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  1. Joe Castro Box Set on Sunnyside

    Thanks for the heads-up! here is the other one: too bad it's digital only... but still, nice that it's out!
  2. Vivien Garry and Teddy Kaye, see the article in the first post, which is really excellent
  3. we're seeing a split of sorts with Mike posting things that are not strictly speaking discographies on and posting more discographies by others like Mike Weil's discographies or a very nice Jimmy Gourley discography that recently appeared... very happy about all this new activity!
  4. what an amazing list, thanks for posting! Spent a lot of time reading the old version that Ellery Eskelin had posted... but that one ended with Coltrane on p.2...
  5. Earl Griffith, Vibraphonist

    I just searched a bit on the internet while playing Looking Ahead... it seems that Earl Sinclair Griffith is "the" Earl Griffith (only Earl Griffith born in NY in 1926 at least), he was born on 1 May 1926 and died in September 1961.
  6. I recently read the 1953 edition of Behrendt book on jazz (thanks to Big Beat Steve for the gift!)... He also discusses the future directions for jazz. Of course, there is a big focus on Tristano and Birt of the Cool (in fact, Tristano has his own chapter which would be replaced by a Miles chapter in later editions). But one alternative path with big possibilities which he highlights is "Jump Bop" as played by Earl Bostic, Gene Ammons and others... despite all his faults, Behrendt usually tried to be fairly balanced, even included Kenny G in the 80s edition iirc without putting him down... and he also has a few pages on soul jazz in the 1973 edition I have here, forgetting John Patton but at least mentioning (without further comment) Don Patterson, Lou Bennett, McGriff and others I am also not sure whether it's always just oversight... if you want to guide people to the best albums ever, then Stanley Turrentine may be as important as Albert Ayler... but if you want to explain how jazz evolved over the 20th century and how the pieces of the puzzle fit together, I would argue that you need to say more about Ayler than about Turrentine
  7. Mal Waldron

    have been a big fan of Nicolas Simion, ever since I saw him in one out of five surprise bands in a "wildcard" concert 25 years ago... he really is underrated... one stupid question, asking as a Barney Wilen collector: are those two Waldron/Wilen albums identical or are there really two albums?
  8. There are also the Prestige pages here and here both not perfect but quite useful depending on what you need.
  9. "PopCult Partner, Strategy and Marketing Lars Murray says, “We were excited to help Verve establish a leadership position among labels by creating a high-quality narrative podcast that integrates their music seamlessly and tells a great story about a landmark release. Verve demonstrated that a label's access to licensed music is a huge advantage in podcasting.” too bad Norman Granz isn't around to read this anymore... or hear the podcast which might well be Monk's Verve debut, so quickly after his Impulse debut... I also like the neutral formulation "access to licensed music" in the last sentence - nothing said about who owns those licenses...
  10. Kinda surprised that Verve / Impulse / Universal can still do these podcasts even though they don't own the digital product anymore, just the physical... but I guess they must have looked into this before going ahead...
  11. RIP Stanley Crouch

    apparently Shipp vs Crouch is a feud that has been going on for decades, quoting from here, text is from 1999 `Shipp has been party to several dustups over the years, most famously squaring off with the occasionally pugnacious cultural critic and Marsalis confidant Stanley Crouch after an awards dinner. For his part, Crouch, no fan of Shipp’s “European music,” says “there wasn’t going to be any great glory for me putting my foot in his ass.” '
  12. Neil Swainson - 49th Parallel

    yes, indeed, it's here remarkably enough, in that version of the discography, the following was noted that about 49th Parallel: " A good release. The liner notes claim this is Woody's final studio recording date, but it cannot be unless the credits are misprinted." but this type of detail was deleted when the discography became "official"
  13. Neil Swainson - 49th Parallel

    That used to be a great commented discography (on WNUR?) until Woody III took over, deleted the comments and stopped updating it
  14. Giant Steps at 60.

    sounds like you're really in the market for an upgrade then... and, given prices, the sound of the new issue will make the difference between getting the box, upgrading the old cds or getting the new edition...
  15. Giant Steps at 60.

    if we leave the sound aside, which might be amazing, I would argue that no: or, that depends on your CD edition. Most recent CD editions such as this one also have 15 tracks. The major difference is apparently that the second alternate of Naima has been replaced by a track from the Coltrane Jazz album on this new edition. (And that the 15 tracks are spread across two CDs.) So if you also own a conventional CD of Coltrane Jazz such as this one with its three versions of Like Sonny, you should be all set... And if you really want that version of Like Sonny, I'd still recommend to just buy Coltrane Jazz instead of Giant Steps. Finally, if you are interested in streaming those 35 tracks, then you can buy the new download or just stream them on spotify, either in the context of the new issue or in the context of the Heavy Weight Champion box which has been there for a long time...