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  1. 2 hours ago, Scott Dolan said:

    Anyone who thinks Brandford is anything short of a stellar musician hasn’t listened to any of his quartet from the last couple of decades. They are the closest approximation to the classic Coltrane Quartet that I’ve ever heard. 

    Hopefully, before Jim goes on his word salad rant response, everyone else will note that I clearly stated “approximation”. 

    The last I checked, the classic Coltrane Quartet albums were still in print and readily available.

  2. 4 hours ago, Dmitry said:

    I've read a couple of his football pieces in the Times. I don't like his over the top, little susbtance style, and I don't walk away after reading him, thinking to myself,hmm, why didn't I think of that... I will wager he never played the game himself. At least someone in the NYT is writing about the WC. As we say in Russian, "where there's no fish, a crayfish is a fish".

    I do think the Croats played with a lot more style and confidence than the French, but they just weren't lucky yesterday. Plus Vida couldn't keep up with Mbappe. And the keeper didn't step it up, when they relied on him. That Pogba goal...not world class keeping. With the new keeper, Croats are in the final of the UEFA Cup in 2 years. 

    I wish Croats all the best, but it might as well be a high point that would take them a while (if ever) to surpass. Remember that they weren't even the top in their qualification group (Iceland was). The keeper seemed like he wasn't feeling well, maybe his injury in 1/4 final with Russia finally got to him. If so, it was a big gamble for Dalić to let him play. He could have clearly tried to save the last two- yet he was standing still as the ball whizzed by.

  3. 29 minutes ago, Dmitry said:

    Paris, France...Berlin, Germany,,,London, England. Is this a distinctly American thing to inform the other parties where a city is located? Used to annoy me when I heard it said like that, now I just don't care.

    Perhaps just so that Americans won't mistake those for Paris, TX, Berlin, NH or London, OH, etc

  4. On ‎6‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 11:07 PM, Dmitry said:


    1 hour ago, Dmitry said:

    Spain is playing Russia on Sunday. We're going to watch this game in Madrid. How cool is that?!
    My son is going to the Real Madrid summer training camp for two weeks, and we're dropping him off at the Santiago Bernabeu Sunday afternoon.

    I think today, pound for pound, is going to be the best game day overall. It's do or die for most of these teams. I will obstain from making predictions.


    I was watching Portugal- Spain game in the main public square of Lisbon (Praca do Commercio). The vibe there was unbelievable, very positive, even when Spain took the lead.

  5. On ‎5‎/‎15‎/‎2017 at 8:29 AM, Clunky said:





    I've been reacquainting myself with this group with the quartet performances here before cracking the cellophane of the latest trio disc.  I really like Lake's playing and this group is excellent. The trio work so well together and to my ears at least it always seems fresh even if older tunes are revisited. They have a decent number of recordings of which these are all I know . Any other standouts or recent Lake recommendations?

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  6. 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.