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  1. Blindfold Test 175 Reveal

    This Kamasi album is surprisingly good. He is not a gimmick. He is the real thing. He may get people to listen to him because of his strings and choir, but they are used much less on this new album. There is a lot of straightahead jazz on the new album, with compelling solos. I hear a sound, a feel, to his music now that is more like the old jazz we love, compared to some of the young technicians and their clinical, cold sound.
  2. Blindfold Test 175 Reveal

    1. 1. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/517KnB6RolL.jpg 1. Song: I’m Shooting High Artist: Catherine Russell Album: Bring It Back Label and Year: Jazz Village, 2014 Composers: Ted Koehler/Jimmy McHugh Catherine Russell-Vocals Matt Munisteri-Guitar Mark Shane-Piano Lee Hudson-Bass Mark McLean-Drums Jon-Erik Kellso-Trumpet Brian Pareschi-Trumpet John Allred-Trombone Dan Block-Alto Saxophone Andy Farber-Tenor Saxophone Mark Lopeman-Baritone Saxophone Catherine Russell is the daughter of Luis Russell, the big band leader and musical director for Louis Armstrong. She began her solo career in the 2000s, and has recorded several albums which I think are excellent. It could be that her singing is better than her sidemen, as some members here found the backing to be like a not entirely successful recreation of an earlier time. 2. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91i%2BHu-U7DL._SL1500_.jpg Song: Uptown Artist: McCoy Tyner Album: Inner Voices Label and Year: Milestones, 1978 Composer: McCoy Tyner Arranger: McCoy Tyner Solos—Alex Foster—Tenor Saxophone, McCoy Tyner—Piano, Jon Faddis—Trumpet Cecil Bridgewater, Eddie Preston, Ernie Royal, Jon Faddis—Trumpets Charles Stephens, Dick Griffin, Earl McIntyre, Janice Robinson—Trombones Jerry Dodgion, Joe Ford—Alto Saxophones Alex Foster—Tenor Saxophone Ed Xiques—Baritone Saxophone Earl Klugh—Guitar McCoy Tyner—Piano Ron Carter—Bass Eric Gravatt--Drums I love this recording, from its energy, the arrangement, the solos by Alex Foster and Jon Faddis--it all clicks for me. 3. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71SfPBiK%2BUL._SL1200_.jpg Song: Sabiduria Artist: Eddie Palmieri Album: Sabiduria/Wisdom Label and Year: Ropeadope, 2017 Composer: Eddie Palmieri Arranger: Eddie Palmieri Eddie Palmieri--Piano Ronnie Cuber—Baritone Saxophone (solo) David Spinozza—Guitar (solo) Joe Locke—Vibes Luques Curtis—Bass Marcus Miller—Electric Bass Bernard Purdie--Drums Obed Calvaire--Drums Little Johnny Rivero--Congas Anthony Carrillo—Bongos, Cowbell Luis Quintero--Timbales Iwao Sado—Bata Drums This is from a very recent Eddie Palmieri album which I think is very strong overall. This Track did not seem to get much approval from the members who commented, though. 4. Song: Axulito Artist: Mario Bauza and his Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra Album: Tanga Label and Year: Messidor, 1999 Composer: Ray Santos Arranger: Ray Santos Solos: Dioris Rivera—Tenor Saxophone, Conrad Herwig—Trombone, Stanton Davis--Trumpet Victor Paz, Ross Konikoff, Stanton Davis, Larry Lunetta—Trumpets Tracy Turner, Gregory Williams—French Horns Conrad Herwig, Gerry Chamberlain, Bruce Eidem, Douglas Perviance—Trombones Nathan Durham-Bass Trombone Rolando Briceno, Eddie Alex—Alto Saxophones Enrique Fernandez—Tenor Saxophone, Flute Dioris Rivera—Tenor Saxophone Jerome Richardson—Tenor Saxophone Pablo Calogero—Baritone Saxophone Marcus Persiani—Piano Guillhermo Edgehill—Bass Juan “Papo” Pepin—Congas Carlos “Patato” Valdez—Congas, Guiro Joe Gonzales—Bongos, Cowbell Bobby Sanabria—Drums, Timbales, Cascara Mario Bauza—Musical Director I heard this song in the background at a Mexican restaurant while I was planning this Blindfold Test. It made me think of the excellent albums which Mario Bauza released in the 1990s. 5. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61vLDT9dnFL._SL1217_.jpg Song: Hub-Tones Artist: Kamasi Washington Album: Heaven and Earth Label and Year: Young Turks Recordings, 2018 Composer: Freddie Hubbard Arranger: Kamasi Washington Kamasi Washington-Tenor Saxophone Dontae Winslow-Trumpet Ryan Porter-Trombone Cameron Graves-Piano Brandon Coleman-Organ, Keyboards Miles Mosley-Bass Ronald Bruner, Jr.-Drums Tony Austin-Drums Allakoi Peete-Percussion Kahlil Cummings-Percussion I think that this new Kamasi Washington album is very enjoyable to listen to, and is mostly successful, (except for a few songs which seem overarranged with strings to me). This is one of my favorites from the album. 6. