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  1. Earl Bostic - the general thread

    Doesn't it all depend on the definition of "jazz" used in those particular cases? If Golson had more far-reaching ideas and ideals of how he wanted his jazz to be, he may well have felt playing in Bostic's band to be a "hack job". But does this mean Bostic's bands were NOT a part of ALL the facets of jazz that there were and that served different purposes? Doesn't it rather mean that Golson did not find much of what HIS idea of jazz was? Remember Dexter Gordon is on record as having said that the Louis Armstrong band of the mid-40s that he played in for a time before bebop burst out was "just blah". So ... does this invalidate Louis Armstrong's band?
  2. A bit touchy today, maybe? Maybe time to moderate yourself? (You're on the verge of getting political.) So everybody can get back to counting band members (and/or assessing theire repertoire) to decide if they are rightfully "orchestra" members or not, etc ...
  3. Like I said, "concept" would have done the trick. In a very straightforward manner. No linguistic meandering. That's all. And like I said too, points exchanged and taken, so on with the ACTUAL subject.
  4. Well, I think you do understand after all, and I know too that it all amounts to one single letter, but aren't "conceit" and "being conceited" a bit too (linguistically) close for comfort here? ... hmmm ... "Concept" would have done the trick and served its purpose of getting the message across, unless it is a matter of showing off linguistically (in which case ... but oh well ... talk about coming full circle and so on ... ) So back to the question on hand ...
  5. Was the underlined word INTENTIONAL? Or just a Freudian lapse? As for semantics, I have always read and understood "orchestra" in a jazz context to be a synonym for a "big band" if used correctly. Your "today's" distinction between "big bands" leaning a bit more towards older styles and "orchestras" being anything else as well, including more experimental forms of jazz, makes sense. BUT - from the 20s classic jazz period up to R&B combos and elsewhere through the decades there have always been bands labeled as "orchestras" that were maybe a bit larger than the typical 4-5-6 piece combo ("small band") but certainly not big enough to be considered a REAL "big band" or "orchestra". Sometimes this actually sounded a bit pretentious. So once you are aware of this the terms become interchangeable and not quite that meaningful again and may just as well be just a marketing gimmick.
  6. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    @MG: I cannot be sure about the origin of the photos but I do think these came from the US. Somehow the type of "bobbysoxers" does look familiar from other (US) photos from that period. Maybe a series of pics taken at an Elvis concert (hence the extreme emotion)? The French often had different covers for many of their domestically pressed, printed and released versions originating from the USA but the one you show must have been a relatively short-lived one. I have a relatively early French pressing of the Newport LP with the "other" (familiar) cover. And the Joe Turner "Rockin' The Blues" LP, for example, was first published in the US in 1958 and was also issued with that "crowd" cover in the UK on London.
  7. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    I am aware of the second series (with the six smaller cover pics) which was re-used for facsimile reissues in the 80s but I cannot recall the other one with the screaming teens. Probably not used for reissues because by then it appeared too "dated" to the execs. This kind of cover photos showing teens in various poses of ecstasy and/or partying was used widely in the 50s, it seems, e.g. on various R&B/R'n'R compilations on Savoy, as well as a cash-in attempt elsewhere for quite unlikely acts.
  8. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    An amazing "period" cover ... Another one of those covers where the record producers tried to cash in visually on the teen market. It might be interesting to try to find out at which concert featuring which "name" artist(s) this photo was actually taken.
  9. Strangely, an ITALIAN (so it says) edition of a book under that title with the number of pages given in the excerpt you posted and a publication date of 2018 is listed on
  10. Rock's appearance vs Jazz's appearance

    "Technically" speaking, you no doubt are right. But they seemed to have had that IMMEDIACY that grabbed the kids who went out to buy their records (and that immediacy got lost - at least in the tastes of many rcord buyers - when technically overproficient studio musicians who "tightened up" other R'n'R records from that period got into the act and produced something that just fell by the wayside (by comparison) with the target audience. Besides, talking about "sloppy", I wonder what "objective" criteria (provided there were any) could actually have been applied to that music to do it justice - or to others? If it was just about being "sloppy" in how you play, how utterly sloppy would you have to consider John Lee Hooker (and quite a few others from that low-down "country" blues corner of the popular music scene) and his odd meters, missed beats, etc. that made him the laughingstock of many among the more accomplished Detroit R&B musicians who insisted "he couldn't play shit" (see "Before Motown"). Certainly it cannot have been be a matter of "the cruder you are, the more authentic you are, and the more authentic you are in a crude way the sloppier you are allowed to play" (though I have no doubt quite a few of the white folksy rediscovery/revival audience thought like that)? So there must have been other criteria at work (beyond pure romanticism by the white folk/academic audience belatedly discovering the old country blues "heroes" and sometimes even making umpteenth-rate guitar dabblers into a hero or making the rediscoverd acts of past times crudify their craft - cf. Big Bill Broonzy) . At any rate - as far as the audience was concerned, what worked for the older African-American blues men and their "rediscovery audience" worked for a good deal of the younger white Southern rock'n'rollers and rockabillies too for THEIR audience. So - again - technical professionalism cannot always have been THE #1 quality criterion. "Authenticity" and "immediacy" in their appeal, maybe?
  11. Linda Ronstadt - illness prevents singing

    So did Linda Ronstadt ...
  12. Jazz's Transition to CDs

    Personally I doubt it, but I cannot be sure. Collectors of such equipment would be able to tell exactly but I don't think they are around here.
  13. Jazz's Transition to CDs

    I don't know about this particular brand (fitted to Chryslers) but those I know of (e.g Philips AUTO-MIGNON) all played normal 45s. The pickup weight was enormous, though, to keep the record from skipping (i.e. skipping too obtrusively) with the car in motion. A common nickname here was "record planer". Talking about retro value, those Auto Mignons, if in good condition play relatively well and fetch insane prices among collectors. I was seriously contemplating buying one in 1983 or so to go with my 1957 car but with student funds being low this was out of reach. But the prices of that time would make it a steal today.
  14. Jazz's Transition to CDs

    A bit of a tight squeeze for LP's, though.
  15. Jazz's Transition to CDs

    That's quite possible. Those reel-to-reel units were all over the place as THE home recording medium in the 50s and 60s. Not audiophile throughout, not cheap but something to save your bucks for in many circles. I remember copying a few reel to reel radio shows from such a device onto cassette in the early 80s. No problem with a suitable adapter. But I have never owned a reel-to-reel unit myself (compared to cassettes they WERE unwieldy and fiddly and the nostalgia bug had not bitten). Which may have led me to a blunder (of sorts). When I bought a virtually complete collection of 1953-90 issues of the German JAZZ PODIUM magazine about 14-15 years ago the seller also asked me if I was interested in buying a reel-to-reel tape recording of the Stan Kenton concert in Berlin in 1953 he had made as a teenager when he attended the concert. I declined, not owning a playback unit and knowing that at least part of the concert had been released on vinyl. It may well have been a mistake, though (but i did get the program booklet of this concert along with the lot of mags ).