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  1. Ellington Suites

    Choosing among Ellington's suites is like choosing a favorite sweet in a Fannie Mae box of assorted chocolates. So many to choose from: Liberian Suite, Queen's Suite, Far East Suite, Harlem Suite, New Orleans Suite, Newport Festival Suite, Peter Gynt Suite, Toga Brava Suite, Nutcracker Suite etc.... But I think my personal favorite is the Latin America Suite. Some highlights for me: the rolling percussion at the opening of Oclupaca, the electric bass coming in distorted and fuzzy under piano and drums in Chico Cuadradino, and the beautiful melody and piano playing that opens and closes The Sleeping Lady... Paul Gonsalves and Ellington's piano playing are also highlights throughout. Does anybody else have a favorite suite?
  2. Pablo Records

    I don't have much jazz recorded in the 70s in my collection. I'm not really into Fusion, so I thought Norman Granz' Pablo records might be the way to go to explore this era in jazz. Any great sessions on this label that would be good starting points? Thanks.
  3. swing stars in the '50s & 60s

    Lately, I've been REALY digging the Vanguard sessions from the early 50s of Buck Clayton and Vic Dickenson. Sometimes, I've found later sessions by swing era stars veer a little too closely to the cocktail crowd (slower tempos, less chance-taking). But these sessions have all the excitement of the 30s and 40s plus the added advantages of high fidelity and artists at their mature peaks. I'm curious to hear others' opinions about some great sessions from swing era stars recorded iin the 50s and 60s. I seem to remember a thread like this on the old BNBB but, of course, it's been vaporized. Can't read vapors. postscript (I love Edmond Hall on these Vanguard sessions)
  4. Arthur Blythe

    Blythe recorded a lot of albums for CBS in the late '70s and '80s. I have Lenox Avenue Breakdown, which I like a lot; however, most of the others have not (I think) been reissued. For those who have heard this material, how is it? Mosaic-worthy? Also, there seems to have been a lot of enthusiasm for Blythe during this period--Giddins has an article from the '80s entitled Blythe-mania--- almost as though Blythe was pointing the way forward for a jazz resurgence. An accessible avant-garde. What happened? This period of jazz (in the '80s) interests me, it seems to have been pivotal in some way. As a college student in the '80s, I was pretty unaware of jazz, now I'm wondering what I missed.
  5. Paul Gonsalves

    ...that Gonsalves rocked Newport and, ostensibly at least, revived Ellington's career. Just listened to Gonsalves' solo and it really is a thing of beauty. No honking or over-the top theatrics (not that there's necessarily anything wrong with that ). Just pure invention and swing. Here's to Paul And George Wein, I guess.
  6. ECM Touchstones

    Apologies if this is noted elsewhere, a search didn't turn up anything. Beginning August 26th, the label will reissue 40 albums retaining the original artwork and great sound that have contributed to ECM's renown - newly packaged in cardboard soft-paks at a new, special price. A list of the 40 titles and their respective release dates is below. More reissues are in preparation. Releasing August 26th: John Abercrombie/Ralph Towner - Sargasso Sea Bass Desires - Bass Desires Paul Bley - Open, To Love Gary Burton with Pat Metheny - Dreams So Real Chick Corea / Miroslav Vitous / Roy Haynes -Trio Music, Live In Europe Jack DeJohnette - Special Edition The Bill Frisell Band - Lookout For Hope Dave Holland Quartet - Extensions Keith Jarrett - Facing You Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette - Standards Live Pat Metheny Group - American Garage Oregon - Oregon John Surman - Private City Ralph Towner - Solstice Kenny Wheeler - Gnu High Releasing September 30th: John Abercrombie / Dave Holland / Jack DeJohnette - Gateway Bass Desires - Second Sight Chick Corea - Children's Songs Bill Frisell - Rambler Jan Garbarek - I Took Up The Runes Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette - Bye Bye Blackbird Charles Lloyd - The Call Pat Metheny - New Chautauqua Paul Motian - Conception Vessel Enrico Rava - The Pilgrim And The Stars Shankar - Song For Everyone Tomasz Stanko - Balladyna Ralph Towner - Batik Collin Walcott - Cloud Dance Norma Winstone - Somewhere Called Home Releasing October 28th: John Abercrombie - Animato Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Full Force Lester Bowie - The Great Pretender Anouar Brahem - Conte de l'incroyable amour Egberto Gismonti / Nana Vasconcelos - Duas Vozes Jon Hassel - Power Spot Pat Metheny Group - First Circle Oregon - Ecotopia Terje Rypdal / Miroslav Vitous / Jack DeJohnette - Rypdal-Vitous-DeJohnette Dino Saluzzi - Kultrum SOURCE: Publicity ecm touchstones
  7. Oliver Lake

    Looks promising. From Capri Records. (promo material, below): CAPRI #74089 FAREWELL WALTER DEWEY REDMAN Mark Masters has done it again! His latest outing features the great Oliver Lake joining the Mark Masters Ensemble (including Tim Hagens, Peter Erskine, Dave Carpenter and others) paying tribute to the late Dewey Redman. Masters honors Redman's creative spirit in his continuing series of recordings documenting great American jazz masters. His charts convey the sense of old and new and like Redman's music, explore the inner and outer boundaries of improvised music.
  8. Pretty extensive: Tristano, jazz, and race Do the math
  9. While looking around amazon for something new to read about jazz, I came across some upcoming books that caught my attention. I hope the Blue Note book turns out well, there's clearly a good story in there somewhere that's yet to be told Ashley Kahn Somethin' Else: The story of Blue Note Records and the Birth of Modern Jazz due april 16, 2009 blue note story Gary Giddins Scott Devaux: Jazz due 3/09 jazz Penguin Guide (9th edition)due 11/08 penguin jazz The Jazz Ear Ben Ratliff due 11/08 jazz ear Jazz Life William CLaxton (25th anniversary edition) due 9/08 Jazz Life
  10. Ben Webster's Verve Recordings

