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  1. Wynton Marsalis

    As someone with a roomful of LPs, the vast majority of which are either jazz or jazz related, I have to wonder what would compel anyone to buy a Wynton Marsalis album. I can imagine a pleasant passive experience, for example, hearing a Wynton Marsalis track on the jazz station while you're getting ready for bed and brushing your teeth and thinking, "That was OK," but I can't imagine actively pursuing his music.
  2. EmArcy Records

    Thanks, I did not know about that site. I do have some Wing reissues. Most are straight reissues, but some appear to be Pickwick-like grab bag collections. I could be mis-remembering.
  3. EmArcy Records

    Looking through EmArcy's discography, it would appear that they took jazz "seriously," certainly in comparison to the other majors (except Columbia).
  4. EmArcy Records

    Ha! Mercury, of course, had an impressive classical line, "Mercury Living Presence." I wonder how those LPs sold? I also wonder if Mercury's jazz sessions used any of the same engineers as those on the classical recordings. There must be jazz artists today who wish they could sell 19,999 copies of their records.
  5. EmArcy Records

    Thank you!
  6. EmArcy Records

    I have accumulated an awful lot of LPs over the decades on the EmArcy label. I realized today that I know almost nothing about the label, except that it was a jazz label and a subsidiary of Mercury Records. So I waddled over to Wikipedia to see what else I could learn, and Wikipedia told me, basically, that EmArcy is a jazz label and a subsidiary of Mercury Records. It seems that Mercury and Columbia were the only major postwar US labels who dedicated themselves to jazz in any kind of organized, strategic fashion. Yet while I know about George Avakian, Teo Macero, and Irving Townsend, I know zilch about EmArcy. So can our esteemed community shed any additional light on the label, or provide a Web link? Who were the EmArcy masterminds? Did Mercury treat EmArcy as the folly of some junior executive, or did they recognize jazz as an important American genre? How did the records sell? Based on what I've encountered over the years, I would guess they sold fewer copies than Columbia, but more than any of the independents. Thanks in advance.
  7. What would you ask Chick Corea?

    Ask him about Cal Tjader's Soul Burst album, on which Chick played.
  8. Sweet Smell of Success 60th Anniversary CD

    Well, every film back then a track or two representing what the teenagers were listening to. Half of Henry Mancini's "Touch of Evil" is that kind of thing.
  9. Russ Freeman et al.

    Nice! Russ Freeman was doing such interesting rhythmic stuff that you didn't typically hear from pianists of that era. He also played very tasteful chord voicings that did not necessarily use eight or nine or ten fingers, but rather very well chosen notes, with nice tensions and resolutions. I always recognize his playing.
  10. Sweet Smell of Success 60th Anniversary CD

    Interesting. "Jonalah" is on Chico Hamilton in Hi-Fi. My LPs are in storage right now. I wonder if the Sweet Smell of Success track is the same version?
  11. Johnny Keating -- "Swinging Scots"

  12. Johnny Keating -- "Swinging Scots"

    Why would anyone want a John Keating album with a guy in a kilt, when you can have this?
  13. Sweet Smell of Success 60th Anniversary CD

    Well, if you have the El/Cherry Red CD, don't unload it yet. The new Verve edition inexplicably omits the Chico Hamilton track "Jonalah," which is one of my favorites. I compared the overall disc times on both discs to make sure that it didn't get indexed with another track, but the El/Cherry Red CD runs two to three minutes longer than the Verve. That said, the sound on the Verve CD is an improvement. Also, integrating both albums creates more sonic and textural variety than the individual albums offered. I like both albums more now that I hear them together. Still, I wonder why that one track was left off.
  14. Sweet Smell of Success 60th Anniversary CD

    My copy arrived today. It includes the original cover art for both albums, reproduced in full on separate panels. Also, the Chico Hamilton tracks are integrated into the program, presumably to recreate the film order. The suite of themes appearing on side 2 of the Chico Hamilton album appears as the final track. I will spin this tomorrow and report back on the sound quality.
  15. Sweet Smell of Success 60th Anniversary CD

    Conjugate me a verb, Jazzbo: To Perplex. filmscoremonthly.com