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  1. News just in! Gearbox Records are shortly releasing Nucleus with Leon Thomas live at the Montreux Jazz Festival on 20 June 1970. This is the first ever official commercial release of this historic performance and almost 70 minutes worth of music is spread over a double vinyl LP. More on this here:
  2. No, Gearbox is a vinyl-only label, but they usually are accompanied by a free download
  3. Blue-Eyed Hawk

    The House of Lords? MG No, the Opposition
  4. Blue-Eyed Hawk

    New UK band Blue-Eyed Hawk have just released their debut album "Under the Moon" which I have reviewed "in another place". This excellent album is a mixture of jazz, folk and rock and I highly recommend it. Special mention must go to Lauren Kinsella whose vocals are eerily (in a good way) reminiscent of the late Sandy Denny and the magnificent trumpet playing of Laura Jurd (most definitely an up and coming jazz star). It's one of the best new CDs that I've heard this year so far.
  5. Blue-Eyed Hawk

    Well I thought this one was definitely your cup of tea Bev. It seems to tick all the boxes. Don't be misled by the grungy thudding drums intro to the first track, it's really quite exceptional. Hope you enjoy it.
  6. Death of the iPod (Everyone's buying vinyl)

    One question. One thought. Question: If a company goes under, how have you lost your music collection? In the digital format we have the option to build so much redundancy into it, it's actually absurd. You can have a physical copy, a digital copy on your computer, a copy of that on an external hard drive, AND a copy of that in the Cloud! Imagine creating a comparable redundancy in the analog age! Thought: If you cannot "access the Cloud" for whatever reason, one would have to assume you aren't at home. Right? Because if you were, you'd simply slap on your record/CD/digital file via your computer. But, if you're away from home and can't access it, well, that's just like being away from home in the analog age. Is it not? A thousand pardons, brother. I'm not trying to give you a hard time, and I dug what you posted. I'm still just having a hard time seeing the downside. I'm not really looking a debate about this because whether I'm right or wrong doesn't change my luddite opinion that I'm essentially nervous about the longevity of digital media in general (including the stuff on my Kindle). Whilst it's there, it's there and it's very, very convenient.
  7. Death of the iPod (Everyone's buying vinyl)

    "As the market goes, so goes the product. It's not some nefarious scheme by Apple. It's basic economics." Yes, exactly, this is the whole nub of the problem. It's ok having iPods or whatever but when (not if) the system / company goes under then you've basically lost your collection. That is of course leaving aside the whole Cloud thing - like for instance yes it's true when you buy certain albums on Amazon you get a free download too, but this only works if the Cloud is accessible (ie you've got a signal), same with iCloud music purchases. I bitterly regret ditching some (not all, thankfully) of my vinyl collection in favour of the new technology known as the musicassette (what a joke!). I now buy vinyl secondhand at fairs because I know that the only medium which will still be playable (assuming the resurgence of the medium continues to generate turntables) in 100 years time will be vinyl. There's also the thorny question of (for example) Spotify and hiring your collection. This form of monetising music is becoming more prevalent in other areas such as Microsoft's annual subscription to its "Office 365" suite. I wish that weren't the case, but even CD players are seemingly archaic now and in the throes of being phased out (which is a bit of a shame as I have most of my collection on that medium - oh and the aforesaid iPod). Even if they do away with turntables altogether at least I can look at the vinyl, admire the artwork, read the sleeve notes and sigh nostalgically, something you can't do with a dead iPod.
  8. Kenny Wheeler 1930-2014

    Rest in peace. You enriched so many lives and your music will live on, maestro.
  9. Death of the iPod (Everyone's buying vinyl)

    As the technology marketeers move the goalposts every 6 months or so I am always a couple of generations behind - at least. Whenever I hit upon a good solution, things change or "improve". I have my collection on vinyl, CD and a large proportion of the entire collection (but by no means all) on a "back up" iPod Classic. For mobile listening I use my iPod Nano (8gb) or my iPhone 4S (again 8Gb). But going on holiday I take my "collection" on the iPod Classic. For me this represents an ideal solution. So yes the only other way to improve this for me would be an iPhone with a 500Gb storage capacity (iPhone # 10?). Otherwise this is all fine as is. But the technologists aren't going to stop there. You do know that within 10 years we'll all have to have implanted receivers to pick up our Spotify library bluetoothed to a cochlear implant in our ears. I personally can't wait!!!
  10. Brit-jazz anorak question

