• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Shrdlu

  1. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    Tom, it's "Third Season". It does have a previously unissued track (2012) but it is not the previously unissued track in the Mosaic. The new track is an alternate of "Me 'N' You".
  2. Route 66 TV Show

    I saw the show when it first came out, but I don't recall what it was like. I miss U.S. 66. I've been to many parts of it - in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and the L.A. area. In particular, Springfield, Missouri and Albuquerque, New Mexico. When driving West along Central Avenue in Albuquerque, with the sun setting in front of me, I hear Nat Cole.
  3. Cassette tape production revival?

    From bitter experience, I know only too well that all "updates" cause problems or deterioration. I always say "No", but some force themselves on you. A recent "update" for Youtube messed up my list of watched videos. An "update" for my VPN actually crashed during the installation process, and I had to delete the entire VPN and use an earlier installer which I had kept. "if'n it ain't broke, ... "
  4. Apostrophe

    Yes, I know about the tune. The Forum title is plural: the forum is for musicians. It is just a typo that slipped through. We live in the era of "we have three dog's".
  5. Cassette tape production revival?

    Yes, that might be it. I wasn't aware that Dolby wasn't on portables. I thought it kinda took over. My player is a big household on on a shelf. Any family portables were mono trash ones, so we weren't concerned with the sound. Back in the day, I had a nice cassette player in the car. Actually, they were standard in some cars years after CDs appeared. My 96 Volvo wagon originally came with a cassette deck.
  6. Best and worst sounding RVG Blue Note CD

    The (U.S.) RVG of "A Fickle Sonance" does sound tinny. It sent me after the "Blue Note Works" CD, which is fine - as usual. So, get that version if you want a good one. There might very well be good Japanese versions since 2000. The Japanese RVG of "Speak Like A Child" sounds great. (I haven't heard the U.S. RVG of that.) It has also a neat replica of the gatefold LP cover. Overall, though, I haven't had much trouble with RVGs from either country. Often, they are the only way to get some tracks. An important example is "I'll Be Around", first take, by The Three Sounds, which was almost hidden on the JRVG of "Out Of This World". The CD sounds fine to me.
  7. Booker Little

    I never heard it said that Booker died because of drugs. I doubt that the family has anything to worry about. A fascinating story. Thanks for posting!
  8. Cassette tape production revival?

    Naturally, I have been using CDs (and the occasional LP) for many years, but cassettes using Dolby sounded great and there was no audible tape hiss. I don't see any need to go further than that. I recall transferring a CD of Artur Rubinstein playing Brahms's First Piano Concerto onto a cassette. The playback was indistinguishable from the CD. It isn't the point, but in earlier years, I had a Tandberg open-reel tape deck, and that sounded great at 7 1/2 i.p.s. I couldn't afford to run at 15 i.p.s., and, at half speed, there was a 2-hour playing time. (It took 7" reels.) It would be interesting to see what kind of system they have come up with, and whether the difference between it and Dolby can be detected without laboratory equipment. "All the highest notes, neither sharp nor flat - the ear can't hear as high as that - , still I thought I'd please any passing bat, with my High Fidelitee." (Flanders and Swann, "At The Drop Of A Hat", ca. 1960.)
  9. Savoy label question

    I sure hope that Curtis Fuller's Savoy albums sold well. They are excellent. Savoy also put out several Yusef Lateef albums in the 1950s, which are also excellent. It was in the mid-50s that they assembled all of Bird's Savoy recordings onto several LPs. Rudy van Gelder did the transfers. Those LPs must have been big sellers. This gives me an excuse again to request a Mosaic set of selected 1950s Savoy sessions up to Curtis Fuller's last session in 1960. There is a lot of material there and one would have to be selective. In no particular order, I would include the sessions of Milt Jackson (with Lucky Thompson), Yusef Lateef, Wilbur Harden (with Trane) and Kenny Clarke's "Bohemia After Dark" session, introducing Cannonball. I can't avoid feeling frustration that, instead of this, sets by Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan (of widely-published recordings) were planned. But, I do wish them well.
  10. Horace sure deserves a program. That is a fine list. Do you have room for "Trees", from Roland Kirk's "I Talk With The Spirits" album? Horace plays an excellent solo on that. A great moment in music.
  11. Copyright

    Perhaps one reason why the Japanese Blue Note CDs from 2012 through 2015 have previously unissued tracks is to counter the European pirate issues. I repeat that the availability of so much jazz on Youtube makes a mockery of all this legal stuff. Quite frankly, I am surprised that Youtube allows it when it routinely deletes freedom of expression.
  12. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I played for years with a pianist who toured America for six months opposite Monk. His wife said she sat on Rouse's knee. It was great playing with that pianist, because he knew how to play all the Monk tunes properly, with all the phrases in the right place.
  13. Copyright

