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  1. Sam Rivers on Rivbea

    These are all available as downloads at Amazon (U.S.). Great to see all three volumes of the Tuba Trio Circle albums. These and three other albums are recommendable: • Paragon • The Quest • Sizzle I always wanted Mosaic to do a Rivers trio set, but this is good. Anyone have Samthology? Looks like a comp of sorts. And I'm guessing it's been licensed from Rivers' daughter:
  2. Braxton was being kind. There's a saxophone even smaller than the sopranino. Behold the sopranissimo (or "soprillo") saxophone:
  3. Picked this one up recently without even checking the personnel: I had it on but was doing something else at the moment. As soon as Lock came on, I turned my head to the speakers. What the ... ? Lock?! He has that way of grabbing your attention. I didn't even check the line-up, and Lock finished his (albeit brief) solo. Fine album, by the way. Also have to put a plug in for this one:
  4. Interesting Mainstream Records reissues

    Did anyone pick this one up? Sound samples can be found on YouTube. Tasty. It appears to already be out-of-stock at CD Japan.
  5. Earl Hines Solo Recommendations

    This disc appears to collect his early solo work, though the marketplace price is ... prohibitive. Maybe it's best just to pick up the Mosaic. This disc looks really interesting. Anyone here happen to have it?
  6. Peter Kuhn

    No Coming, No Going is really, really good. The 2-disc set comes from Latvia. Took about a week to arrive in the U.S. Kuhn wrote the liner notes, and they're excellent — a brief musical autobiography of sorts, reflecting on fellow musicians, his problems with substance abuse and later recovery, and his way in and out (and then back in) to the music. I don't usually enjoy liner notes, but these were memorable. Some great anecdotes about Frank Lowe and Billy Bang in particular. The music is killer. If you like free jazz — and this is free jazz that doesn't just try to blow the door down — you'll want to hear this. The trumpet player Arthur Williams plays some of the best free trumpet I've ever heard. Thoughtful, brilliant stuff. And with William Parker and Denis Charles on board, you almost can't lose. Pick this one up (if you're inclined toward this type of music) before it falls into oblivion. I'm very glad I did.
  7. Earl Hines Solo Recommendations

    Is there a recommendable single disc of Hines' earlier piano solo work? I'm listening to the Hines Hep CD right now. Brilliant.
  8. 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
  9. Peter Kuhn

    Any fans of Peter Kuhn's work on clarinet? Check out this video from the 70's. Great Denis Charles therein.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.)
  13. Arthur Blythe

    1980, Berlin. What a killer quartet:
  14. 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.
  15. 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.