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Everything posted by gmonahan

  1. What Are You Watching

    I think it's interestingly subversive. There are elements in it that remind me a little of "Pleasantville," a movie I've always liked, but of course, this is the MCU, so it will presumably veer hard into sci fi before too long! gregmo
  2. It does seem to me like they're doing exactly what some of you suggest if they pair a nice selling Joe Henderson or Lee Morgan BN set with the much more obscure and *very* connoisseur driven Black and White label set. Jim won't ever get his Bill Baron box unless Mosaic can sell Blue Note sets to pay the freight. gregmo
  3. Old Testament Basie: filling gaps

    The Mosaic has far and away the best sound on the pre-war Basie Columbias with Young, but he left in 1941 to be replaced by Don Byas. The easiest way to get all those is with the Definitive sets, but, well, objections to that particular label have been amply discussed here. If you want to avoid that label, you can go with the Classics issues, but they can be spendy to acquire. I've been on something of a crusade to round up all the available pre-war airchecks lately. They're spread out all over the place. Recently got the Chatterbox things, but the sound is pretty bad on those. The Savory material is absolutely essential, IMHO. gregmo
  4. A Blue Note set would go nicely with the Milestone Box I've had for quite a while. I wonder if they're still planning a Lee Morgan box. gregmo
  5. Board Member's Apartment Burns

    Just saw this. Donation sent. gregmo
  6. Ken Burns' "Jazz" seems pretty "Silly"

    Odd to see this one pop up again, because I had decided to revisit the two "Swing" episodes just last week. It was many years since I watched the original, and since I can stream the thing, I watched those. I have to say, aside from Wynton's babbling (which I fast-forwarded through), the rest of it was better than I remembered. No Crouch in the segments I watched. gregmo
  7. "New" Brubeck

    "Jackpot." We had a thread on that one when Columbia (Sony) reissued it. gregmo
  8. "New" Brubeck

    I always regretted that when Columbia was issuing its big box sets like Brubeck's studio recordings, that it never got around to issuing a set of the live things it had. Would have made a nice set. gregmo
  9. Which Mosaic Are You Enjoying Right Now?

    Decided to give disc one of this one a spin. It has some jazz accordion!
  10. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    My very happy exploration of Jimmy Rushing continues:
  11. I went ahead and read it after I posted that query, and like you I wasn't all that impressed. I was especially surprised there was no discography. I think Hodges might just be one of those people whose music was *far* more interesting than his life story. gregmo
  12. I've spent many a happy hour--and quite a few francs and euros--in the Paris Jazz Corner!! gregmo
  13. Stephane Grappelli, any thoughts on him?

    Bringing back this thread to recommend the very nice 30 minute doc I watched on the great violinist thanks to Mosaic's Daily Jazz Gazette: Grappelli Jazz Doc gregmo
  14. The competition for this dubious honor is severe in my case. I suppose it would be a new 77-inch high end Sony 4K tv in 2019, which required...of course!...a new receiver and 4k DVD player. I have thoroughly enjoyed them all, but the setup I had before was also fine. The DVD player does a great job with my cds. gregmo
  15. Have a great 2021

    Yeah, hindsight is finally 2020. Goodbye and good riddance. Looking forward to what I can only hope will be a much better year. gregmo
  16. One song to sum up 2020

    I Got a Right to Sing the Blues. gregmo
  17. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    This one is a treasure. "Red Plays the Blues" is especially fine, and Helen Humes sings wonderfully on two of the four albums.
  18. Whoa--that is a *serious* movie. I think it is far and away Sinatra's greatest film performance, and he had some good ones. gregmo
  19. Actually, the "second one" I was thinking of was the rumored Lee Morgan 60s Blue Note set! gregmo
  20. Claude Bolling RIP

    Sad news. I always had an eccentric fondness for this goofy record:
  21. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Can't get enough of Mr. Five By Five. This one has a version of "Tricks Ain't Walkin' No More," one of the odder pieces in Rushing's oeuvre!!