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  1. Blindfold Test #163: Reveal

    1. Song Title: Green Night and Orange Bright Artist: Tom Talbert. Album: Bix Duke Fats Label: Modern Concepts Year of Release: 1956 Composer: Tom Talbert Arranger: Tom Talbert Conductor: Tom Talbert Alto Sax (solo): Herb Geller Alto Sax and flute: Joe Soldo Tenor Sax and Clarinet: Aaron Sachs Baritone Sax and Bass Clarinet: Danny Bank Trumpet: Joe Wilder Trombone: Eddie Bert French Horn: Jim Buffington Guitar: Barry Galbraith Piano: Claude Williamson Bass: Oscar Pettiford Drums: Osie Johnson This is the only Tom Talbert composition on the album. All of the other songs are composed by Bix, Duke or Fats. 2. Song Title: Avalon Artist: Harry “Sweets” Edison Album: Edison’s Lights Label: Pablo Year of Release: 1976 Composer: Jolson/De Sylva/Rose Producer: Norman Granz Trumpet: Harry “Sweets” Edison Tenor Sax: Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Piano: Count Basie Bass: John Heard Drums: Jimmie Smith I think that this track is a little bit surprising. It is a later example of Count Basie loosening up and playing without his usual restraint. When I saw him live in the mid to late 1970s, he never soloed like this. 3. Song Title: Limehouse Blues Artist: Phil Woods and Lew Tabackin Album: Phil Woods/Lew Tabackin Label: Omnisound Year of Release: 1981 Composer: Furber/Braham Producer: Bill Goodwin Alto Sax: Phil Woods Tenor Sax: Lew Tabackin Piano: Jimmy Rowles Bass: Michael Moore Drums: Bill Goodwin 4. Song Title: Tanjah Artist: Randy Weston Album: Tanjah Label: Polydor Year of Release: 1974 Composer: Randy Weston Arranger and Conductor: Melba Liston Producer: Randy Weston Piano: Randy Weston Oud, Arabic Narration: Ahmed Abdul-Malik (Soloist) Alto Sax, Piccolo: Norris Turney Tenor Sax, Flute: Billy Harper (Soloist) Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Clarinet: Budd Johnson Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet, Flute: Danny Bank Trumpets, Flugelhorns: Ray Copeland, Jon Faddis, Ernie Royal Trombone: Al Grey Bass Trombone: Jack Jeffers French Horn: Julius Watkins Bass: Ron Carter Drums: Rudy Collins Conga, Kakabar: Azzedin Weston (Soloist) Conga, Spanish Narration: Candido Camero: (Soloist) Timbales, Marimba: Omar Clay Ashiko Drum: Taiwo Yusve Divall Percussion: Earl Williams 5. Song Title: Hello Little Girl Artist: Duke Ellington Album: Ellington Jazz Party Label: Columbia Year of Release: 1959 Composer: Duke Ellington Piano: Jimmy Jones Trumpet Soloist: Dizzy Gillespie Vocal: Jimmy Rushing Trumpets: Ray Nance, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Andres Ford Trombones: Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders Saxophones: Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Hamilton, Harry Carney Bass: Jimmy Woode Drums: Sam Woodyard 6. Song Title: Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love Artist: Betty Carter Album: Now It’s My Turn Label: Roulette Year of Release: 1976 Composer: Cole Porter Vocal: Betty Carter Piano: John Hicks Bass: Walter Booker Drums: Eddie Moore I saw Betty Carter with John Hicks live, in the mid to late 1970s. They were great live. Then the next time I saw her live, she had Mulgrew Miller on piano. 7. Song Title: Boy Meets Horn Artist: Duke Ellington Album: The Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts: January 1943 Label: Prestige Year of Release: 1977 Composer: Duke Ellington/Rex Stewart Piano: Duke Ellington Cornet: Rex Stewart (Soloist) Trumpets: Ray Nance, Shorty Baker, Wallace Jones Trombones: Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton , Juan Tizol Saxophones: Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Ben Webster, Chauncy Haughton, Harry Carney Guitar: Fred Guy Bass: Junior Raglin Drums: Sonny Greer I have wondered if Lester Bowie was familiar with this track, or with Rex Stewart’s playing in general. 8. Song Title: Django’s Castle (All Mine Almost) Artist: Phil Woods Album: The Phil Woods Six “Live” From the Showboat Label: RCA Year of Release: 1977 Composer: Django Reinhardt Arranger: Harry Leahey Recorded live at the Showboat Lounge, Silver Springs, Maryland, November, 1976. Alto Sax: Phil Woods Guitar: Harry Leahey Piano: Mike Melillo Bass: Steve Gilmore Drums: Bill Goodwin Percussion: Alyrio Lima I saw Phil Woods live many times from the late 1970s into the 1990s, and he was never a disappointment. He was always a great live performer in those years, whenever I saw him. This entire 2 LP live album is excellent, in my humble opinion. 9. Song Title: Very Early Artist: John McLaughlin Album: Belo Horizonte Label: Warner Brothers Year of Release: 1981 Composer: Bill Evans Guitar: John McLaughlin I think that for John McLaughlin, this is uncharacteristically concise and simply beautiful. 10. Song Title: Open Beauty Artist: Don Ellis Album: Electric Bath Label: Columbia Year of Release: 1967 Composer: Don Ellis Alto Saxophone, Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Joe Roccisano, Ruben Leon Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet – Ron Starr Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Piccolo Flute, Clarinet – Ira Schulman Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Bass Clarinet – John Magruder Trumpet – Don Ellis, Alan Weight, Bob Harmon, Ed Warren, Glenn Stuart Trombone – Dave Sanchez, Ron Myers, Terry Woodson Piano, Clavinet, Electric Piano [Fender] – Mike Lang Bass – Dave Parlato, Frank De La Rosa Bass, Sitar – Ray Neapolitan Drums – Steve Bohannon Congas, Bongos – Chino Valdes Timbales, Vibraphone, Percussion [Miscellaneous] – Mark Stevens Percussion [Miscellaneous] – Alan Estes This was such an unusual sound in 1967, and it does not seem like it really influenced the later fusion music all that much. This era of Don Ellis seems unique to me. 11. Song Title: A.I.R. (All India Radio) Artist: Carla Bley Album: Escalator Over The Hill Label: JCOA Year of Release: 1971 Composer: Carla Bley Desert Band of Musicians: Trumpet: Don Cherry Violin: Leroy Jenkins Cello: Calo Scott Clarinet: Souren Baronian Acoustic Guitar: Sam Brown Organ: Carla Bley Bass: Ron McClure Drums: Paul Motian 12. Song Title: Rawalpindi Blues Artist: Carla Bley Album: Escalator Over The Hill Label: JCOA Year of Release: 1971 Composer: Carla Bley Lyrics: Paul Haines Jack’s Traveling Band: Guitar: John McLaughlin Bass, Vocal: Jack Bruce Organ: Carla Bley Drums: Paul Motian Desert Band and Sand Shepherd: Trumpet, Vocal: Don Cherry Violin: Leroy Jenkins Cello: Calo Scott Clarinet: Souren Baronian Acoustic Guitar: Sam Brown Organ: Carla Bley Bass: Ron McClure Drums: Paul Motian NOTE: Tracks 11 and 12 make up all of Side 5 of the original vinyl LP issue of “Escalator Over The Hill.” We have discussed these tracks at some length in the Discussion for this Blindfold Test. 13. Song Title: H-46M…B-BW4 (as titled on the original vinyl release, with a diagram in the title) Opus 40(0) (as titled on the Mosaic box set reissue) Artist: Anthony Braxton Album: The Montreux/Berlin Concerts, reissued on Mosaic’s The Complete Arista Recordings of Anthony Braxton Label: Arista Year of Release: 1977 Composer: Anthony Braxton Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival, July 20, 1975 Alto Sax: Anthony Braxton Trumpet: Kenny Wheeler Bass: Dave Holland Drums, Percussion, Gongs: Barry Altschul 14. Song Title: Fusion Artist: Teo Macero Album: Teo Macero Conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra Featuring the Lounge Lizards-Fusion Label: Europa Year of Release: 1984 Recorded: 1982 Composer: Teo Macero Composition Year: 1954 Conductor: Teo Macero Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra Guitar: Ryo Kawasaki Alto Sax: John Lurie Trombone: Peter Zummo Piano: Evan Lurie Bass: Tony Garnier Drums: Douglas Bowne In the CD liner notes, the following appears: “FUSION was originally performed at Columbia University, New York City, on April 23, 1956. Howard Shanet conducted the Columbia University Orchestra and a Jazz quintet. It was later performed at Carnegie Hall, on January 11, 1958. Leonard Bernstein conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and a Jazz quintet featuring Art Farmer, John La Porta, Don Butterfield, Wendell Marshall, and Ed Shaughnessy.”
  2. Blindfold Test #163

