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  1. While I enjoy full albums, I recognize that many do not. I think that those who do not are finding more and more options to make it easier for them to listen to single songs, with today's technology and music delivery services. No one will be prevented from listening to a full album, but those who do not want to listen to full albums will find it easier.

  2. This surprised me. I added the bold and underline.

    Don Was: I actually got the job because of Gregory Porter. I had gone to see him when I was in New York producing a record in 2011. I had a night off and went to a club near Harlem called Smoke and saw Gregory Porter. The next day I was having breakfast with an old buddy of mine named Dan McCarroll, who I knew as a drummer years earlier. He became the president of Capitol Records, and when we were having breakfast I asked him if Blue Note was still part of Capitol. Then I said that if it was, he should sign Gregory Porter.

    Unbeknownst to me, he told that they were considering shutting Blue Note down. With Bruce Lundvall retiring, no one quite knew how to push the aesthetic forward. There was some talk about making it a website that just sold catalog and Blue Note t-shirts. I think that anyone that walked in with an idea that day would’ve been offered the gig. [laughs] It was just chance that I brought this up, and he offered me the job over breakfast. It was irresistible, man.


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    1. Hal McKusick—Minor Matters, from Hal McKusick Quartet (Bethlehem, 1955)

    Composed by Manny Albam.


    Hal McKusick—Alto Saxophone

    Barry Galbraith—Guitar

    Milt Hinton—Bass

    Osie Johnson—Drums


    I was drawn to this Track by the sound of Milt Hinton’s bass playing.




    2. A. Spencer Barefield—Escape From Bizarro World, from After The End (Sound Aspects, 1989)

    Composed by A. Spencer Barefield. Recorded in 1987.

                    A Spencer Barefield—Classical Sympathetic Guitar, 12 String Acoustic Guitar

                    Oliver Lake-Alto Saxophone

                    Hugh Ragin—Trumpet

                    Richard Davis—Bass

                    Andrew Cyrille—Drums


                    I am surprised that this track was identified so completely.




    3. Fats Waller—Alligator Crawl, from The National Jazz Museum In Harlem Presents: The Savory Collection, Volume 1


    Recorded on October 22, 1938.  Released in 2016.

    Composed by Fats Waller

    Fats Waller—Piano


    I imagined that with all of the attention given to the long awaited release of the Savory recordings, that someone would know this Track well.  Perhaps with the release of Savory recordings on Mosaic Records, more members here will become familiar with them.




    4.  Mulatu Astatke—Tezetaye Antchi Lidj (My Unforgettable Remembrance),

    from Ethiopiques, Volume 4 (Buda Musique)


    Originally released in September 1972 on the LP "Yekatit - Ethio Jazz / Mulatu Astatke featuring Fekade Amde Meskel" (AELP 90).  Reissued on CD in 1998.


    Composed by Mulatu Astatke


    Fèqadu Amdé-Mesqel--Flute

    Andrew Wilson--Guitar

    Mulatu Astatke--Keyboards

    Fèqadu Amdé-Mesqel, Mogus Habte—Tenor Saxophones

    Yohannès Tèkolla--Trumpet

    Giovanni Rico--Bass

    Tèmarè Harègu--Drums


    This entire CD is very enjoyable, in my humble opinion.






    Rahsaan Roland Kirk---Echoes of Primitive Ohio and Chili Dogs, from The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color (Atlantic, 1975)


    Composed by Rahsaan Roland Kirk.


    Rahsaan Roland Kirk—Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Flute, Strichaphone, Manzello

    Pat Patrick—Baritone Saxophone

    Cornell Dupree, Keith Loving and Hugh McCracken—Guitars

    Arthur Jenkins, Hilton Ruiz and Richard Tee—Keyboards

    Francesco Centeno, Metathias Pearson and Bill Salter—Bass

    Sonny Brown, Steve Gadd and John Goldsmith—Drums

    Lawrence Killian—Congas

    Ralph McDonald—Congas and Percussion


    This was finally identified. I imagined that everyone had this album and that this would be too easy to identify. It’s one of the joys of becoming old that I seem to have outlived the collective memory of current jazz lovers.




    6.  Harry James—B-19, from Record Sessions ’39-’42 (Hep, reissue released 1999)

    Recorded on December 11, 1941, at  the band’s first session after Pearl Harbor.

    Composed by Leroy Holmes.  Arranged by Harry James.


    This song was originally the B side of the 78 rpm single, I Don’r Want to Walk Without You, Columbia 36478, released on January 2. 1942. Helen Forrest was the vocalist on the A side.


