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  1. Playing music in the car

    Gheorghe, let me describe house music. It is said to have originated in Chicago in the early 80s, but I've never heard anything from that time or place, and none of it is played in the clubs I have been to, or on radio stations. It is a form of electronic dance music, played with two players and a mixer. It is (necssarily) all 4/4, in 8-measure sections. The speed (BPM) is usually between about 124 and 130, though some DJs go faster. The plan is that each track has an intro and an "outro" which are mainly simple, so that successive tracks can be merged seamlessly; there are no gaps in the music then. As one track is approaching its end, the next track is started and brought into the mix. It is obviously essential that the DJ be able to adjust the speed of each track. With vinyl (which is what they used at first), this poses a problem, because the (musical) pitch changes when you alter the speed. CDs solve this problem, and are much lighter to carry to the gig. House CD players are able to change the speed and keep the track on concert pitch, which is essential if a live musical instrument is playing along as well. The latest equipment can read the tracks off a USB memory card, but I prefer to use CDs. While a track is playing over the speakers, the DJ starts the next track (heard only on the headphones) and blends it in with the current track on the mixer. There is a lot of shallow rubbish dance music, obviously, but the best of house is cutting edge music in this era. There are several superb producers, mainly people with musical training. One of them I know (Jimpster) is into Weather Report, Gil Evans and Bill Evans. If it's live, I prefer house to jazz, for one simple reason: most jazz fans today are argumentative old farts, whereas the audience for house is young and out for a good evening.
  2. Db is awkward on the bass clarinet. It pops up with "Epistrophy". The keys for the little fingers are clumsy, long and "springy", and that key is hard work. Symphony orchestra clarinetists (on regular-size instruments) have a pair of clarinets, in Bb and A, with the same bore diameter and mouthpiece, to help with awkward keys. An A bass clarinet would help with "Epistrophy", but they are extremely rare and none of us is likely to see one. The only ones that seem to exist today are German ones, with that dreadful keywork: it is called the Öhler system, a sort of Simple system with a lot of extra bits and pieces to make it play in tune. Ghastly system, but the older players such as Ed Hall managed to handle it well.
  3. B wouldn't bother me, but I want to hear records in their intended key. When I was starting out, on an alto saxophone, I often played with a friend whose doting Mom bought him a Fender Stratocaster guitar (with matching amp). He was into rock, and rock guitarists always play in E, so I had to get used to C# on the alto in a hurry. Actually, it isn't hard at all.
  4. Playing music in the car

    For bass in the car, you need a large stereo bass box in the trunk. Mine has a rich sound. Those tiny door speakers won't cut it. With my nasty neighbors, I enjoy a car trip, when I can turn the music up. Mainly jazz, but also a substantial amount of house music. That neighbor even came out and griped because he could hear 90 seconds of house while I backed into my driveway (and then turned it off). One day he did that, and a buddy with him said "Ooh, that sounds great. Can I have a copy?" I nearly choked with suppressed laughter. I am surprised that some cars no longer have a CD player. That would be a deal breaker, for me. Very occasionally, I plug my android cellphone into it, but CDs rule.
  5. Playing music in the car

    I have very unpleasant neighbors who bang on the wall if a kleenex tissue is dropped onto the floor. I always listen to music when I'm in the car. I have a stereo bass box in the back. Excellent for jazz and quality house music (of which there is plenty).
  6. Mistakes in covers, booklets...

    That error is on Trane's "Africa Brass" album, his first for Impulse. It was not repeated on later albums. I've read a few posts in this thread. Most errors that I saw are trivialities.
  7. Is there anything in it that is not in the earlier books? (That question is not meant sarcastically.)
  8. Controversial Food Opinions

    Uggh! Dat is het meest walgelijke item tot nu toe. Ha ha!
  9. Coltrane on Bethlelem

    This has been cleared up. Sorry, I forget where. Monk forgot to arrange the solo order, and called out to Trane to begin his solo.
  10. There were still some major jazz players in the 70s, of course. But a lot of the recordings were retrospective and often ad hoc, and there were a lot of those European "Jazztage" type concerts in the 80s, but, again, retrospective. I caught The Heath Brothers live, though, and I felt that Jimmy had never sounded better. He played a hair-raising solo on the Marlboro song - much better than on the 1964 Riverside record. But, for me, the 70s is mainly "meh". With no disrespect to anyone else.
  11. Controversial Food Opinions

    Yes, ham must have mustard on it. My late wife was from Ontario, Canada. Her parents took her to England in the 60s. She was used to that miserable, weak North American French's muck. (Jay Leno said of it "We may not be French, but we sure are yellow.".) She had a ham sandwich and plastered it with English mustard (made with only mustard powder and water) and, she said, it nearly blew her head off. The only other thing she remembered from her visit was dog shit on the sidewalks.
  12. Controversial Food Opinions

    How about coconut flakes on a hot dog.
  13. Controversial Food Opinions

    Dan, I mean those brand-name salad dressing bottles. Disgusting muck. When I was an undergrad, I saw guys in the cafeteria having fries covered with gravy. Grits ARE good, and are not difficult to make. I do them in parallel with the other stuff. I use Quaker, in the cylindrical 24 oz. tub. Just the plain one, not the ones with dried puke bits added.
  14. Controversial Food Opinions

    I think Jim's snack sounds tasty. I hate those U.S. salad dressings in a clear bottle with all sorts of creepy things floating in them. Looks like puke. Yechh. All one needs is malt vinegar and olive oil. Not that horrible clear vinegar that you come up against so often.
  15. Lee Morgan 60s Mosaic set

