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  1. Wes Montgomery live

    I came across this a few days ago I have always enjoyed Wes, but I enjoyed this more than I expected. The Netherlands trio (at the start) is my favorite of the backing groups. The pianist, Pim Jacobs, had obviously been listening to Wynton Kelly, and the drummer, Han Bennink, had absorbed the crispness of Philly Joe. We have been told that Wes was practically a musical illiterate (which I never believed), but this video alone dispels that nonsense. Wes discusses the chord sequence here, and had a wonderful grasp of harmony. Enjoy!
  2. The Story Behind John Cage’s 4’33”

    It was written in Bb, but Miles played it in F.
  3. Happy Birthday, Kenny Burrell

    One of the finest, up there with Wes and Grant Green. He contributed greatly to countless Blue Note sessions and beyond. I doubt that he will see this thread, but if so, Happy Birthday and thanks for all the excellent playing.
  4. Most of you will have been familiar with the 1958 live version of "Poinciana" for a long time. I just found this version This rivals the 1958 version. The percussion swings like crazy. High recommended! The percussion guy has a pair of the Latin Percussion Giovanni Hidalgo "Galaxy" tumbas. It's hard to make out which sizes he has, but it looks like the requinto and quinto. Usually, if a guy has just two, they are the quinto and the conga. Although I am mainly a reed player, I have all four in this range: requinto, quinto, conga and tumbadora. Nice pieces of kit. I have most of LP's gear, including about 15 cowbells. I just love Latin percussion sounds. It would be great to have all of that Jamal concert available. They don't look exhausted after "Poinciana". I also like the original (studio) version of that piece, which has Ray Crawford on guitar instead of Vernel on drums. The trio with Israel and Vernel plays a sensational version of "Darn That Dream" here
  5. Live version of Ahmad Jamal's "Poinciana"

    Glad you guys are enjoying it. The bell used in the middle section is the Latin Percussion "Salsa" bell. I have it here. It is the perfect pitch for this, and it adds so much. The tempo is absolutely perfect. Best thing I have heard in a long while.
  6. The bass clarinet

    This might be a bit on the obscure side, but I have often wondered what the lowest note on Eric Dolphy's bass clarinet was. As I posted at the start, the bottom note is usually (written) Eb, sounding Db in concert pitch, or C (Bb concert). Well, this video settles the matter. The lowest note is D (C concert). He plays it here, on "God Bless The Child". Also, I can see three silver hole covers below the right hand little finger key stack, whereas my low Eb model has only two. The lowest of the three vents the Eb, and the D comes out through the bell. He definitely doesn't have the low C model, because those have 6 keys in the right hand little finger key stack, and his horn has only 5. This means that Eric could play a low concert C on Trane's "Spiritual" (1961, at the Vanguard), the piece being in C.
  7. The bass clarinet

    When I was a teenager learning the alto saxophone and immersed in the Dave Brubeck Quartet, a neighbor brought around a copy of "Coltrane Live At The Village Vanguard". It blew me away, especially "Spiritual". It had a soprano saxophone, a bass clarinet, a pianist playing all those new (to me) fourth chords, a fine bassist and this drummer with a new (to me) triplet feel. Just amazing. From that point on, I wanted a soprano saxophone and a bass clarinet. Just a little beyond a teenager's budget. So, let's look at the bass clarinet a bit. Here is one of the best of today's models In its modern form, it was designed by Adolphe Sax in 1838, which explains why it looks a bit like a saxophone. Before getting into it, I need to point out that the "ordinary" clarinet (as in Benny Goodman) is in Bb and its bottom note is E. Players in symphony orchestras always have a second one, in A, a half-tone lower: the one that's easier for the current key is used. The most common bass clarinet is in Bb, an octave below the regular clarinet. Historically, there have been bass clarinets in A, but they are very rare, and their parts are played on the Bb model, which then needs a low Eb in order to reach the low E of the A clarinet. Pay attention now, class: this will be on the Test. For a long time, bass clarinets extended to a low C (concert Bb) have been available. The poor old little fingers on both hands are presented with cumbersome double stacks of keys, and one has to be careful not to get a finger stuck under them. One hopes, ha ha, that they never make a "low C" A bass clarinet. When, as a young man with a trip to Paris, France, coming up, I was contemplating buying a bass clarinet, an orchestra musician very kindly lent me a Selmer "low C" model, to see how I went on it. I liked playing it, but we didn't have microphones at sessions, and the middle register was drowned out by the drummer. The middle, or "Clarion", register on a bass clarinet is thin, and if you try to push a note, you get a squeak, which is actually a high harmonic. I decided not to buy one at that time. There is another problem with bass clarinets. Unlike the regular clarinet, they need two register holes ("pips"), as on all saxophones. The cheaper ones, such as my current one only have the one pip, at the top end. The extra pip goes on the (metal) gooseneck, if fitted. Its absence makes the middle register harder to play well, but I can manage. You don't wanna know what a new Selmer Paris costs. I'll end by posting a link to an amazing bass clarinet player called Earspasm. Watch him rip through "Giant Steps" along with the record
  8. The bass clarinet

