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  1. Ralph Peterson Jr. RIP

    This one hit me more than most. Probably because he was someone I got to know a little bit. I was involved with presenting him in concert a couple of times and we were members of the same fraternity. I have also been a fan of his music since his Fo'tet recordings, Out of the Blue and his time with David Murray. Whenever I caught him in concert he always greeting me enthusiastically and I never felt like it was only because he wanted another gig. I think that is just how he was about everything he did. He will be missed.
  2. Eddie Harris Corner

    This is a good one recorded in 1994.
  3. I have not read the entire book yet, but I have enjoyed the chapters I have read. All though they are chronological, the chapters themselves are not connected to each other so it is easy to select chapters to read. If you are familiar with Shoemaker's online magazine, Point Of Departure, much of the writing is similar to essays he has written there.
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Disc One: Fast Last! (with Julius Hemphill)
  5. Julius Hemphill Box Set

    Just finished my first listen through the entire box. Great investment in some fabulous music. While going through the discs I also listened to Dogon A.D. and now I am moving onto the the CAM box to relisten to the Black Saint Recordings. Decided tonight I will read the chapter on Hemphill in Bill Shoemaker's Jazz in the 1970s. Going for a complete Hemphill immersion experience.
  6. Julius Hemphill Box Set

    FYI, if you contact New World when you order they can probably send you a link to download the entire set at once.
  7. Julius Hemphill Box Set

    Ordered yesterday. Looking forward to spending time immersing myself in the experience.
  8. PM sent re: B0000603-02 Al Grey Snap Your Fingers digipak/lp repro $10 521 445-2 Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery Jimmy & Wes - The Dynamic Duo $6 B0010797-02 The Amazing Jimmy Smith Trio* Live At The Village Gate ‎(CD, Digipak) $6 314 543 831-2 The Incredible Jimmy Smith* Featuring Kenny Burrell And Grady Tate Organ Grinder Swing ‎(CD, Digipak) $10 837 032-2 Sphere (16) Bird Songs no rear insert $12
  9. Dr. Lonnie Smith - Breathe

    I wonder what "night" that was taken from. I believe I saw the exact same group at the Montreal Jazz Festival a couple of years ago.
  10. Julius Hemphill Box Set

    New World also has a Bandcamp page. I am waiting a couple of days to see if it will be available there so that I can have access to streaming and download, along with my purchase of the physical CDs. If it is not available there in a couple of days, I will order directly from New World.
  11. Sun Ra Arkestra's "Swirling"

    Just received yesterday. Looking forward to listening.
  12. RogueArt Label

    I have a lot of recordings from this label in my collection. Despite the lack of elaborate cover art, all the releases I have are high quality. Matthew Shipp has several recordings on the label that are worth hearing. His Ellington recording, To Duke was very strong to my ears. Also recommended was the recording with his trio + Nicole Mitchell, All Things Are. IN addition to Shipp I also have recordings by Nicole Mitchell, Rob Brown, Steve Swell, Jemeel Moondoc and others on the label that I enjoy. In fact, there are too many for me to list. If you like the kind of music and artists on the label generally, you probably will not be disappointed with their releases on the label.
  13. Ricky Ford

    I heard him live a couple of times in the recent years. He was still playing strong.
  14. When I was young in my home I heard quite a bit of The Crusaders (after dropping "Jazz" from the name), that aligns nicely with some of the pre-smooth jazz reccommendations above.