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  1. Apple Music/Spotify/Tidal

    in my case, I'm pretty sure that the occasional hick-ups are due to the Bluetooth receiver: I get them regardless of whether I stream directly from Wifi, or whether I download music into spotify to play it from there... And when I'm directly streaming music on my phone or laptop, there are no hick-ups... regarding streaming vs ownership: I view spotify more like a substitute for library than a substitute for my own music collection... of course, they don't have "everything" and sometimes stuff comes and goes ... but compared to pretty much any physical library in the world, they're doing extremely well: "Borrowing stuff" is much more convenient and the selection is far better... Of course, you don't get a sense of ownership - but given how vast their collection is that would be a bit too much to ask. The entire (?) Steeplechase catalogue is in there - but I would not even want to feel like I have it all in my apartment in physical form. Nevertheless, it's pretty cool that I can spontaneously start exploring Dexter Gordon's Steeplechase albums while travelling on a train...
  2. Shirley Scott questions

    Again according to the back cover (found on discogs under "more images"), the piano playing on Plays Duke is by Scott herself
  3. David Niven's jazz collection.

    Given the limited information it's hard to judge whether all of it or just most of it is commercially issued... Strange idea to digitize that collection! Then again, those massive private cassette collection were a big thing in their time (as is currently discussed elsewhere here)
  4. According to discogs, The River is a vibraphone-marimbaphone duo album... if that's the material on Side 2, the seller's description would be quite misleading... "comments: looks like an unreleased Dogtown LP !! matrix n° on side a is "dogtown 7"/side b "dogtown 8" (hand-written); very spare and out there music, one side it's under Byard Lancaster/other side by Khan Jamal. could be two different sets as i don't hear for example any vibes on the Lancaster side and viceversa (no sax on Jamal side) ?! unfortunatly not much info on who plays on it (it'd be a trio or 4et on each side ?!) and where it was rec. but without any doubts one of the rarest LP i ever offered for sale in the last 20 years, could easily be the only copy in existence."
  5. of course, it's not a problem - it's just an email. My point is that you can't credibly say "our product is really special" by delivering a freebie that any potentially interested party could assemble in higher quality in 90 minutes. Without looking desperate, that is. [in that respect the Gazette is not comparable to the old catalogue]
  6. no, it works as follows... Some master jazz connoiseur at Mosaic assembles a list like this plus three links further links (took me 90 seconds, maybe they invest 10 minutes...) and then looks up whether Francis Wolff took photographs of anybody involved (certainly KD, maybe Charles McPherson or Mingus, too) and adds those to the links... and then someone writes up stuff like "Charles McPherson discussing Bird vs Coltrane vs Dizzy in the second in the second link is really interesting - and don't forget to watch the video" or "Yoshiaki Masuo in that video illustrates that all over the world people were playing the same music Gabor Szabo played in the US"... and because they're professional writers who actually spend like 30 minutes on it, they do a bit better than me and they call it a Gazette... for me, that additional layer of editing is completely useless but ymmv... the only twist is that they don't post the links directly in the email but rather post them on their webpage so you go from the email to the webpage and then possibly on to jazzwax or dothemath or whereever... in this sense, Marc Myers is working for them just like he's working for us btw: "Charles McPherson discussing Bird vs Coltrane vs Dizzy in the second in the second link is really interesting - and don't forget to watch the video" this is actually highly recommended, that video of Charles McPherson and Ethan Iverson playing Lover is not to be missed
  7. drummer Jimmie Smith