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91bjlQ53-3L._SL1500_.jpg Song: De Pois Do Amor, O Vazio (After Love, Emptiness) Artist: Wayne Shorter Album: Odyssey of Iska Label and Year: Blue Note, Recorded August, 1970, Released 1971 Composer: Robert C. Thomas Wayne Shorter—Soprano Saxophone Dave Friedman—Vibes, Marimba Gene Bertoncini—Guitar Ron Carter, Cecil McBee—Bass Alphonse Mouzon, Billy Hart—Drums Frank Cuomo—Percussion, Drums I love this lyrical Wayne Shorter performance, released after Weather Report was underway. 7. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61yAgNQtYHL._SS500.jpg Song: Dreaming of the Master Artist: Art Ensemble of Chicago Album: Nice Guys Label and Year: ECM, 1979 Composer: Joseph Jarman Roscoe Mitchell—Saxophone Soloist. Lester Bowie—Trumpet Roscoe Mitchell—Saxophones Joseph Jarman—Saxophones Malachi Favors—Bass Don Moye—Drums, Percussion The credits list many other instruments played by members of the group, but I do not hear them on this particular track. This is the concluding selection on their ECM album "Nice Guys." I loved the Art Ensemble of Chicago and I think that this is one of their better studio selections. Roscoe Mitchell is smoking in his solo work here. 8. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51lJ83Ms5UL.jpg Song: Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancin’ Shoes Artist: Roscoe Mitchell Album: Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancin’ Shoes Label and Year: Nessa, 1981 Composer: Roscoe Mitchell Roscoe Mitchell—Tenor Saxophone Hugh Ragin—Trumpet A.Spencer Barefield—Guitar Jaribu Shahid—Bass Tani Tabbal--Drums Here is a Roscoe Mitchell solo album from a few years after "Nice Guys." It is interesting to compare his soloing on the two tracks, I think. This album was released on the label owned by board member Chuck Nessa. 9. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91d4MjCm%2BwL._SX425_.jpg Song: Exaltation/Religious Experience/Major Artist: Carla Bley Album: The Carla Bley Big Band Goes to Church Label and Year: Watt, 1996 Composer: Exaltation composed by Carl Ruggle Religious Experience/Major composed by Carla Bley Arranger: Carla Bley Recorded live at Chiesa San Francesco Al Prato, Umbria Jazz, Perugia, Italy Soloists: Wolfgang Puschnig—Alto Saxophone, Dennis Mackrel—Drums, Lew Soloff—Trumpet, Wolfgang Puschnig—Alto Saxophone Lew Soloff, Guy Barker, Claude Deppa, Steve Waterman—Trumpets Gary Valente, Pete Beauchill, Chris Dean—Trombones Richard Henry—Bass Trombone Roger Jannotta—Soprano and Alto Saxophones, Flute Wolfgang Puschnig—Alto Saxophone Andy Sheppard, Jerry Underwood—Tenor Saxophones Julian Arguelies—Baritone Saxophone Karen Mantler—Organ, Harmonica Carla Bley—Piano Steve Swallow—Bass Dennis Mackrel--Drums This is from one of my favorite Carla Bley big band albums. At first I thought it was Carla on organ, but a reading of the liner notes shows that it is her daughter, Karen Mantler, on organ. My cover of the CD has very shiny gold lettering, which I cannot find in any online image of the album cover. 10. Song: If You Could See Me Now Artist: John Lewis Album: CD Only Bonus Track to The Wonderful World of Jazz Label and Year: Atlantic. This track was recorded in 1960. The original album was released in 1961. This CD Only Bonus Track was first released in 1988. Composer: Tadd Dameron. John Lewis—Piano Jim Hall—Guitar George Duvivier—Bass Connie Kay--Drums I love the sound and depth of this track. There is something about veterans playing with purpose, which young technicians cannot attain. I like George Duvivier's sound on bass on this track. 11. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51WHtMAM%2BLL._SS500.jpg Song: Was It Something I Said? Artist: Yoko Miwa Album: Pathways Label and Year: Ocean Blue Tear Music, 2017 Composer: Yoko Miwa. Yoko Miwa—Piano Will Slater—Bass Scott Goulding—Drums Yoko Miwa is a 48 year old Japanese pianist, who is new to me. I am very favorably impressed with all of this recent album. 12. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51NCoSgJToL.jpg Song: Random Vibrations Artist: Frank Ku-Umba Lacy Album: Tonal Weights and Blue Fire Label and Year: Tutu Records, 1991 Composer: Frank Lacy. Frank Lacy—Trombone, keyboards Fred Hopkins—Bass Michael Carvin—Drums I love the sound of Frank Lacy's trombone and Fred Hopkins' bass on this selection. It was a great loss when Hopkins passed away at a relatively young age. I think that this is one of Lacy's more successful albums. 13. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ZympWAs9L._SS500.jpg Song: Shepp’s Way Artist: Charlie Haden Album: The Golden Number Label and Year: A&M Horizon, 1977 Composer: Charlie Haden. Charlie Haden—Bass Archie Shepp—Tenor Saxophone I love everything about this track. I have always liked Charlie Haden's sound and playing. Archie Shepp really impresses me here as well.
  3. Blindfold Test 175 Discussion Thread Again

