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  1. Now reading...

    Just finished both "From Swing to Bop" by Gitler and "Tonight at Noon" by Sue Mingus. I recommend both. And I'd like to thank all those here who recommended the Gitler. It's terrific.
  2. Mo Ostin, R.I.P.

    Sinatra tried to buy Verve Records! ? And I didn't realize that Ostin had been mentored by GRanz.
  3. It does capture his graciousness.
  4. Nice to see him getting noticed even if this is short and superficial. (And btw he lives a long way from Oprah and whoever the royals are. It's like saying you live down the street from Trump if you live in Miami.)
  5. Mosaic's Black and White label box set

    Isn't Marshal Royal playing clarinet rather than alto on some of the McVea cuts or has my hearing deteriorated even more than thought? The personnel listings only show him on alto.
  6. Michael Henderson 1951-2022

    This is great. Are there places where one can find Roney's reminiscences of Miles? All more interesting to me than his "bio".
  7. This goes against the trend here but how about a remastered collection of Pops's Okeh material? To make it manageable they might leave out the Hot 5s and 7s as well as his work as an accompanist. In the meantime: what is the best sounding source for this material on cd?
  8. I wonder if they do much market research? I always thought this forum (for better or for worse) was a representative sampling of the jazz cd buying public and they're doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm for this set here. I've never been on the Hoffman forum; do they display much different taste?
  9. They tracked the ownership to a large corporation who denied ownership and was willing to write a letter saying so. I believe he is.
  10. Mosaic's Black and White label box set

    Resistance is futile.
  11. Well I've now read it and quite enjoyed it. Book is divided into 4 parts each built around a jazz musician: Jo Jones, Fats Waller, Pops and Duke. He tells other, probably apocryphal, stories about gigs he implies he attended: he may have seen Trane with Monk but I doubt if he was present at an encounter between Buddy Rich and Big Sid Catlett. (Big Sid died when Appel was 15). I don't buy many of his interpretations of works of art (for him a cigar is never just a cigar) but his close reading jazz recordings is really interesting and his writing on Joyce's Ulysses is terrific.
  12. Ted Gioia started this:
  13. Mosaic's Black and White label box set

    They've organized the sessions by theme or style rather than chronologically e.g Disc 4 is all women singers. Works for me but have they ever done this before?
  14. Don Cherry corner

  15. Mosaic is obviously pretty much a one man operation without a lot of resources nowadays. If you think you can do better, do it. They're not beyond criticism but they don't owe us anything except value for our money which I think I get. If you're not interested in what they're releasing don't buy it. If there are collections you'd like to see that they don't want to do, do it yourself. Scott would probably be willing to give advice. I was involved in the beginnings of the Criterion Collection (my wife named it). Bob & Aleen Stein knew about Laser Discs and I knew about films. We had no money and few connections but we kept at it. (I can't take any credit for its eventual success-- by the time it issued its first discs I was busy with other things.). I'm serious. Many of us have seem to have enough free time to spend it here kvetching about Mosaic. Log off and get to work.