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  • Birthday 07/31/1979

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Tokyo, Japan
  • Interests Jazz Piano in general, Bebop, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk.

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  1. Sadik Hakim

    Sadik Hakim made lots of albums after his "comeback" in 70s, but I think most of them had sidemen not up to his caliber. I guess the best of the bunch is Witches, Goblins, Etc. (SteepleChase). It had Al Foster on drums and also "Witches" might be his best composition.
  2. Willis Jackson sidemen

    It is interesting that Carl Wilson, the organ player, seems almost exclusively played with Willis Jackson and nobody else. Did he retire after the Gator's death?
  3. You guys solved my long-standing mystery! Thanks! It seems that the real title of this tune is "You Want Me To Stop" and the lead sheets is still in Walter Davis, Jr.'s archive. There also seems to be a tune entitled "Sister Mayme"! I guess these two were close at that period. I don't know how Library of Congress works (and I live in Japan anyway), could somebody in DC area check the availability of that documents? ;-)
  4. "Joe Henderson in Japan" was recorded at the obscure "Junk Club" in Ginza, Tokyo. I heard that It was run by a Chinese gentleman, closed in ca. 1985, but one of its former employee opened another club, "Swing".
  5. According to Peter Losin, Miles played at the Plugged Nickel again in 1969 and somebody recorded it. I vaguely remember that Bob Belden released some recordings ("Milestones"?) from that gig on the Net, for whatever reason. And now, as usual, available on YouTube...
  6. Roy Brooks - Understanding

    For me, the most surprising thing so far on this recording is Carlos Garnett. He was on fire (especially on the last 2 tunes). I unjustly considered Carlos was not a player on par with Woody Shaw, but I was wrong and I gladly stand corrected.
  7. For me, these sessions are summarized into this one tune. I heard this originally on a BN compilation called "The Lost Grooves". I think it was from the very last session Alfred Lion personally directed. BTW, Is this really written by that Wild Bill Davis? Is there his own recordings? It sounds very much modern. Anywise, I say this is hardboiled bitter sweetness embodied.
  8. Good Jazz Albums from 1979?

    Hank Jones toured Japan in 1979. As far as I know, this is the only time Hank worked with George Duvivier and Shelly Manne. There was one live album (originally titled Live in Japan) at the time, and now there is another album of the remaining recordings, both of which are very good. I think they are more imaginative than the famous Great Jazz Trio with Tony Williams and Ron Carter.
  9. Ernie Watts

    Wow, I didn't know about this one (and seems it has not been reissued as CD or on streaming yet...). Very good. I love Ernie Watts' works on Charlie Haden's Quartet West. Also a kind of novelty thing, Ernie dueled with one Bruce Eskovitz on Tenor Madness. It's one of my favorites, very swinging and really fun.
  10. Uptown Jazz Records

    I could get Dodo Marmarosa 2CDs, but missed Chubby Jackson and BIllie Holiday live ones. Both can be obtained as Amazon MP3s, but all I want is their booklets...
  11. “The Teacher: Billy Taylor”

    It is a pity that Dr. Billy Tylor's works as a Jazz pianist tend to be overlooked since he was well known for his works on Jazz education and broadcasting. He could be a very gutsy pianist. His version of "Sunny" is still my favorite one. .
  12. Jazz with Wordless Vocals - Choruses or Single Voice

    I love Jazz with wordless vocal choruses in 70's -- well, I love 50/60's stuff too, but 70's ones sounds to me more sophisticated and adventurous. One example that comes to my mind is Communications '72 by Stan Getz & Michel Legrand. Another example is Love Songs by Mike Westbrook Concert Band. And the Singers Unlimited is, of course, very good...
  13. I don't know so much about Swedish jazz scene of 60's, but Bengt Hallberg is one of my favorite pianists. He also played with Stan Getz:
  14. One interesting figure from Japanese modern/progressive Jazz scene after the WWII is Masayuki Takayanagi (1932-1991). He was an extremely versatile guitarist, studied the music of Tristano/Konitz deeply, and even played bossa nova/tango a la Piazzolla. His conventional works remind me of Rene Thomas. However, he became more interested in free improvisation in the late 60's. April is the Cruellest Month is a free form masterpiece, originally planned to be released on ESP, but ESP went out of business...Also, his solo guitar works remind me of Mary Halvorson. I guess you might know Takayanagi through works with Kaoru Abe. My personal favorite is La Grima from 1971. It was played live before angry left-wing (and snobby) college students, and the group was not really welcomed. They delivered stunning performance anyway, but somehow greeted with chants "Ka-e-re! (go home! go home!)" You can hear that at the last moment. I think this is a minor miracle.
  15. Seems Mr. King is a retired engineer & jazz enthusiast or something, and I enjoyed it. It reminds me of JazzWax. His personal recollection on Frank Morgan is most interesting.