Jim Duckworth

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  1. Booker Little

    I teach in the public school system here in Memphis; we were reading My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass last week and, as is my wont, I started talking about Malcom X only to discover I have one of his relatives in my class. Surprised, I asked if she might be related to Booker Little as Little was Malcolm's dead name She contacted her relatives and then reported that Booker and Malcolm unbeknownst to either during their lifetimes were related. Her relatives wanted to make it clear that Blooker Little did not die from drug use-I assured her that this is common knowledge. I found this fascinating and now, forum denizens, you are getting this tidbit of possibly interesting information hot off the presses.
  2. Booker Little

    I was told that his son, also named Booker, lives in Chicago and that a daughter lives in Nashville. I was also told that for the most part the family is not all that enthusiastic about jazz.
  3. Booker Little

    I'll ask.
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Wow. I didn't know about this one, How are the interpretations of the Hendrix canon?
  5. Having listened to three of the five discs of unreleased material in the Hot Rats set, I must report that I, a devoted Zappa consumer, am finding the set inessential. It was with great interest that I sat down with this set, but soon found my interest waning and my frustration mounting. I'm finding the knick knacks and gee gaws that the Zappa estate includes in some of their multi disc sets useless at best. The chances are better than good that I will never even look at the board game included in this set I'm guessing that this set could be boiled down to a nice two disc set that would have included the original mix and the more generally listenable tracks. So far, iam not feeling inclined to compile a single disc playlist from this sprawling mess. Needless to say, my opinions are subject to change....
  6. In case anyone is on the fence about this set, I would like to add that besides having a fine Jack Teagarden set with some Ellingtonians(!) and a great Pee Wee Russell session, this set has one of the great all time recording sessions: The Bechet-Spanier Big Four Sidney Bechet and Muggsy Spanier with Carmen Mastren on guitar and Wellman Braud on bass.
  7. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    I really like those mid-size bands that Duke Pearson arranged in the mid to late sixties, and Slice of the Top is a prime example.
  8. George Coleman's "The Quartet"

    Has anyone heard Keno Duke's Sense of Values or Crest of the Wave? Outstanding records from the Golden Age of Jazz-the 1970's-that feature Harold Mabern and Frank Strozier. These records had a major impact on me back in the day.
  9. Ray Drummond Corner

    I embarrassed the woman I was with at Jazz Fest in New Orleans where we were waiting to see David Murray with Archie Shepp. I apparently got very vocally excited when Ray Drummond and John Hicks came out in advance of the horn players.
  10. Hey, thanks!  I would love that.

     

    jd

  11. New Woody Herman Mosaic

    Not that I can speak to authoritatively; this is just a matter of something finally dawning on me.
  12. New Woody Herman Mosaic

    I was pretty excited to get the Decca recordings with Budd, Ben, and Johnny Hodges, but now, after decades of enjoying Woody Herman, I find that I'm very interested in Flip Phillips. I didn't see that coming!
  13. Lee Morgan 60s Mosaic set

    I also have the individual cd's and intend to get the Mosaic set. I find that the collation, remastering, and contextualization makes a tremendous difference for me as a listener. I had all the Duke Ellington 32-40 stuff, but that became one of my all time favorite Mosaic sets for those reasons.
  14. Which Mosaic Are You Enjoying Right Now?

    I listened to discs six and seven-with Roy Eldridge, Dodo Marmarosa, and Barney Kessell. I must confess, however, that I've been listening to alot of Woody Herman the last few weeks, and I found myself missing some of the entertainment I find in the music of the Herds, As Uncle Dave Macon said about Earl Scruggs, "He ain't a bit funny."
  15. Jazz musicians that started their own labels.

    I have a Sabir Mateen lp (not listed in most discographies)on a private label with a hand colored cover. When I told him that I not only had this, but also found it in Memphis, he was very surprised to say the least.
  16. David S. Ware, Theatre Garonne 2008

    Well, I really like the ones with Marc Edwards and Susie Ibarra...and at least one other.
  17. David S. Ware, Theatre Garonne 2008

    My enjoyment of Mr. Ware's work depends an awful lot on what drummer is on board. There is a whole slew of his recordings to which I never return owing to the drummer.
  18. Spooky Halloween jazz

    Witches and Devils by Albert Ayler Halloween Spooks by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross
  19. Which Mosaic Are You Enjoying Right Now?

    I listened very closely to the Sonny Berman/Bill Harris session today and liked it better than ever.
  20. Benny Goodman Columbia small groups 1941-6

    This is excellent work! I am going to try to put this together as well. Unfortunately I don't have the mid-forties Chronological Classics, so I will have to use lesser sources. With the RCA small groups and the Charlie Christian small groups thoroughly mined, this is the next logical step. Thank you.