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  1. Miles Davis & Bill Evans

    During a blindfold test, Bill Evans listened to Cecil Taylor. He had positive things to say. ================== What about Lennie Tristano's influence on Herbie? Anyone hear that? It can readily be heard in Evans.
  2. Miles Davis & Bill Evans

    Maybe the closest we can get to that setting (Davis, Evans, LaFaro, Motian) are the ballads from Seven Steps To Heaven. Feldman sounds (to me) like he'd been listening to Evans a fair amount. Had that quartet actually recorded, I'm sure the ballads would've been amazing. ================= Connecting back to the discussion in 2009 (about Hancock's influences, Evans being one of them), I've often wondered to what extent Herbie listened to Tristano. If Herbie is influenced by Bill Evans (which I think he is), then he'd have picked up some Tristano influence via Evans. Another question — is this statement valid? --> No George Russell = no Kind of Blue. In other words, would that recording exist as we know it without Russell's thinking on harmony?
  3. Happy Birthday, Sonny Simmons.

    The stories about seeing/meeting Simmons in San Francisco in the 80's are intriguing to me. In 1985, I was in downtown San Francisco as part of a YMCA trip (I was 15) when I stopped to listen to an alto saxophonist playing on the street. I had just started seriously listening to jazz music, the alto in particular, and my entry points were Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. (Bird came a little later.) I ended up chatting with the street musician, and he told me that he'd played with Dolphy. I had a hard time believing that — Dolphy had been dead for over twenty years! Only decades later did I realize that the street musician may have been Sonny Simmons, and he was just sharing his history with me.
  4. New Corbett v Dempsey

    Intrigued ...
  5. Rudresh Mahanthappa

    Recent podcast interview with Mahanthappa. I didn't know he was at Princeton now.
  6. Happy Birthday, Sonny Simmons.

    Sonny Simmons is one of America's most under-valued musicians. It's amazing he's still with us. Recommended recordings: • The Cry (Contemporary) 1962 • Staying On The Watch (ESP) 1966 • Music From The Spheres (ESP) 1966 • Firebirds (Contemporary) 1967 • Rumasuma (Contemporary) 1969 • Burning Spirits (Contemporary) 1970 And, yes, all the recordings thereafter (especially from the 90's).
  7. All Things Hat

    Hat Hut's catalog of recordings, most of them now unfortunately out-of-print, makes up a great label — (usually) pristine sound, adventurous music, and tasteful artwork and packaging. What albums on this label do you recommend? And what albums, still LP-only, would you like to see make it onto compact disc? One note that many of you are already aware of: Hat Hut has been running monthly sales on select titles, which sell for $8.50 through Cadence (or $11.99 through Jazz Loft). Cadence is currently listing the Vienna Art Orchestra's Erik Satie disc on sale — when initially it was reported out-of-print! This is one to pick up if you haven't already. Have any of you tried the hat(now)ART titles, or the hatNOIR titles? Which ones, and which ones do you recommend?
  8. All Things Hat

    Agreed. I burned various comps long ago (Dial, Savoy, Verve), but these new sets do have an appeal. And for people who don't have this music, this is where I'd point them.
  9. All Things Hat

    Two Bird reissues: Vol 1.: Selected Dial Recordings & Vol 2.: Selected Savoy Recordings. Most members here, I'm guessing, already have these recordings, but I bet the sound is good. Peter Pfister has done a remarkable job with the Ayler recordings, the Coltrane, and the Giuffre. I wonder what's next in "ezz-thetics" list. What else might be "revisited"?
  10. Joe McPhee

    I'll start this thread by listing an out-of-print McPhee disc that Tower currently is carrying. (I'll have to edit this when it gets snatched up!) Quite a lot of McPhee out there. What titles do you find yourself returning to most? I've really been enjoying McPhee's CjR recordings, reissued by Atavistic. ____________________ Edit (2/8/05): I left the link up for Sweet Freedom above, as at least you can still access sound samples (even though the disc is long gone). Good album!
  11. Mal Waldron

    I've liked Mal Waldron ever since I first heard him 23 years ago on Coltrane's debut album for Prestige. His discography seems fairly large, and with a lot of it obscure and out-of-print. List your favorites and/or share any Mal stories you have! What were his live performances like? I have about a dozen Waldron CDs, and I have a feeling there's a lot I haven't heard. Who's on this one?
  12. 20 Impulse! titles on "ultra-high quality" compact disc now listed at CD Japan. I've never purchased a UHQCD. Can't say I'm too excited about this reissue series. It would be nice to know what remasters (old/new) are being used. If they were using the 2011 SHM-CD remasters, then I'd be more interested. Nice to see the McFarland in the list. I've never heard the Jackie Paris title. Twenty titles seems slim to celebrate a 60th anniversary, but maybe that's all the market can bear right now. What titles do you wish had been in this list?
  13. 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!
  14. 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")!
  15. Not many jazz drummers can pull off the stiletto heel~ankle length trouser-blousy top look. Mr. Hamilton did.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Of all the Japanese reissue series (whether in the mini-LP format or not), this series has come to be my favorite. I haven't come across a bad one in the lot. Impeccable remastering, glossy LP jackets, and bonus tracks when available. Could anyone provide a list of this series in total? I have a list of the first series (VICJ 60261 - VICJ 60520), but have never found the rest of series listed anywhere. Red Trumpet (as I mentioned in its own thread) is selling some of these on sale here. Clifford Jordan's Bearcat is in there, by the way, and the sound is amazing. Despite being a great album to begin with, this one takes on a new life altogether in this Japanese remastering. It almost makes a fella get teary-eyed.
  22. John Coltrane: Graz, 1962

    Is this the first authorized release of these tapes? Hat Hut issues its first Coltrane disc — I wouldn't have expected the label to put out Coltrane, but why not! I'm in.
  23. History of the Ampersand Art Blakey & The 27th Letter
  24. 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.
  25. François Tusques' Free Jazz

    Also this EP with Don Cherry.