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  1. Ellington at Newport (Complete 2 CD set)

    Yes. Except for some audience and set-up noises-- to which I think Schaap assigned tracks (I'm not sure because I'm not at home where the cds are).
  2. Don Pullen Mosaic

    I saw Pullen a couple of times with Mingus and was very impressed. I was also present for his solo recording on Sackville. Though you can't tell, John Norris and Bil Smith often had a paid audience when they did the recordings to help defray the costs. But what I really like is Ode To Life: his tribute to George Adams on Blue Note. It's one of his "African _Brazilian Connection" cds which may not be to everone's taste. Sadly, as I remember it he died not too long after Adams.
  3. best selling non-vocal all-acoustic jazz albums

    I'm just looking at my cd collection and it's amazing how few of them were recorded in the 70's-- and of those that were, few are acoustic and most are on Sackville.
  4. Ellington at Newport (Complete 2 CD set)

    I have both and I much prefer the Definitive. However that may be a matter of taste and my hearings shot from old age and too many rock and roll concerts.
  5. Gerry Mulligan Sextet

    I didn't know there were sextet sides from Pacific Jazz. Could someone post a discography of them too. It would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to see a box of all the Mercury stuff-- not just the Sextet. There's a lot of it on one of those Jazz 'Round Midnight complilations that I really like. At least I think most of it was originally on Mercury: It's copyright Polygram nowadays. Actually it would probably be copyright Universal Music nowadays but the compilations are from the early 90's.
  6. What records have Pops & Pee Wee on them? (I'm presuming there are some.) I just got the new Mosaic catalogue and it was the montion of the Ruby Braff with Pee Wee sides that made me decide to get the Columbia Small Group Swing Sessions.
  7. But that one's hard to beat.
  8. I find the same with films: The Golden Age is whenever you were 17.
  9. Ellington at Newport (Complete 2 CD set)

    Have you heard the Definitive release? This is *said* to be the best version of the Carnegie Hall concert. Less noisier than the Schaap (extreme in this regard, even my 80 year old neighbour complained about the scratching sounds ) and much clearer than the noisereduced earlier CBS CD reissue. I agree about the Definitive disc. There's some controversy as to whether they had a different source or just doctored the Schaap cd. Whatever: the result is great. All you miss is some between numbers audience shuffling. (The same is true of their Charlie Christian live box.) I know they're dastardly pirates, but they seem to have good engineers. BTW Since I brought it up: if you want a cd version of the correct take of Up & Down on which Clark Terry does his "Oh what fools these mortals be", it's on a cd devoted to Ralph Ellison. (I forget the title right now.)
  10. Ellington at Newport (Complete 2 CD set)

    If you mean at the end of the disc (ie after the anouncements) it's actually track 21: something Phil Schaap called a pause track. It should be listed on your cd and in the notes. Schaap had this idea that we would want a pause track for programming our cds. He also seemed to think that we all knew how to use indexes on our players. He was so worried about stuff like that that he left out the actual take of Up and Down from Such Sweet Thunder that everyone talks about in the notes.
  11. ray russell

    I've got a Ray Russell cd where Gil Evans plays on a couple of cuts, the RMS with Gil at Montreux cd and a DVD of the latter which includes a lot of RMS without Gil. I didn't find the non-Gil cuts very interesting. But then I'm not really into fusion.
  12. I think that one of the few exceptions to this was the issue of Esquire in which the "Great Day in Harlem" photo first appeared. Much of that issue was devoted to articles about Jazz under the gnereal descriptioin "The Golden Age of Jazz". Rarely do people realise when they're in a Golden Age. (Tv people always point out that when they were working in the '50s in what is now known as the "Golden Age of tv" everyone told them that what they were doing was crap). But take a look at that famous photo and you see it was a brief period when many of the early greats were still alive and a whole new crop of modernists were making the presence felt. A Golden Age indeed and someone at Esquire knew it. Of course, very few of even the modernists are still alive now.
  13. Box sets to avoid

    My only problem with it is that it doesn't include the studio chatter from the original releases. Not only is it interesting but it's become part of the songs for me.
  14. Well since I started this thread let me jump in: I certainly don't think of my self as an anti-intellectual. I was an academic with a Phd for many years. I guess I still have the PhD though nobody but my mother ever calls me Doctor. I think my biggest influences were Marshall Mcluhan and Robertson Davies (who were my teachers) along with Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag. I'm certainly not against analysis, but I do think a lot of Jazz criticism is just one-upmanship. And what's that famous quote: "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture".
  15. All good points. My only defence is that most baseball players get paid more than most jazz musicians. I think when you're working in a field in which it's so difficult to make a living, to read someone explaining to the general public why they shouldn't like your work must be very discouraging. It might be argued that no-one's telling the reader not to like Oscar Peterson but rather that maybe they should listen to Art Tatum too. (And of course, OP probably does make more money than many baseball palyers-- actually now that I think of it, I doubt it.) BTW Do you include the last two recorded box sets of Bill Evans in your critique? (Turn Out the Lights, and Last Sessions, I think they're called.) I may not have liked the Gary peacock Trio, but I really like most of this. And I've probably read more critics-- and been influenced by them-- than one might infer from what I've written here. And the next time they're offering the old people's discount at my local Borders I'll get a copy of your book.
  16. I have never heard of this. Please site sources - even if you need to quote a critic. I'll try to find it. As I vaguely remember reading it Monk grabbed Feather in a bear hug.
  17. If you're talking to me you'll note that I said this forum was one of the places I do look to for recommendations. Actualy i've bought a lot more cds since I started reading this forum than I ever did when I read Downbeat regulalry.
  18. Now reading...

    Ubik was the first Dick novel I read. I did so because Jean-Pierre Gorin (Godard's erstwhile partner) was trying to make a movie from it. He never did, but it least introduced me to a great writer.
  19. Only the 2 Coltrane cuts from Someday My Prince Will Come are on a box set. Worth getting the Columbia/Legacy cd which has the original album in the original order plus 2 bonus cuts.( The six tracks not in the Coltrane box are the only Columbia Miles releases from the 50's & 60's not on a box set.
  20. Bopland

    Though I'll probably get dumped on by some members of this group for recommending it there's a real good Proper 4 cd box devoted to Wardell. (And it only costs about $20.)
  21. IMDB box office mojo Miles Ahead AMG Duke Ellington Panorama And various airline, banking and credit card sites.
  22. The Great Ray Charles

    For what it's worth: The Great Ray Charles (all 14 tracks) is available for download from the Apple iTunes Music Store. ($9.99).
  23. Artie Shaw dies at age 94

    He was probably about to have a comback in popularity. In Scorscese's The Aviator they keep playing Nightmare as score. In fact at one point when Ava Gardener tells Howard Hughes that she'll sleep with Frank Sinatra or Artie Shaw if she wants to they're playing Nightmare on the soundtrack.
  24. Bopland

    I really like this cd. Though not all the music is great it's a terrific evocation of an era. Maxine Gordon's liner notes are fascinating but I'm not sure that this set should have been released under her late husband's name. If anyone still argues that the boppers couldn't play the blues make them listen to Bop After Hours. The revelation for me here is Barney Kessel: His solos are consistently great.