    Me neither...arghhh!
  11. yes this was reissued by Lake as a twofer; the title of the album is Work Song (LACD160). The only regrettable thing about this reissue is that is doesn't have the original cover of Sandy Brown naked but for a sporran and a wig, oh and a bass clarinet. It's a brilliant album - also features George Chisholm on trombone. Still haven't had time to read the damned Johnny Mac book yet - on my "to do" list! Have downloaded the Appendix onto my Kindle which is only around £3 to purchase.
  12. Annie Ross "Loguerhythms"

    Perhaps the bargain of the year so far, this excellent reissue is dominated by the truly wonderful vocals of the great Annie Ross. The main item in this bundle of archive recordings is the long out of print “Loguerhythms” on which Ross is accompanied by an augmented Tony Kinsey Quintet (which includes the likes of Gordon Beck on piano, Johnny Scott on alto sax and flute and Bill Le Sage on vibes). The lyrics are by Christopher Logue (a long-standing contributor to the British satirical magazine Private Eye) and are inventive and instantly engaging and occasionally, achingly poignant. Perhaps the reason for this lyrical success is that the subtitle of the album is “Songs from the Establishment” and the underlying ethos running through these twelve numbers is patently acidic satire and also, not surprisingly, these songs were performed at Peter Cook’s Establishment Club in London’s Soho. However, crucially, the lyrics are matched by the music, here arranged by Tony Kinsey, Stanley Myers and Reg Tilsley. First released in 1962 on the Transatlantic label this album was a unique marriage of modern British jazz and – to all intents and purposes – poetry. Some of the songs here, once heard, will stay in the memory for years – easily the jazz equivalent of all those sixties Beatles hits. But there’s more. Christopher Logue performs seven of is his own poems accompanied by the Tony Kinsey Quintet which first appeared as the EP “Red Bird” recorded in 1959. Here though the lyrics are spoken not sung, so this may be the first poetry and jazz recording from Britain. After this poetic interlude, Annie Ross returns with eight more numbers recorded between 1952 and 1955 and which are mainly standards. Here Ross is accompanied on the first four of these by Milt Jackson, Percy heath and Kenny Clarke plus Blossom Dearie on piano, the next two are with the Gigi Gryce Orchestra (which includes Quincy Jones on piano). The penultimate number “The times was right” by Annie Ross includes Percy Heath on bass and Art Blakey on drums. The final number “I want you to be my baby” by her erstwhile trio partner Jon Hendricks is performed by Ross accompanied by Tony Crombie and his Orchestra; recorded in 1955 this may have been one of Ross’s few or only attempts to infiltrate the nascent Rock and Roll market. Powerful though this finale is, it’s arguably better for jazz fans that she didn’t pursue this genre. Rock and Roll didn’t last too long, but Annie Ross, now in her eighties is thankfully still going strong.
  13. Annie Ross "Loguerhythms"

    The Annie Ross first twelve tracks (which I originally had on a Transatlantic Xtra vinyl copy and which was pretty scratched probably from overplaying it) are the best - I consider the rest to be "bonus tracks" although the Logue/Kinsey seven tracks are an interesting curio and do compare well with the Garrick poetry and jazz and also the Stan Tracey / Michael Horowitz ones. The twelve Annie Ross tracks, the actual "Loguerhythms" are possibly not to everyone's taste because they are (necessarily) in a cabaret style or even relatively similar to some of the wittier lyrics of the 60s Sondheim musicals. But the lyrics are extremely engaging and retain a political currency even now and the music is both sensitive and often exhilarating. There aren't many singers who could pull of this kind of thing successfully and Annie Ross was definitely one of them. I'd been waiting for this reissue for years and had pretty much given up - so this was a really unexpected and welcome present.
  14. New Pink Floyd album coming out in October?

    Yes they certainly are. But do we have to evolve with them? I prefer to listen to their earlier music but I wouldn't criticise (publicly) their later works.
  15. New Pink Floyd album coming out in October?

    I think these YouTube clips illustrate perfectly why I prefer early over middle/late Floyd - that doesn't mean that after Wish You Were Here or Animals they weren't great, it's just when I lost interest. Basically by the mid seventies they had morphed into a different group (IMO). Saucerful of Secrets Secrets Live at Pompeii (1972) Careful with that axe Eugene (1973) Astronomy Domine (1967) (the talking/interview bits are so ludicrously funny)
  16. Kathy Stobart RIP

    Indeed she was - a mainstay of British jazz for several decades. She will be sadly missed.
  17. New Pink Floyd album coming out in October?

    This is so true! I was an early Floyd fan so for me the quintessential PF album is A Saucerful of Secrets. However, yes I can appreciate that for anyone discovering them say around Wish You Were Here or The Wall might hear them quite differently. I can see this because I discovered Miles late on in his career, so for me it was In a Silent Way or Bitches Brew but for anyone who heard him much earlier it would be Kind of Blue or Birth of the Cool.
  18. New Pink Floyd album coming out in October?

