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  1. 1 hour ago, jlhoots said:

    Since we're suggesting series, I'd like to recommend the Poke Rafferty series written by Timothy Hallinan. Start with A Nail Through The Heart & go from there.

    Set in Thailand. Very well done.

    And I suggest the 10 Martin Beck books.  They're best if read in order.  

  2. Shit, I was living in LA then. Don't know why I didn't go.  Heard Farmer with the local Charlie Biddles trio backing him in a small Montreal bar sometimes in the late '60s.    

  3. 14 hours ago, chewy-chew-chew-bean-benitez said:

    I saw him on central ave with Frank Morgan! i remember as it was happening being very aware i was seeing art farmer & frank morgan on central ave!

    Wow!  When was that?

  4. 2 hours ago, romualdo said:

    Ditto for more Savory - I visited the Harlem Jazz Museum in 2017 & listened to some of the Savory material (desktop computer & headphones) - there's a bit of Lennie T there that I'm really hanging out for - surprised they havn't released any of his material yet

    They have a huge amount of Benny Goodman (including some with Charlie Christian) and some very good Duke Ellington but they haven't been able to make a deal with either estate. 

  5. 9 hours ago, gmonahan said:

    As I was looking "back up" this thread, I enjoyed the Ellington version of "St. James Infirmary," so I went looking for it, and I don't seem to have it! Which "big label" swallowed up the old Perfect label? Have all those by Ellington been issued in one place on cd??

    I think it was originally issued on Hit of the Week which I presume just went under and was not bought by anyone. The master take is available on Vol 2 of the Naxos Ellington series. The cd is titled "It Don't Mean a Thing: Classical Recording vol 2 1930-1934."  


  6. 8 hours ago, GA Russell said:

    Joe, what you refer to is Disc #2 of the Monk Prestige box.  I agree that they should issue it separately.

    I was glad to see them issue the 2-CD set of all of the Miles with Newk Prestige recordings.  I gave that to a friend for her birthday recently, and she was appreciative.

    Didn't know that. The dialogue is left off this session in the old  Miles box. There could be some interesting notes with a single cd. 

  7. 24 minutes ago, T.D. said:

    I think Eddie Condon's was, too, but they may have been on 54th St. by then! I dimly remember going to both Ryan's and Condon's (at least one for sure :lol:); they were practically next door to each other iirc. I definitely recall Max Kaminsky hawking his LPs at the back of one of the clubs.

    I believe "52nd St." ended for good when a big new building went up in 1983 (?) and the (brownstone) bldgs housing the remaining clubs on 54th (?) were demolished (as happened on 52nd in 1962, see below). As a NYC tourist in the late '70s-early '80s, I might have been naive, but regarded the 54th st. survivors as the last of "52nd St.".


    Condon's opens @ 144 W 54 in 1975

    1976 article on Ryan's, which moved to 154 W 54 in 1963.

    According to Wikipedia, "52nd St." proper ended in 1962.

    I went to NY often in the '70s and regret that I never went to either club.  IIRC Roy Eldridge was in permanent residence at Ryan's. 

  8. Mosaic now issues so few new releases that I don't think we can generalize much about them.  As to the Crosby/Clooney boxes: I'm guessing there were commercial considerations. IIRC the Crosby was an edition of 20,000!  I haven't heard either but as to their  validity, I remember that many years ago in some  magazine's (I think Coda's) year end round-up Coleman Hawkins picked the Crosby/Clooney  RCA release "Fancy Meeting You Here" as one of his favorite Lps of the year.  

  9. 2 hours ago, jlhoots said:

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Liked the movie but it begins with a title card saying something to the effect that Beale Street is in New Orleans and that Louis Armstrong and jazz were born there. None of this is true.  Is that in the book? Is it meant to be  metaphorical?  

  10. 7 hours ago, Shrdlu said:

    Jim, I got that LP back in 1973-4. The two quartet items were both mistitled. The lineup is Tony Studd (btb), Gil Evans (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Clifford Jarvis (d). The issued items are "Cheryl" (called "Blues In Orbit") and "Ah Moore" (called "Isobel").

    I really like them, especially "Cheryl". They are not rough at all. There is nothing there that could damage Gil's reputation (as if). The same session has a version of "Punjab".

    There are other unissued early 60s Verve recordings by large groups, including another version of "Punjab".

    I want to hear all of these before the tapes disintegrate.

    I can't find any reference to a quartet version of Punjab and  the full orchestra version has never been released.  However Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project did record Gil's arrangement on their cd "Centennial".    Do you know which other unissued recordings exist? 

  11. On 6/16/2015 at 4:08 PM, Ted O'Reilly said:



    Interesting... This is not the original cover pic (nor the CD version). The original LP version had a white woman, and so did the different CD offer yet another white woman.


    I wonder who this model is? Might it be (aptly) Geri Allen?


    (A Toronto sidebar: the next gig the Garner trio did after the Carmel concert was here, at the Colonial Tavern the next week. I wonder if they drove across the country to get here? Air travel was still a great luxury in 1955.)

    I just discovered (In the new photo book about the Great Day in Harlem photo) that the original photo was by Art Kane and the model was his wife. 

  12. 14 minutes ago, HutchFan said:


    Duke Ellington Presents . . . (Bethlehem)
    Since this was a one-off recording for Bethlehem (and since about half the cuts are standards rather than Ellington compositions), it's easy to overlook -- but I really like it. Just listen to "Laura," a feature for Paul Gonsalves. Phew, that guy knew how to caress a ballad. (Of course, the same could be said of Hodges' playing on "Day Dream.") ... This is also the last record before Ellington's "comeback" at the Newport Jazz Festival. Ellington recorded DE Presents in February 1956, and Newport was in July of that same year.


    He did enough recording at those Feb 7-8 sessions that they released two records: the other one is called "Historically speaking and it's all older compositions by Ellington or Strayhorn.   You may have all of the 23 songs on 1 cd set. Before Newport   he also did a couple of small sessions for "the stockpile" which were released much later I believe. (I am becoming a pedant in my old age.)