    Can't wait to see what's in the box? Er, check the online discography, or Discogs. What a disappointment, to see this news. Another set that's not needed - as discussed elsewhere - when there is important unreleased material. At least it will have the latest mastering, using the latest technology (or words to that effect - nice try, lol).
  16. Hutch, that must be a tasty album. You will like the album Dex and NHØP did for Blue Note. It has Donald Byrd on one track, and Arthur Taylor. NHØP was an amazing bass player. I have the 1965 "Violin Summit", featuring four violinists, and Nils-Henning steals the show. (Not that the fiddle players are not good.)
  17. My box set idea, however, is trio only, and they are so together that I think that that is a good plan. The Turrentine dates are easily available, and to add them to the set would bloat it (no disrespect the the music intended).
  18. The Three Sounds, Gene Harris (piano), Andy Simpkins (bass) and Bill Dowdy (drums), recorded a superb set of sessions for Blue Note between September 16, 1958 and June 28, 1962, after which they left the label. A large amount of these recordings were issued on LP in the late 50s and 60s - as much as could be expected at the time. I did not get to hear any of their records until the late 90s, the CD boom. I saw them listed in a Blue Note catalog in the 60s, but I never heard them on the radio and had too much else to collect back then. Somehow, a CD of them came to my attention, and I was very impressed. I quickly discovered that very few CDs were issued in the U.S. (a situation which persists until the present day). But, the Blue Note Works series is exhaustive and all of their LPs came out in that series - with the usual excellent sound. There were several Japanese Rudy van Gelder CDs as well, two having (rarity of rarities) two bonus tracks each, one of which, "I'll Be Around (long version)", has never been issued anywhere else. That one, a very tasty track, is a real needle in a haystack. Then, starting in about 2015, during Michael Cuscuna's swan song at Japanese Blue Note, when he issued a large amount of new material from Blue Note, a large number of new tracks by the Sounds came out. The CDs bore LP titles and naturally had the LP tracks at the start, with the previously unissued items at the end. This, and the fact that the recordings were scattered over the various LPs back in the day, led me to assemble everything of theirs that has been issued in the order in which the tracks were recorded, to tidy up the "mess". It has been a ball doing it. It came to 11 CDs. NOW! Because of this, and the fact that there are many tracks that have never been issued, may I suggest a Mosaic set of all the 58-62 material? This music is of a consistently high standard and is never boring. Such a set would come to about 13 CDs. I can, upfront, suggest a reason not to do this: Their sets are $17 per CD, so the set would cost about $221. But that aside, it's a great idea. I very strongly doubt that the unissued tracks are bad.
  19. A headsup. I just noticed that the contents of Mosaic 257, " The Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars", are available on U.S. Amazon as three 3-CD sets. They are mp3, and one hopes that they are 320, not the cheap 192 that Amazon has used, in my experience. Here is the link to "Volume 1"
  20. What's next for Mosaic

    John Cleese said "The plumage don't enter into it.". The CDs of Mobley and Morgan already sound as good as possible.
  21. "Blue Hour" certainly is a wonderful album. Shortly after The Three Sounds joined Blue Note, they did an album with Lou Donaldson. It is very enjoyable, but it removes the very premise of the trio and becomes Lou backed by a rhythm section. The album with Turrentine manages to combine the horn with The Three Sounds. It being a tenor helps, the alto being rather strident. The LP came from a second attempt, and that had something to do with it.
  22. What's next for Mosaic

    I also saw that comment about a Morgan Mosaic, in Mosaic's online blog. I must admit that I was a bit annoyed when I first heard that there would be a Mobley Mosaic, for reasons already stated above, which I won't repeat. When I read about a Morgan Mosaic, I was even more irritated. But, Mosaic is struggling, and that is probably why they went for these popular big names. Similarly, one could not blame Bill Evans for going from Riverside (starving) to Verve (pays the bills). (Ah, Verve, the waterer-downer.) I won't be buying either set. I can do without the new alternate take from the "No Room For Squares"/"Turnaround" sessions. A Wayne Shorter set would be a splendid collection of music, but, again, most of us have it all. None of these sets is needed. However, best wishes to Mosaic, of course.
  23. Glad we cleared that up, Dan. I love that incredibly slow "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" (and "Lil' Darlin'", both originally on "Moods"). They would HAVE to be in any "best of" compilation. My CD came about because I was unable to get the whole June 28, 1960 session onto one CD, and the CD I listed started with the last two tracks from the session - which are great anyway. Then, I added tracks that were not on the June 28 CD. "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" is an utterly amazing performance. I enjoyed Leonard Feather's comments about it, in the notes to the "Moods" album. Back in the day, I was always glad to see notes by Leonard. He was my favorite liner notes writer. Yes, those pirate people might have used needle drops, but it would be very hard to find LPs that are not Rice Krispie ones (usually described inaccurately as VG+). If I were pirating, I would go for the Blue Note Works versions.
  24. I do not mean that that old CD contains bad music. Far from it. At the time (1987), it was useful, and it was, then, the only way to get its tracks on a CD. But the track selection was a bad idea: the title track is from one session and everything elss is from another session. Why not issue "Moods", which is arguably their best album and has never appeared on a CD outside Japan (apart from on one of those multi-album sets that appeared much later)? In any case, that CD is no longer needed, because everything on it has been issued, in an orderly manner, on Japanese CDs with much better sound. The old CD was a constant nuisance when I was making up the 11 CDs.
  25. That's a great idea. Either that or a "Mosaic Select" set, though I imagine the unissued tracks would take up 4 CDs. In my analysis above, I was not aware of those "Classic Albums" CD sets. I wonder where they got the material. Stolen Blue Note Works masterings?