mandrill

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  1. Perhaps you're right, Scott. Most likely the drop in Mosaic prices is a part of a broader trend of people bailing on CDs as medium, transferring their music to ephemera of computer files. Well, I remember 90's being a golden time for second-hand LP hunters. Not anymore. Maybe something similar will happen to CD. Maybe not. I've never thought about buying music as investment- discovering a lot of various interesting music in affordable ways is what I'm after.
  2. It sure feels like a "buyer" market in Mosaics. I got long coveted Jimmy Giuffre Atlantic set for $72 on e-bay yesterday, along with Buddy Rich and Basie Verve sets also well below the original prices. There were about a dozen of other sets (mostly pre-bop) from that seller that didn't bid up to original price. One of the reasons could be that the seller misspelled it "MOSIAC" on all his listings. But even ones with correct description are not getting as much attention as they used to years ago. I wonder if there might be some resurgence in 5-10 years or so, as hipper millennials might get into Mosaics, as they do into vinyl in general now.
  3. Lars Gullin

    Somehow I doubt that's the case. Why would they change the order of tunes to sessions chronology? Also the Japanese releases don't have any alternate takes- but do they have them on Dragon re-issues?
  4. Lars Gullin

    Has anyone an idea what the provenance of this release can be? It sounds pretty good to my ears, doesn't sound like it's a needle drop and the order of tunes is as they occurred during the session, not as they were placed on the albums. It's on one of those "Catalonian" labels, this one called "Phono". Could they possibly got a hold of master tapes? Or do they just "remastered" this music from Dragon issued CDs? Thanks.
  5. The Basso Valdambrini Sextet

    Formerly extremely rare item (being recorded for radio music library, it was never released commercially), the re-issue can be obtained now for a mere $15 or so. The vinyl (2LP) comes with CD enclosed.
  6. Crazy sale at Leo Records

    Leo has such a sale every year for quite some time, yet every time it is "Sale of the Century". It serves best those of us who are into Euro free improv, Soviet/Russian jazz or Anthony Braxton various endeavors. Ganelin Trio is an obvious choice, but I assume you either have it all already or do not care. I got Braxton Standards CDs couple years ago and enjoy them. Sainkho Namtchylak is a singular artist, but, imho, her best performances are found elsewhere (FMP, Aura). Lots of Russian artists you may never heard of (Evgeny Masloboev / Anastasia Masloboeva; Russian Folksongs in the Key of Winter, Sadness, Rhythm, etc, as an example). Golden Years of New Jazz (looks like Leo Feigin is one who likes to stroke his ego), tempting as they are, mostly live performances by the artists whose work is better documented elsewhere (again). Seriously, how many versions of Sun Ra Arkestra chanting "Space is the Place" one has to hear? Then there is Perelman/Shipp-palooza, which might be a gift to some of you. Two rather obscure albums from that sale list that I'd recommend: CD LR 635 4-tet Different Song; Step into the Future; CD LR 662 Yang Jing, Christy Doran; N. 9;
  7. Claus Ogerman

    Don't know about "ruined", but Rodgers and Hart is my least favorite songbook, while Harold Arlen (arranged by Billy May) is the one i return to the most often, followed by Ellington.
  8. Claus Ogerman

    Did Evans and his trio run away by the time they got to this part? It sounds like they're nowhere to be found there. http://www.bjbear71.com/Ogerman/Recordings-index-revised.html I could only wish Gil Evans were that prolific.
  9. Claus Ogerman

    I have yet to meet an album with his arrangements that won't make me cringe. I'd call it "Straussiana" (reference to Johann, not Richard)- string laden, syrupy, emotionally lightweight sachertorte. His arrangement butchered many of potentially promising jazz-meet-bossa-nova albums back in the 60's. Or compare for instance two consecutive albums by Diana Krall- When I Look at your eyes (arranged by Jonny Mandel) and The Look of Love (arranged by Ogerman). Classy vs unbearable. Well, apparently the dude is dead- so i'll let it rest at that.
  10. Arthur Blythe

    “The Leaders, huh?...I’d sure hate to see the followers!” Lou Donaldson via Brad Mehldau blog. Having their "Mudfoot" album on Blackhawk years ago, I wasn't impressed- somehow it sounded much less than sum of its parts would suggest. I highly respect all the individuals involved and have various albums by them that I enjoy, but then All-Stars concept seldom works in general.
  11. Great show in Durham, NC yesterday. The timing was about an hour for each set, perhaps given more time (compared to Ed's description) to Jimmy Herring, as he's Fayetteville, NC native son. "A big effin gong" was kept in check and only used sparingly on a couple of Mahavishnu Orchestra songs. The real highlight of 4th Dimension set was when Gary Husband joined Ranjit Barot on drums in the end, both of them raising up a storm and then ending with kind of call and response game.
  12. Berklee in the News (and it ain't pretty)

    Do you believe NOTHING you read in the media? That how it sounds from your diatribe on this thread. Or do you think there are still some credible sources left? FOX over CNN? Breitbart News over Washington Post perhaps?
  13. Pharoah Sanders

    Pharoah on Timeless. Love this set, especially the last album.
  14. Greg Osby

    Some fairly recent album with Osby that I like.
  15. How do you define genius , as it pertains to jazz?

    Armstrong, Parker, Monk, Davis, Mingus, Coltrane, Coleman. Honorable mention: Ellington, Powell, Dolphy, Braxton. Criteria: totally original thought that moved jazz into new territory.
  16. Wynton Marsalis

    I heard ole Wynston [sic] is busy building the Cathedral.
  17. Wynton Marsalis

    In this case, what (who) are those continents of Planet Jazz? And when, in your opinion, did the last tectonic movement take place?
  18. This thing looks scary. Massive. Monolithic. The Kaaba of fusion?
  19. Wynton Marsalis

    We all hear different things. Some are able to hear big advancement in Grateful Dead sound vintage of April 78 vs July 78, while most of that band output totally bores me (though I can agree that Workingman Dead/American Beauty is good music to drive by).
  20. Wynton Marsalis

    At the very least there are some Asian influences in David S. Ware music (not that he pioneered that, mind you). Yes, one may argue that he still essentially plays that "cosmic jazz" of late Coltrane & Sanders, but he's thoroughly his own man in that idiom. He's not your "same fucking Merlot". For example, the way he dis- and re-assembles the standards on his DIW albums is unique and beautiful. I don't find Mary Halvorsen "hybridization" all that interesting- the whole of it seems to me less that the parts it's assembled from. As for blending free jazz with garage rock, I'll take Raoul Björkenheim over Mary H. This discussion got run in circles, kicking clouds of dust, so it's hard to see anymore where it's started. "Huge difference" between those two albums? Maybe not, depending on one's scope of "huge". But the later is definitely an advancement on the former, and, for me, it's more interesting listening experience.