Guy Berger

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  • Birthday 07/10/1978

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  1. Sonic Youth......

    I have never been a hardcore fan, but DAYDREAM NATION is a classic and SISTER not far behind. I never cared enough to explore beyond those two + EVOL + WASHING MACHINE ("Diamond Sea" is great, the rest I don't need to hear again)
  2. The Apocalypse Is Nigh

    It's one of the best songs Simon ever wrote. I don't really understand the big deal about this, or care to understand
  3. A lot of this is probably due to sharing stage space with Yusef Lateef and Charles Lloyd during 1962-64. They added a depth and gravitas to the band that wasn't there before, and when they departed, Cannonball had to pick up the slack - couldn't do the "empty calories" thing anymore.
  4. Woohoo!!!! very excited about the Cannonball.
  5. Steve Coleman, HOT BRASS box set

    Hey all, I’ve been eyeing a 4 CD Steve Coleman box on Okeh - a series of concerts recorded in the mid-90s. The AMG reviews are mostly negative but I don’t take those too seriously with this kind of music. Worth picking up?
  6. ECM Press Releases for New Items

    I don’t dislike Bill Frisell, but he wouldn’t be my first choice for an trio featuring Leo Wadada Smith and Andrew Cyrille. That said... if his presence helps finance such encounters, more power to ECM.
  7. Tesla seems very mismanaged to me based on conventional indicators, but the market apparently disagrees.
  8. That said, the interview is highly recommended reading. Most of us are sufficiently sophisticated to filter out Kofsky and focus on Trane.
  9. Chick Corea

    I recently listened to THE PARIS CONCERT for the first time and... it was much better than I anticipated! Not sure why I was so pessimistic coming into it - maybe I internalized negative comparisons to CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS. While it’s not any of the participants’ best work, it’s a great listen. I love this period in Chick’s career; he and Anthony B made a great pairing.
  10. It's comprehensible to me, culturally, why someone would pick 1964 as *the* core year in Wayne Shorter's career, but it kind of requires ignoring what happened in 1965 and after
  11. Happy Birthday Wayne Shorter

    We’re lucky to still have him around and actively performing. 🙌
  12. Joshua Redman - Still Dreaming

    I may check this out!
  13. Dave Holland - Uncharted Territories

    I still have SANKT GEROLD in the "listen-to" pile, but can vouch for TIME WILL TELL. I really like Evan Parker's versatility and range as a player. It elevates him above many of his peers and acolytes. Using late Trane as a jumping off point, he went in a wonderful and creative direction.
  14. Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time - Ranker

    Yes, but in my experience they nevertheless tend to get underrepresented in this context for a variety of reasons
  15. Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time - Ranker

    LPs didn't exist for the first 31 years of recorded jazz; a lot of the greatest recordings by Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington were not made in the "album" format and any list like this would eliminate them.