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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. 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.)
  4. It does capture his graciousness.
  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. Ted Gioia started this:
  11. Mosaic's Black and White label box set

    Resistance is futile.
  12. 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.
  13. On twitter :"Harmony Holiday" just posted a great account of the night Stravinsky came to Birdland to hear Bird, but they didn't cite whom they were quoting. The quote was from someone sitting at the table next to Stravinsky. I've asked "Harmony Holiday" where it's from but she hasn't responded. Does anyone here know?
  14. 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?
  15. Don Cherry corner

  16. 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.
  17. Mosaic's Black and White label box set

    Arrived in Santa Barbara. Given that you can't get much further away on this continent from where it began its journey, everybody should have theirs soon.
  18. I've read both books and like the way they contradict each other at least in terms of their evaluations of individual songs. Marcus's chapter on the Harry Smith anthology is really good but as a Canadian of a certain age I was offended by his condescension to Ian and Sylvia.
  19. Ahmad Jamal: But Not For Me

    One of the first jazz Lps I ever bought --some 60 years ago. When I got more into jazz I learned it was frowned upon by hipsters.
  20. "Boogie Woogie" Has this ever been released as a cd (or even as an Lp)? And were they 10" or 12" 78s?
  21. "Boogie Woogie"

    Right. I read (too) fast.
  22. Clifford Brown

    Me too. I can barely believe that it's the same guy on his own recordings.
  23. I don't think this is true.
  24. My copy of Jazz Modernism finally arrived. I may never get around to reading it but it's a beautiful book with many great illustrations: photos of musicians and colour reproductions of art works. Even the spine of the book is illustrated.
  25. Chappaqua Suite

    Has Ornette's "Chappaqua Suite" ever been out on cd?