chris

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  1. Jazz Podcasts

    Since podcasting seems to be the new black, has anyone heard any good jazz podcasts? I have come across some interesting things to listen to when it comes to pop/rock, film reviews, and personal essays/nonfiction, but it seems like Jazz would be a natural for this kind of thing. I've thought about doing one of my own, but the idea of my take on jazz would probably be worse for listeners than hearing my poetry
  2. Lenny Tristano?

    Reading the interview with Dave Liebman in the recent Jazz Improv magazine piqued my interest in Lenny Tristano, who I don't think I have ever heard. What do you all think of him? What recordings would be representative and/or best to get some exposure?
  3. While I own a number of discs featuring Yusef Lateef, it was only after his passing that I read much about him. Is his idea of "Autophysiopsychic" music one that has gained traction among musicians? It's the first time I've heard of it. Based on my reading about it at <http://www.yuseflateef.com/read-yusef-lateefs-essays>, I'm not sure I completely understand it (for instance, the notion that saying a musician was really "cooking" being a statement that is "at best ... a way of saying that the musician and his music be given no aesthetic or intellectual admiration" doesn't work for me, generally), but it does make me wonder if Lateef if ever read anything about the psychological concept of "flow states," which might have alleviated some of the skepticism of descriptors like "cooking." Anyway, I was just curious about this idea!
  4. Red Nichols

    Until this article, I'd never heard of Red Nichols. Can anyone suggest recordings to hear this person who Louis Armstrong said could "blow them all away?"
  5. Yusef Lateef RIP

    Sadly, it doesn't look like it is! But the album with Ricky Ford is, so I might as well spring for that one
  6. The situation on the mac is difficult (I vastly prefer it and don't know why I switched, but this is a weak area for the platform). There doesn't seem to be a decent Access-like (in terms of being a consumer product) option in general (this includes reviewing most of the suggestions on a Stack Exchange thread I started..Filemaker is a pseudo-SQL db, other options are very "proprietary" in their approach). That has left me with, for building my own, a bunch of MySQL based tools...which is fine, but I'm OK with leaving my developer/programming days behind in exchange for a few missing features. I just don't have it in me to build my own system right now (and if I did that, I'd need to do one for my fountain pen collecting...and then one that indexed and had photos for my origami book collection, etc). Ultimately, building something myself would certainly meet my needs for customization, but since I'm just one man I am evaluating products that already exist Beyond Category is interesting and I may go that way. Music Collector remains a decent product. Nothing is going to take the pain away from the cataloging, so who knows...maybe I'll just continue to let perfection remain the mortal enemy of the good! PS "Cataloging" is a common American-Englishism. I can't win...when I use British English terms (whether they really are or whether they just seem to most to be), I get accused of being pompous. So it goes. I highly recommend David Crystal's astounding book _The Stories of English_ if you think about such things at all, though I warn you that you'll likely come out of the experience a changed person when it comes to how you think about such linguistic divergence and evolution, including in the form of constructions "those damn kids and their texts and tweets" use. I know I did!
  7. I am wondering if any of you have recommendations for good software for cataloging my CD (and a few LPs) collection on a Mac? I am not a historian looking to capture and create discographies. My primary reason for the catalog, beyond just knowing what I have and browsing (which iTunes and other music playing software with library capabilities does fine), is to be able to find performers across discs/tracks. I once used Music Collector from collectorz.com -- it worked OK and I might go back to it -- but I want to weigh my options first!
  8. Yusef Lateef --Autophysiopsychic ?

    Great link, thanks. It was Csikszentmihalyi's book _Flow_ that I was thinking of and which is important to that book (based on the introduction). Csikszentmihalyi's book is actually fascinating and far easier to read than his name
  9. Yusef Lateef RIP

    Speaking of: what do you think of the Lateef/Von Freeman album. I'm keen to listen, but it's not cheap to procure...a good investment?
  10. BFT 118 signup

    I would like to participate via ye olde downloade please.
  11. Yusef Lateef --Autophysiopsychic ?

