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  • Interests Music related: audio systems and software development for audio
  1. Best track you heard all week

    Here's one to gently start off the day.
  2. 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...).
  3. 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!
  4. Off Beat Duke

    Duke Ellington explains it all here: https://storyvillerecords.bandcamp.com/track/satin-doll-3
  5. 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).
  6. 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
  7. 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 ?
  8. All aspects ! Really basic stuff to start with... I think the books provided above should be a good start.
  9. 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
  10. I have no knowledge of music "theory", but would like to learn. Do you have any recommendations for books or online courses that are simple, and preferably in the context of jazz music ? Thanks.
  11. Your music cataloging "system"

    I just tested it. It is a CSV format, that you can import into Excel or Google Sheets easily. It only contains the basic album information (title, artist, release ID, label, format).
  12. Your music cataloging "system"

    There is a risk with any software that it no longer gets maintained. The best way to avoid this is to make sure the data you enter can be exported (to a spreadsheet, for example) and re-used elsewhere if required. Is that the case with iTunes, for example? Not sure... I know "Roon", to take another example, has very limited export options. Not sure how easy it is to export data from Discogs either. Could be that even if the software is still available you may want to switch to something else. Keep that in mind... Edit: with Discogs, you can export your collection to Excel - https://www.discogs.com/users/export
  13. Your music cataloging "system"

    Could be a good time to start if you are confined at home...
  14. Your music cataloging "system"

    First thing I do is to look up my albums on Wikipedia. It would be great to add Mosaic box sets to Wikipedia, with credits by session. I will look into it and maybe take a shot at it with one set to see how much time it takes.