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  1. The reason I was mentioning this was SPAIN - boy, was I baffled when I saw the tons of his reissue LPs flooding the racks in the record shops when I visited Spain (not Argentina, mind you ...) in 1980 and 1983, by which time he had been gone for close to 50 years. No doubt you will remember this too ...
  2. If this is so, shouldn't you use a different common denominator than "rock" in the title in the first place? Non-jazz, non-classical leaves a LOT of musical styles that are not "rock" even by the most liberal definition of "rock". (Or get people to stick to "rock"..) (or delete "rock" from the title altogehter?) P.S. @soulpope: Basically I understand and agree with your feelings but check that book of your younger music listening days "Rock Lexikon" by Schmidt-Joos and Graves (published by rororo) that you no doubt perused back then too. Otis Redding not only has an entry there but also has an LP in this book's list of some 50 "essential Rock LPs"). It's a wide field if you take in the side branches of the tree of "rock".
  3. East and West of Jazz - Duke Jordan, Sadik Hakim - Charlie Parker PLP-805

    So your LP looks like it has no dead wax to speak of? As for my "suggestion", getting beyond the initial hurdles of how to obtain information can make it much easier to lead targeted discussions afterwards (there will be plenty left ... )
  4. East and West of Jazz - Duke Jordan, Sadik Hakim - Charlie Parker PLP-805

    This LP is on the "Complete" Charlie Parker Records budget box set release a couple of years ago (and creating a degree of controversy here). I'll have to listen to it again when time permits to see what's up with the track you mention. The CD sleeve and booklet erroneously list only the Duke Jordan session details for this LP (and mix up the date, indicating the Sadik Hakim date for the Jordan session) but according to Bruyninckx the entire LP was recorded specifically for CP Records, the Sadik Hakim session on 13 Feb. 1962 and the Jordan session on 22 Feb. 1962. So it's no compilation. TTK, you really need a decent discography by now ...
  5. ANDRE WILLIAMS

    Yes no doubt he was relevant and he was an original. I remember catching him at a live gig in a local club a shade over 20 years ago. Went to see him on the strength of his rcordings he had done back in the day ("Bacon Fat") etc. It was an impressive gig by someone who in other settings would have been considered a sort of "elder statesman of R&B" and play it safe but he certainly put everything into his show. He sure was "nuts" (not in a negative but rather in an energetic sense). I have a hunch at least one local club gig promoter (who is heavily into booking subculture acts in the 60s style garage rock vein) will mourn him even more than most everybody else "just" remembering him from attending his gigs. He again booked Andre Williams on several occasions in the years since but somehow I never made it to any of the later gigs. RIP.
  6. Jacques Loussier (1934-2019)

    Do we know for sure? Are there many documented questions and answers on this aspect from that pre-1840s period?
  7. Jacques Loussier (1934-2019)

    Differences of "retro" perception again, I guess. I can very well imagine seeing or remembering Europe of that time in all B&W, but OTOH I think most of those who picture themselves in 50s or early 60s USA today picture it all in glorious full color ("Colors by Deluxe", as it said in one musical "cult" movie back then). All B&W would be more fitting for 40s USA ("film noir" again, and everything that goes with it, style-wise). OK, will spin the Double Six meet Quincy Jones LP later today after the chores outside have been taken care of (I have it on French Columbia - the cover with the group members looking down at themselves, not up, as on US pressings ) Though, in THAT vein, the "Blue Stars of France" (EmArcy 1954) somehow sound more like a jazzy background soundtrack of the era to me. (Clichés, i know, but anyway ... )
  8. Jacques Loussier (1934-2019)

    The French inventing jazz? Or in which respect are you being tongue-in-cheek? Creoles in "French" New Orleans? That aside, I guess everybody who is deeply fascinated by a past period with a specific image (whethere historically totally correct or not) has an idealizeed (or stereotyped) way of looking at this past period in a setting that one personally would like to relive (or beam back into). Just like we'd probably imagine bebop being played in some "typical" 40s "film noir (US variety) setting ... (The WIlliam Gottlieb photo archives help in that respect, BTW ) STILL - you'd probably be shocked if you'd care to (or be able to?) read a lot of what was written in period (i.e. 50s and even early 60s) German (JAZZ PODIUM) and also French (JAZZ HOT) jazz monthlies about jazz and its "art" connotations and aspirations. You'd probably not find a lot about those high-brow attempts at liaising (by ALL means) jazz with classical (or "serious") music to make it really "respectable" in a Europan "art" sense that really fits your imagination, and in the long run you'd find a lot of THAT rather dry, dour, academic and stiff. André Hodeir was no coincidence either. And THAT type of jazz certainly was a million miles away from any "typical" St. German des Prés cellar club jazz concert setting - either actual (as witnessed by US tourists at the time) or imagined (in latter-day idealizations).
  9. Jacques Loussier (1934-2019)

