to it before now. Can't wait to hear it, as she's one of my current favs. Still mystified as to how I missed it; I don't remember seeing it through any of the mail order places such as DMG, Squidco or JazzLoft.

    Also a fav for me. Second solo piano in her discography, a great step forward imho.

    By the way, I like your list and your blog (it's linked in mine).

  6. These are my 2013 favorites:

    1. Matana Roberts, Coin Coin Chapter Two Mississippi Moonchile (Constellation)
    2. Mary Halvorson, Illusionary Sea (Firehouse 12)
    3. Fire! Orchestra, Exit! (Rune Grammofon)
    4. John Tchicai, Tribal Ghost (NoBusiness Records)
    5. Matthew Shipp, Piano Sutras (Thirsty Ear)
    6. RED Trio, Rebento (NoBusiness Records)
    7. Mike Reed's People Places & Things, Second Cities Volume 1 (482 Music)
    8. Kris Davis, Massive Threads (Thirsty Ear)
    9. Taylor Ho Bynum, Navigation (Firehouse 12)
    10. Adam Lane, Absolute Horizon (NoBusiness Records)
    11. Lotte Anker, Birthmark (Clean Feed)
    12. Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House, Strong Place (Intakt)

    And these are, in no particular order, my 2013 honorable mentions, not the main list but all strongly recommended:

    - Josh Abrams, Unknown Known (Rogueart)
    - Trio 3 + Jason Moran, Refraction-Breakin' Glass (Intakt)
    - Angelica Sanchez / Wadada Leo Smith, Twine Forest (Clean Feed)
    - Humanization 4tet, Live In Madison (Ayler)
    - Black Host, Life in the Sugar Candle Mines (Northern Spy)
    - Borah Bergman / Kidd Jordan, Vita Brevis (Some Real Music)
    - Hera with Hamid Drake, Seven Lines (Multikulti)
    - Evan Parker / Peter Evans, Rocket Science (More is More)
    - Samuel Blaser / Benoit Delbecq / Gerry Hemingway, Fourth Landscape (Nuscope)
    - Harris Eisenstadt, The Destructive Element (Clean Feed)
    - Alexander Hawkins, Song Singular (Babel)
    - Alexander Hawkins, Step Wide Step Deep (Babel)

  7. then you pick a surface that allows the other guy-you know, the one who isn't Moya-a great chance to beat a top five player. Any other surface-he dosn't have a chance in hell.

    The only time he play vs. Roddick after the Davis Cup match, Nadal won on hard court 6-4, 6-3 (Indian Wells this year, and he won the tournament):D.

    OK, not a major, do you know how much majors won Federer when he's just 21 year old? I know: nothing.

  8. Nadal is a great clay court player. If he ever wins something on a different surface, let me know.

    In the meantime, whether he wins the French Open or not, Federer will go down as the greatest champion of all.

    3 Master Series: Canada and Madrid two years ago, and Indian Wells this year, and the score vs. Federer in hard court is 2-2. But yes, you're right, he needs to win another Grand Slam to be number 1.

    Well, I think after your sentence, he will be the winner in the US Open this year... :g

  9. Proble with that is there are tons of GREAT sessions from that period still not properly reissued. McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Pharoah Sanders, many others did their best work during that period.

    So if more of that stuff comes out I guess the series will be justified.

    No great surprises (except that Flora Purim?) in the next batch of the series:

    Flora Purim Butterfly Dreams

    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Caravan

    Chet Baker Chet

    Bill Evans Everybody Digs Bill Evans

    Jimmy Heath Really Big

  10. The batch of five reissues by Monk, Wes Montgomery, Cannonball, Joe Henderson & Kenny Dorham is the first of a new reissue serie named Keepnews Collection.

    From Concord website:





    On March 27th, the Concord Music Group will unveil its new reissue series, Keepnews Collection, which spotlights classic albums originally produced by the legendary and arguably the most respected of all jazz producers, Orrin Keepnews. The titles were released either on Riverside Records or Milestone Records, two Keepnews labels that documented landmark jazz in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

    The collection, remastered in 24-bit from the original master tapes, allows Keepnews to revisit some of his accomplishments as a producer. The series comprises pianist Thelonious Monk’s Plays Duke Ellington (originally released on Riverside in 1955), guitarist Wes Montgomery’s Full House (Riverside, 1957), trumpeter Kenny Dorham’s Jazz Contrasts (Riverside, 1957), alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley’s Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco (Riverside, 1959) and tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson’s Power to the People(Milestone, 1969).

    In his written introduction to the series, Keepnews notes, “Each [album] is of special importance to me—some because of the initial impact they made, others because they have particular personal meaning or may present a performer whose value has not been fully appreciated.”