    I am glad that you got this in, as I am posting the Reveal today. My responses are in red next to your comments.
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    No one has mentioned it so I will say that I like John McLaugjlin’s electric guitar solo on “Rawalpindi Blues”. My reaction is that it is a compelling electric guitar solo without the overwhelming flurry of fast notes that was the characteristic of his Mahavishnu Orchestra playing not long after this. It was a different approach for John, which he did not explore further in recordings as far as I know.
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    I am glad if I inspired you. My favorites are the Overture (Side 1 of the three record set) and Side 5, but there are other pleasures throughout.
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    Here is something I have wondered about "Rawalpindi Blues", Track 12 on this Blindfold Test. In the booklet that comes with the LP set of Escalator Over the Hill, the lyrics are printed in a back section. The lines that Jack Bruce sings on "Rawalpindi Blues" are credited to "Jack". There are responses sung by someone else, to what Jack is singing, credited to "His Friends." For example, :"His Friends" sing "let me stay away from you," and "what will we ever do with you." There is a separate section in the front of the booklet with the title "Musicians." . It shows that Jack's Traveling Band, the band on "Rawalpindi Blues", consists of John McLaughlin, Carla Bley, Jack Bruce, and Paul Motian. There is no mention of "His Friends" in that musician credits section. There is yet another section near the front of the booklet with the title "Cast.", That section lists characters' names and which musicians and singers play them. It does not say which songs they appear on. In the "Cast" section, "His Friends" are Charlie Haden and Steve Ferguson. So is it Charlie Haden and Steve Ferguson singing the response parts on "Rawalpindi Blues"/ I have read that Charlie Haden was part of a family country band as a child. I am not sure if Charlie Haden could sing well. It is not made certain and clear, in the booklet and its credits.
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    That is all correct.
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    Yes, Track 12 is a track from Carla Bley's "Escalator Over the Hill."
  8. Purging for a move - sales advice wanted