    Thanks, Tom. I found it on Youtube.
  9. The bass clarinet

    That's very interesting. Hymie is my favorite sax section lead alto. Benny's four sax section, led by Hymie, was my favorite of all. The absence of a baritone gave it a light, agile sound. Gerry Mulligan said the same thing, but don't ask me where I saw that. They were still able to get that sax section sound for the movie about Benny, Hymie being on board. I recently saw the two movies in which Glenn Miller's band appeared, and I spotted a bass clarinet. I also saw one in the "Fabulous Dorseys" movie. You don't hear it on their records, because it is buried in the reed sections. An exception is Benny Goodman's "Mr Bach Goes To Town", which exists as both a studio version and a live version in the 3-LP "Treasure Chest" set. (I don't think that that set has appeared on CDs.)
  10. I first heard Jimmy on the album "Back At The Chicken Shack". I found a copy of the LP for $3.00 in a used record store. The cover looked like it had been dropped into a sink full of water, but the vinyl was pristine. I was knocked out. That B3 sound, with its own bassline, Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Burrell and Donald Bailey. A perfect album. If you've never heard Jimmy Smith, this is an excellent starting point. Later, I acquired more Smith. I have the early 57 three-day Blue Note material, but it doesn't do much for me. As a result, I avoided the 56-57 live dates. But recently, I decided to hear the live date at the Baby Grand Club in Wilmington, Delaware - two CDs' worth of material. It is just the trio -no guests. This collection includes an amazing version of "The Preacher"! I have never heard anything by Jimmy to top that. It is very long, and he is the only soloist. It is an amazing, room-filling noise. Absolutely shattering. This is an example of what Alfred Lion and Frank Wolff heard when they first heard him. They were blown away. The piece is in F. I love it when Jimmy holds down an F with his right thumb and solos with the other four fingers. The tension is terrific. Jimmy's best-ever recorded performance? Suggestions to the contrary welcomed.
  11. To Mjzee, yes, that's J.J.'s trombone case, and you can see the trombone bell. I just saw the pic today after Mosaic linked to the article. I had not seen that pic before. Other pics from that session are well-known.
  12. Apostrophe

    Dear Moderators, will you kindly put the apostrophe in the forum title after the S? Thanks!
  13. Seriously, how do you play this?

    Woodwind instruments have keys that close pads, not valves. The keys are arranged in two clusters so that the player's hands can reach them. One's hands are not directly over all of the holes (except for a few smaller instruments, such as a treble recorder). It is the same principle whether it's a soprano saxophone or this flute monstrosity (three octaves below the standard flute). On the larger instruments, the keys might be a little further apart, but fingers have a limited span. I have heard samples of this flute, and I think it has an unpleasant, grunty sound. To me, it's just a workshop curiosity. I am very fond of the "bass flute", one octave below the regular flute (and twice as long), but that's as low as I am prepared to go in the flute family.
  14. Just saw this thread now. You are in my prayers.
  15. Rest Easy Mom & Dad

    Really sorry to hear this, Soulstation. My deepest sympathy.
  16. Miles Davis on American Masters.

