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  1. Bley/Mantler - Escalator Over The Hill

    Bonkers or not it's one of my top ten favourite albums - something for everyone
  2. Miles BB billionth reissue

    I think I probably know the answer to this question already but does anyone have any idea why Columbia / Sony released a digipak edition of BB last year (for the millionth time)? I saw it in a store on Saturday and it looked tempting despite the fact I already own two copies of BB. I can see there are 6 bonus tracks not on the original but can find no information or discussion anywhere about this reissue (other than eBay), even on Sony's website. I might buy it, but purely as an attractive artifact and "spare", handy for the car CD player. There I've been mugged again! MILES DAVIS BITCHES BREW 2 CD DIGIPAK Disc 1 1. Pharaoh's Dance 2. Bitches Brew 3. Spanish Key 4. John McLaughlin Disc 2 1. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down 2. Sanctuary 3. Spanish Key [alternate take] 4. John McLaughlin [alternate take] 5. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down[45-rpm single edit] 6. Spanish Key [single] 7. Great Expectations [single] 8. Little Blue Frog [single]
  3. Miles BB billionth reissue

    Scott, dunno about remastered but definitely remilked
  4. R.I.P. John Abercrombie

    From the ECM website:- 23.08.2017 John Abercrombie (1944-2017) John Abercrombie, one of the great improvisers, died on August 22, after a long illness. He will be much missed, for his sensitive musicality, his good companionship, and his dry humour which enhanced many a session. He leaves behind an extensive discography which will be studied as long as people continue to play jazz guitar. John made his first recording for ECM, the appropriately-titled “Timeless”, in the summer of 1974, with his lifelong friend Jack DeJohnette on the drums, and Jan Hammer on organ. Over the next four decades, he was active as leader, co-leader and sideman on dozens of ECM projects. A creative writer of jazz tunes, John also loved to play freely as much as he loved to play standards. Many of his albums combine all of these resources, unified by his fluid, silvery tone and improvisational eloquence. In conversation he would speak of his enduring fondness for Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery, primary influences, and also of the liberating examples of Ornette Coleman and Jimi Hendrix; Bill Evans’s sense of lyricism was also of crucial importance to him. John Abercrombie led a number of very fine bands, and he was particularly proud of his last quartet with Marc Copland on piano, Drew Gress on double bass, and Joey Baron on drums. This quartet released two albums, “39 Steps” and “Up and Coming”, the latter released in January 2017. Highlights in his recording career were many and include the Gateway trio albums with Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette, the duo albums with Ralph Towner, the Special Editions albums (with DeJohnette, Lester Bowie and Eddie Gomez), Jan Garbarek’s “Eventyr”, Charles Lloyd’s “The Water Is Wide”, Collin Walcott’s “Grazing Dreams” (where John and Don Cherry play together), Enrico Rava’s “The Pilgrim and the Stars”, Kenny Wheeler’s “Deer Wan” … the list goes on.
  5. R.I.P. John Abercrombie

    I didn't even know he'd been ill. A true guitar master and a master of understatement as evidenced by his last album Up And Coming. RIP.
  6. It's showing this week at the Curzon Bloomsbury BerthaDoc screen
  7. Sony Jazz Connoisseur series

    Many thanks for this heads up bluesoul. Just bought the Jarrett and Brookmeyer and going to order the Getz.
  8. Apparently this is released today [27.2.17] according to John Warren's Facebook post. It features John Surman, Chris Laurence and John Marshall, plus Guy Barker and others
  9. Coryell

    Larry Coryell's second eponymously titled album has just been reissued for the first time on CD by Real Gone. Also features Ron Carter, Bernard Purdie, Albert Stinson, Chuck Rainey, Mike Mandel and Jim Pepper. Judging by Coryell's innate and unbridled vitality at that time, it's a very good record indeed.
  10. Larry Coryell R.I.P.

