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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Joshua Redman Quartet, MoodSwing (1994) - with Brad Meldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade.
  2. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Wayne Shorter, Night Dreamer (Blue Note,1964) - with Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Elvin Jones. Always wondered why Tyner was relegated to "etc." on the front cover...
  3. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Kenny Burrell with the Brother Jack McDuff Quartet - Crash! (Prestige, 1963) Seeing if we can make this an "all-Kennys" page... ;-)
  4. Now reading...

    Just finishing Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, which I'm re-reading after 35 years or so in this great translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky. Much different than I remember.
  5. Sir Neville Marriner R.I.P.

    Sorry to hear it, but a great long career - not least of mentoring wonderful musicians.
  6. AOTW Sep.26-Oct. 2

    Wow. 1972, baby! I am listening as I write.... Such an intriguing line up of horns, and as it turns out, a very eager,varied, roiling percussion landscape from Keno Duke. The "Reasons in Tonality" track is fantastic - searching, probing, brimming with ideas. The live setting gives this an off-hand, impromptu sound scape overall. It all evolves, of course, but the horns push and halt, bubble, stop, and pulse with intensity. Mabern's piano is by turns bluesy and starkly staccato, at points reminding me of McCoy Tyner. Now searching out the second side of the original album, consisting of Keno Duke's composition "3-M.B."
  7. Coltrane obsessive?

    Hardly "obsessive," but Trane and I are birthday buddies, so I just spent the weekend re-communing with his music (along with some Springsteen and Ray Charles on the side - also 9/23 dudes). Listened to a range: Some first Miles Quintet - Relaxin' and Cookin' Miles again, Kind of Blue Coltrane, Plays the Blues Coltrane, Africa Brass Coltrane, Meditations Coltrane, Ascension I found myself absorbed in it all, but I was surprised by how much I was enthralled by the later albums I spun - Meditations and Ascension. I've listened to them and admired them a number of times off and on, but somehow they just now clicked for me in a different and more complete way. Time now to revisit some later, stellar spaces, perhaps.
  8. Happy Birthday gdogus!

    Thanks, everyone, for all the wishes over the years! Hope to be around more often in the days to come!
  9. Keith Jarrett: Somewhere

    Not to bring up the subject yet again, but Somewhere has far less of Keith's "vocalizations" than most of the trio's recordings. It's a terrific and inventive single-disc set on all fronts, but it does warrant that distinction. I love this trio, but that .. um... "feature" of the group has been a consistent problem for me. Largely removed here, i'm glad to say.
  10. Miles Davis - The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
  11. Just downloaded the IASW sessions from Amazon. I hadn't gotten around to this box yet - thanks for the tip!
  12. Dmitri Shostakovich

    To start, I'd advise Barshai/WDR for the complete symphonies (on Brilliant Records), and Fitzwilliam Quartet for the complete string quartets (London label, I think?). Both of these sets are cheap; sound is great and performances are great, though as with all "complete" sets, there are better individual performances/recordings of certain symphonies/quartets out there. These are excellent reference sets, though, and as others have said, you can explore other recordings of individual works from here quite nicely. Have fun!
  13. The Grateful Dead Dark Star

    Ha! Just so.
  14. What's for Dinner?

    Last night: created a homemade seafood and sausage gumbo, served with spinach salad, cornbread, and a nice chardonnay/riesling blend. Splendid.
  15. AOTW Jan 23-30

    One of my favorites from my early days of getting into jazz... The cover alone is priceless, of course, and the music within as well - humorous, intense, inventive solos by Mr. Rollins, working in a trio setting with Ray Brown (b) and Shelly Manne (d). My OJC disc includes some worthwhile longer alternate takes: 1 I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) 5:42 2 I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) [alternate take/*] 10:09 3 Solitude 7:52 4 Come, Gone 7:53 5 Come, Gone [alternate take/*] 10:29 6 Wagon Wheels 10:11 7 There Is No Greater Love 5:17 8 Way Out West 6:30 9 Way Out West [alternate take/*] 6:37 What say you, pardners?
  16. Stupid Question

    Depends on the file type - that is, the compression format used to create the files you downloaded. What is the extension on the filenames you downloaded? (.flac, .shn, or what)?
  17. True Confessions!

    So, time to 'fess up - which major jazz artists are completely unrepresented (as leaders, let's say) in your music library? I mean, you have not a single disc by that jazz giant, and find it bewildering and shameful. I'll go first, tremble though I must, and admit that I have no recordings by Ornette Coleman. None. Zilch. I don't know why. Don't leave me hanging out here lookin' the fool all by myself - CONFESS!
  18. Malachi Thompson Has Passed Away

    I only discovered Malachi in the last couple of years, and he'd quickly become one of my favorite contemporary players and leaders. The Africa Brass band is incredible. I'm listening to Buddy Bolden's Rag right now, to be followed by 47th Street, and probably Blue Jazz. I'm so sorry I never got to see him - I was hoping to have that chance. RIP, Malachi.
  19. Name Three People...

    Waterboys Boys 2 Men Men Without Hats
  20. Making an MP3 Disc From E-music Files

    SoulStation: One word: iTunes. Now some more words...It works fine with Windows, will burn audio (.wav) or data (mp3) discs, will handle all the file name and folder stuff for you, and it's free.
  21. Jefferson Airplane reissues

    Ever heard this Lp set? Flight Log-Jefferson Airplane It has some of those songs...from the side project bands. A nice little comp. Yes, I used to own Flight Log years ago, and thought it was a terrific compilation. No other comp (that I've seen) has really come close in the CD era, IMO, especially in representing the related projects (Kantner-Slick, Hot Tuna, etc.). I'd love to see a much-expanded box version released, including lots of Airplane alternates and outtakes, as well as large doses of the "side" projects. Something tantamount to a complete and well-rounded picture of the Airplane, early Starship, and relevant satellites.
  22. Hypocrites. They train the hotline staff to talk customers out of canceling their account. Exactly my reaction.
  23. Rock On with Zep...

    Physical Graffiti for me, though I like all of the first six albums.
  24. Jane Ira Bloom

    I've been digging this uniquely gifted soprano saxophinist/composer lately, especially on: Art and Aviation (1992) Nearness (1995) The Red Quartets (1999) Sometimes the Magic (2001) Chasing Paint (2003) I find the latter three especially absorbing. The Red Quartets and Chasing Paint feature the same quartet, with Fred Hersch (piano) Mark Dresser (bass) and Bobby Previte (drums). Sometimes the Magic features pianist Vincent Bourgeyx instead of Hersch. But the first two are way more than worthwhile too, with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and bassist Rufus Reid. (Fred Hersch and Bobby Previte also appear on Nearness.) Bloom's compositions are abstract, creative, and involving. Her use of "live electronics" (whatever that means) are subtle, and provide some useful colorations. This is great stuff, I think, on a par with much of the ECM aesthetic, or the wonderfully original Jazz Composers Collective material coming from Ben Allison, Frank Kimbrough, Matt Wilson, Ted Nash, and Ron Horton (who appears on Bloom's Art and Aviation). What do you all think of Bloom's work?
  25. I'm not a Christian, but here's one explanation. It's apparently a matter of understanding the distinction between "genealogy" and "paternity" in Mosaic law.