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  1. It is kinda weird that the Japanese market, for the most part, seems to have overlooked Hamilton's Impulse! work. Gabor Szabo gets reissued, but not El Chico. Make An Entrance indeed!
  2. Couldn't find a thread on this album. What do you all think? Prince Lasha is listed as playing Bb clarinet, but to me it sounds like he's actually playing an alto clarinet. Dig that first solo of the record. And I love the Charles Davis feature ("Half and Half")!
  3. Not many jazz drummers can pull off the stiletto heel~ankle length trouser-blousy top look. Mr. Hamilton did.
  4. This one sounds really good in the new UHQCD format (not the "ultra high quality" material, but rather the remastering). Much better than the U.S. digipak edition, though that one needs to be kept because of its three bonus tracks. Still, "Out of This World" never sounded better. We definitely need more Chico. Campaign we must.
  5. Agreed. Malcolm Addey did the mastering — were the transfers done by someone else? It did take me a while to get used to the sound on this set, I must admit. At first I didn't like how Faraway Lands sounded (too dry), while I thought A Slice Of The Top sounded amazing (noticeable space between horns). Overall, this set sounds more "alive" to me than McMasters; close to the sound of the Japanese SHM-CD TYCJ/UCCQ series. Half of this set I previously owned only as downloads, so that made the purchase much easier for me. I think Mobley fans will be glad to own the set. The quality and consistency of the mastering is probably a tipping point. That said, if you already have all the albums ... you can probably apply funds toward new music.
  6. I picked up a few titles from this series. Zero bonus tracks. This one does sound better to me than the U.S. edition: One thing in particular about this UHQCD series (of those I've heard): little to no compression. You have to turn the volume knob UP. Wider soundstage too. Makes me think that these are new remasters, but that's just a guess. The inner ring catalog number, which is sometimes a tell (if it uses an old catalog number), is new.
  7. Archie Shepp

    I was thinking recently about how timely Shepp's work feels — particularly mid-2020. I've been listening to: I need to spin The Way Ahead next.
  8. Tristano school stuff

    Connie Crothers: Perception I love this album. I haven't actually heard much Crothers outside of this one ("Swish" and a few others), but I keep coming back to this Steeplechase effort. If you're going to try just one Crothers album, I'd make it this one. Lenny Popkin: Falling Free Great trio record under the Warne Marsh influence. Popkin takes more chances here than he did/does later on. This album holds up over time. Liz Gorill: Dreamflight Say what you will about Gorrill (I didn't know that she changed her name), but this 1990 solo album is very good. Also get that Konitz Half Note album (on Verve) pictured above. And if you can find that 1965 Tristano solo concert on DVD, it's very much worth owning.
  9. History of the Ampersand Art Blakey & The 27th Letter
  10. Nailed it. Sometimes, as long as I can look at the cover art, I don't even listen to the music. That would be too much.
  11. François Tusques' Free Jazz

    Also this EP with Don Cherry.
  12. Classic Blue Notes on SHM-CD

    Found this information on Discogs: Blue Note 75th Anniversary reissue series (230 titles) in five numbered parts. All (*) titles featured new 24bit 192KHz remastering, and several included bonus tracks. * UCCQ-5128 (Lonnie Smith: Move Your Hand) is the one exception, reusing an earlier 24bit RVG master. • Part 1 (50 titles, dark blue obi) was issued October 23, 2013 (TYCJ-81001~81025) and November 20, 2013 (TYCJ-81026~81050) and was selected based on ranking in a 2013 vote. • Part 2 (50 titles, red obi) was issued January 22, 2014 (TYCJ-81051~81075) and February 26, 2014 (TYCJ-81076~81100) and was selected from later 4000 series titles. Forty of the fifty titles were receiving their first CD release in Japan. • Part 3 (30 titles, black obi) was issued in one batch on June 25, 2014 (UCCQ-5001~5030) and was selected from titles that were unissued at the time of recording. The first selection featured those designated a catalogue number in the 1500 and 4000 series but not issued until years later. The second selection featured titles from Japan's King Records' GFX series of unissued recordings, with their original LP art reinstated. The third selection featured titles discovered during the EMI years of Blue Note's revival. Ten were issued for the first time on CD in Japan. • Part 4 (50 titles, pale blue obi) was issued on October 22, 2014 (UCCQ-5031~5055) and November 19, 2014 (UCCQ-5056~5080) as was selected from popular titles in the 4000 series that featured in the 2013 vote but did not make the top fifty. • Part 5 (50 titles, burgundy obi) was issued in one batch on March 25, 2015 (UCCQ-5081~5130) and selected more obscure titles from the 4000 series, including five issued for the first time on CD in Japan. In December 6, 2017, fifty titles from the series were reissued in a "final repress" with new obis and catalog numbers. See Blue Note, The Masterworks, Top 50. ===================== Titles from this series are really hard to find nowadays.
  13. The funny thing is, I know Wade Legge but not Al Tinney.