    If there is a scholarly institution who would want my CD collection for the preservation of the music, and for future research and historical work, I would donate them in my will to such a place. What I have found from talking to local universities and libraries is that my collection is likely to end up on the dollar table (or the 25 cents table) of their annual fundraising sale. This has been frustrating. Is there an institution that is dedicated to the historical preserviation of recorded music?
  9. Blindfold Test #163

    Thank you for your close attention and listening. I expected that some listeners might not like the avant garde selections, so I put them all together at the end. You can just stop listening when it gets to the part of the Test that you do not like. It is Sam Woodyard of the Ellington band on Track 5, of the unswinging cymbals as you put it. I bought the Duke Ellington Jazz Party album as an LP in the late 1970s. The liner notes stated that this Hello Little Girl recording was an unplanned, spontaneous jam session in the studio. Duke is not on piano, but conducted the band as the recording unfolded. Jimmy Jones is on piano. Jimmy Rushing had always wanted to sing with the Ellington band and took this opportunity when it presented itself, according to the liner notes. I have always wondered how off-the-cuff this recording could be, because the band plays simple riffs but plays them very precisely together. Maybe top musicians can just do that as a group with no rehearsal or planning. I wonder what the musicians on this board would have to say about that. Track 1 is not early Sun Ra. I never thought of that. You are correct on all of the names that you have mentioned. Track 13 is Anthony Braxton with Kenny Wheeler on the album that you mention. Thank you for your close attention and listening.
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    I hope that you like it, or at least some of it.
  11. Blindfold Test #163

    Thank you for the welcoming artwork. It reminds me of how when we want someone to feel at home in St. Louis, we take them to Ted Drewes for a concrete. 1. You have not identified the artist. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9. You have identified everything correctly. Did you get straight A's in school? You are a high achiever. With that, I am a little bit surprised that you are not immediately familiar with 11 and 12. I thought that 11 and 12 would be the easy ones to guess. Since I just love the music, I included 11 and 12 anyway. You have the artists correct on 10 and 13. What are the albums? In St. Louis now, cutouts often go with a saw cut in the plastic case to Half Price Books. I love that Randy Weston album. I bought it when it was released.
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    I am responding to your comments. 2. It is Count Basie and Eddie Lockjaw Davis. I had imagined that maybe listeners would not think that it was Count Basie on piano, because he plays a lot more notes here than he often did in his later career. It is a Norman Granz album. You have not guessed the trumpet player. 3. You have guessed the song title. 5. Everything you have said is correct. I have loved this track for a long time. 7. The trumpet player is Rex Stewart. When I saw Lester Bowie live I remembered this particular track. It is Bill Evans' "Very Early". According to the album's liner information, there is one guitarist. Maybe overdubbed? I am not sure.
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    Here is the link which Mr. Thom Keith has provided to me, so that you can access this Blindfold Test: