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  1. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    Further to that, I wonder why the first session in this set, that of March 7, 1963, was not all issued on one album. It sounds good as a unit, in order of recording. Mixing it up with other sessions seems silly, to me, and, as I said, I never heard the LPs that came out. I had another triumph while arranging this material into a sensible order: the February 24, 1967 and May 26, 1967 sessions, in their entirety, both fitted onto what is my CD 5. It is an 80:23 collection, but the CD plays fine. I had to split the October 2, 1963 session over two CDs (1 and 2), and the last track of December 18, 1965 had to go on CD 4. The only alternative to that would be to have extra CDs with only one session on each.
  2. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    I am going through this set at the moment. I decided to arrange the tracks in chronological order. The original LP order is of no interest to me - I never had any of the LPs anyway. For the first CD, I managed to get the first session and the second up to both takes of "Me 'N' You" onto one CD. It came to 80:20 or so, and the burning software gave me a severe warning, but no pet dogs were harmed during the process, and the CD plays fine. The chronological track order works fine. It looks like I will end up with one more CD than in the Mosaic set, but that's fine. I understand that they wanted to keep the number of CDs to a reasonable level. I still suspect that they will do a Lee Morgan 60s set, but, of course, the problem is what to include and what to leave out.
  3. The Tina Brooks and Freddie Redd Mosaic sets were especially valuable back in the early 80s (ouch, nearly 40 years ago now!). The recordings were not easy to find (and some, impossible) then. And the sets were vinyl only. I virtually never play vinyl anymore. CDs sound great, and no Rice Krispie sound. Now, and for quite a while of course, all those Brooks and Redd recordings are available on CDs. The Brooks set should have included the superb "Street Singer" session, but it seems that that was then regarded as a McLean session. It is now listed as by Jackie McLean and Tina Brooks. I just put together a very nice-sounding CD of the session using four of its six tracks from two Blue Note Works CDs for the best sound; "Melonae's Dance" and "Medina" came from the Japanese "Street Singer" CD. The Mosaic booklet has a picture of Alfred Lion leaning over Freddie Redd at Redd's last Blue Note session. You can see the body language there, and why Freddie was pissed off. Yes, Benny Bailey was not approved of by Alfred, but he was a fine trumpeter and there was no need to sulk.
  4. I sure remember "Bachafillen". I used to play in Jo'burg, South Africa regularly with a fine pianist from Pretoria called Robert Payne. One night, he brought the chart to a gig. I ran through it a few times, and soloed until I got the feel of it. Good for blowing. That brought back some good memories.
  5. How would you play this?

    It's going for $20 on Gumtree, and they have some free kittens.
  6. duke pearson

    I like everything I have heard by Duke: performances and arrangements for others. He got particularly interesting toward the end of the 60s, His last Blue Note, "Só Tinha de Ser Com Você", is a very nice set and has not been widely available on CD. I found a Japanese version. I don't agree that "Little Johnny C" was a Pearson album. (One of my first Blue Note LPs.) Johnny Coles was an excellent trumpeter and Blue Note decided to give him a session. Apparently, Johnny didn't want to do the arrangements, or was unable to do so, so Duke was given the job. And a fine job it was. When I first heard the LP, I took it for what it was: a Coles album. Actually, I bouight it because I spotted that Joe Henderson was on it. And he contributed "Hobo Joe", which was included in the recent Henderson Mosaic set.
  7. What I meant is that the tunes have been issued from other sessions, not from this new one.
  8. The selections have all appeared elsewhere, so I will pass on this set. I just dug out the 1960 set at Birdland, because I was re-arranging it all into consecutive order. (Why not? It was live, and we are not now constrained by release schedules and the LP time limit.) It all fitted onto one CD if the two versions of "The Theme" are cut short; plus, I don't like a certain M.C. who was described as something rude by Prez, so I made sure that his squeak is not heard. Prior to that, I did the same with the 1959 Birdland set, which has Hank Mobley. I don't like Wayne's work on the 1960 set - very harsh and it suffers by comparison with Hank's mellow sound. I am a big Shorter fan, and I like "Mosaic" and "Free For All, and Wayne is fantastic on Freddie Hubbard's amazing "Ready For Freddie" album, which was one of my first Blue Note LPs.
  9. A few years ago, I found a set of all Frank Wolff photos online. I don't remember where that was. It might have been on the Mosaic site. No large-size, and no gelatins, of course, but the pictures are plenty large enough.
  10. Tony Williams of Spotlite Records dies at 80

    This IS sad news. I had no idea that he was unwell. Many years ago, I had quite a bit of correspondence with him. I was thrilled to bits when he issued the Parker Dial recordings properly and completely at the end of the 1960s. Prior to that, I could only get some (and far from all of them) on "pirate" budget LPs with poor sound. As part of his work, he befriended Ross Russell. And yes, Tony put out a lot of other valuable recordings, including Dexter Gordon's Dial items.
  11. Best Three Sounds Album

    For me, the session with Lou Donaldson destroys the concept. It is very nice, but it becomes Lou Donaldson with a rhythm section. It is also not on a par with Lou's own sessions of that era, with Herman Foster, Horace Parlan and Baby Face Willette.
  12. I hope these wonderful Frank Wolff pictures are not gobbled up by some souless corporation whose executives know nothing about them. I scent retirement on Michael Cuscuna's part.
  13. Best Three Sounds Album

    I like all of their 1958-1962 recordings for Blue Note. My favorite is "Moods", from June 28, 1960. And I want to hear all of their unissued tracks from that period. There are about three CDs worth.
  14. Tina Brooks

    A very late reply to mjazzg's comment about the best sounding version of Tina Brooks's "Minor Move". The Blue Note Works TOCJ--1616 CD sounds fine, and the one alternate take is on TOCJ-1601. I put together a CDr of everything in session order and gave it a spin today. Everyone plays well, and one can't have enough Sonny Clark, but the session doesn't happen, and I won't be playing it again soon. I wouldn't have issued it. There are plenty of good recordings by the participants. For Brooks, "True Blue" is where it's at, and the September 1, 1960 session, with "Street Singer", is excellent.
  15. Earl Bostic - the general thread

    Thanks for posting that long personnel list. Amazing. A lot of quality names in there. One of the guys who worked with him said that he knew the characteristics of all the brands of saxophones. (I forget who said that.)