    Thanks very much, guys, for letting us know about this and posting a link. I watched it pretty much straightaway. It is very well done, and contains material that most people have not seen before. It avoids the usual pitfalls of biographies. To those who had a part in it: A hearty "well done".
  17. The Spotlite Dial LPs may have begun in the late 60s. I was in Australia when I got them, and I left permanently at the end of 1971. I remember that Vol. 7, the session with J.J. Johnson, came out a bit later than the other 6 LPs. (I don't like the mute that J.J. uses for most of the session: it destroys his lovely open sound. Only on "How Deep Is The Ocean?" does he play open, and, for me, it proves my point emphatically.) To answer a question above, Tony Williams and Spotlite are still going, though I doubt that much new material has come out in the last few years. He did put out alll the Dial recordings, including the items in the first post in this thread. Other companies have issued some Dial items since Tony's definitive LPs, but they can't sound any better, because all the masters were lost in the 1950s and Tony had to rely on Dial 78s and LPs for virtually everything. (Tony told me that on the phone years ago.)
  18. Ah, yes, the Spotlite label! Prior to it starting, in the 1960s, Charlie Parker's Dial recordings came out in dribs and drabs on various budget LPs. It was a most unsatisfactory situation, with variable sound and in no organized order. The original Dial label only lasted about 6 years, and its recording masters were lost. All that survived were the issued 78 singles and a few 10" and 12" LPs - fortunately, a lot of alternate takes were issued. Tony Williams, in England, got in touch with Dial's owner, Ross Russell, and they collaborated on a comprehensive series of complete Parker LPs, taken from the best original Dial 78s and LPs that could be located. I was delighted when I heard about that. The series ended up being seven LPs, and the source material was of a pretty high standard throughout. But it should never have been like that. The New York City items were recorded at W.O.R. Studios, the place then used by Blue Note. The Blue Note masters still exist today, and so should those of Dial. I'll leave it to others to add more reminiscences. Spotlite still exists, and, of course, its material has been issued on CDs.
  19. Is that still not working? I remember it being unavailable two or three months ago. Those Kupiku people are a class act in every way, and are (were?) cheaper than ordering through Discogs. Of course, the rarer CDs are pricey. refuses to sell to customers outside Japan, and that can be annoying. I am surprised that Kupiku has not fixed their search function.
  20. Yes, it is remarkable that Dex was listed in 1941. It shows once again how hip Bean was. Of course, he greatly encouraged the boppers, for example having Monk and Diz in his group. Like you, Peter, I would very much love to see a 1962 list. Of course, Bean knew Sonny, and recorded with Trane at a Monk session. Johnny Hodges was also hip. He said that Trane's recording of "In A Sentimental Mood" was the best he had ever heard.
  21. This is of great interest. Thanks for posting that article. Quite an impressive list! Bean wasn't one to show off with flashy 16th-note runs, but awhile back, I came across a video of him doing a solo warmup, and he was rattling off a stream of rapid runs. It surprised me, because I had never heard him do that before. That dude could PLAY! Overuse of rapid runs isn't in good taste, in my humble opinion. It is better to groove with simple phrases. Consider Red Garland and Lou Donaldson, for example. Usually very simple, and you know what's coming, but it is wonderful stuff.
  22. Baby Face Willette

    It is a straight 4/4, at about 130 bpm. It is actually "Blues #5“, because there are four other blueses at the session. It was omitted from the LP because it runs a bit over 10 minutes. There is a session photo showing Alfred holding one of those old, round watches.
  23. Mosaics you’re still on the hunt for

    The above list of Grant Green with Sonny Clark misses out the two takes of Woody 'N' You from October 27, 1961. These were included on the CD "First Session". For some reason, the session didn't produce anything else that could be issued. Like Lon, I have the Japanese CDs, issued in the last 7 years, of the other sessions those two recorded. The sound is great on those. This is some of the finest jazz ever recorded. Wonderful stuff. A few years ago, I found a vinyl set of the Mosaic set of Ed Hall, James Johnson etc. for a very low price. Ed Hall is a favorite of mine on the clarinet, and the Johnson (solo piano) tracks go down well with this Fats Waller fan. Ed played one of those horrible Öhler system clarinets, but sounds fantastic. That system's main difference from the standard Boehm system clarinet in that ooo/oxx produces an F# instead of an F in the middle register (B instead of Bb in the low register). Ugghh. Jimmy Dorsey played one of those, too.
  24. Tell Me About Roland Kovac

    Saba was a class act. They issued (and recorded) the "Exclusively For My Friends" LPs by Oscar Peterson, and the sound and pressing quality were first-class. They had a deal with Prestige, and some of my Prestige LPs were Saba versions. Nice, clean sound. Prestige's vinyl at the time (late 1960s) wasn't very good. I used to order them by mail direct from their premises in New Jersey.
  25. Baby Face Willette

    Recent posts about Baby Face Willette prompted me to dig out his Blue Note recordings. Today, I played "Face To Face", with Fred Jackson, Grant Green and Ben Dixon. That's a magnificent session all the way through. Back in 1967, I read "Write For Free Catalog" on a Blue Note label, so I wrote for a free catalog and got one. Quite a number of their LPs were already out-of-print. I noticed the Jackson album, which they titled "Hootin' And Tootin' ". The title revolted me, suggesting a "yakety sax" album. It wasn't until the end of the 1990s that I got the CD and discovered that Fred was a fine player. Bad title, in my opinion. He sure plays fine on the Willette session, as do they all. I have the "Blue Note Works" CD of it, which doesn't have the two extra takes included on the McMaster CD, but they are on the Japanese 4-CD set "The Other Side Of Blue Note 4000 Series" (TOCJ 5941-5944). That set has Michael Cuscuna written all over it, but my copy doesn't have the booklet, which surely must have been included originally. So, I was able to make up a nice, McMaster-free, CDR of everything that is available. I feel that the previously unissued take of "Face To Face" (take 8) is better than the originally issued take, though both are excellent. I recently acquired Willette's two Argo albums ("Mo Roc" and "Behind The 8 Ball"), and, to me, they are miserable. Many tracks are short, and there is no "groove" track like Jimmy Smith's "Red Top". Lou Donaldson's "Here 'Tis" is my favorite of all Lou's albums. Too bad that they didn't do a follow-up to that 4-CD set, which only goes as far as 1961. It has a 1500-series equivalent, but only on vinyl.