    Harry James—Trumpet soloist.

    Claude Bowen, Nick Buona, Al Stearns—Trumpets.

    Hoyt Bohannon, Harry Rodgers, Dalton Rizzotto—Trombones.

    Claude Lakey, Sam Marowitz—Alto Saxophones.

    Corky Corcoran—Tenor Saxophone soloist.

    Clint Davis—Baritone Saxophone,  Alto Saxophone

    Alex Pevsner, Sindell Kopp, Leo Zorn—Violins

    Bill Spear—Viola

    Al Frieda—Cello

    Al Lerner—Piano

    Ben Heller—Guitar

    Thurman Teague—Bass

    Mickey Scrima—Drums


    This Track has one of my favorite Harry James solos.




    7.  Lew Tabackin—Autumn Sea, from Rites of Pan (Inner City, 1979).

    Composed by Toshiko Akiyoshi.


    Lew Tabackin—Flute

    Toshiko Akiyoshi—Piano

    Bob Daugherty—Bass

    Shelly Manne—Drums


    Musicians sometimes get put into categories by critics and listeners. I am struck by how well Shelly Manne fits in on this 1979 recording, which is outside of what many people might think of, when they think of Shelly Manne.


    Lew and Toshiko should not be forgotten, or somewhat dismissed, in my humble opinion.




    8.  Hermeto Pascoal & Big Band—O Som do Sol, from Natureza Universal (Scubidu, 2017)

    Composed and Arranged by Hermeto Pascoal


    Andre Marques—Big Band leader and musical director

    Bruno Soares, Raphael Sampaio, Diego Garbin, Reynaldo Izeppi, Rubinho Antunes—Trumpets

    Paulo Malheiros, Fabio Oliva, Sergio Coelho, Bruno Pereira—Trombones

    Jaziel Gomes—Bass Trombone

    Jota P., Do De Carvalho—Alto Saxophones

    Raphael Ferreira, Josue Dos Santos—Tenor Saxophones

    Cesar Roversi—Baritone Saxophone

    Tiago Gomes—Piano

    Fabio Leal—Guitar

    Fabio Gouvea-Electric Bass

    Cleber Almeida-Drums

    Fabio Pascoal-Percussion


    I was surprised that this 2017 recording was released under Hermeto Pascoal’s name. It is not what I associate with him.




    9. The Great Jazz Trio—Favors, from At The Village Vanguard (East Wind, 1977)

    Recorded in February, 1977.

    Composed by Claus Orgerman.


    Hank Jones—Piano

    Ron Carter—Bass

    Tony Wiliams—Drums


    The entire album is quite good. This specific Track has always seemed memorable to me.




    10.  Bruce Fowler—Floatin’, from Entropy (Fossil Records, 1993)

    Composed by Bruce Fowler.


    Bruce Fowler—Trombone

    Walt Fowler—Trumpet

    Phil Teele-Bass Trombone

    Suzette Moriarty—French Horn

    Steve Fowler—Alto Saxophone, Flute

    Albert Wing—Tenor Saxophone

    Kurt McGettrick—Baritone Saxophone, E Flat Contrabass Clarinet

    Billy Childs—Piano

    Tom Fowler—Acoustic Bass, Violin

    Chester Thompson—Drums


    Bruce Fowler is joined here by his Frank Zappa band mates from the 1970s (his brother Tom Fowler and Chester Thompson) and by his Frank Zappa band mates from the 1988 Zappa large ensemble group, which released “Broadway the Hard Way,” “The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life,” and “Make a Jazz Noise Here” (his brother Walt Fowler, Albert Wing and Kurt McGettrick).  Bruce Fowler and Walt Fowler may have been in a 1970s Zappa band together too. For this album, Bruce goes his own way and it is not much like a Zappa album.




    11. Cameron Graves—Isle of Love, from Planetary Prince  (Mack Avenue Records, 2017)

    Composed and Arranged by Cameron Graves


    Cameron Graves—Piano

    Kamasi Washington—Tenor Saxophone

    Philip Dizack—Trumpet

    Ryan Porter—Trombone

    Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner—Bass

    Ronald Bruner, Jr.--Drums

                    Cameron Graves is the pianist on Kamasi Washington’s “The Epic.” I thought that his piano solos

                    were the best thing about that much publicized album. I was interested in what Cameron Graves

                    would record on his solo album. The rest of this 2017 album is in the style of this Track. This is

                    somewhat disappointing to me. The compositions and playing impress me as being bombastic.

