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  1. You mention Metheny''s experience as a player in organ trios and that info was new to me as well when I heard him elaborate on it in some fairly recent interview (with Rick Beato maybe?). Wasn't Charles Kynard the name he mentioned? Anyways, great review. I saw them in Utrecht last May and they blew me away too.. Metheny provokes controversy in all he does and I often wonder why that is. Certainly, his chops as a player are beyond dispute. The guy can play ANYTHING. But maybe that's part of the problem. You can reach a point where effortlessness becomes suspect. Also I, think his eclecticism doesn't help.Or hasn't over the past forty-or-so years. To me, he is a fascinating musician.
  2. One of the first 'serious' jazzbands I got into was the John Abercrombie Trio with Marc Johnson and Peter Erskince. 'Current Events', 'Getting There' and the 'Abercrombie/Johnson/Erskine' live-album on ECM were some of my favorite records way back in the early nineties. Those are well-known albums. 'Hymn', which Bob Mintzer recorded with this trio for Owl Records in 1991 is somewhat more obscure (it's been long out of print), but may be worth checking out. I've always had a slight preference for this record over the Hudson-Project-album.
  3. Roy Brooks - The Free Slave CD reissue

    Nothing wrong with the music obviously, but I'm not sure about this release either... A year or so ago I ordered Pete LaRoca's 'Turkish Women at the Bath' from CDJapan. The fact it was listed as a Japanese release, with a unique catalogue number (YZMS-1055), and that 'Tokuma Japan Communications' was referred to as 'label/distributor' had me assume that this was a brand new official release of this ultra-rare title. When it reached my doorstep it turned out it was the Fresh Sound (FSR-1631) of which I had been aware, albeit it with an OBI-strip for pseudo-exclusive effect. Needless to say, I was not too happy with that purchase.
  4. 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.
  5. “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.
  6. 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.
  7. “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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Extensive and insightful review - great job! I will definitely be picking this up.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.