    Did anybody else on Granz' label in the 50s record as many classic sessions as Ben Webster? I don't think even Eldridge, or Hodges, or Getz was as consistently great as Big Ben. Any favorites? King of the tenors (Webster and Sweets) for me. And Soulville. Some Verve recordings. king of the tenors Soulville Soul of Ben Webster Meets Gerry Mulligan and associates meets Oscar Peterson encounters Coleman Hawkins music with feeling
  11. Some original Blue Note artists (Turrentine, Jimmy Smith, Hubbard) and new artists (e.g., Ralph Peterson and Bobby Watson) recorded in the early days after Blue Note was reactivated. It's mostly all out of print now--I haven't heard much of it since I really didn't begin listening to jazz until the mid 90s. I'm curious if any of the 80s and early 90s Blue Note stuff holds up well and would be worth reissuing.
  12. Dave Brubeck

    I was listening to 'Time Out' last night. One of the first jazz CDs I owned, so it's hard to hear it with fresh ears sometimes--but it's still enjoyable after many years. I have the Carnegie Hall live date from the Brubeck group, which I don't like as well (Brubeck seems too get stuck in those repetitive figures a little to often for me). I'm wondering if any dates, beyond 'Time Out' stand out as favorites and come recommended. Thanks
  13. criss cross label

    Criss Cross has been described as the Blue Note of today. I'm just beginning to explore this catalog. So far, I've got Jeremy Pelt--Insight One for ALL--New Horizons Ralph Peterson --Test of time Wycliffe Gordon--Gospel truth. I like them all, probably in that order, and I'm wondering if othes have favorites from this label they'd recommend. ALthough I buy a lot of reissues, I also like to try and buy new stuff to support the guys on the scene today who are keeping the art alive. Criss Cross seems to be one of the top labels supporting the new stuff.
  14. Thanks for posting this. It will be interesting to see if this project comes to pass and what's on it. I could see them issuing the Decca and Urania material plus "Tricotism" though the latter has been available on cd. The big question is all the French stuff. The "Jazz in Paris" series has issued a fair amount of Lucky's Paris sessions both as leader and with various other people, but I don't think that series has issued the sessions recorded for "Swing." But I think all this would be too big for a Select, wouldn't it? greg mo The Decca and ABC material are both owned by Verve, I believe, so some combination along those lines could be possible. Whatever the case, a Lucky Thompson Select would be great.
  15. Here's a discography that includes the 50s. I assume it's accurate. lucky disco
  16. I love this album too. I have a CD from the European Atlantic Masters series, it sounds fine to me.
  17. next up, Tal Farlow, the 1956 session with Eddie Costa and Vinnie Burke. Love how Costa digs in on the lower range of the piano
  18. Byrd/Adams. The 1967 session with Corea, probably my favorite one in this set.
  19. To me, the current BN falls into the same traps that many contemporary labels fall into... the 70 minute recordings (about 30 min too long), too many tribute albums, neglecting working bands that travel and routinely play gigs in favor of signing kids just out of college or big name stars.... I guess those are the things that sell, but they make for mostly boring music.
  20. Denny Zeitlin Mosaic Select

    I'm curious to hear more about the Handy material. I don't have any of it, but listening to the Montery set on Rhapsody--pretty exciting. How does music in the rest of the set compare?
  21. Swing Stars in the 70s and 80s

    at the beginning of the decade, Ellington New Orleans Suite and Mary Lou Williams (Mary's Mass). Didn't Ellington say MLW was perpetually modern?
  22. Best track you heard all week

    'Prayer for Passive Resistance' from Mingus, Live at Antibes. Booker Ervin stretching out and sure doing some soulful 'praying'.
  23. Inside/Outside

    I've been really enjoying Dewey Redman's 'The Struggle Continues" the last few months. I'm looking for more dates like that (not necessarily from Redman), but finding it hard to know where to look. I know the inside/out characterization can be kind of hard to pin down, but I'm basically looking for stuff (post-1970--the BN material is obvious) that is similar to recordings I really love (the Redman date, Billy Harper/ Soul of an Angel, Arthur Blythe/Lenox Ave. Breakdown, David Murray Octet/For Trane, Roy Campbell/Akhenaten Suite, Billy Bang/Vietmanm: The Aftermath). Thanks for suggestions
  24. Just my opinion, but this set bored me, so if you already have a "fair bit of it," that's probably all you need. Well, let me just say that this set is one of my favorite Selects. It grew on me, and I now consider it a great body of work. There is much here that doesn't come out and slap you in the face, but woos you over time. Very interesting new takes on older material, very mellow and swinging playing. The Brookmeyer is a favorite of mine too. The guitar (Jim Hall and Jimmy Raney) mixes really nicely with the valve trombone--like Lon said, a mellow sound (but still swinging)
  25. Rudresh Mahanthappa

    For those interested, here's the npr link npr Rudresh