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    Some random thoughts: --This is a nice swinging set from the Pablo years, featuring Milt Jackson and Joe Pass. Very well-recorded --I've never warmed to the Impulse small group set, or some of the other Basie stuff from the later in that decade. -- From the 50s, I really love anything featuring Lockjaw Davis
  2. Hank Mobley "A Slice Of The Top"

    I love this session, everything about it! The writing, Mobley, the wonderful Billy Higgins, and so on. I found it used a few years ago at a very good price (under ten bucks as I recall) at a record store in St. Louis. Actually I didn't know much about the session at the time and passed on it, came home and did a search on the O board, found the high praises, and then snapped it up. One of my personal favorites of all time, desert island for me
  3. Shelly Manne - Son of Gunn!!

    I'm ordering the son, thanks for the feedback. Good to hear the music stands on its own. The association with the tv series--which is fun, I rented the DVDs a couple of years ago while on a Raymond Chandler kick--is a bonus. As is the cool cover.
  4. Shelly Manne - Son of Gunn!!

    I need a west coast jazz fix (must be the subzero temps outside). Any love for these two Peter Gunn CDs? Does one session stand above the other? Sound samples sound enticing, but I've been a little hesitant about these in the past, thinking they might just be 'play the themes and collect the check' sessions. Cool covers.
  5. I just posted these on amazon--priced to sell, I hope. I know that using amazon is an indirect way to sell on this board, but I've never warmed to the paypal method and selling on amazon simplifies the international shipping stuff for me since there's just a flat rate. If you're interested, thanks for looking (i'm the low seller on each of these, I guess that's kind of obvious, but just to clarify). SInce I just listed these, my price might not show up on the front page, just click on 'used' and you'll find me (montgom159) Jon Eardley Seven (oop) 4.99 SOLD Red Norvo Music to listen by (oop) 4.99 Blue Mitchell Big 6 4.99 (Japanese import--but Fantasy remastering, I think) SOLD Count Basie Jubilee Alternatives 6.99 (Hep records) Benny Goodman Swings Again 9.99 (Sony France) oop, apparently
  6. Don Byas Recommendations

    I picked up Tribute to Cannonball recently (used--it's oop)...thanks for the recs, this is an excellent session. I haven't listened to much Byas in the past, out of neglect, so this is a revelation to me. A wonderful strong tone, it comes through clearly in what, to my ears at least, is a really well-recorded session.
  7. George Lewis - Clarinetist

    The Atlantic material, particularly the trio session, is my favorite George Lewis. For me, George Lewis in large doses is a little overwhelming, but there are times when NOTHING else will do--he occupies a unique space. Has anyone heard the Red Allen/George Lewis CD from AMerican Music?--it's one I've been curious about for awhile.
  8. I'm reading 'The Imperfect Art' by Ted Gioia'. I found this point (below), from the chapter Neoclassicism in Jazz, to be interesting because it questions my implicit assumption of progress in jazz: The idea that art should progress like science is a rather extraordinary one, no matter how much artists and critics alike may have come to take it for granted. By an odd set of circumstances, this belief in progress has gained force in the world of art while, at the same time, being discreditied in the world of science under the attacks of influential thinkers such as Thomas Kuhn and Paul Feyerabend. In the world of modern jazz, the deisre to be "progressive" continues to motivate an enourmous number of musicians and non-musicians.... It is hard to conceive of a pre World War II jazz artist displaying the same obsessive interest in being "progressive"; previous musicians such as Louis Armstrong or Duke Ellington certainly experimented and evolved during their early years, but when they achieved techniques that worked for them, they were not hesitant to use them year after year, decade after decade. The beboppers...(discredited) their implicit notion that art should be an expression and not necessarily a progression.
  9. Joshua Redman

    The trio album--with guests Lovano, Chris Cheek, and Dewey...This one made a lot of top ten lists, I haven't seen much discussion here though. Any interest or opinions? I haven't really listened to much Redman on CD (Other than the SF Jazz Collective CDs). I've been considering picking this one up for awhile.
  10. Lee Konitz: the Verve Years

    Nice show, beautiful music. Lots of intensity, I can hear why Konitz would bristle at the suggestion his music is 'cool' in a lite sense. C'mon Mosaic!
  11. Henry Red Allen

    The two songs where Kid Ory joined Allen @ Newport are on the the Kid Ory Mosaic. And there may be another song or two from the concert on the Best of Newport '57 CD Verve released in 2007. Small consolation, I know. It's shame Granz didn't record Allen more in the 50s.
  12. What music did you buy today?

