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  1. Glenn Osser - Be There at 5 - Mercury, 1956

    He did nice work on some of Johnny Mathis's Columbia albums. This is the only album I've seen under his name. I really love the instructional, guided concept of the album.
  2. I know the name Glenn Osser only from Johnny Mathis records. Here is an album he did for Mercury in 1956, Be There at 5: Conversational Music for Cocktails, Mercury MG 20218. https://www.discogs.com/release/397711-Be-There-At-5/images It is basically a George Shearing Quintet knockoff album. It is pleasant enough, but what I really love about it is the cover art and the title. I love the fact that certain postwar adults needed guidance for what kind of music to play for particular social situations. Having a beautiful woman over for cocktails? Just play this album. Ice cubes not included.
  3. "Jazz" albums by "Pop" Singers

    Can't see the image. Can you provide a link?
  4. Jazz's Transition to CDs

    Yeah, you need 7 1/2 IPS for reel-to-reel, and it's a roll of the dice even with those. Still, if yo get a good 7.5 IPS reel tape, it can sound amazing.
  5. "Jazz" albums by "Pop" Singers

    Bumping this old thread of mine. I finally got around to picking up the Doris Day with Andre Previn album. It is indeed very good, and I also like the fact that the song selection is a little bit unusual. "Nobody's Heart" by Rodgers and Heart is such a great tune, and it is not recorded often.
  6. Jazz's Transition to CDs

    Not sure how this would work, as I have an old-skool stereo system with cables. The Blu-Ray player I am using is hooked up to the stereo and not being used for video.
  7. Jazz's Transition to CDs

    My CD player died a few years back, and I ended up using a Blu-Ray player. It works great, but there is no track readout, so it is practical only for playing CDs top to bottom. I have to use my laptop if I'm searching for tunes or adding up track lengths.
  8. Jazz's Transition to CDs

    A lot of people swear by those early-model CD players. They show up in thrift stores for next to nothing.
  9. Jazz's Transition to CDs

    That CD omitted all 12 tunes that had comprised Shorty Courts the Count, and RCA released that title separately. So at least there was a method to the madness. That would make sense. They would have recently been compiled and re-mastered, so much of the work for the CD had already been done. I never stopped buying LPs. CDs were more of a way to complement the LPs. And because LPS were so incredibly cheap and ubiquitous in the 1990s, vinyl was my main focus. But I would still buy the occasional CD if the price was right and I could not find it on LP.
  10. Finally Getting to So Many Unplayed Jazz LPs

    If you lead a busy life, come home with a haul of 50 LPs for a buck a piece, all of which need to be cleaned, you may not get to half of them before you bring home the next haul of 50 buck-a-piece LPs. For years, I rarely had time to listen to LPs during the week. I would spin them on the weekends, and even some weekends were so busy that I couldn't play many. So it makes perfect sense to someone in my situation. I should add that, for more than 20 years, I have been fortunate to have jobs that allow me to listen to music all day at my desk. So between CDs and Pandora, I hear plenty of music between 9 and 5. I don't need to hear an LP right away when I get home.
  11. Jazz's Transition to CDs

    I've been thinking about the early years of CDs and how much of the back catalog - jazz and beyond - was and was not available. The first jazz CDs I remember seeing were the Columbia blockbusters repackaged with the hideous blue border. As if it wasn't enough to shrink the LP covers to CD size, they had to make them even smaller with that needless margin? These albums would include Kind of Blue, Mingus Ah-Um, and Time Out. I also remember Polygram's Compact Jazz series for artists on Verve, Mercury, MPS, and related. I suspect that some of these releases may have predated reissues of many of the actual albums from which the collections were drawn? Or not? It seems like OJC had made quite a bit of their back catalog available on CD by 1989 or 1990. And there was that early run of Blue Note albums, with no bonus tracks and cheap looking graphics. I also remember a time when certain artists were very underrepresented on CD. And, of course, there are still many jazz albums that never made the transition, at least until the EU public domain thing kicked in. Interestingly, I did not get a CD player until around 1992, but I remember browsing the bins for many years to see what I could or could not buy. What do you remember about this time?
  12. Finally Getting to So Many Unplayed Jazz LPs

    Safety first!
  13. Finally Getting to So Many Unplayed Jazz LPs

    It is indeed I, dawg. I'll post my listening room later. And my Hank Mobley and Three Suns albums live together in perfect bliss. It may be an optical delusion. There is one empty cube next to the Esquivel head. And the ceiling is sloped. EDIT: Oh, I see what you mean. That cube in the center. That is where the RCA Stereo Action albums are filed. They are taller, so I adjusted the center shelf. (Each shelving section fits LPs two high, with an adjustable center shelf.)
  14. Finally Getting to So Many Unplayed Jazz LPs

    I believe so. No, that is a chimp. I consider myself a gorilla.
  15. Finally Getting to So Many Unplayed Jazz LPs

    That's Tippy, mother of Chip and wife of Zip. Forget the manufacturer.