                    On the plus side, there is a lot of energy here. Perhaps his future albums will be better.

                    Cameron Graves was more restrained and tasteful on “The Epic”, to me.


                    Thank all of you for listening to my Blindfold Test and for providing such thoughtful comments.

  4. On 4/28/2018 at 2:19 PM, Spontooneous said:

    OK, a little more before the month gets away.

    5: Darn, that ID slipped right past me, though I replayed that album a few months back. This track is worth another listen just for the piano comping.

    7: I'm left with a strong feeling I've heard this before. James Newton? What commanding flute playing.

    8: Maybe Darcy James Argue?

    10: Even if I don't have a guess, I like it very much.

    11: Mixed feelings here. Again, a strong feeling I've heard it before. The reasons for that feeling may not be so good. I've heard several records sort of like this one over the last few years. Take some changes that sound like a Radiohead song and add some blowing that works up to repeated-note climaxes like an arena rock guitar solo. I guess this is a new iteration of How Things Should Be Done. This performance is  an excellent example of some new parameters. I like it some, but I want to see it open up to other things.

    Overall, a damn fine BFT here.

    Thank you for the compliment.

    Track #7 is not James Newton. I agree with you about the quality of the flute playing.

    Track #8 is not who you guessed. I have never heard of who you guessed.

    Track #10. I also like this very much. You may be surprised when you find out who it is.

    Track #11. You have made some interesting comments, many of which I am in general agreement with. I included this Track partly to discover what others thought of it. I have mixed feelings. I have heard the leader on sideman recordings where I liked his playing better. 



  5. 29 minutes ago, JSngry said:

    Wow...I've got most of Rahaan's output, including this one, but that might be the album I listen to least, and not for any really good reason. No matter, shame on me for not at least recognizing the player.

    I listened to the entire album just before posting this Blindfold Test and was reminded of how good it is. The second version of "The Entertainer" struck me this time as an exciting performance. "Portrait of Those Beautiful Ladies" and 'Freaks for the Festival" also struck me as more memorable than I had remembered. There are multiple versions of these songs on the album and there is at least one take of each song which strikes me as excellent. Opinions would probably differ as to which version of each song is preferred.

  6. 40 minutes ago, The Magnificent Goldberg said:

    Thank you. I got a free LP from some shop that didn't know what else to do with it of Ethiopian Jewish Liturgical Music. It was the most awful-sounding music I'd never heard, so I gave it to someone at work. (I DID tell him what I thought of it, but he still accepted it.) And I've kept well away from Ethiopian music since. But OK, I did know an Ethiopian student in the sixties who really dug Lonnie Smith and David Newman, so I evidently did that country's entire music output an injustice.

    Oh well, can't win 'em all.

    Does that guy have any albums of his own or is he a star of various artists compilations?


    OK, well I can't get #5 either, but that's pretty nice. I'll be interested in knowing who this is.



    The Ethiopian artist on #4. Mulatu Astatke,  has several albums of his own.

    Track #5 has been identified as Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “Echoes of Primitive Ohio and Chili Dogs.” 

  7. 5 minutes ago, The Magnificent Goldberg said:

    NOT South African! Oh wow, then I don't know. Almost certainly not from Africa unless there are good jazz musicians in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Zambia, all of which I greatly doubt.

    So if it's modern and European or American, I'm on foreign territory.

    I'll have a go at #5. Thanks.


    Track #4 is Ethiopian and has just been identified by member corto maltese.

  8. 21 minutes ago, corto maltese said:

    OK, I should have recognized track 4 immediately... It's Mulatu Astatke! "Tezetaye Anchi Lidge" from his wonderful "Ethio Jazz" album. Top choice!

    Sound quality seems very fine. Is this a CD reissue?


    You are very, very good at this. That is the track and artist. It is on Ethiopiques 4, a CD.

  9. 59 minutes ago, corto maltese said:

    I think track 2 is Spencer Barefield's "Escape From Bizarro World" from this album:


    You are correct. I did not think that anyone would know this album.

    40 minutes ago, corto maltese said:

    I really like track 4 (too bad about the fade-out). Is it Ethiopian by any chance?

    It could also be a track from one of Jazzman's "Spiritual Jazz" compilations.


    Track 5: those are Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Chili Dogs". Here's a link to an entertaining live version of this track ("Echoes Of Primitive Ohio And Chili Dogs"):


    Track #4 is Ethiopean. If it is on a "Spiritual Jazz' compilation, I do not know about that.

