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  1. Nice Resource - JDisc - Columbia University

    I consult JDISC on occasion. I think it is the best online database available. It is very well structured. But the data itself does not seem to have expanded much over the past few years, however. Is this still being funded ?
  2. As mentioned above, I have the 3 volume Commodore set, with the booklets, but would also be interested in having a PDF version. I send a PM to RTM (no answer yet). If the person who forwarded it to him would be kind enough to send it to me as well, I would be grateful.
  3. Cleaning Records

    I bought cleaning gel: https://www.winylcleaner.com/en/Winyl-Gel/ Anyone else use this? I found it works well, but am having trouble peeling it off without leaving small bits of film on the record, especially the edges. Perhaps using a piece of plastic sheet cut-out to cover the rim of the records could be useful.
  4. Ellington During the Recording Ban

    There's the Chronological Classics 1942-1944 which contains a number of studio recordings: https://www.discogs.com/Duke-Ellington-And-His-Orchestra-1942-1944/release/11083875 The Chronological Classics does not include all recordings on November 8, 9 & December 1, 1943... The full list of songs recorded on the two November dates are available on this LP: https://www.discogs.com/Duke-Ellington-And-His-Orchestra-Volume-1-1943/release/13897041. Check this one as well for the December date: https://www.discogs.com/Duke-Ellington-The-Transcription-Years-Volume-1/release/8232409 I have not listened to the full sets. Here is what Eddie Lambert has to say about these sessions (from "A Listener's Guide" - he also wrote the liner notes to one of the above LPs): "The only studio sessions by the Ellington Orchestra during 1943 inaugurated their series for World Transcriptions. Like the earlier Standard and later Capitol Transcriptions, these have excellent sound quality. A number of them were issued on LP. The first sessions for World were on November 8 and 9, 1943. On the first, the trumpets were temporarily down to three-Jones, Stewart and Jordan-while bassist Wilson Myers subbed for Raglin. On the second, Nance and Baker returned to make the trumpets five, and Raglin was back in place of Myers." "The established Ellington repertoire recorded on these dates included C Jam Blues; Mood Indigo (with Carney playing the clarinet part); Rockin' In Rhythm (an exciting reading of the score with Carney taking over Bigard's part here too, as he had done on the Carnegie Hall performance); another excellent version of Boy Meets Horn (the one issued on VDisc); Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me (the pop version of Concerto For Cootie featuring Hibbler and Brown); Sentimental Lady; Main Stem (the excellent version used on VDisc); A Slip Of The Lip; Things Ain't What They Used To Be (another excellent performance also found on V-Disc) and Caravan." "New numbers included three vocal features for Roche on I Wonder Why, Go Away Blues, and I Don't Want Anybody At All, while Hibbler is heard in Gershwin's Summertime. Johnny Hodges is featured in Hop, Skip and Jump (another V-Disc issue), a score later slightly modified and retitled Rockabye River. Baby Please Stop And Think About Me is a new Ellington song in a nonvocal version featuring Nance and Hamilton, as well as a rather conventional tenor solo by Skippy Williams. Three Cent Stomp (a number on the Stompy Jones chords written to celebrate the controversial issue of a three-cent stamp) remained in the book for a number of years; this initial version featured Baker, Nanton, Nance, Raglin, Stewart, and Williams. During the brief absence of Stewart in mid-1943, Jordan, a former star of the Chick Webb band, had been brought into the Ellington Orchestra, and he was retained on Stewart's return. He is featured on Tea For Two from the series of "Variations On Themes," which presented leading Ellington soloists on standard material. Another one of these, Ain't Misbehavin' featuring Baker, was also recorded at this session. (Other "Variations On Themes," apparently arranged by Mary Lou Williams, were showcases for Hamilton on Honeysuckle Rose, Brown on Somebody Loves Me, and Baker again, on Stardust.) The World Transcription recording of Tea For Two is an admirable setting for Jordan's playing, displaying his sprightly phrasing and powerful swing, while Baker's more mellow trumpet style is poised and restrained on Ain't Misbehavin'. Also recorded at the November 8 session was another arrangement by Mary Lou Williams destined to become famous. The score is based on Irving Berlin's Blue Skies and features Jordan, Brown, Williams, Stewart, Hodges, and Hamilton. Later it became a feature for the trumpet section under the title of Trumpet No End and as such was a regular showstopper at Ellington concerts." "A further session for World Transcriptions took place on December 1, 1943, and again mixed previously recorded Ellingtonia and new material. Fresh versions were cut of It Don't Mean A Thing (with vocal duet by Nance and Jordan); Johnny Come Lately; Creole Love Call (the version issued on V-Disc, with, unusually, Baker taking the growl solo and Carney both the clarinet choruses); Jack The Bear; Harlem Airshaft (a particularly fine version); and Ring Dem Bells (still in the 1930 arrangement). In addition there was a superb new Rose Room, based on the 1933 arrangement and featuring Hamilton, Brown, and Hodges. Two more of the "Variations On Themes" were recorded at this date-Hamilton's Honeysuckle Rose and Brown's Somebody Loves Me. A second showcase for Jordan, Chopsticks, is another enjoyable score-simple, swinging music which also features Ellington's piano and reminds us that as well as producing concert works Duke could always turn his hand to creating elemental jazz performances of incomparable quality."
  5. With Strings Jazz Albums

