david weiss

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  1. OK guys, I can't say I'm really that familiar with his writing style but I met the author at the Schomburg when we were both going through Sonny's archives stored there. I know he talked to Sonny a lot and did a lot of research. When we talked about all things Sonny, he did seem to have some knowledge on the subject so from the research side of things, this should be good. I believe he is/was a saxophone player not that that matters much but I think he has more of a back round in Jazz then a Lou Reed bio might imply. He is well versed on the subject, that is for sure but as I said, I can't speak on his writing style yet but I think this will be the most thorough bio we've had on Sonny and that is probably a good thing.
  2. Billy Harper scare.

    HE DID NOT HAVE A STROKE!!!! This was a false rumor spread around in an e-mail chain earlier this week and is completely not true. He is fine. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is home and doing OK.
  3. Billy Harper Quintet - Antibes 1975

    Not to hear them tell it....
  4. Billy Harper Quintet - Antibes 1975

    And sometimes they treat you to the nicest dinners....
  5. Billy Harper Quintet - Antibes 1975

    Well, there would be a different deal for original releases I suspect and negotiation directly with the artist if they were the source of the material. I never said the licenser got a royalty as well (though this is not unheard of), I said they get a fixed price based on the number of LPs or CDs pressed... But then there is also downloads.... It depends on how it is released. If it is for record store day, it does need to be a fixed amount. If for general release, it does not have to be a limited edition. I have not implied any nefarious intent on Mr. Thomas' part for only pressing 2,000 copies and making it a vinyl only release. I've just said that this could effect the artist's ability to earn a decent paycheck for his work. I have not estimated any profits for Mr. Thomas, just stated that his payday was bigger then the artist involved. Perhaps that's fine but it really depends on how much more, no? I've had plenty of pleasant conversations with many record label executives, many were pretty honest and some were outright thieves....
  6. Billy Harper Quintet - Antibes 1975

    Again, Mosaic is doing collections of previously (but for an alternate take or two) released material not new material. Mosaic will deal with the record company in question, not the artist in most cases. A new recording requires permission from the artist and a fee to be paid to release this new work. INA owns the physical recording but does not own the rights to the music created on said physical recording. Technically, they can not release the music without the artist's permission. Yes, the artist can turn down the deal if it is not a good deal for them and I have had to do this a few times myself but sometimes an artist will need the money especially during, say, a pandemic and might accept an offer they would not usually accept. You can lay this at the feet of an artist saying it's the artist's fault for excepting all the shitty deals they felt they had to accept through the years but that would not really be fair. Historically, artists have been given shitty deals and that has changed a bit over the years but it has not gone away. Artists are more aware certainly but they are offered crap all the time and feel they have no choice sometimes. I can probably guess that both INA and the record label made more money off this release then the artist. I personally don't think that is fair. This might not be the cases if more records were pressed or CDs were pressed as well. I recently turned down a low offer for a similar situation to this and they remedied it by pressing more LPs to give the artist a more acceptable fee.
  7. Billy Harper Quintet - Antibes 1975

    I'm well aware of the INA archive. INA licenses these recordings to labels for a fee based on a percentage on the number of albums pressed. I've had offers where a larger percentage of the pie was offered to INA then to the artist. Another example of the artist, who produced the actual music, always being last in line for payments... Different situation I believe. Mosaic dealt with collections of previously issued music for the most part (with some alternate takes) and licensed the music from various labels. Sometimes the license deal would be based on the number of albums pressed and hence, one of the reasons for the limited edition....
  8. Billy Harper Quintet - Antibes 1975