    In the middle of all this is the fact that a huge amount of classic jazz is on Youtube, from which it can be downloaded.
  14. Copyright

    I respect an artist's right to protect his material and obtain income from its sales. Who wouldn't? But now, iconic music is controlled by three huge monstrosities that did absolutely nothing to create it, and usually pay no royalties to the artists or their estates. So it doesn't bother me that non-name companies are releasing the music. Years ago, I heard about a time when McCoy was asked, at a gig, to autograph a CD of "The Real McCoy". The excited fan said that the CD was selling well. McCoy said that he wasn't getting anything from the CD sales.
  15. For when you reach 1973, I recommend Denny Zeitlin's "Expansion", with George Marsh and Mel Graves. It was issued as mail-order only, and, of course, on vinyl. It is listed on Discogs, which also shows a 1975 issue, possibly in stores. It's a very interesting, experimental album, with an unforgettable ending.
  16. Dex sounded good on it. The only place I heard him do that is on the two CDs of the "Round Midnight" movie. I saw Zoot play it live at Ronnie Scott's club in London, England on a visit there in 1974. When I was in my teens, I wanted one, and said so at an instrument repair shop. The old fogeys there strongly advised against it. "Oooh nooo, cluck cluck cluck. You have to play the alto for 30 years first. Cluck cluck, it can't be played in tune, blah blah blah." What a way to treat a youngster! That was before Weather Report etc. Of course, I ignored this avuncular advice and got one anyway from M Jacques Selmer in Paris, France. I had zero trouble playing it. We used to do "In A Silent Way" with it - a firm favorite of mine.
  17. Retired U.S.P.S.

    That's right, and you spelled it correctly.
  18. Retired U.S.P.S.

    Medjuck, I had a job as a Math prof at a university in Sackville. They also had a student jazz big band, and they heard me practising in one of their practice rooms and got me to play 1st tenor saxophone in the band. I snuck my soprano in as well. During my time there, the university gave Oscar Peterson an honorary doctorate. On the evening of the ceremony, the head of the Music department had a get-together at his house and I was invited to that. I have been to Fredericton several times, and it is the nicest part of New Brunswick, I think. Pretty spot, and that historic park is not to be missed. It's better than Uppity Canada Village. After Sackville, we moved to Victoria.
  19. Thanks, Gheorghe. The soprano was not a switch. It was the addition of another instrument, never intended as a replacement. Although it is a saxophone, mentally I approach it as a separate "department", rather than just a higher saxophone. Players such as Lucky Thompson and Zoot Sims played it with a standard saxophone approach, and sounded like themselves on tenor an octave higher. That sounds great, too, but it is not my plan. I was very excited when Tony Williams put out all the Bird Dial material on his Spotlight label in the late 60s and early 70s. Ross Russell worked with him on that.
  20. Donde esta Scott Dolan?

    ¿No está aqui? Ha ha, Facebook.
  21. Retired U.S.P.S.

    Thanks for that post, Tom. I wish you the very best in your new setup. Having lived in New Brunswick for three years, I know what those winters are like. You deserve a break from carrying mail for hours outside. Ha ha, I once received a letter from the premier (or whatever they call the post) of Ontario, in which he described the climate as "bracing". It sure does brace. Now you can catch up with the recordings of Ray Coniff and Mitch Miller.
  22. Interesting comments, Gheorghe. The main reason why I switched from alto saxophone to tenor was because my fellow musicians at the time preferred it. Prior to that, they never said anything against the alto, but their remarks about my trying out that silver Mark VI tenor made an impression. It implied that they didn't like altos much (they also thought Art Blakey was too loud - I never did) and I just decided to please them. It has been said that the alto has a rather monotonous sound, and that the tenor is the great solo instrument of the family. I have never regretted the switch. I had those English Bird LPs with the stripes on the cover. They also had some Dial tracks on some of them. Pirate, I imagine. The only jazz version of "White Christmas" that I have ever heard is the one Bird did at the Roost, and it was chosen there because of the time of year.
  23. John Coltrane - Blue World

    My remark about it being in mono if you are in an audience was NOT a joke. Anyway, I came across the CD again the other day and it sounded great. It was nice to hear a piece and then say "Hey, that's Traneing In from 1957". I was excited when I first came across IKEA. We have bought several things from them over the years. Everything was junk that fell apart. Class is something they never had.
  24. Rudy had a special mike set up for the coke bottle. As usual, he was very secretive about which model it was. I suspect the Neumann U-47.