    I looked through the line-up carefully this morning, the only other player that could be traced reliablly is sax player Dave Parnell the other two sessions that are assigned to "Jimmy Smith (3)" on discogs (McGriff and Lambert, Hendricks Bavan) are almost certainly wrong and belong to "Jimmie Smith". Do you know who played on your father's Imperial album (Makin' Waves)... I listened a bit this morning and really liked it ? That information seems to be lost to history at present
  8. Well, they send the Mosaic Daily Gazette via email every sunday. That they send it on sundays is, of course, clever, because that's when people actually have time to order... Otherwise... well, it is a collection of interesting jazz links of the previous few weeks - Scott Wenzel (?) handpicks worthy blogposts on jazzwax, dothemath etc, adds a youtube link or two, and might even throw in a few Francis Wolff photographs so that it's not simply a collection of links... I'm not saying they should stop sending those emails... but... I always found them kinda sad and desperate... I can select what to read on these websites myself ... in a way these newsletters are a sad reminder that Mosaic booklets are not as essential as they used to be as I can always find plenty of information online ... and no, it's not the same quality... but then: I can listen to hours of, say, Gene Ammons on spotify, read old issues of Jet and Billboard, augment with some more recent reviews... for me, that comes close enough to a Mosaic experience without anybody producing a boxset... Good for them that so many here think differently from me. (Let's also not forget that they (must have) misunderstood the market a few times in recent years, True Blue and that Smooth Jazz Series come to mind)
  9. Don't think it's that simple... magazines, newspapers, catalogs, encyclopedias... are going under but in general, physical books are doing pretty well for the moment - what's changed is their distribution which has migrated from physical stores to amazon... Regarding the university libraries: Print copies of scientific journals are hardly used nowadays and they do take up space. Text books are a different story... I do see students use "computer stations" but I would not expect that to be a long-run phenomenon either... What most students need are desks, electricity, wifi and access to the relevant databases... as an aside: I doubt that the Joe Castro boxset was a profitable enterprise overall, but one thing they did very well was replace the need for a fancy booklet by a very nice website which (I guess) was still cheaper, takes care of some of the advertising and allows to include many original documents, photographs and extensive, unobstrusive footnotes
  10. drummer Jimmie Smith

    Taking into account that Jimmy Smith is a fairly common name and comparing the session with what else drummer Jimmie Smith was doing around 1977, I'd consider it rather unlikely: - he was mostly playing mainstream jazz around the time (Milt Jackson, Illinois Jacquet, Phineas Newborn, and he seemed busy doing that - on pretty much any album he appeared on, there are some other famous jazz names, but not here - percussion + lead vocals (while someone else is drumming) would be an usual credit for him Here's a photograph (from much later) which you may compare to the cover of A Perfect Circle
  11. if it makes you feel any better: I only have one big box and 6 or 7 Selects... not missing much but I also think I'll get the Benedetti box rather sooner than later... and with 2000+ "vintage" jazz cds I really don't feel like the end of Mosaic is my fault (born in the eighties)
  12. for the Dutch broadcast from the new cd, apparently both audio and video were erased at the TV station. the CD is based on a private audio tape (but there are some stills from the TV show in the booklet) - so this definitely was filmed but the chances that the video has survived are slim... for the Dutch broadcast from the new cd, apparently both audio and video were erased at the TV station. the CD is based on a private audio tape (but there are some stills from the TV show in the booklet) - so this definitely was filmed but the chances that the video has survived are slim...
  13. If you think downloads are the future or downfall of anything, yes, you can talk about Mosaic's woes, but no, you're not going to be terribly helpful (me neither)
  14. well, that direction was relevant: sorry: we are not the Mosaic support club. We have every right in the world to discuss what went wrong with Mosaic. To your credit, you couldn't know how permanent deletions are nowadays (clearly a shortcoming of the software we're paying for). I actually found Allen's last post very relevant - Mosaic never had much respect for the original physical product. Original album covers? Listening to albums without switching CDs in the middle of side 1 of the original album? Yes, the liner notes were great, but the Francis Wolff photographs I've mostly seen elsewhere already. Not much of an issue to those who grew up on 78s (no liner notes, no covers, no trouble), but it does take some getting used to for the album generations (*45 - *90, the end's in sight) I'd argue that even the importance of good (but not great) liner notes has gone down a lot in recent years as you can google biographies and line-ups... I'm still buying records but I wouldn't want to live without spotify. For the monthly price of less than an album, I have access to, e.g., the entire Steeplechase catalogue. When I'm travelling and feel like listening to something new, that's no issue. (And I hate carrying my CDs or organizing music files.) spotify and competitors provide access to a collection of music that easily beats any record store or private collection in the world. It's not permanent, stuff is coming and going (mostly stuff that nobody ever earned money with btw) but at any point in time there's more at your disposal than you ever wanted.