    BTW, for some reason I forgot to address this earlier, but count me in as another fan of the brilliant Broken China. "Quite lovely" may even be an understatement. Wright may not have been a top shelf musician, but he knew what to play, how to play it, and when. This has got to be the quintessential "forgotten" or "overlooked" album. You keep posting the same thing. Yawn. Sorry, but I have to agree with this. C'mon, Head Man. You're better than this. If you don't wish to add anything to the conversation, then why keep clicking on the thread? I can appreciate your apathy, but is there really a need to restate it? You're right...sorry. I'll go back to sleep. It's just that I have a blind spot regarding the Pink Floyd, even though they were everywhere when I was watching live music in the 1960s. In fact Roger Waters lived just round the corner from where I worked in North London. His house was the only one in the street with an E-Type Jaguar outside. I just think they've had their time and should retire a few other groups of the same vintage I might add. In defence of Head Man's proposition that bands should retire gracefully, and speaking as a very early Floyd fan (I saw them play at a college gig before they were famous, albeit just after Syd had departed, and yes they were amazing) I went off them at the time of The Wall and although I bought the album virtually never played it and then sold it. I now only ever listen - very occasionally - to pre-Wall Floyd. I just don't find any of these superannuated rock stars very interesting any more (this is down to my taste not their respective abilities). The possible exception to this might be King Crimson but only because I find Fripp (and yes Fripp IS King Crimson - read Sid Smith's OOP book In the Court of King Crimson if you can find a copy) endlessly fascinating. But then I tend to listen to mainly jazz now.
  19. This is really "curate's egg" stuff or maybe just an acquired taste but made more fraustrating by lack of any credits. I have researched a bit and think the drummers were Kenny Clare and Ronnie Verrell, bass was probably Johnny Hawksworth and percussion may have been played by Edmundo Ros and Tony Corona. Who knows who else? I suspect Keith Christie on trombone and also possibly Ike Isaacs on guitar. The idea of this album was to demonstrate the amazing new sound of stereo (recorded 1961) so there are a lot of irritating cute effects but some of it isn't bad at all. Definitely worth the £1.99 I paid for it in pristine condition (not too surprised by that)!
  20. Joe Harriott 'Hum Dono' Reissue

    Jaipur appeared on the officially sanctioned compilation CD by Giles Peterson Impressed Vol 1 so I believe the tapes do exist (as with Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe) Both of which have been studiously overlooked for reissue by the license owners. I'll find it later, but there's an article on that very compilation which stated that Peterson couldn't locate the tapes and used a needledrop for that track. Here we go: Interesting, that interview does now ring a bell and I stand corrected! As has already been stated, the quality of this download isn't bad. I haven't yet heard tell-tale scratches and clicks, so I guess there must be some good vinyl copies still around, albeit very few. Thanks for that.
  21. Joe Harriott 'Hum Dono' Reissue

    Jaipur appeared on the officially sanctioned compilation CD by Giles Peterson Impressed Vol 1 so I believe the tapes do exist (as with Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe) Both of which have been studiously overlooked for reissue by the license owners.
  22. Joe Harriott 'Hum Dono' Reissue

    Not sure, possibly the former, haven't listened closely enough yet
  23. Joe Harriott 'Hum Dono' Reissue

    Yes on iTunes and Amazon! I would like to learn more about this reissue. Seemingly it happened in May. In terms of OOP UK-recorded jazz albums this one has been at the top of most people's wants list for many years. Yes on iTunes and Amazon! I would like to learn more about this reissue. Seemingly it happened in May. In terms of OOP UK-recorded jazz albums this one has been at the top of most people's wants list for many years. I should add that the correct group name was the Joe Harriott - Amancio D'Silva Quartet and featuring Ian Carr and Norma Winstone (but not on all tracks).
  24. Gary Burton Qt Live (1968)

    This is being reissued but was only previously released in Japan: Gary Burton Quartet Live features Larry Coryell, Steve Swallow and Bob Moses. It looks good, anyone ever heard it?
  25. I can't see any discussion about this anywhere other than where I've posted it but I thought it was quite good to learn from the Dusty Groove website that CBBBs long OOP "At Her Majesty's Pleasure" (titled by Francey Boland after Griff spend a while in Pentonville for unpaid back tax) is now reissued on the Italian Rearward label (Google: Ishtar Rearward). Also reissued are the Live at Ronnie's CBBB titles. As a CBBB fan I was rather delighted at this news. Great album.