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  1. Hank Jones

    Alfa Jazz is Japanese. Found the Hank Jones box on sale in a Paris store. Don't remember the price but it was damn cheap. And the music is superb. I know all five CDs in the box were released as single units by Alfa Jazz (in Japan). Alfa Jazz is the label that originally released the Bill Evans at Keystone Corner (the Consecration box). I've also seen trio dates by Kenny Drew Sr. on that label.
  2. Hank Jones

    My favorite Hank Jones albums have already been mentioned (Somethin' Else and the Great Jazz Trio albums) but I also like the following ones: - Urbanity on Verve (early 1947 and 1953 dates), - Arigato on Progressive (with Richard Davis and Ronnie Bedford), - The Trio on Chiaroscuro (with Milt Hinton and Bobby Rosengarden), - 'For Sentimental Reasons' (a rare Open Sky LP with the great Al Hibbler), - 'Flowers for Lady Day' an Atlas CD (with George Mraz and Roy Haynes, Jim Anderson recorded that), - and a superb Atlas 5CD box (The Great Standards with Mats Vinding and Billy Hart, 50 standards by the Great Jazz Trio)
  3. Free Jazz Recommendations

    JazzMoose, you already have quite a list. Here are a few added recommendations: - Charles Tyler 'Voyage from Jericho' and 'Saga of the Outlaw', - Sonny Murray 'Hommage to Africa' - Sun Ra 'The Magic City' - Marion Brown Quartet (ESP)
  4. Hank Jones

    Daniel, I have the Golden Crest Hank Jones Swings Gigi album. Could not resist buying it when I stumbled on this several years ago. Here is the tracks list. Side A: - Gigi - I'm Not Young Anymore - Thank Heaven for Little Girls - It's a Bore - Say a Prayer for me Tonight Side B: - Gossip - Waltz at Maxim's - The Parisians - I Remember It Well - The Night they Invented Champagne As much as I like Hank Jones, Barry Galbraith and Don Lamond (nothing against Arnold Fishkin), it's mostly pretty inoffensive music. I would add this to the (short) list of Hank Jones' forgettable albums. The two Capitol albums with a similar crew are much more interesting.
  5. French Movie Soundtrack reissues

    Couple more interesting French movie sountracks: - the Modern Jazz Quartet Atlantic album 'One Never Knows' is the sountrack to the 1957 Roger Vadim film 'Sait-On Jamais' (another Vadim stinker which was set in Venice), - the Kenny Dorham-Barney Wilen soundtrack to the 1959 film 'Un Temoin dans la Ville' (directed by Edouard Molinaro, a French black - as in film noir - film). The film is nothing to rave about but the music is great with Kenny Dorham, Barney Wilen, Duke Jordan, Paul Rovere and Kenny Clarke. The same people that are seen - but do not perform - in Vadim's 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' The music to 'Un Temoin dans la Ville' has been reissued on CD but am not sure it is available right now.
  6. French Movie Soundtrack reissues

    'Alphaville' is not my favorite Godard film (a surrealistic sciencefiction tale with Eddie Constantine in his Lemmy Caution silhouette and Godard's companion Anna Karina sharing the main parts). It plays off and on on French films channels. The score by Paul Misraki is pretty impressive. Much better than the usual Misraki film scores. This must have been issued at the time as an EP. Not sure it has been reissued and doubt you will find it nowadays. But the film should be available as a DVD. Good luck!
  7. French Movie Soundtrack reissues

    Another worthy soundtrack that seems to have been reissued here (by Universal) is the Fontana CD of the music to the 1959 film by Roger Vadim 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses'. The CD has the music by the Jazz Messengers (with Lee Morgan, Barney Wilen, Bobby Timmons, Jymie Merrit and Blakey). I have seen new copies on a budget edition. Excellent music. Wish somebody would also issue the music that Thelonious Monk and his quartet (Rouse, Sam Jones, Art Taylor) recorded for the same film. The film is currently playing on one of the French cable film channel. The Blakey Messengers music (which was mainly composed by Duke Jordan under the Jack Maray alias) is heard briefly in the film. Small aside. The Messengers music starts near the end of the film with a great solo by Lee Morgan as background to a wild party that opens with a closeup of Kenny Dorham (who is seen playing - but not heard - along with Kenny Clarke, Barney Wilen, Duke Jordan and French bass player Paul Rovere). The Monk music is all over the film and contains brilliant pieces (there's a great 'Crepuscule with Nelly' solo in the opening sequence). The Monk music has never been released anywhere. The film stinks.
  8. Tenor Battles

    Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons (the Prestige and the Verve duels), Coleman Hawkins faces Sonny Rollins (Sonny Meets Hawk)
  9. Lateef/Knepper TRACKS IN THE SAND

    Got this CD a couple of years ago (a French Virgin release). Played it once. Found the music intriguing and forgot all about it until this thread came up. The liner notes also lists bass player Arthur Phipps. Phipps' name does not appear in the Tom Lord discography where the session is not listed under a musicians' name but simply under 'Track in the Sands'. The session was recorded in March 1962 in New York (at RKO Pathe Studios according to the liner notes). This ia quite an intriguing date. I may be offtrack (in the sands but I have a strong feeling that Charles Mingus had something to do with this music. The lineup is very Mingus Workshop-like. The music is quite Minguish. There is even an unlisted alto player who sounds very much like Charles McPherson, who played with Mingus at the time. I even hear Mingus bass lines on several of the tracks. The music composer is listed as one Charles Mills who left no trace anywhere. Charles Mingus was the one who found the Charlie Chan alias for the Debut release of the Jazz at Massey Hall Quintet of the Year LP. Charlie Chan Parker. Charles Mills Mingus. There is no mention of this music in the Mingus bios I have read. Brian Prestley's book was written before the release of the music. Gene Santoro's 'Myself When I'm Real' ignores this but the Santoro book is far from perfect as an accurate biography (he even confuses Oscar Pettiford and Oscar Peterson). Might be worth checking with someone like Max Roach on this soundtrack. Also the liner notes list Albert and David Maysles as having taken part in the film photography. The 'Tracks in the Sand' film does not appear in their filmography. Talk about a mystery film. I'll file the CD under Charles Mingus now unless proven wrong.
  10. Jazz Name Pronunciation

    Martial as in Solal should pronounce Maarr-see-al.
  11. Sleep?

    I worked the evening shift for years and loved it. Could go to clubs right after finishing work. When I started my present job, the Paris Blue Note club was right around the corner and I heard great live jazz there. Now I am in the executive position and have to work way too early in the morning. Which means that in the evening, I am done. No clubs or concerts these days. Sleep comes easy nowadays in the old man in me.
  12. The Complete Nocturne Recordings Vol. II?

    As I understand it, the plans for a Nocturne volume 2 have been shelved. I have a very recent Fresh Sounds brochure which is a complete catalog. It lists volume 1 and does not mention any further Nocturne item.
  13. Lucky Thompson

    Asuperb Lucky Thompson disc that has not been mentioned is the Fresh Sounds CD reissue 'Lucky Meets Tommy' which includes the two Tivoli albums that were issued under Lucky Thompson's name with Tommy Flanagan on piano. The MPS release 'A Lucky Songbook' needs to be reissued also. Another rare and good session. Yes, there is no bad Lucky Thompson session.
  14. Rhoda Scott

    Rhoda Scott is pretty active in France where she is travelling pretty often. She is playing in Caen, French Normandy, on March 8. Read all about her at the following website