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  1. There was some discussion on this when Solid in Japan released a batch of titles from the Charlie Parker Records-catalogue in 2019. The common view in that brief thread was that there was not much to gain from any fancy remastering since the quality of the original recording was so poor to start with. However, @jazzbo posted that he knew better sounding versions of this than were included on the individual disks of the Membran-set, so maybe he can be of help. Since I don't have the set and was only interested in a few titles anyway, I picked up the Solid-edition (CDSOL-46516). To my ears it's pretty decent in this 'latest remastering' (according to the productinfo provided by CDJapan), but unfortunately I have nothing to compare it with. Maybe you missed this release? It's not listed on Discogs, but stll available. CDJapan has it on backorder.
  2. “Bird In LA”

    'Sea to shining sea...' Now, that's A LOT. All of which I have managed to avoid so far. Beginners-luck I guess. But if it takes navigating these seas to go deep (enough) with Bird, count me out. My interest is not academic, nor am I in it for the satisfaction of collector's ego. Which is known to exist. And prevail over the interests of artists. Be that as it may, I've listened to it once again and I just wished that I could enjoy this a little more.
  3. It became available here in The Netherlands a couple of weeks ago and I have already given it a few spins. Audio is not spectacular but decent enough. The programme - as one might expect - is somewhat more conservative than on American gigs, where Shorter's tunes were entering sets. I just checked my booklet, but no binding-errors here.
  4. “Bird In LA”

    Glad to have been able to pick this up (what's with the availability of the CD-version of this?), but I don't think will give this too many spins anywhere soon. I know I should not, but I find the audio really problematic. And I'm by no means an audiophile. I realize my issues with archival releases like these are just that (MY issues), but I cannot help wondering how the artists would feel if they were around. Are we doing their artistic legacies any justice? To be sure, Bird's playing here is strong throughout, but still...
  5. Difficult to choose between those live dates imo. Jazz Crusaders were always a group that excelled in consistency, both in the studio and onstage. When I ordered the Mosaic I was only familiar with 'Freedom Sound' and maybe expected a few dreary spots here and there. To my surprise, there were none. But with regard to the 'sameness' of the material, I can relate to that. I never understood why the Jazz Crusaders+ albums ('Chile Con Soul' and 'Jazz Waltz') were not included. Nothing shockingly off the charts there, but still, they present a different angle. Rather than adding an extra live-album, I would go for one of these.
  6. Roy Haynes--People

    Picked this up from the recent batch of Japanese Universal reissues - and what a nice record it is. With Roy Haynes leading the proceedings this was likely to turn out a bit more adventurous and 'in-your-face' than most regular Pacific-dates of the day, but I'm somewhat surprised by Strozier who plays with a toughness and biting edge that I did not know was there.
  7. Not tonight but last Sunday I saw Bill Frisell play Vredenburg/Tivoli in Utrecht. That was somewhat of a coincidence. That morning I went through a stack of 2nd hand cd's that I had recently bought and decided to give his 'Disfarmer' its second spin. Listening to the music, still enjoying my morning coffee, I got curious what Bill was up to and when I checked online I found out he was scheduled to play in nearby Utrecht to end a brief European tour that evening. As there were still a few tickets available I jumped at the opportunity. I've been to several of his concerts over the past 30 years or so and my tastes have drifted in a slightly different direction but it took him and his band exactly 2 seconds to spellbind me. The interplay, dynamics, the seamless way in which one tune morphed into the next, it was absolutely breathtaking.
  8. Extensive and insightful review - great job! I will definitely be picking this up.
  9. Charlie Watts RIP

    I was never a big Stones-fan but there was something about Watt's playing that got to me. I've tried to figure out what it was in his drumming that brought virtually all the sexiness to the sound of that band, but never quite unravelled the mystery. And I'd like to think that he has taken that secret with him - wherever he's gone. RIP
  10. I ordered through Amazon.de and my set is expected to ship within the next few days.But they had it in a record store I visited today and the box is sturdier than the Mosaic Selects. In size and casing it's very similar to the Sonny Stitt ('Stitt's Bits') set that Concord released in 2006.
  11. Bill Evans - Behind The Dikes

    I've not been too excited about some of the recent Bill Evans-releases on Resonance, but this (on Elemental) is a very fine set with stunning audio. As a Dutchman, it's somewhat painful to see what great jazz initiatives were funded by public broadcasting organizations back then. Unfortunately, we're not the same country anymore.
  12. My impression is that this is flying somewhat under the radar but of all the recent Montgomery-releases this may be the one to get. Wes was soaring during his brief tour of Europe in the spring of 1965, the band sounds tight and well-rehearsed and the audio by the radio-technicians of the NDR is simply sublime. And I haven't even seen the Blu-Ray with the studio-rehearsal yet. Just a wonderful release.
  13. I'd like to see a set with all of Yusef Lateef's Savoy-recordings. Not likely that it will ever happen because there are only 7 albums (6,5 rather - one is split with A.K. Salim), but I don't have any of them. Not even on CD.. Maybe Lateef's sole Verve-effort 'Before Dawn' could be included to have a larger set, but if Mosaic were to choose a one-album-per-CD approach for the Savoy-material only (a bit similar to the Clifford Jordan Strata East-set), I would be just fine with that.
  14. Chick Corea Japanese reissue series

    I ordered 'Circling In' and 'Circulus' from this batch and received them yesterday. I'm probably slightly younger than most here and unfamiliar with the original twofers that were released in the 1970s but these seem faithful reproductions. Liner-notes (by Stanley Crouch and Robert Palmer) printed on the back-sleeve are continued inside the booklet which also contains black-and-white photography. On 'Circling In' the presentation of the music has been adapted to the format. The order of the tracks is maintained but CD 1 only contains the 1968 material which comprised side 1 and half of side 2 of the original vinyl-release. All of the 1970-material is on CD2. Seperating the sessions for this reissue makes sense but as a result CD1 clocks in at only 29 minutes, CD2 almost doubles that. Be that as it may, I'm happy with my purchase. Both albums contain prime Corea, and a lot of the music has been unavailable for way too long.
  15. Curtis Fuller - RIP

    Work with Coltrane, Sonny Clark, Mobley/Morgan, The Jazztet, The Messengers - his resume is staggering. And then all those little hardbop-gems that were released under his own name (I especially have a soft spot for the Savoys). What an amazing career... And supposedly, he was fun to be around with also. RIP