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  1. No big deal, it's just that I recognized the piece when I clicked on your link. Was confused ("WTF did this come from?", "When did I see this") until I got to the "2018" way at the bottom.
  2. Bloomberg is one of my main sources of online news. I read that story when it originally appeared there in 2018.
  3. Tower Records

    In those days I lived in Brooklyn, then suburban CT, was not yet majorly into jazz, and purchased mostly classical/opera recordings. Tower Lincoln Center had the best selection of classical, but Tower Greenwich Village had the sales Annex with lots of cutouts. I frequented both. There was also a surprisingly decent (but of course much smaller) Tower in Yonkers, southern end of Central Park Ave. (NY-100, big strip mall / retail thoroughfare). That was the heyday of brick/mortar CD shops (overexpansion, which was obvious even at the time); there were huge Borders, Barnes/Noble, Virgin and J&R (the latter lower Manhattan only) outlets all around.
  4. The Cookers

    Can only comment on Billy Harper...saw him live a couple of years ago. Couldn't believe that Billy was around 75 years old - he looked younger and in better shape than I did at 60 (and I stay in decent physical condition).
  5. I've long thought that someone should offer a box set (or download package) of all the old Arditti recordings on Disques Montaigne. Doesn't look like it'll ever happen. Some of them (e.g. Scelsi on Stradivarius) appear to have been re-issued on other labels.
  6. Mini Cage fest, stuff I haven't listened to for ages: (The latter is Music for...: Quartets I-VIII and Music for Seventeen with SF Contemporary Music Players, from the old Newport Classics series)
  7. I only recently acquired the box. Just spun the Bach disc and it is outstanding.
  8. I grew up in the Chicago area, mid-60s through mid-70s. Don't remember much talk about Bill Veeck, but wouldn't be surprised. There were constant rumors that the Cubs stationed sign-stealers and signalers in the big old center field scoreboard (manual, requires people inside to hang plates). Not that it did them (or for that matter, the Veeck White Sox) much good... Fenway Park, with its similar left field scoreboard, was the subject of similar speculation. All that just seems quaint and dated in the technology age. BTW, here's an interesting article by Tom Verducci from Sports Illustrated (didn't think it still existed!) on the history of MLB sign stealing.
  9. Saw this sad news on another forum. Dutch confirmation: https://nos.nl/artikel/2323034-dirigent-en-pianist-reinbert-de-leeuw-81-overleden.html I very recently watched a lot of Youtube video of RdL playing and conducting Ustvolskaya, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wpWnwiKFi4
  10. Goooooooooooooooooooooooooool

    Manchester City banned from Champions League for two years, fined 30 million euros for financial violations
  11. BFT 191

    I'm neither a big OP fan nor a hater. The album is one of the few I own with Oscar as leader, and my choice for when I want to hear him solo.
  12. It's cheating, but does require analytics. The catcher's signs are not always straight "1=fastball, 2=curve" etc., but are disguised in assorted ways and varied depending on situations. Observational/empirical work is required to develop sufficient certainty to signal the hitter what's coming. The analytical work has been easy to do for decades: broadcast TV has been showing catchers' signals forever, and clubs have been employing analysts with statistics training since the early "Moneyball" days. The statistical analysis required is not mega-sophisticated. Possible hindsight on my part, but I'd be shocked if the Astros were the first club to do all this. I've gotta believe that lots of analysts have been deciphering signs for at least 20 years. And once a team has the knowledge, it's pretty damn likely to get used...
  13. BFT 191

    Thanks again for posting the BFT. I (surprisingly) managed to pick some low-hanging fruit, but am signing off and will lurk from now on. Having fun listening to the other tracks, but with no idea as to the performers.
  14. Lyle Mays, R.I.P. (1953–2020)

  15. BFT 191

    Could track #4 be Oscar Peterson? Track B4 here. I own this recording (CD) but needed hints above.
  16. https://sports.yahoo.com/report-if-mets-are-sold-wilpons-wont-insist-on-team-control-144715205.html "...According to Bloomberg, the Wilpons are now willing to give up control of the team immediately once the team is sold. That’s a total turnaround from the preconditions they placed on the sale with Cohen, which was reportedly the sticking point in the negotiations between the two parties..." Sure, I believe that.
  17. Cheap sonic upgrade

    I recall laughing when I read a Stereophile columnist singing the praises of Shun Mook Mpingo Discs. But I doubt they're cheap.
  18. BFT 191

    I just started. Have been too busy with work to listen. Thanks for posting the BFT. Got #2 right away (it's from one of my favorite and oft-played albums). Added: #6 is track B2 on https://tinyurl.com/rwurold I recognized it as track 2-1 on https://tinyurl.com/uns5mv3 , another oft-played favorite. I really like the leader's work with strings here.
  19. Good grief, this has been a real annus horribilis for Mosaic. Not meaning to troll, but regarding a topic oft-discussed of late, I wonder if the pressing plant going kaput has broader implications for the demise of the CD medium.
  20. Pharaoh Sanders live in Paris (1975) ORTF source

    Ditched the turntable about 20 years ago, no interest in vinyl (cost, hassle). Nothing in principle against downloads/streaming. Haven't yet gone those routes because I'd have to purchase more audio equipment - seems I'd need some kind of DAC that can access computer files and connect to my amplifier and speakers. [Added: I live in a rural area and have only had broadband access for about 6 months. Prior to that, downloads and streaming were not feasible.]
  21. That's hilarious. Imagine trying to scum a big-time professional trader in that manner! No, not surprising that the Wilpons would try it.
  22. No surprise. Not a Mets fan, but long time NYC area resident and observer. It's always been clear that the Wilpons are damn near impossible to deal with, and I'm pretty sure that Cohen (being a hedge fund magnate) is extremely smart and has little stomach for BS.
  23. Can't say any of this 2016 release is essential Cage (whatever that is)...bought it because of the excellent NEXUS Percussion Ensemble, who worked closely with Cage. I've seen NEXUS live several times, and they're led by Garry Kvistad of Woodstock, NY (I live less than an hour away).
  24. That's a tough one. Most "accessible" recommendations would be the S & I for PP by Ajemian and various "early" percussion works. I think that to get deeply into Cage you have to share his aesthetic philosophy of randomness to some degree. And that's far from a common preference. I had recordings of some "classic" instrumental performances like Grete Sultan's Music of Changes (Wergo) and Irvine Arditti's Freeman Etudes (Newport Classics) but didn't care for them. I can get into Roaratorio if in the right mood. I generally enjoy the late "Number Pieces", but frankly haven't found it necessary to acquire many recordings thereof. Don't know if you'd care for them; maybe you could try some samples/clips. These are some "number piece" recordings I like: The latter is really great (oop but maybe you can buy it direct from Goldstein), and if you don't like the Cage you at least have an excellent Feldman recording. This is an intriguing new number piece recording I intend to buy but haven't yet heard (waiting for USA release): Two^2 is different from most other number pieces (which involve time intervals and stopwatches), and allows more performer discretion re. tempi.