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  1. 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.
  2. Extensive and insightful review - great job! I will definitely be picking this up.
  3. 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
  4. I ordered through 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Artists influenced by Coltrane's final years

    I am deeply aware of the difference. But you're right, I should have avoided 'emulate' and used 'incorporate' instead.
  11. Artists influenced by Coltrane's final years

    In Ornette Coleman's music, and Ayler's even, I hear an artistic need to stretch conventions, to formulate a new musical language. When I apply notions of modernism, it helps me to figure out where they stand, so to speak. With Coltrane, not so much. His records document a journey into the self - up to a point where stylistic issues becomes irrelevant. Breaking Bebop-conventions, redefining The Blues seem to be the least of his concerns. I cannot claim that on an intellectual level I do 'understand' what is going on on these final records, but at least I've given up trying. Which - for me - has been the key to appreciating them. .So yeah, it's the most 'personal' and expressive music I know. And the most spiritual. Maybe that is also the reason why even the most gifted of post-Coltrane players have generally not dared to touch it, Style may be emulated, but how do you internalize a life? In David S. Ware I directly hear Ayler, not late Coltrane and in my book that sort of makes sense.
  12. Red Garland on Prestige

    I have a Japanese mini-lp edition (VICJ-61103) of this - which I think is not on Discogs - and on my copy the tracks are separated.
  13. There are probably better reasons not to go for this set if one has all the music, than there are to actually buy it - still I preordered. In my case it's not he few alternate takes that are missing or even the sonic upgrade that helped my decision, it's Mosiac Records and the dedication and passion they have brought to their product for the past 30-plus years.This set once again will be a thing of beauty and since we're talking some of Mr Henderson's best work here, I just cannot resist. What strikes me as remarkable, however, is that even in 2021 Mosaic continues to favour the cd-format for the majority of their releases. Having been bombarded with articles predicting the demise of Compact Disk for over a decade I thought there was only one route for record-companies and that was to go back to vinyl, but apparently the staying-power of the digital disk is greater than expected. So much greater that for Mosaic Records a 'both/and'-strategy for this set is not an option. Some posts in this thread have indicated as to why that might be the case, (Scott Wenzel's take on things was included as well) and I have found these most insightful, so thanks.
  14. Paul Jackson 1947 - 2021

    Looking back, it's hard to determine which bands or artists guided me from my teenage prog-rock inclinations toward jazz, but Paul Jackson definitely played a major part. The grooves he laid down with Harvey Mason/Mike Clark in those Hancock-groups were unlike anything I knew and absolutely jaw-dropping. And still, going back to those albums (some are great guilty pleasures, some are just GREAT) the level of musicianship always puts a smile on my face. What an awesome bass-player he was. RIP
  15. Prince Lasha - Insight

    I somehow never got around to buying this cd when it was released and then sort of forgot about it. Until a couple of weeks ago when I found out it was on sale at Dusty Groove and ordered it. And giving it its first few spins today I'm glad I did. It's slightly more conventional than the Contemporary and Enja-stuff but it's still a very fine record. Remarkable that it was done for CBS and somehow never crossed the UK borders - the booklet offers no information as to what happened there. I just checked the Dusty Groove-site and it's still there for $6,99.