    Yes, you have identified the title of the Rahsaan Roland Kirk song, Track #5. Thanks for the live version. I enjoyed that.

  10. 6 hours ago, The Magnificent Goldberg said:

    Thanks to Bill, I've had a listen to #4. It's South African, not from the patch I know best, West Africa, but I think it's Winston 'Mankunku' Ngozi.

    I think I've said once or twice on the board that, if you come across anything of his, don't toy with your scruples, buy it.


    I am glad that you have listened. #4 is not from a South African muaician. This is not Winston  Mankunku Ngozi. Now i want to hear his music. 

    Did you listen to tbe next song, Track #5? It might be in your area of listening preference.


  11. 2 hours ago, tkeith said:

    Zorn can be enjoyable... and he can be un-enjoyable.  This one was enjoyable, even where I differed with choices.  

    Track 01 - West coastiness. Something very... proper(?) about the arpeggios in the alto player's solo. It's not stiff... but it's close.

    Track 02 - This sounds familiar rather quickly. I knew there was something quirky in that mix. Is that a banjo? No... brass guitar? Something odd in that bass, too. Acoustic bass guitar, maybe? Pizzacato cello? This is intriguing. It's odd, but remains musical. There's something almost Kenny Wheeler-ish about the trumpet, in a very good way. Like Kenny and Freddie Hubbard produced an offspring. Aha! Well, that's Oliver Lake. So maybe that could be someone along the lines of Hugh Ragin on trumpet. That strange-ish bass sound could be Abdul Wadad on cello. And the more I'm hearing the drummer, the more I'm getting a Cyrille vibe.
    You have some of it correct. Playing on this Track are Oliver Lake, Hugh Ragin, and Andrew Cyrille. You have impressive ears, to pick them out. The rest of your comments are not as spot on.
    Track 03 - Solo piano, older. Unsure.
    Track 04 - I like the vibe of this from the git go. Tenor has that vibrato quality that Byard Lancaster had on alto. Players struck me as avant garde players, but that's not the vibe, at all.
    You are not particularly close to indentifying what, or who, this is.
    Track 05 - Early on with the dogs was just weird enough to get me thinking Bill Dixon, but then it got all groovy. Hell, I like dogs -- I'm in. I was almost leaning Eddie Harris, then it hit me, that sure sounds like Rahsaan. And then, it sounds a little more controlled than Rahsaan. Definitely not Eddie. Okay, definitely Rahsaan, but not sure of the recording. Dig the groove, though. Is that a bassoon in my left ear? Intriguing. Can only name two guys who play that in the genre and I don't think it's either.
    It is Rahsaan Roland Kirk.. I am surprised that no one knows this album. I thought that this would be too easy. I thought that everyone had this album.
    Track 06 - That IS a different direction. Pretty straight forward swing, after the head. Maybe Budd Freeman on tenor? Not sure the band.
    It is not Bud Freeman. It has already been identified as Harry James. The song title and tenor saxophone soloist have not been named.
    Track 07 - Ooooo.. tasty. Man, this feels very LA to me. It's not Tapscott, but I think it's a disciple. It's not Adele Sebastian, so that leaves me wondering which of the doublers it might be (though, in truth, this sure sounds like a flute player to me). More polish on the piano than the Tapscott crowd, but I'm realling thinking Roberto Miquel Miranda on bass and Sonship Theus on drums. Very snappy drums, digging them a lot. That McCoy-ish lefthand is a big selling point for me, as well. Yeah, I'm going to commit and say flute is the main axe for this player. Some groaning in there, but not quite to the level of Harold Alexander. Perhaps James Newton? This is an absolute keeper for me.
    I believe that you will be quite surprised when you find out who this is, on each instrument.
    Track 08 - Odd. Heavily brass ensemble, heavily arranged, busy drums, but it works. Not sure how often I'd go to this well, but it's a refreshing drink at the moment. Get's a bit more common when it breaks into the Jazz waltz feel, but still works. The opening section had me thinking of Charles Tolliver's Brass Company. I'm almost wondering if this might be from Charles' current big band, as that sounds like Donald Harrison on alto. Arrangement has a bit of an edge to it, as well.
    It is not Charles Tolliver, and Donald Harrison does not play on it. You have made some very interesting comments here.
    Track 09 - HANK JONES! The Great Jazz Trio. This is SUCH a great track! Track B1 from this. One day, I WILL cover this tune. Hank is a forgotten hero of this music. Should be mentioned as frequently as Barry Harris or Tommy Flanagan. Stellar!
    Yes. I agree with everything you have said.
    Track 10 - Niceness. Very tasteful ballad. Not sure who the 'bone player is, only who it isn't. It's pleasant, but not overly memorable. Certainly a nod is due to Freddie Hubbard. At first I was thinking a controlled Hannibal, but that's not the case. Maybe Jeremy Pelt? Again, seems a bit more controlled. I like this, but prefer the trumpet player to the trombone (though that's purely preference -- both are fine efforts). So refreshing to hear a ballad that REMAINS a ballad.
    Again, those are very interesting comments. You have not identified any of the musicians.
    Track 11 - Has a very Vijay Iyer feel to it (and I mean that in a good way). It's complicated rhythmically, but remains musical. Vijay manages that where so many fail. Piano solo gets VERY busy, but that bugs me less than the putrid electric bass. Again, just a preferential thing, but I truly loathe that instrument 99% of the time. About 4:58, I turned into Montgomery Burns - "Alright... it's beginning to grate a little..." Almost wondering if this might be Martina Almgren's band. Seems like they may be a couple of steps ahead of that from a technical standpoint. Clearly, these are good players, but... I hate to be the curmudgeon, but... "sing me a song, baby." Gets a little too into the world of Chris Potter towards the end. I think I would have been wowed if the whole thing were about 5-1/2 minutes. This is just too busy for too long to suit my tastes.
    I agree that the track is busy. I was wondering what the listeners here would think of this. You have mentioned some names, none of whom appear on this Track.
    Sorry about the color background, it's a Chromebook thing, and I got paid to take this test. ;)

