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  1. Hank Mobley on film?!? (not kidding)

    Oh right! There’s enough footage now for a TikTok
  2. I was just reading about this guy and I'm curious to hear his work. Can anyone steer me in the right direction?
  3. Years ago when I was a student at Berklee, everyone said, if you wanna learn Bop, dig into Sonny Stitt. I did a bit of that and there's no question, Stitt is one of the great codifiers of the bop language. But! I've been spending some time digging into Mobley's solos on the Rhythm Changes form of which there are many. He clearly LOVED these changes going so far as to use the A section for "Old World, New Imports" and "Three Way Split" w/ different bridge changes for each. Here are the solos I've been working on: The Theme (April 59 w/ Blakey) - Tenor Conclave (Sept. 56) - *I also have the 2nd player's solo (Zoot?) and I'm aiming to grab the Cohn & Coltrane <-YIKES in the near future. Please note these are practice videos so you'll see lots of mistakes and me still working out the kinks so while I'd love any advice / critique on where I can improve - i.e. lay behind the beat more, lighten up on the picking more etc. - Just please don't be cruel :-) W/ regard to the information I'm learning from Hank's lines. Holy fucking wow! This is a man who keeps it simple and the beauty of the line takes precedence over what hip notes or subs he could slip in. However, there are also some very hip ideas that he slips in (Flat Major subbing for V Chord coming out of the bridge leading into the last 8). In summary - I feel like I am really learning the bop language far more fluidly by studying Hank's playing. IMO, he should be positioned at the forefront of essential players that should be studied (following Lester, Wardell & Bird) for students going through the journey to learn the foundations of the bop language. I don't think his name ever came up in any classes I took as a source. Unfortunately, they jump from bop to Coltrane which becomes its own universe. However, if you don't learn this foundational stuff first and leapfrog straight to the advanced harmonic stuff Coltrane was architecting it feels a bit abstract to grasp. Looking forward to thoughts.
  4. A friend tipped me off to a guy who was unloading Mosaic Vinyl boxes: Complete Commodore Vol 1 (23 records) $100 Buddy De Franco /Sonny Clark Complete Verve $20 Edmond Hall//Syd DeParis /Vic Dickerson BlueNote $25 Pete Johnson / Earl Hines / Teddy Bunn BlueNote session $10 Benny Morton / Jimmy Hamilton BlueNote Swingtets $10 $165 Total for all Larger Pic Here Not only was the deal too good to resist, these things have never been played! First stop - LP5 of Commodore V1. Those KC6 oh man! Lester Young just jumps out of the speakers he sounds like he arrived from the future. When he solos, they sounds like an early swing/bop group. Would love thoughts on these sets from y'all, your favorite tracks / sessions from each etc.
  5. The teachings of Mobley solos on Rhythm Changes

    Cheers to that
  6. The teachings of Mobley solos on Rhythm Changes

    Absolutely. I've spent years post Berklee and just plain living in that world of what scale / mode is the player thinking... I've gone back to thinking (speaking) like a child and working on trying to hit chord tones and tell a story. Another revelatory moment was working through this Konitz Tenor solo on Indiana - - and marveling at how he plays w/ the rhythmic nuances of the lines across the bar and STILL hits the chord tones where it counts. THAT'S WHERE IT'S AT FOR ME
  7. The teachings of Mobley solos on Rhythm Changes

    Yeah I LOVE Stitt as well. And "Newk's Fadeaway" - Yeah I was working one that one about a year ago. ...gonna pick that one up again!
  8. Big score on classic Mosaic sets!

    Hell Yeah! I never saw one of those before until the box came through the other day! Love the gatefold!
  9. The teachings of Mobley solos on Rhythm Changes

    Thanks! The "Theme" solo I've been playing longer actually... I'm not even bothering to write these out on manuscript. Right now, I'm internalizing a these licks, mixing/matching and working them into my own lines.
  10. Big score on classic Mosaic sets!

    That's exactly right in this case. It's one of these hoarder / collector types who is just clearing space. Good man and he's thrilled that a nut like me wanted them!
  11. The teachings of Mobley solos on Rhythm Changes

    Haha! In all seriousness, these solos are really best-in-class examples of how to play this music. I thinking of starting a YT channel to break down and teach but have a feeling 0 people will give a shit.
  12. The end of The Jazz Standard in New York.

    Such a great club. Really sad to see it go. I worked for Don Sickler years ago and helped him assemble a couple of shows at the Standard. Here are the pamphlets / cards we put together for those gigs: Here's the collection: and the individual images below. Billy Higgins True Blue All-Stars - A: B: Kenny Dorham 75th Birthday Festival - A: B: C:
  13. I"m [slowly] learning Tristano's solo on a version of 'Back Home' from the 1952 (Live/Toronto) recording and there's this beautiful set of substitutions starting in bar 23 where normally, you resolve to the F minor but Lennie's playing 4 chords each for 2 beats across Fm to C7flat 9 and, to my ears, it sounds like M7 chords descending in 5ths starting on F#M7 so it's - F#M7 / | BM7 / | EM7 / | AM7 / and then, instead of jumping back to Fm he resolves to A flat M7. I get the AM7 being the flat II M7 into A flat so, if I'm correct, the preceding three chords are just a cycle approaching the flat IIM7am I even remotely close or are my ears playing tricks on me? "Back Home" - Toronto 1952 I know this is getting into super nerd-ville but this is the world of insanity I live in :-) Thanks for looking!
  14. Immanuel Wilkins - Omega

    Here's a little taste -
  15. Tristano's changes on "Back Home" | Toronto 1952 performance

    Excellent insight! Thanks a bunch sgcim! I'd be curious to hear some of the dixie versions using that cycle.
  16. Immanuel Wilkins - Omega

    Fantastic record. Caught him playing in Central Park yesterday with bass/drums. Very impressive performance.
  17. Hi all - I'm looking to acquire the most comprehensive collection of Bird's Royal Roost Broadcasts. Before I scour on eBay and Discogs, I wanted to see if anyone here has a collection they're interested in selling. Thanks, BfB
  18. LF: Charlie Parker Complete Royal Roost Broadcasts

    So I have the official Savoy one you are linking to. The ones I'm seeing out there are: Complete Royal Roost Broadcasts and he Complete Royal Roost Live Recordings on Savoy Years Vol. 1-4 By the looks of these, they include the full broadcasts which is what I'm looking for. Anyone have these and/or can you confirm these are the complete broadcasts including the stuff the Savoy release cut out? Thanks
  19. I recently purchased Vol. 1 & 2 on CD via Discogs and was successful in digitizing Vol. 1 but my CD reader will not do the same for Vol. 2. I like to drop these on my phone so I can listen on the go. Does anyone know where I can purchase a digital version of Vol. 2? I've searched and searched but these seem to be pretty obscure in terms of digital products. Thanks
  20. New Charles Tolliver

    Listened today and also agree. I found it a boring listen.
  21. LF: Mosaic Larry Young box set

    Have you tried Discogs?
  22. Love that lick! For Trane, "Moments Notice" is where I first really noticed it.
  23. Musicians - Post Your Music Here!

    I've been working on a Konitz solo on the "Indiana" changes - - my video has both solos before/after piano. A couple of flubs here and there but mostly accurate. Would love comments, critiques etc. Thank you to those who take the time to watch :-) BfB