    I really appreciate all of the end of month comments after the earlier discussion was erased. I will post my Reveal tomorrow, on November 1.
  4. Blindfold Test 175 Discussion Thread Again

    That is correct. It is a bonus track only on the CD reissue. Track 2: you are correct on Jon Faddis as the trumpet soloist. As others have pointed out, it is McCoy Tyner. Very interesting comments on 3, 4 and 5. When you see the Reveal I think you may be surprised. Track 6: This has been identified as a 1971 solo album by Wayne Shorter, so your comments are apt. Track 7: you have correctly identified it. Roscoe Mitchell is identified as the saxophone soloist in every source I have read. Track 8: I think you may be surprised at who this is. Track 9: very interesting to think of Ballad of the Fallen in relation to this. Track 10: I agree with you about how good this is. Track 11: not Gene Harris! Track 12: don’t talk yourself out of all of them. Track 13: It is Archie Shepp. If you don’t have this album, I think you would really enjoy all of it.
  5. Blindfold Test 175 Discussion Thread Again

    Those are interesting thoughts about Track 1. The musicians are contemporary. The vocalist has a history which fits somewhat into your thoughts and which does not fit somewhat too. I had not thought of the similarities between McCoy Tyner’s use of a vocal choir on the album that Track 2 comes from, and Kamasi Washington’s recent uses of a vocal choir, I think that you will find the identifications for Tracks 3 and 4 to be very interesting. i like your insights about Track 10. I agree with them. There is something about seasoned musicians playing with purpose, that younger technicians often do not get to.
  6. Blindfold Test 175 Discussion Thread Again

    All of those identifications are correct. i like Track 6 as it is one of the times when Wayne Shorter did not compromise and also played accessible music which my mother likes to overhear. She does not know much about jazz. Track 7 features Lester Bowie, the pride of my home town St. Louis.
  7. Unusual Situation with BFT 175

    I have reposted the Discussion thread again, with the link to the music included.
  8. http://thomkeith.net/index.php/blindfold-tests/ There is the link to BFT 175, which was accidentally deleted with all of your comments, as Hot Ptah has explained. Please start with your comments again! I hope that we can have a robust discussion in the days that remain in October.
  9. BFT 167 Discussion Thread

    Track 10 intrigues me after your comment. I do not know who is playing that way and is that good—and is current!
  10. BFT 167 Discussion Thread