    Talk about a bolt out of the blue. I'd only started a thread on reissues on 11 February about his first time on CD release second eponymously titled album. RIP Larry, one of the true guitar greats.
  11. Coryell

    I assume readers of this thread will now be aware of the sad news that Larry Coryell passed away on Sunday 19 February at the age of 73. RIP Larry.
  12. Cannonball Live In New York - 1962 with Yusef Lateef and Joe Zawinul (plus Nat, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes) - just fabulous. This is newly repressed vinyl courtesy of Universal's Back To Black series and includes a digital download voucher. But who needs that when there's the vinyl? The music fairly punches through my speakers.
  13. Coryell

    Not forgetting the Bley/Burton epic A Genuine Tong Funeral. So many others that Coryell added that certain je ne c'est quoi to. Anyone ever hear Appletree Theatre's Playback? With just a few high energy bursts of guitar, Coryell elevated that album to a different level for me. But if I was to have to choose one I'd go with HutchFan and Barefoot Boy. Generally speaking, IMO Coryell is criminally underrated as a guitarist.
  14. Coryell

    The Dealer has been difficult to source on CD but I eventually found a copy
  15. Coryell

    Not to my knowledge, sadly.
  16. Coryell

    Yes absolutely! That Arnie Lawrence is brilliant and talk about a hidden gem. Had to source that one on vinyl. I think he tried as a vocalist but that definitely wasn't his strong suit, but the guitar playing was at times incredible. I'm not sure what inspired that cover but it's certainly dubious.
  17. John Wetton, RIP

    Not forgetting his memorable contributions to Family's Fearless and Bandstand albums. RIP John.
  18. Stan Tracey Big Brass - We Love You Madly featuring Tony Coe, Ian Carr, Joe Harriott, Don Rendell and (Mr) Acker Bilk.
  19. This OGUN release is now available directly via Hazel Miller or from the usual sources (Amazon is listing it). It's another tranche of previously unissued recordings mastered by the late Mike King from the Miller family archives. There are some interesting features here, notably Bernie Holland on guitar on track 1, Keith Tippett on the next three tracks and a reed section of Alan Wakeman (tracks 1-4) and Trevor Watts (tracks 1-7). Louis Moholo-Moholo plays drums on all tracks. Also it's in stereo for those that care about that sort of thing (I do). If you want to order directly from Hazel her email address is but her postal address has changed since she's moved down to Hastings.
  20. John Taylor RIP

    Virtuoso British pianist John Taylor has died aged 72. He passed away at a concert at which he was performing in France, having suffered a heart attack. His contribution to British (and international) jazz was pivotal. He made numerous recordings, including his debut album Pause and Think Again and contributed to several of Kenny Wheeler's albums. He was also a member of the trio Azimuth with Wheeler and Norma Winstone. More here: RIP John
  21. Things called Jazz that are not Jazz

    The Honda Jazz
  22. Daevid Allen, RIP

    Sad news that Daevid Allen, co-founder of Soft Machine and instigator of the seemingly never-ending Gong, has passed away today at the age of 77. He was undoubtedly a exceptional musical innovator without whom the world would have been a poorer and more boring place. He will be greatly missed but his music, as they say, will live on. RIP Daevid.
  23. Mini guitar amps?

    I use a Roland Micro Cube for practising and recording and it's potentially loud enough to for jazz gigs (just). It has Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Delay and Reverb and is battery or AC operated. Sadly it's discontinued but could be available second hand.It also has an aux in and headphones out so could be run through a P.A. It's primarily a guitar amp so I haven't dared plug my bass guitar into it. There are also around six preset settings emulating other types of amp and these run from clean to intentionally fuzzy distorted. The sound quality overall is excellent considering the reasonable price ( < $100 ).
  24. Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts

    Exactly! cf "The Dance Of The Walk With The Sun On His Back".
  25. Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts

    The Keith Tippett Octet - The Nine Dances Of Patrick O'Gonogon - This is arguably Keith Tippett's most accessible and consistently excellent recording for many years. It benefits from several instantly and hauntingly memorable tunes, universally superb pefromances all round and the brief penultimate track is adorned by Julie Tippett's irresistible vocals. Very highly recommended and probably gets my vote for new album of the year. You may think the above somewhat hyperbolic, but I assure you it ain't.