    Thanks for the link. I still don't understand Lateef's position. Or I should say, I don't agree with it. But I wonder: do other musicians talk of Autophysiopsychic music? Is this a theory that other musicians work with?
  12. Dave Brubeck - RIP

    I'm surprised at the proportion of ambivalence toward - dislike of Brubeck's music!
  13. Rush, like Springsteen, is a bad I can never get into but I keep trying every few years. I do not get it; based on all the music I listen to of "that" variety, I should. But it leaves me cold. Springsteen's music leaves me cold; Rush is at least abstractly more interesting, but Geddy Lee's voice? ARGH. It's a shame about Deep Purple.
  14. BFT 105 Signup Thread

    After many years, I have returned. A BFT seems like a good way to jump in. So if it's not too late, I'd love to download!
  15. The rip-off labels

    So far on my list of rip-off labels I have: JSP (excluding Davies and Kendall produced sets) Definitive And potentially: Proper (though I do love the Fats Navarro Proper box I got a while back and they seem to have great booklets) Are there others to avoid? Do you avoid the ones mentioned above?
  16. Erroll Garner

    I was commenting to a friend that I was really enjoying Erroll Garner's "Concert by the Sea" album and he referred to the disc as "cheesy". I don't know what that's supposed to mean, but it's not what I am hearing! So what are some good albums to explore more of Garner? The complete Savoy master takes looks interesting, but maybe there are some more cohesive sets out there...
  17. Here is what I have... what should I get next? 5 by Monk by 5 Alone In San Francisco At Carnegie Hall (with John Coltrane) Genius of Modern Music (Volume 1) Genius of Modern Music (Volume 2) Live at the Five Spot (Featuring John Coltrane) Live at the It Club - Complete (Disc 1) Live at the It Club - Complete (Disc 2) Monk Plays Duke Ellington Solo Monk The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins Underground [bonus Tracks]
  18. Mingus Big Band

    I'm excited-- we're finally getting some live jazz herein the frozen north (no kidding, we just got three inches of snow yesterday)... the Mingus Big Band is coming to town. Anyone know what their current line-up is looking like? Anyone heard 'em lately?
  19. Is there any way to: search for phrases (the standard "search phrase here" doesn't seem to work) search and require all words be found (term1 AND term2 ANd term3 doesn't work) Org is such a vast reservoir of information-- refining my searches would really help
  20. Ed Bradley Dies

    No-- I think some are saying that Jimmy Buffet is too black though...
  21. Ben Folds

    I'm a fan of both the old Ben Folds Five (which was a trio, as noted) and Ben Folds solo work. His last solo disc (Songs for Silverman) wasn't as strong as his first... my favorite of Ben Folds Five has to be Whatever and Ever Amen... I describe him as piano-pop-rock in the style of Elton John meets the Barenaked Ladies
  22. Tangential, but related in that it talks about the origin of jazz... have any of you read Francis Davis' _History of the Blues_? Thoughts? Seems a bit controversial to me
  23. Again, as in another thread, the problem is conceiving of intellectual property as exactly the same as physical property. Copying a CD is not just a physical replication of an object, but an act that effects the valuation of a piece of intellectual property. There's no reason that we HAVE to treat the two kinds of property as if they are the same, even if the physical property metaphor is the nearest to hand when we talk about it... The problem is that in the digital age, the two rights are so obviously different and so unbound from one another that what has always been an issue obscured by other factors is now an obvious issue on its face. We've ALWAYS been, essentially, renting intellectual property when we "purchase" it-- it just hasn't been so obvious...
  24. She may not be coasting on her Dad's reputation, but she has a ways to go before she has any real claim on being a *jazz* singer, which is part of the problem...
  25. True Confessions!

    Dude, what DO you have then? I mean, I would think Louis, Dizzy, Parker -- those would be about as "conservative" as one could get in the jazz establishment anyway!