    Ah... I see I'm not as isolated in my appreciation of Hank Jones as I thought.  Got to see him towards the end, and glad I did.  A true master.


  12. On 4/2/2018 at 11:02 AM, felser said:

    Great job on BFT169.  #7 (especially) and #9 are right in my zone, and I can't wait for the reveals!  And several others are intriguing to me.

    Did you see that Track 9, which you said is in your zone, is “Favors”  by Hank Jones, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, The Great Jazz Trio at the Village Vanguard?

  13. 2 hours ago, JSngry said:

    Can only listen in short spurts now, sorry.

    # 4 is intriguing for me, Wurlitzer, not Rhodes, and the tenor player's vocabulary, time, and vibrato all sound very "non-American". I would say African, but that would be such a cliche.

    #5...what tenor player was that much influenced by the Eddie Harris exercise book. I don't know, but it's interesting to hear that, along with the Caroline Noh Singers at the beginning.

    Is #6 an Eddie Sauter or Mel Powell chart? I know I've heard it a few times, but not enough to know it by name. Sounds like a Goodman Columbia record. Oh my, strings, never mind! That's a good band, drummer might be a bit on the stiff side, but oh well, right?

    #8 - Toshiko? Clare Fischer? The writing definitely has a voice. Maybe Don Ellis, doesn't sound like an Ellis band though. But the chart definitely has an Ellis-ian contour to it, even if it ultimately seems to be in 4, when it's not in 6.

    #10, I was really hoping for a big band to come in.





    4. Sometimes it is good to go with your first impulse.

    5. I wondered if everyone had this album and it would be too easy. I am very old so I may have outlived what is commonly known today.

    6. The member with the lard container as his image has correctly identified the leader. To me, this unassuming Track has one of his better recorded solos.

    8. None of those. You may fall out of your chair when you learn who it is.

    10. The leader played in a rather famous large ensemble led by a legendary musician. He did not adopt the big band format for his solo effort.

    1 hour ago, xybert said:

    Track 9 is Hank Jones/TheGreatJazzTrio - Favors

    Oh you are correct. Hank Jones, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. This one particular track has always grabbed me somehow.

  14. 1 hour ago, hgweber said:

    i only got jim hall on #1. looking forward to reading the discussion.

    I am sorry to say that Jim Hall is not playing on Track 1.


    On ‎4‎/‎2‎/‎2018 at 11:02 AM, felser said:

    Great job on BFT169.  #7 (especially) and #9 are right in my zone, and I can't wait for the reveals!  And several others are intriguing to me.

    Thanks for the very nice comments.

  15. I am going to host my second Blindfold Test. My first effort, last year, featured only selections from John Zorn's "Book of Angels" series. It received mixed reactions. Hot Ptah has asked me to not include any John Zorn this time, and to try to make the music selections enjoyable to listen to. I have followed those suggestions.

    Here is the link to the Blindfold Test, with my thanks to Thom Keith for setting it up: