JohnJ

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  1. Hampton Hawes

    Today is Hampton Hawes Day! He would have been 84 today and in 2004 Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution declaring November 13 'Hampton Hawes Day' throughout the city.
  2. Complete Satchmo at Symphony Hall

    Yes, like all Hip-O-Select releases. In this case, 3,000 copies I believe.
  3. neil young, audiophile

    Whatever became of mini discs-speaking of doomed technologies? I bit when they first came out. The sound was flat as hell, but you could store a lot of music in a small space. If you set it on mono you got 2x the time-good for interviews or recording one's gigs. I recorded countless hours of music-then lost the whole collection. Then the machine itself broke-past warranty, of course-and c'est le fin. I thought they were pretty cool though. Just read this the other day. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/sep/24/sony-minidisc-20-years?INTCMP=SRCH
  4. Complete Satchmo at Symphony Hall

    From The Second Disc. http://theseconddisc.com/?s=louis
  5. Ice cream van jingles

    The great Jonathan Richman.
  6. Death of CDs?

    Damn straight. The whole jazz snobbery thing is just so damn predictable...and diehard jazz fans wonder why outsiders see them as elitist pricks. Well, to be fair, it is a jazz board! Surely, John, you're not arguing that the fact that this is a jazz board is a half decent reason to be contemptuous of others who like other kinds of music? I don't imagine there are many people on this board for whom jazz is their sole musical diet. MG Not at all, I buy a lot of different types of music myself. Just pointing out that a lot of people here are quite passionate about their love for jazz.
  7. Death of CDs?

    The Disk Union stores are about 1/3 new CD's.
  8. Death of CDs?

    Damn straight. The whole jazz snobbery thing is just so damn predictable...and diehard jazz fans wonder why outsiders see them as elitist pricks. Well, to be fair, it is a jazz board! On the subject of CD's, I am glad to report that the used stores in Tokyo are thriving and as busy as ever. I spend many a Saturday or Sunday in the various Disk Union's around town.
  9. Bob Dylan corner

    Rather like this video from the new album. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/video/2012/aug/29/bob-dylan-duquesne-whistle
  10. What Are You Watching

    Plan to start watching this soon. Bought season 1 in Shanghai for $4.00, don't suppose it's genuine but the quality seems to be fine!
  11. Ravi Coltrane signs with Blue Note

    Article from the New York Times. 'Spirit Fiction' has been getting some great reviews, must pick it up. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/magazine/can-ravi-coltrane-live-up-to-his-fathers-legend.html
  12. 2012 Olympics

    I don't think it's that simple - a sense of national identity is a pretty vital thing for any country; when that is turned into a sense of superiority and accompanied by jingoism - and we've been guilty of that in Britain over the centuries - then it becomes a hugely destructive force. Outside of the Daily Mail/Express world I never got much of a sense of 'we're better than everyone else' over the last few weeks. More a sense of relief that we can pull off something like this and do well on the sport side too. Anyway, don't tune into the Last Night of the Proms next month. Expect that's going to be even more over the top than usual. Agree with the above Bev. I believe that the positives to be taken from the London games far outweigh the negatives. My sense is that most people feel the same way.
  13. 2012 Olympics

    Yes, in the 1950s when I was in the sixth form (aged 16-18) the split was between jazzers and rugger buggers. Anyway, thank goodness this orgy of nationalism is now over! I thought London did a marvelous job in organizing the Olympics, the crowds were amazing and the performance of Team GB was something to be proud of and to celebrate. Your comment comes across as rather churlish.
  14. 2012 Olympics

    Well said Bev. I have the same feeling here in Tokyo and find myself regularly checking the BBC News website. My Japanese colleagues are all very impressed both by the performance of Team GB and the London Olympics in general. The consensus seems to be that the games have been a great success thus far.
  15. Jazz meets Hollywood

    Pat and Tera Patrick
  16. New Bill Evans Live

    Received the following from The Second Disc. http://theseconddisc.com/2012/04/18/turn-out-the-stars-lost-bill-evans-concert-premieres-from-resonance-records/
  17. broken bicycles

  18. Misspelling aside, he is SCOTTISH, and therefore CANNOT be one of the most important British musicians. As Scotland (at least at the moment) is part of Great Britain I am not quite sure what you mean. It's gotten old already at this point, but, fwiw, is being Scottish the same as being British? I have no wish to flog a dead horse but no, it is not the same. Britain consists of England, Scotland and Wales and thus Jack Bruce is both Scottish and British in the same way that I am both English and British. We are both citizens of 'The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland'.
  19. Misspelling aside, he is SCOTTISH, and therefore CANNOT be one of the most important British musicians. As Scotland (at least at the moment) is part of Great Britain I am not quite sure what you mean.
  20. Matthew, you might also like this rather splendid compilation of Thai music from 1964-1975. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sound-Siam-Leftfield-Luk-Thung-1964-1975/dp/B00470MDJU/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1339567870&sr=1-1
  21. Sad news about Frank Morgan

    Nice article from the NYT. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/arts/music/michael-connelly-wants-to-make-a-film-about-frank-morgan.html
  22. Bought this box set from SecondSpin last week during one of their regular sales for $15.99 with free international shipping! Unfortunately they only had one copy.
  23. Bobby Womack has a new CD out shortly. Interview in today's Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/24/bobby-womack-sing-better-before
  24. Saw both Bowie and Roxy seperately at the Rainbow. Loved both but definitely prefered Roxy. Still listen to both but more often to Roxy/Ferry who I think are very underrated. My favourite Bowie album is 'Hunky Dory', a masterpiece in my opinion.
  25. Newbury has it back at the same price. Finally ordered after procrastinating last time around. Just a few copies though so anyone interested should move quickly!