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  1. Peter Kuhn

    My first exposure to Kelvyn Bell. Great solo later in the program. Denis Charles seems like a halfway point between Art Blakey and Ed Blackwell. I've always liked his playing, and it's great to see footage of how he used the kit. Motörhead
  2. Peter Kuhn

    Any fans of Peter Kuhn's work on clarinet? Check out this video from the 70's. Great Denis Charles therein.
  3. Black Jazz & Tribe Records

    Of the four Black Jazz compilations that Snow Dog put out around 2013 (the others were by Gilles Peterson, DJ Muro, and DJ Mitsu), this one, in my opinion, is the best. Parrish's mix really works, and the way he overlaps some of the tracks is pretty artistic. This set initially had two discs, one mixed and one unmixed, but now it seems that only the mixed version is available for sale. Don't worry though — I actually think it's the better one of the two. Three Awakening tunes in a row! If you find this disc for a decent price, carpe! It clocks in at just over 77 minutes.
  4. Sony Jazz Connoisseur series

    Which cover are you thinking of? or The first cover looks like it could be from the mid-50's? I've always liked the original "Croscrane" from this album.
  5. Steeplechase recommendations?

    This is an excellent debut recording. At first I thought Riley was simply copping Gonsalves and Webster, but no. He puts his own spin on the breathy tenor approach. And I usually don't care for the obligatory soprano double on a few tunes, but this album slapped me straight. I've never quite heard soprano playing like this, where Riley's soprano almost sounds like a C-melody saxophone. Bizarre, and really nice. (There's also one tune with alto clarinet.)
  6. Arthur Blythe

    1980, Berlin. What a killer quartet:
  7. Sony Jazz Connoisseur series

    Jazz Connoisseur Series I hope this series continues, even though it seems an anomaly in 2017. It'll be interesting to see what gets chosen for reissue next. It would be nice if the Fats Sadi-led Vogue session saw reissue (with its original cover art) in this series.
  8. Dorothy Ashby-jazz harpist

    My first exposure to Ashby, actually as a little kid, was this album: Perhaps the hippest X-mas album (if that's possible) I've ever heard. Ashby has short, but very funky, solos throughout the album. The whole thing's on YouTube, and the album itself was just recently remastered and reissued on compact disc.
  9. Richard Davis

    Doing some research on Gary Karr, I came upon this — Karr & Richard Davis: And, different context altogether, Richard Davis with Ted Dunbar:
  10. Steeplechase recommendations?

    Listening right now to: • Walter Davis: Scorpio Rising (highly recommended!) — Santi Debriano on bass adds a lot to this session. Also recommend: • Sadik Hakim: Witches, Goblins, etc. • Paul Bley: Questions • Chris Byars Octet: Lucky Strikes Again (an excellent homage to Thompson)
  11. The Damned

    In 2016, Silver Saucer Records reissued on compact disc The Damned's first studio recording. Kevin Gray (who's remastered Blue Note titles for Music Matters and Acoustic Sounds) did the remastering. There are now at least three different digital editions of this record. This is the one to own. Sound is not compressed, has depth, and ... a punk album sounds good! If you know this record and like it, look for the Silver Saucer edition. A half hour of punk bliss.
  12. Music for Cello

    Great recommendations — thanks, and keep them coming! Some of the cellists listed above are entirely new to me. A few questions/comments: • Aldo Parisot — Is the Kodaly/Bach disc only available as a CD-R? Amazon gives me that impression. (Are you just as well off purchasing the mp3's?) • Paul Watkins — Thanks for bringing him to my attention. Raphael Wallfisch has been making a parallel series of British music for cello (mostly reissued on Naxos) that I would recommend. Wallfisch's recordings on Nimbus are ... extensive. • Antonio Janigro — That Beethoven with Zecchi is really nice! I'm supposing it's not available digitally anywhere. Does anyone here have Janigro's Bach Suites on Doremi? Worth the investment? I'm kind of overloaded on versions of the Suites, but I'm always open to one more. Three more recommended cellists to add to the list: • György Déri — These are all works for solo cello. Look at that list of composers! When Ligeti is the most recognizable name (well, that'd be my guess), you know you're in for some surprises. Déri has an appealing dark sound (that I always look/listen for in cellists). • Esther Nyffenegger — Has anyone here heard, or heard of, the Swiss cellist Esther Nyffenegger? The (cheaply-titled) "Cello Jewels" is a 7-disc affordably-priced box set that contains standard sonata repertoire along with some lesser known works for cello and piano. Nyffenegger's Beethoven can stand alongside much more famous recordings with ease. Her Brahms, I'd say, is superior to many more familiar recordings. Nyffenegger studied with Casals around the same time that Jacqueline du Pré did, and while du Pré's star shone much more brightly, Nyffenegger quietly made excellent, and contemporaneous, recordings. • Wen-Sinn Yang — Piatti is to the cello what Paganini is to the violin. This is quite possibly the most virtuosic cello playing I have ever heard. Yang is an utterly flawless cellist, never playing out-of-tune, and always paying attention to the finest details of articulation and phrasing. I suspect that some listeners would find his playing somewhat calculated, and perhaps that's true, but one thing (I'd say) is also true: Yang isn't flashy, and his playing doesn't bear the sometimes off-putting qualities of the virtuoso. Yang has also recorded Kodaly, Cassado, and various other virtuoso works.
  13. Music for Cello

    There's already a thread here for the Bach Cello Suites, and, expanding on the good recommendations there, I thought I'd solicit recommendations for music for cello in general. What music for cello (sonatas, concerti, unaccompanied, chamber ensemble, etc.) do you particularly like? I'll start with a disc I'm listening to right now: This Tortelier recording really clicks for me. It doesn't try to be historically informed (at least to my ears), the harpsichord notwithstanding. The recorded sound from 1965 is superb.
  14. Ric Colbeck: The Sun Is Coming Up

    Still canceled as of today.
  15. Sun Ra - Art Yard In A Box

    Nicely said. I think you'd like/appreciate Gilles Peterson's Ra comp mentioned in the other concurrent Ra thread. I got it fairly cheap and originally thought: "It'll be nice supplemental Ra." I was wrong. It is a very good comp indeed. The remastering is so good that I actually would recommend it as a starter for those wanting to check out Ra.