    Track 10 is really good. The drummer is either Elvin Jones or someone who has listened to a lot of Elvin. I love the two saxophonists. It reminds me of some of Elvin’s albums in the 1968-72 period when he would have two excellent saxophonists in his band. Track 11: the trumpet player really knows his Miles Davis, really has Miles’ sound down cold. Could it be Wallace Roney? Who else is so close to Miles? The pianist and bassist don’t seem to have the right fee for this kind of music. They are rushing and have s kind of cold sound, which makes me think this was recorded after 2000.
  11. BFT 167 Discussion Thread

    Track 9 is one of my favorite tracks on this Blindfold Test. It starts with a brass choir of sorts, then a swinging vibes solo. The vibes player reminds me of Teddy Charles a little bit but has a smoother, softer attack than Teddy. The trombonist has a warm sound which reminds me of Willie Dennis. The saxophone player is odd, a unique conception on the instrument. Or else it's Lee Konitz on a day when he had the flu. This sounds like a 1950s to early 1960s West Coast jazz session. I find it immensely appealing.
  12. BFT 167 Discussion Thread

    I am jumping around on the remaining tracks, fitting them in between a lot of work at my office. Track 13 is such a fine track. I love both the pianist and bassist. This is top level playing. I am not able to identify them. The bassist sounds like a master who came up in the 1950s or 1960s. He has that combination of technique and sound that some younger bassists do not have, even if they are technically good. I am really interested in finding out who this is. My wild guess is John Hicks and Ray Drummond, but I don't think that is correct.
  13. BFT 167 Discussion Thread

    Here are a few more. Track 6. "Day Dream" by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, featuring a big tone tenor saxophonist with a lot of soul. I am going to guess Houston Person. I do not know who the other musicians are. This is a nice version of the song. Track 7. A vocalist singing a song with lyrics that verge on the pessimistic at times. I would be surprised if I have heard this vocalist before. I do not seem to recognize him. I like this recording. I think it is convincingly performed. Track 8. This is some type of tribute to the Miles Davis/Wayne Shorter/Herbie Hancock/Ron Carter/Tony Williams acoustic quintet of the 1960s. I know that there have been different tribute bands to that quintet, such as one in the 1990s with Wallace Roney substituting for Miles, playing with the other four. The trumpet player does not have Miles' tone or thought patterns for improvisation, but sometimes sounds here like he is imitating Miles' playing from the years of that quintet. The bass player is quite good, but does not sound like Ron Carter. He sounds like a top notch bassist. I do not know who it is. The tenor saxophonist, pianist, and drummer, could actually be Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams. They sound very close to the originals. They are either those three musicians, or else they are musicians who have really studied their styles and can play very close to the original musicians. I like this recording very much. More later.
  14. BFT 167 Discussion Thread

    As usual these days, I am very busy at work. I will discuss a few tracks at a time, as I am able to listen to each several times. Track 1. Is this Vincent Herring? It is an exciting live track. The pianist has studied McCoy Tyner and has absorbed his style. It sounds like a more recent recording, maybe in the 2000-2010 period. Track 2. Is this Rahsaan Roland Kirk? If so, it must be a live album which I do not have. The circular breathing at the end of the track reminded me of Kirk. This is a saxophone player who came after Coltrane, as he once in a while plays a lick which would not have been possible without a knowledge of Coltrane. But this saxophonist plays for the maximum feeling, and does not try to play a lot of notes to attain technical goals. The electric pianist, guitarist and electric bassist reminds me of Stan Getz's band in the late 1970s, when he had Andy Laverne and Chuck Loeb with him. This is a very imaginative guitar solo within this style. I like the guitarist's approach very much, whoever he may be. Track 3. This is one of those historical recordings which sounds like it was recorded from a portable device in someone's lap. I can't hear any of the instruments very well at all, except for the saxophonist, who is very familiar. I cannot place the saxophonist, however. It is like having something on the tip of your tongue. Track 4. That is really excellent guitar playing. It is on the level of someone like Joe Pass. I do not know who it is. This is a great track. Track 5. Is this a one man band, one person playing everything on electronic keyboards? The drums sound very electronic. The lead instrument is not quite real sounding, as if it is an electronically programmed sound. If that is what it is, this is done well. The track has a lilting swing to it, and it sounds pretty natural, like it could be a small group playing together. It is an appealing tune. I do not know who performs in this area of musical expression. That is all for now. More to come later.
  15. Sign Up For a Blindfold Test in 2018

    I just read this thread and see that there are some months left open. I enjoyed presenting my first Blindfold Test a few months ago. I would like to present another one this year.