    Too bad shipping costs are rather prohibitive if you'd actually want any. I'd probably be able to find very cheap copies of most of the original 4 LPs from the 60s in about 4 weeks' time.
  10. Jacques Loussier (1934-2019)

    Exactly. My mother was one of them (though, judging by what she had bought, the Swingle Singers and George Gruntz ranked ahead of Loussier, it seems). Like many in Europe at the time: Third stream! Jazz needs to mate up with classics to become respectable! And please no "Jazzing up the classics"! Playing classical music very moderate jazz overtones is what it is to be instead.! I never fully got into Loussier (though - for completeness sake - in more recent times I bought the other Play Bachs that my ma did not own - the Play Bachs still are very, very common in record clearout sale bins here) but he certainly did make a huge splash.
  11. Nat King Cole Bear Family Sets Recording Session Info

    OK, I made my point above (not authoritarian nor judging but inquiring - please note the difference). Also - as you will have seen from the replies to your very first thread here, I certainly am not adverse to replying to such inquiries. I did reply (in fact, as the first one), trying to come up with an honest reply as well as I could, checking the info I had available here. It may not have been what you were hoping for (but as somewhat confirmed by the replies thereafter it may be the only possible answer), yet confirming that the somewhat blurry dates are the only ones in existence should at least clear up the picture somewhat. What next? Two more questions/threads of the same kind referring to the same artist and existing releases. Which puts the listing of your very first thread somewhat into perspective. And should probably leave more than one person puzzled as you did not state your intentions clearly. After all - when the third similar question came up - Bear Family boxes do come with books with lots of info. Is it, then, that you are cataloging music that you don't have? How come, if you are all into Nat King Cole, as the total of your previous posts seems to indicate? (I should have thought these reissues were the definite and final word on covering this music - as is the case with most BF boxes) Do you have the entire contents of these boxes on previous releases/reissues? Or is it that you have these reissues but NOT in their original form? (Which is just a question, not an accusation, because I am indeed puzzled about the similarity of the questions). Now, besides - may I indeed remind you too that you are on an internet forum? Please remember there were several people who replied both to your first question and to this one, yet what remained missing was ANY sort of acknowledgment on your part of these attempts at providing you with info. Don't you think it would have been a sign of elementary "netiquette" to reply in some way and maybe explain and elaborate on what you actually are after, if only to show you are interested in engaging in some sort of constructive discussion? Just so you don't get people to thinking you just take the replies for granted. So .... I do take your point but you will have to take my point too, the gist of which is that I do not have an "agenda" at all but I do tend to speak my mind every now and then.
  12. Nat King Cole Bear Family Sets Recording Session Info

    I am more and more puzzled by the sameness of questions in this succession of posts, that's all. And I am ASKING. Definitely not stating. Not least of all because I was thinking of several discussions here re- the nature of 'CD-R-ing legit releases. But by ALL means, please DO feel free to delete my post if you feel this is contrary to what is OK to be written here. I am certainly comfortable with that and did not intend to be at odds with rules in this respect.
  13. Nat King Cole Bear Family Sets Recording Session Info

    I am beginning to feel a bit puzzled about the common denominator of the posts by Mr Mills jr. Nat Cole and questions about session details or EXISTING releases galore. If I got the gist of the replies to these posts right, there ARE good and comprehensive Nat King Cole discographies out there. And quality reissues such as Bear Family usually come with very good booklets (real books in this case, actually). What's up, Mr Mills? You sitting in front of a stack of home-burnt CD-Rs where you now are trying to fill out the bones of the CD-Rs with the flesh of the liner notes of booklets you don't have because you don't have the genuine items?
  14. Ira Gitler, R.I.P.

    True, the musicians were the creators. But among the scribes and historians who documented and presented post-1945 jazz he was second to none IMHO in spreading background knowledge of the music to fans and serious listeners who came after him and he certainly was above a fair number of "analyzers" who probably considered themselves far more enlightened and "deep". I know there are quite a few who figure on the spines of books in my music library where I'd rather choose Ira Gitler if I had to.
  15. Andre Previn (1929 - 2019)

    I took note of his non-jazz activites only in passing. My first exposure to him came via his mid-40s recordings for Eddie Laguna's Sunset label reissued on Black Lion in the 70s and I was suitably impressed after having bought this LP new at the time. My Fair Lady came quite a bit later (sometime after after the Jim Flora-illustrated Rogers-Previn Collaboration on RCA and Previn/Freeman's Double Play on Contemporary). I know some will shrug many of these recordings off as too much technique (and not enough heartfelt "keyboard fumbling" or so ... ) but anyway ... IMO he had chops. And looking at the jazz corner of his Discogs entries now I realize there are a couple more I'll have to check out when the occasion presents itself.