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  • Interests Music related: audio systems and software development for audio
  1. I contacted George Schuller thanks to the info provided above and he was kind enough to inform me of a new site which has been set up to collect information on Gunther Schuller's works: https://guntherschullersociety.org/
  2. I just bought "Experiencing Big Band Jazz" by Jeff Sultanof. It may have already been mentioned here (though a quick search failed to find it). I am really enjoying it. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442242425/Experiencing-Big-Band-Jazz-A-Listener's-Companion He's got a list of the songs that he comments upon (and further references) available on a YouTube channel here, which is nice so you don't waste time looking for references yourself (though some of them are blocked in France or have been removed by YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAlMT_8diMruPuGy39xCHHQ
  3. Jazz taxonomy

    One thing I should note is that I manage in text files all the contributors in each session in every album (well, almost every). It has taken a lot of time to setup (especially with Mosaic box sets...), but I feel it is important especially when you have a "digital" collection and don't have the physical media on hand to check the credits. One thing I have not done systematically is to identify clearly "leaders". So my "artists" list is huge (over 3000). If I were to restrict it to "leaders" I would get a much smaller list (probably around 300), which would be much easier to classify. It is not always easy to identify leaders, and sometimes the contributor is more important than the actual leader. So I will probably just stick to a "short list" of main artists, and make sure that each album is assigned to at least one "main artist".
  4. Jazz taxonomy

    Thanks. Those three (or four if you include Blues/R&B) high level categories (early/trad, swing, modern) make sense, and as you mentioned, things get more complicated if you attempt to apply finer categories. The illustrations I gave were not meant necessarily to be applied "as is" but to illustrate how "fine tuning" is precarious and personal. The purpose of my post was to get a sense of what people actually used, nothing more.
  5. Jazz taxonomy

    This is the Library of Congress classification: Acid jazz Bop (Music) Cool jazz Dixieland music Free jazz Jazz-rock (Music) Latin jazz Nu jazz Swing (Music) Third stream (Music) Western swing (Music) Using this in my collection would result in 90% of my albums classified in 2 or 3 categories. Not very useful...
  6. Jazz taxonomy

    Curious to know what people's thoughts are on the classification of jazz by "genre" and the benefit of using such a classification either to catalog your collection, or access information on music websites (ex: Discogs, music download sites...). Here are a few examples. Wikipedia has the following "genres" (alphabetical): Avant-garde jazz, bebop, big band, chamber jazz, cool jazz, free jazz, gypsy jazz, hard bop, Latin jazz, mainstream jazz, modal jazz, neo-bop, post-bop, progressive jazz, soul jazz, swing, third stream, traditional jazz On the Mosaic website, for example, they have a menu by "genre" with the following: Big Band, Trad & Swing, Vocals, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Piano, Modern Jazz, Blue Note, Vinyl. If you look at the chapter structure of Schuller's Swing Era, to dig a little deeper into one "genre" - and give an example of how a music critic "organizes" things - you have chapters on: Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, then swing "quintessentials" (Lunceford and Basie), "great black bands", "great soloists", "the white bands", "territory bands" and finally "small groups". I personally don't use any "genre" classification in my collection (which is mostly digital), and think of genres very loosely, focusing mostly on artists with a sense of chronology or "era". The drawback is that its hard to organize my collection and make sense of all the albums I have, in any other way than simply listing all the artists alphabetically, which is not ideal. Thanks.
  7. Best track you heard all week

    Here's one to gently start off the day.
  8. Your music cataloging "system"

    I include all that information. The session dates are useful to get a sense of the chronology, of course, but also sometimes to find information more easily when looking at discographies (websites, books...).
  9. Best track you heard all week

    I have a soft spot for this Benson version (from "Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, Vol. 2"), showcasing pianist Mickey Tucker : Sound is bad, but its fun anyway!
  10. Off Beat Duke

    Duke Ellington explains it all here: https://storyvillerecords.bandcamp.com/track/satin-doll-3
  11. Your music cataloging "system"

    That is pretty close to what I am doing, aside for the fact that my "cards" are text files (one for each album) saved on my computer. Entering information in text files is probably quicker than entering it in any "cataloging" software (some of which have been mentioned here), and you can put whatever content you find useful, but of course it has some disadvantages as well, not least of which is the fact that I have had to develop my own solution to search and browse through all these files. There are probably software out there ("document management software", not necessarily specific to music) that could be helpful to "compile" all these files and search through their content "intelligently" - will continue to investigate. The thread has been interesting - thanks for all your input (and keep them coming).
  12. Seldon Powell Sextet (Roost 2220)

    Purchased Lame cover art on Qobuz to be replaced... Here are nice size front and back covers of the LP: https://www.hhv.de/shop/en/item/bill-english-bill-english-54384 By the way, Jan Evensmo has a nice "solography" of Seldon Powell here: http://www.jazzarcheology.com/seldon-powell/ Here is the Discogs entry for the album mentionned in the first post of the thread: https://www.discogs.com/Seldon-Powell-Sextet-Featuring-Jimmy-Cleveland-Seldon-Powell-Sextet-Featuring-Jimmy-Cleveland/master/665788
  13. Seldon Powell Sextet (Roost 2220)

    Good stuff ! I don't have a record player, and found this album on Qobuz: https://www.qobuz.com/fr-fr/album/bill-english-bill-english/0015700912751 Edited by "Vanguard Digital Vault". There is no CD issue referenced on Discogs. Wondering whether this is an LP "rip". Anyone familiar with those releases ?
  14. All aspects ! Really basic stuff to start with... I think the books provided above should be a good start.
  15. Great, thanks - French works. I looked up the author and has another book that may be a good starting point as well: https://www.amazon.fr/Bases-mots-sons-Jacques-Siron/dp/2907891235/ref=sr_1_2?__mk_fr_FR=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&dchild=1&keywords=jacques+siron&qid=1585312451&sr=8-2