    Here's another good one - Soft Lights and Bobby Hackett: https://www.discogs.com/Bobby-Hackett-Soft-Lights-And-Bobby-Hackett/release/5917829
  6. Some of the booklets are available on MusicBrainz but unfortunately not this one. The Internet Archive is a good source as well, but no luck there either, as only volume 2 is available: https://archive.org/details/lp_the-complete-commodore-jazz-recordings-vol_various-albert-ammons-albert-ammons-rhythm I just purchased the three volumes. I cannot scan the booklet but can take pictures and send them to you if that's ok. Will try tomorrow and PM you.
  7. Greatest LPs to never make it to CD

    A very nice album never issued on CD. https://www.discogs.com/Lloyd-Phillips-Lloyds-Moods/release/904777
  8. Ripped this and uploaded it to YouTube Excellent version of Perdido as well on that album, which is only available on this original LP. Great stuff. https://www.discogs.com/Eddie-Durham-Eddie-Durham/release/8417771
  9. I read it recently. I cannot say I really learned much from it. It goes over some periods very quickly, and there are some lengthy tangents which are not always directly related to Hodges. Ex: a chapter entitled "The Blues" contains a long exposé on W.C.Handy, and then a few pages on Hodge's collaboration with Wild Bill Davis. There are some interesting quotes from contemporaries, but I assume you could find most of them elsewhere. Here is an interview with the author: http://jerryjazzmusician.com/2020/01/interview-with-con-chapman-author-of-rabbits-blues-the-life-and-music-of-johnny-hodges/
  10. Bargain Audio Equipment

    Depends on the bit rate (compression level) of the file. Typically, an mp3 file with a bit rate of 128 kbps (kilo bytes per second) will take up 60 megabytes per hour of music. Higher bit rates (less compression) will take more space.
  11. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Up To Date With Earl Hines https://link.tospotify.com/ZhcU09nyGbb Contains two sessions, one recorded on Nov. 5th 1964 with Budd Johnson, the other the next day with Ray Nance. Relaxed, swinging, and inventive playing from Hines and his colleagues.
  12. Google Play Music - the end. Alternatives?

    I thought mjzee was asking about something you could use outside your home (and providing access to your music stored on a computer at home).
  13. Google Play Music - the end. Alternatives?

    There are several ways to go about this. One option is to set up your own "cloud storage", using for example Nextcloud (https://nextcloud.com/athome/) or OwnCloud (https://owncloud.com/), which are both free for single users. There are music applications available for both: https://github.com/owncloud/music or https://github.com/Rello/audioplayer. It seems that you can also connect some iOS or Android apps with nextcloud or owncloud, for example CloudBeats: https://www.cloudbeatsapp.com/ I am sure there are plenty of tutorials available on line to help setting these up. I came to the conclusion that it is not worth the hassle and am fine with playing music on my phone from Spotify, without access to my own files.
  14. There's also Tad Richard's "Listening to Prestige" series http://opusforty.blogspot.com/
  15. Google Play Music - the end. Alternatives?

    Youtube Music is the replacement for Google Play Music. You can import your albums from one service to the other, though I have not checked if that is still possible now. You can also upload your own music as you could with Google Play Music. https://support.google.com/youtubemusic/thread/52908732?hl=en I don't like the YouTube user interface, and anyway I had made the switch to Spotify a long time ago. With Spotify you can play your own music "locally" which is fine at home, but you cannot access it outside of your home network. In my living room I play my own albums (mostly CDs ripped to a hard drive) or LPs (I only buy those when I cannot find a CD version).