    Again, I can't get too deep into it in a public forum. To prove a point, I would have to get into numbers and that is personal. Yes, independent labels do not have the budgets the major labels do but there is still a fair wage to pay a musician even if you are an independent label. But that really wasn't my point anyways though. I was saying that this limited edition model makes it more difficult to pay a musician a fair wage since you are limiting how many you can sell and therefore depriving the artist of potential royalties from more sales. The limited edition might guarantee you make a splash and sell out but it is not the best model for the musician who made the music in first place. I see that the album sold for 28 euros on their web-site so at maximum (if they sold them all through their web-site), 28 x 2,000 is 56,000 Euros. I'm sure a certain amount sold through distributors where the label would see less money per album and there are expenses as well but I don't know about non-profit. Non-profits do have salaried employees and sometimes they take a decent salary as well. I'm just trying to say I'm a little skeptical. More power to him for starting a label and more power to him for these great releases but I remain a bit skeptical about all the limited edition and non-profit stuff.... There is a reason all these labels are jumping into this record store day stuff....
  9. Billy Harper Quintet - Antibes 1975

    I do but I'm not going to go into it on a public forum. I stand by my statement.
  10. For fucks sake Bertrand, I confirmed it was an 8 CD set months ago and yes, I'm pretty confident it will be real CDs.
  11. Billy Harper Quintet - Antibes 1975

    One thing not really considered here is the artist. I don't want to get too deep into it but limited edition releases like this guarantee a low payday for the artist with no hope of any additional sales to make it even a half way respectable payday. These limited edition record store day type things have resulted in some of the lowest offers for compensation to the artist that I have seen in many years. It's nice for the music to come out and I understand the nature of a non-profit and their supposed good intentions but it would be nice to see the artist compensated a fair amount as well.
  12. Record Store Day 2021

    I believe this was one of the sources for this....
  13. Blue Note is releasing it. End of July supposedly....
  14. Definitely 8 CDs and 12 LPs. CD box is supposedly going to be "moderately priced"
  15. Roy Brooks - Understanding

    I have not heard the final product but I heard the original tapes and it's pretty killing. The intensity level is high. I think the Land is from the Penthouse in Seattle but I'm not sure....
  16. I need more John Hicks (recommendations)...

    For whatever reason, timing, mood or what have you, I'm finding this Paris concert to be much stronger. "The Egyptian" is earth shattering. There is also some footage from an Italian date from the same tour floating around as well.....
  17. I need more John Hicks (recommendations)...

    Not an album but I've been listening to this Live Art Blakey thing a lot lately... It's off the hook for me....
  18. RIP Chick Corea

    Interesting.... had no idea... Mark, I read your piece on Chick and enjoyed it but how can you not include this? It is one of my favorites if not my favorite.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygoa3jjnS2s
  19. Then you're just the sucker they are looking for after all Big booklet, lots of cool photos. The ones mentioned above plus some other nice live shots. More essays then one would even need as well....
  20. New World Records

    I've seen them plenty of times in used records stores over the years...
  21. I think the CDs will be moderately priced. I'm not as privy to such discussions but I think the general philosophy these days is deluxe, pricey LP box set and reasonably priced CD set. There are a lot of cool pictures from the Lighthouse photo shoot and I think the photo shoot from the Lee's last album in the booklet. They are of course more glorious in the LP box but the CD booklet will have all this stuff as well...
  22. Well I think the sound is a lot better at least but I'm biased... As for track timings, the timings of a particular tune are pretty much in the same ball park with a fluctuation of a minute or two in either direction in general.
  23. 12 LPs or 8 CDs. I don't know if there will be different versions for different parts of the world but I seriously doubt it.
  24. 14 previously unreleased tracks plus 5 previously unreleased Speedballs of various lengths, not that it matters that much. I chose the master takes back in the '90s and I will say, most of the decisions were pretty easy then except for two tunes. Going through it this time though, I have to admit I found the level of the performances consistently high throughout all the sets. The energy is infectious throughout and it's exciting to hear such a good band hitting on all cylinders set after set. I really like this band though, others might not be as high on them... I do have to say I think the sound is greatly improved over the 3 CD set. If you really like this band, it might be worth the plunge but if it is not amongst your favorites, then perhaps the 3 CD set would suffice.
  25. New World Records

    The Cecil Taylor Unit album on New World is probably my favorite Cecil Taylor album and very important to my early development.