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  1. Miles Davis – Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud 2cd version

    That's the "L'Interrogatoire de Julien" track discussed earlier in this thread. IMO this is one of those cases where the soundtrack cannot really stand on its own without the movie. I guess they also omitted it BECAUSE it has no horns (i.e. no Miles Davis as the leader of the session).
  2. Les Génies du Jazz box set

    I understand. I have no idea how and on what licensing basis they actually compiled this set but considering how open-handed they were about who was behind the project and where they operated from I figure it would have been rather too risky if this had been an all-shady affair. Maybe some French forumists can shed some light on this set. Someone must at least remember this set.
  3. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    No kidding? You're at my hometown tomorrow? At the Jazz Open? Would be nice to meet you for a chat. Though I will be out of town tomorrow evening. Passed by the downtown venue of the Jazz Open this evening, BTW. (I'll confess: We caught a local rockabilly group at a live gig at a club just around the corner. )
  4. Les Génies du Jazz box set

    Wel, there actually IS a CD featuring Bud Powell, for instance.
  5. Les Génies du Jazz box set

    Well, as of now the EU hasn't crumbled to pieces yet ...
  6. Les Génies du Jazz box set

    I have no idea. They were produced by "Editions ATLAS" (a French editor that does a LOT of series of collector's editions - sometimes distributed via newsagents - in a wide variety of fields) with affiliates in Belgium and Switzerland. There also is a very small imprint in the paperwork of the CDs that says "Guilde Internationale de Disque" (a record club AFAIK). The recordings span a rather wide time frame and at the time this edition was released (1991) cannot have been a matter of public domain recordings as some of the recording dates go up to the mid-70s. The recordings they selected are a bit of a helter-skelter affair. E.g. Art Pepper is represented by some of his very earliest 50s recordings (on Discovery etc.) whereas Dexter Gordon has both some of his Dial sides of 1947 and some 70s recordings, the Art Blakey disc has his "Hard Drive" LP on Bethlehem BCP6023 plus part of BCP6027 (not his most representative items, I'd say), and the John Coltrane disc includes live recordings from Birdland from Feb. and June 1962. But this is what I find interesting as you get some nice items overlooked elsewhere. And who's to complain at THAT price ... At any rate the books that go with the CD sets include full bibliographical and copyright details (also stating that the original publication came from Spain) as well as the names of those involved in the production and cannot possibly have gone under the radar of the rights holders if this had been a production that tried to go the "public domain, no licenses due" route.
  7. Now reading...

    Thanks. Sounds like a book that indulges in clichés. Any other opinions? BTW: I had to snicker when I saw the "second" pic of the author you linked in the comments section of your review. THAT photo seems to say "Oh my god, what book did I write there??"
  8. Now reading...

    As bad as Joe Buzzard and John Tefteller? If I got your impressions right they must be prime candidates for this category. @medjuck & Paul Secor: Would you mind elaborating on your impressions/mixed-feeling reactions? To me, at first glance this sounds like a fun book to read, even (or particularly) if it is fictional. I guess I can poke fun and laugh a bit at myself and my (probably not THAT terminal) collectionitis and probably don't take myself 100% seriously in that respect. But I am eager to listen if my impressions I got from your comments are way off. So ... what is it that annoys you with this book? Where does it get unbearable? (Thx ..)
  9. Mosaic Records is releasing a Savory collection set

    No problems here. The booklets of my set are all the same. Not too tight, not too loose. But as I've been annoyed a bit before by booklets waaay too loose and sloppy and slipping out as soon as you open the jewel case I would not even have complained about somewhat tighter fits. While we are at it - re-fidelity: Very good indeed. But I do wonder - recording buffs being what they are, I wonder how long it wil take for someone to tackle that Stuff Smith track on disc III (Crescendo in Drums) that has noticeable interference from a neighboring radio station and really dissect it to listen THROUGH the music to find out and transcribe what EXACTLY was broadcast on that other station? And as for the discographical details: Session P by Count Basie: Could it be that the recording date of May 19, 1939 is incorrect? The Basie band did a studio session for Columbia on May 19 so how likely is it that they had a live gig the same day? According to Ken Vail's "Jazz Itineraries" book on Count Basie they started a 6-week residency at the Panther Room the day after, on May 20 (and broadcast from there most nights). Just sayin' ...
  10. Ingmar Bergman's Cinema

    Liquidatzia! Ha! And this collection does not seem to include other early films by Bergman films that were shown, for example, many moons ago on TV here in a retrospective of the early years of Bergman. Films you never had seen before and probably never saw again afterwards. E.g. Musik i mörker and Det regnar pa var kärlek Interesting, though, for cineasts as even these early films have a very special atmosphere.
  11. Thoughts on the Ahmad Jamal Mosaic?

    Make that American-Housewife-Dispatched-Anywhere-in-Europe-With-Her-All-Volunteer-Army-Hubby demographic, then ... Fair enough but still odd ...
  12. Thoughts on the Ahmad Jamal Mosaic?

    AFN = AMERICAN Forces Network! See what I mean now?
  13. Thoughts on the Ahmad Jamal Mosaic?

    I still remember those nonstop musical hours broadcast on AFM FM over here (contrary to their AM stations, FM was very, very cheeezy MOR easy listening) where they had hours and hours of ... what? ... background music (not quite muzak) for various chores where lush instrumental music from a period that even then (mid- to late 70s) would qualify as "oldies". And in between orchestras like Percy Faith, Mantovani, Nelson Riddle or Hugo Winterhalter (the first time i ever "heard" THAT name - sticks in your mind if the first time you HEAR it it is pronounced by an American ) you ever so often had a recording by Ahmad Jamal. Which was the more listenable stuff among the rest to my ears and as far as I remember the most prominently featured piano trio in between these orchestras. Did listeners tuning in to orchestras like this really make up that much of his target audience at the time, I wonder?
  14. Keith Jarrett recommendations

    39 seconds. A case of Tourette??
  15. Charlie Rouse redux

    Well, Bob Rusch's review of Seven Standards and A Blues in the All Music Guide to Jazz book more or less duplicates Tynan's impressions. And he found Henry's interacting with his group on "Presenting Ernie Henry" "at times almost awkward" too. Rusch meh too? I don't think, though, it is a "puritan" attitude to point out that apparently the chops to express what one hears inside oneself aren't always there. I bought the Presenting and Last Chorus LPs a good twenty years ago when OJC special offers were all over the place and came across these reviews only several years later. But to me his playing did sound a bit off-putting at times. Time to relisten, maybe ... (and yet ... )