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  1. The Scorpio mystery

    In the late 1990s/early 2000s, Scorpio was doing vinyl reissues of some rare Columbia LPs. I bought at least five of these. They do not sound at all like they are sourced from vinyl. I was told at the time that the LPs were mastered from digital tape copies provided to Scorpio by CBS/Sony or whatever the company was at that time.
  2. National anthem at the CPAC convention

    Here is Golding's character Hans Groiner:
  3. Spiral - The Harry Roche Constellation

    In the 1990s, I was eating this stuff for breakfast. The LPs were a buck a throw, and what you couldn't find on LP was being reissued on CD. I first heard this track on one of the UK Easy Project/Loungecore collections. I kind of burned out on this stuff and didn't play it for a while, but revisiting now, I love it more than ever.
  4. Culture War, Young Lions & Trend Manufacturing

    You really have to look beyond jazz and even beyond music to understand this trend. Is it any coincidence that, after some 30 years' worth of innovation and progress that marked the postwar period in the US, jazz got conservative and nostalgic at the same time that everything else did? I listen to lots of film music. The period from roughly the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s produced some of the most amazing film scores ever. And then, just a couple of years before the young Alfred lions, John Williams scored Star Wars with a neo-Korngold swashbuckler score. It changed the face of film music. And look at how conservative and throwback everything became in the 1980s - pleated pants, padded shoulders, short hair, pink-and-turquoise neo-deco architecture, Neo-conservative politics, The Good Feeling Music of the Big Chill Generation, Volumes 1-47, Spielbergian feel-good kitsch cinema. It was as if the US collectively engaged in a mass delusion that it was the prosperous 1950s again, except without the sociological, cultural, technological, or economic forces that produced the original 1950s. In the US, we went so far as to elect a mummified 1950s TV Dad for president not once but twice. So everything that happened in jazz at that time with the young lions was in lock-step with everything else that was going on culturally. It was a dreadful decade. And as much as I personally avoid the young lions, they were actually right in a perverse way. Jazz has become a legacy genre, like it or not, and the only broad cultural impact that jazz has had over the past 40 years or so has occurred via sampling in hip hop and electronica. Artists have life spans, and so do art forms. C'est la vie.
  5. Spiral - The Harry Roche Constellation

    I forgot how truly badass this track is. Here you go.
  6. Joe Chambers - Back on Blue Note

    I love Joe Chambers' compositions on Blue Note LPs from the 1960s. They remind me of Twilight Zone scores, which is one of the highest compliments I can pay to a composer.
  7. Honi Gordon

    A hipster classic, collected on Rhino's excellent "Beat Generation" box set. Based on the song's definition, you can rest assured that TTK is indeed a bebopper.
  8. LPs that have never made it into CD

    One of the greatest jazz albums ever made is "Blue Martini" by John Neel and Plas Johnson, on the AVA label. Someone needs to reissue this.
  9. Blue Martini - Plas Johnson & John Neel

    One of the greatest jazz albums ever made is "Blue Martini" by John Neel and Plas Johnson, on the AVA label. Someone needs to reissue this.
  10. Thank you! I wonder why I could not find this when I used the Amazon "Look Inside" feature??? I just read the references, thank you! It must have been that I was looking for "Kenyon" and not "Ken."
  11. If you can trust the book's index - and as Kurt Vonnegut reminded us, never index your own book - there is not a single mention in the book of either Kenyon Hopkins or "The Hustler." Could you imagine being the primary soloist in an iconic film like "The Hustler," and having the honor of playing music written by someone as great as Kenyon Hopkins, and not even mentioning these things in your book? No Hopkins, no sale. EDIT: Hopkins is apparently mentioned in the book. Never mind...
  12. Complete Cuban Jam Sessions

    That's what we wanted to hear!
  13. Hi TTK, you're okay? Please give a sign of life!

    Best, Mike

  14. Oh, it wont bounce. I promise. BTW, the Blue Note guys play the riff usually over a dominant 7th. Is that chord acceptable?
  15. The diminished chord is still alive. And the check's in the mail.