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  1. As long as we're knocking folks sitting on the material they own: I'm pissed at the Goodman and Ellington estates-- or rather the lawyers representing them-- for not allowing The National Jazz Museum of Harlem (or whatever it's called) to release the Savory recordings of the Charlie Christian with Goodman, and Ellington material that the museum holds. Apparently they want more than the museum can pay since they promised everyone else they have made deals with that they would treat everyone the same. Because of the new Mickey Mouse inspired copyright laws in the US , no recorded music will enter the public domain until long after I'm dead. If FS (or anyone else) makes the music being sat on available I'm buying it. If the very few companies that now control most of the music I'm interested in don't want to release it as atoms they could easily (I think--I'm not really sure of the difficulty involved) make it available on line.
  2. Didn't Gil ask that the quartet sids not be released. (I have to admit I have them.)
  3. Teo Macero 1925-2008

    Do you mean "It's About That Time"? IIRC that's the one with an unused theme. And Teo takes another phrase and makes it the theme which is the version Miles then begins playing live.
  4. Happy Birthday, Alexander Hawkins!

    Happy Birthday!
  5. Keynote label

    I asked Mark Cederquistr and he replied: "I don't think so. There's an adhesive mark on side A (Keynote 1303-A), but that could've been from any number of things like a personal label w/the owner's name to the music shop it was sold at to a cataloging sticker and Lord knows what else. The original label is smooth enough without any damage to think that there might've been a Mercury label pasted to the other side. In any case, what you see above is how I got it in 2001. If there was another Mercury label on side A, whoever removed it did the best label removal job I've ever seen."
  6. Keynote label

    I asked permission to repost this from the original poster. It's a pretty amazing discovery about Keynote (Unfortunately I think you have to copy the whole address to get to it.) Here's a bit of it:
  7. Now reading...

    Just the first one. This must be only semi legal: I'm pretty sure that most of his work is not pd yet.
  8. Keynote label

    Between the Mosaic Pres/Basie set which includes the Keynotes and the 4 cd Hawkins Keynote set I have about 35 of the alternates. (There's a lot on the Hawkins set.)
  9. After reading the above I gave in and bought the set from Amazon. It arrived today and I'm really impressed. What Steve Wallace wrote is exactly what I would have written if I could write as well as he does. I just hope that it's as good sonically as it is visually.
  10. From the description I presume so. If you check David Palmquist's TDWAW site Duke's March itinerary doesn't leave much room for such a concert unless it's one of the last two days before he went into the hospital. I haven't been able to find a reference to this performance on-line but I'm not that good at such research.
  11. March 1974: Benefit for St. Clare's Hospital at the Waldorf Astoria. George describes it in detail but none of the Ellington scholars I've asked have found any reference to it. Maybe he got the date wrong.
  12. I've read "Sweet Man" and enjoyed it, though it is frowned on by most EKE scholars because it spends so much time on Duke's and George's sexual exploits. More anecdotal than scholarly and apparently not reliable. (He talks a lot about Duke's last live appearance which no one else seems to be able to verify.)
  13. Funny, I was listening to it at the gym this morning for the same reason.
  14. If you can find it (and afford it) the 2 volume New DESOR lists nearly every known extant recorded performance by Ellington and breaks down each song while naming each soloist. Timner is not as complete but is cheaper and I believe easier to find.
  15. What's "Urban Jungle"? A Squatty Roo Ellington release?
  16. This description from an Amazon review of New Mood Indigo makes it sound like it's the same recordings: This CD was put out by CBS's special project label: Signature. It is economically priced, and features cuts from four different sessions, all recorded in the 60's. One of the sessions was a project Duke never completed - an album featuring Ray Nance as a soloist, in the same vein as the album he did that featured Paul Gonsalves. That session is only made up of three tunes, with Nance singing "Jump for Joy," and a rousingly comic version of "Mack the Knife." Another session is made up of three tunes played by a sextet led by Mercer Ellington with Nance, Hodges, Carney, Louis Bellson, Aaron Bell and Chick Corea.
  17. What?! Who? What's the source of this?
  18. Atoms versus Bytes

    I can't find the long discussion about music streaming but I thought I'd pass along the latest manifestation of the move to bytes rather than atoms. I got an-email from Smithsonian Folkways advertising an up-coming release of a box set of music from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. When I clicked on the order link it offered not only the box set and various places to download it but links to reserve it on streaming services!
  19. Really? I've been kicking myself for years for not having gone to see him there.
  20. Billy Harper

    I have Harper with Gil and saw him with The Cookers in London a couple of years ago. But I have no other cds. From what's readily available what should I get? Black Saint? Since I first posted this I discovered that I can sample various Harper records on Spotify.
  21. Mosaic is planning a set from The Black &B White label. Probably 12 cds. But they don't have original tapes so this may not be what Ted is talking about.
  22. I 'm not sure I've even ever heard Kay Kyser but he's an interesting example of cultural amnesia. In his book "Jammin' at the Margins (Jazz and the American Cinema)" Krin Gabbard devotes several pages to Kyser pointing out that he was incredibly popular right up there with Goodman and Dorsey and sold way more records than Ellington but he's usually dismissed as not only not swinging but not even playing jazz. However after generally denigrating him, Gunther Schuller in "The Swing Era" does admit that the band "could, when required, play with an infectious rhythmic swing". BTW I used to be an academic and the book this thread is about is a good example of why I'm glad I'm not anymore.
  23. I just watched it too. I don't think I'd ever seen all of it before. It is indeed wonderful.
  24. Does anyone here have information about who plays on "Josephine" by Jimmy Babyface Lewis?
  25. "Josephine" by Jimmy Babyface Lewis

    Thanks so much.