    Keepnews is a historical figure in jazz, given that he gave Monk the opportunity to fully grow into the titanic figure that he became during his Riverside Records period, in between stints with then-indie Blue Note and his later signing to major-label Columbia. Keepnews is also noteworthy in the nurturing of the careers of such artists as Montgomery and Adderley, destined to be influential and monumental jazz masters.

    In the early ‘90s in an interview with Keepnews in his fifth floor office in the Fantasy Records building in Berkeley, California, he said, “I have a feeling that one of the only secrets of my success as a jazz producer is that I’m not a frustrated ex-musician. I’m in no danger of trying to play a solo for an artist. I don’t even have subliminal feelings of competing with the musicians I produce.”

    On his office walls, in addition to photos of artists he produced, there were two plaques, one reading “We don’t have to be unrealistic just because we’re a little insane” and the other saying “This business is dangerous for people who don’t know what they’re doing; it’s also dangerous for people who do know what they’re doing—watch me.”

    Despite his self-effacing humor, Keepnews has always been well aware of his impact on the jazz legacy. In his Keepnews Collection notes, the producer writes, “For more than a half-century in this incredibly unstable age of jazz activity, I have frequently succeeded in finding, recognizing, coddling, arguing with and collaborating with a great variety of talented and occasionally difficult people. On the whole, I am unreasonably and unshakably proud of the results.”

    Following are five snapshots of Keepnews’ portfolio as producer in the Keepnews Collection:

    • Thelonious Monk: Plays Duke Ellington

    For Monk’s debut Riverside date, Keepnews decided to ease the pianist into what turned out to be his lengthy association with the label by asking him to momentarily set aside his own compositions and instead play Duke Ellington tunes. He did so in the company of the esteemed rhythm section of bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Kenny Clarke. With his distinctively angular style, Monk nails Ellington’s best-known tunes such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Mood Indigo” and “Caravan.”

    • Wes Montgomery: Full House

    Keepnews was responsible for giving Montgomery his first recording deal, thanks to a tip from Cannonball Adderley. The guitarist made a number of albums for Riverside, but Full House tops them all. It’s a live date (recorded in Berkeley, Calif., at Tsubo’s) featuring Miles Davis’ rhythm section comprised of pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb and augmented by young tenor saxophone firebrand Johnny Griffin. Montgomery fully stretches out on this date. The original six tracks are complemented by five bonus tracks.

    • Kenny Dorham: Jazz Contrasts

    Dorham’s lyrical trumpeting on ballads and uptempo tunes is showcased on his Riverside debut that also features tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Max Roach. Keepnews says, “This is one of my favorite ‘blowing’ albums, ever.” He adds, “There are extremely few jazz trumpeters who reached prominence in the second half of the 20th century who should be ranked any higher than Kenny.” Six tunes from the original are remastered, including three with guest harp player Betty Glamman.

    • Cannonball Adderley: Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco

    Recorded live at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco, this hit album captures the bluesy alto saxophonist and his band (featuring brother Nat on cornet and Bobby Timmons on piano) during their triumphant four-week run. It not only wowed the city’s jazz aficionados but also introduced Russian classical composer Dmitri Shostakovich to his first dose of live jazz. These sets arguably gave birth to soul-jazz, as well as put Riverside on the map as a label of renown. The lengthy five tunes of the original release are augmented here by three bonus tracks, including two previously unissued.

    • Joe Henderson: Power to the People

    The only Milestone release in the Keepnews Collection is Henderson’s brilliant electric and acoustic outing with an incredible band of pianist Herbie Hancock (also on keys), bassist Ron Carter (also on electric bass) and drummer Jack DeJohnette. This marks the first time Power to the People has been issued on CD in its own right, other than having its tunes be included in a boxed set. While the tenor saxophonist never got his true recognition until his latter-day career, he recorded extensively for Milestone, including this third outing that Keepnews says offers “some of the most wonderfully, effectively professional music I have ever been involved with.” The disc features the debut recording of the tenor saxophonist’s classic composition, “Black Narcissus.”

  11. Thanks, Chuck.

    Well, only three bonus tracks rest unidentified (I don't know what boogie is 'Cow Cow blues', maybe 11) .

    Great albums, and the bonus tracks are great too, even some of the best, the unidentified blues is thrilling.

    Otis Spann is the blues:

    11. ??? unidentified boogie 3'19''

    12. Can't stand your evil ways 3'42''

    13. Talkin' the blues 5'43''

    14. Baby child 4'26''

    15. ??? unidentified boogie 4'16''

    16. ??? unidentified blues 6'37''

    Walkin' the blues:

    12. Takin' the blues 5'19''

    13. It hurts me too 4'55''

    14. One doggone reason 2'40''

    15. Strange woman too 3'51''

    16. The girl i love 3'48''

    17. Come day, go day 4'10''

    18. Baby child 4'04''