    The sound on that Woody Herman set is excellent, imo. The Columbia engineers in the 40s left a nice legacy, for sure.
  13. Lee Konitz: the Verve Years

    Looking forward to this. The subject matter--Konitz/Verve--seems an obvious one for Mosaic, maybe we should start a lobby effort! I sent an e-mail about a year ago, I forget the exact reply but I received the impression it was under consideration.
  14. What music did you buy today?

    Billy Bang--Vietnam, the Aftermath Americans in Europe (Impulse) I hesitated in getting the Billy Bang, so many CDs seem to be going oop these days that I feel compelled (constrained?) to go after those first. But I've been intending to pick up the Billy Bang CD for awhile, I'm looking forward to it.
  15. What did you listen to most in 2007?

    Good to find another Murray fan here. And one of the great things about Murray is that there's just so many titles out there to listen too! The man certainly has a rich catalogue! I purchased my first Murray CD this year--Octet plays Trane--and it's been in heavy rotation since. Somehow the octet mangaes to fuse looseness and structure, it's really powerful. The music is more accessible than I thought it might be. This was the year of the jazz guitar for me, an instrument that was on my periphery in the past. Unexpectedly, the Brookmeyer Select was a catalyst, I really enjoyed Raney and Jim Hall on those sessions. From there it was Tal Farlow, set, match. I'm hooked. I can't imagine anyone not being moved by the beauty and brilliance of that set. I've also learned to appreciate the openess and clarity of a rhythm section where the guitar is the only chordal instrument. I've been seeking out more music lately with this configuration (Chico Hamilton, Paul Desmond-Jim Hall, Charles Lloyd ECMs and so forth).
  16. Henry Red Allen

    Thought I'd bump this thread up, Monday was the centennial of Red's birth.
  17. James Carter Organ Trio

    The only thing that gives me pause is the claim 'his most diverse set to date'. For Carter, my preference would be a greater focus rather than displaying the entire arsenal, but I guess we'll see. Cuscuna has a good enough track record!
  18. Late 1960s post-bop

    How's the Kenny Cox Blue Note Conn? I was considering picking it up, the sound samples are interesting
  19. James Carter Organ Trio

    Carter has a new release scheduled for April--finally! The new album will be a straightahead set with Carter playing flute, bass clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax and baritone sax on with a host of top jazz players accompanying him in the band including Dwight Adams (trumpet & flugelhorn), D.D. Jackson (piano), Rodney Jones (guitar on three tracks), James Genus (bass) and Victor Lewis (drums). Covering original works by Carter through to classics by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Django Reinhardt and Julius Hemphill among others this will be Carter’s most diverse set to date. Releasing eleven albums to date on Columbia, Atlantic, Warner Brothers and his own Half Note label he has now signed a deal with Emarcy. Carter has already recorded the brand new set with legendary jazz producer Michael Cuscuna – acclaimed for his masterful reissue work and producing the likes of Dave Brubeck and the Art Ensemble of Chicago – the as yet untitled album will be released in April 2008. source: emarcy news
  20. McCoy Tyner's Milestone sessions

    I heard a track the other day on radio that just blew me took me a day to find out what it was, turns out it's a song from Atlantis ('Makin' out). The absolute power of Tyner's playing in this era is awesome. I ordered the Atlantis cd from concord today, can't wait.
  21. I went to CD Now to listen to some tracks and now I'm totally not sure about this one. Although I dig organ playing, it sounds kind of old-fashioned here. So I may not pick this one up afterall. I like the PQ disc a lot (even the organ sessions). Very nice small group swing from an era that's somewhat underrepresented recordingwise-early 50s. The key, to me, is how you feel about Quinichette...if you feel he's completely derivative of Pres, you won't dig it. If you feel PQ is authentic--that somehow Pres' thing is his thing in a personal way, then you'll like it. I like it!
  22. Frank Chace passes away

    Cool story, thanks for sharing it
  23. Favorite West Coast Classics

    I like the Shank disc, although I agree other sessions were prolly more deserving. The last 4 selections (flute 'n oboe) are maybe the weak link in an otherwise enjoyable session, imho. Regarding Katanga: What a great album. A friend was visiting last night, he's not much into jazz but 'Native Land' was playing on my computer itunes and he stopped, almost in mid-sentence, walked over to the computer and squinted to see what was playing, Katanga's a head-turner!
  24. Who's Bill Chase? Other than Nistico and a couple of others, I'm not too familiar with a lot of those names in the Herman band. Bad on me.
  25. I order my own Christmas CDs about a month ahead of time, my wife is kind enough to wrap them and I wait until Christmas...kind of goofy, i guess, but it works for me. Andrew HIll Select (#16-wonderful music, I really really love the strings session) and a few odds and ends from Concord: Don Elliot, Don Freidman (Metamorphosis), and Bill Smith (Folk Jazz, a surprisingly nice session, featuring Jim Hall).