medjuck

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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I always thought Tunnel of Love was underrated.
  2. There were often oldies on Fats's albums. I especially liked "When My Dreamboat Comes Home" on his first Lp and of course "My Blue Heaven" was one of his first big hits. (Of course at the time I didn't know they were oldies. They were new to me.
  3. Wayne Shorter

    Happy to say I saw him receive an honorary degree from NYU when I went to my son's graduation. ( Well to be honest I didn't see much of him: it was in Yankee Stadium and it was raining.)
  4. The New York Rhythm Section

    I was surprised to read in Milt Hinton's autobiography (Bass Lines-- with many photos) that he thought he didn't do enough jazz sessions. It seemed to me that the NY Rhythm Section was on half the records from the late '50s that I owned.
  5. That issue of Esquire is on-line: http://archive.esquire.com/issue/19590101
  6. And I think one of the little kids on the curb is also still alive. Esquire reposed those still living a decade or so ago. BTW The original photo was in a a really good special issue of Esquire entitled "The Golden Age of Jazz". It really was in that many of the innovators were still alive as were wonderful contemporary artists.
  7. IIRC Golson and Sonny are the last ones alive.
  8. I know this has been discussed in a thread devoted to Thompson but not much was said about this specific release. I'm very impressed by it. I'm not that familiar with Thompson's work. I think that the only recordings I have of him are Milt Jackson cds on which he's a sideman, though I really liked his work on those. This newly released 2 cd set consists of 2 performances: one with an octet in a 1964 concert and the other with a quartet at The Half Note a year later. The "Jazz on Broadway" concert is very ambitious, all original compositions, the writing at times reminding me of Mingus. The brochure includes a review of the Little Theater concert by Whitney Balliett which states that "Thompson's style is the best possible distillation of the styles of Webster and Byas." But especially on the 1965 cd his work on tenor at times reminded me much more of Lester Young. Is he not usually considered a disciple of Prez?
  9. I always liked that Levant's autobiography was entitled "Memoirs of an Amnesiac"-- a title he stole from Erik Satie.
  10. Bargain Audio Equipment

    I still use my old Tower speakers as well as their surround speakers.
  11. Bargain Audio Equipment

    Does Cambridge Audio still exist? Ooops, I see there is a British company called Cambridge Audio that does still exits and makes cd players. I was referring to the company started by the late Henry Kloss which made speakers years ago. They put out a great cd radio combination similar in sound but not in price to the Bose. And I see that Kloss's company was called Cambridge Soundworks. Cambridge Soundworks still exits as a label but I can't vouch for its equipment.
  12. Complete NORK 1922-1925 on Rivermont

    I agree with all of the above (and I downloaded it).
  13. Chimes at Midnight and F for Fake are streaming for now on Filmstruck. When it closes down they'll probably be on the new Criterion channel. I think you mean "A Touch of Evil" when you write about the restored version. Unfortunately Ambersons has never been restored and I expect will never be. (Met a guy once who'd spent years looking for the materials and he says they don't exist.)
  14. it's unfortunately not hard to be a Welles (as a director) completist. I heard Bernard Hermann give a lecture at the National Film Theater in London and someone from the audience asked him how he could have co-operated with RKO's reedit of The Magnificent Ambersons. Given Welles and Hermann's subsequent history his answer was heartbreaking. He said "We thought it was just a movie. We thought we were going to make lots of them." dit
  15. I saw the doc first. I liked it that way but I think it affected how I "read" the film. I'd be more interested in your reaction to seeing the film first and then the doc. Not so much how you "liked" it but rather what you think was going on if you haven't seen the doc.
  16. Sheila Jordan

    I saw her perform a couple of years ago. She was great.
  17. He did "It's My Party"! I have a newfound respect. (And Quincy produced it.)
  18. What music did you buy today?

    Wow I thought I was the only one who felt that way about The Last Waltz. And I'm talking about the film as well as the record. But Rock of Ages-- that's the real deal.
  19. Wadada Leo Smith

    Just got an e-mail from the Ojai Music Festival (where I'm spending the day Sunday): Update from Tom Morris: Wadada Leo Smith I am so happy to tell you that Wadada Leo Smith is fine! As you may know he fainted on stage at last night's concert at the end of the incredible evening. He was suffering from dehydration after a busy day, plus long travel Wednesday from the east coast. EMS determined the cause of the problem backstage and Wadada quickly revived. They took him to the hospital as a precaution where he was checked out thoroughly and released around 1:30 pm. I was with him at the hospital, and took him back to his hotel, where he will rest today before returning home tomorrow. Wadada, who defines generosity, said late last night with his customary twinkle, that he was sorry he could not play his encore for everyone! I know you join me in the good news that he is doing fine.
  20. Bargain Audio Equipment

    I still have my old Cambridge Audio clock radio. Unfortunately the cd player part of it broke so I've had to use a cheap DVD player as a turntable.
  21. Frances Davis RIP

    Oh dear. I saw her a couple of times when she was working at the Hamburger Hamlet in Hollywood. She was the hostess and was very pleasant.
  22. OK: Can You Ever Forgive Me, The Green Book, Bad Times at the El Royal, The Front Runner, The Hate U Give, They'll Love Me When I'm Dead, The Happy Prince, First Man, A Star is Born, Overlord, Susperia and RGB. Tomorrow I hope to see Cold War and the new Coen Brothers movie.
  23. The All Things Van Morrison Thread

    That seems to be how every concert ends nowadays. I can't remember if he ever did encores (I first saw him about 1970). Anyone remember one? Here's Van back on Cypress Avenue: