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  1. BFT195 Link & Discussion

    Been telling myself that I need to get back to the BFT forum, but I keep getting distracted. But I don't want to miss whatever Dennis thinks we should be listening to. And now, to embarrass myself: 1 Two altos, flute, bass (with some pleasant effects) and drums, and did I miss anyone? I thought of Carlos Ward and Dudu Pukwana, but that's probably wishful thinking. The interwined efforts speak well for everybody. I'm in. 2 I'll guess it's recent, maybe Jamie Saft on the keys. I like the alto, who seems to be inspired by the way Cannonball was playing about 1971. 3 Do I hear an ECM record? With Jan Garbarek? Or a remarkable simulation of one? I like the composition and the high level of interplay from left to right, top to bottom. 4 John Abercrombie? Maybe the Abercrombie and Beirach partnership. 5 Also seems like an ECM record, and feels like I should be recognizing the alto player but I'm not. Maybe that's Paul Motian washing over everything? Lovely. 6 Not sure how I feel about this one at first -- there's a Tinkertoy quality of "let's see if these pieces can fit together." But it picks up momentum, and by the end of the trombone solo I'm sold. The altoist who enters about 3:35 has Henry Threadgill's tone but not his delivery. 7 Wow. Just wow. Caught myself holding my breath because I didn't want to make a sound while this was playing. Is the second singer Jeanne Lee? 8 Didn't see this one coming. Michael Brecker or someone who wishes he was Michael Brecker. But then the trumpet solo goes someplace else entirely -- before the arranger bangs his gavel and calls for order. 9 Again seems ECM-ish. Enrico Rava? 10 OK, this Michael Brecker out-Michael-Breckers the Michael Brecker on Track 8. But after a couple minutes I get the impression the bass player is the real star. The drumming is a pleasure. 11 The composition seems more interesting than the playing, and when the writing is this good that's just fine. I keep waiting for Pat Metheny to come in but he never does. The plucked instrument in the left channel, maybe a member of the mandolin family, is a great touch. 12 A snaky and energetic tenor with a human-voice vibrato. I like. The bass solo is superb. Wish we heard more from the trumpet -- is that you, DG? A very enjoyable BFT, and I'll be returning to it!
  2. The Jones' CD blowout

    PM sent on two discs.
  3. Previously unknown Charlie Parker radio interview

    Listen to Bird rattle off the names of lesser-known Stravinsky pieces!
  4. What was the first Jazz Lp you bought?

    Charlie Parker, The Verve Years 1952-54, a Verve double bought at a garage sale in 1982. I didn't understand the music at all, but felt the need to figure it out. I told myself I'd listen every day for a week or two. Five days later, I owned three other Charlie Parker LPs.
  5. Potential Undocumented Charlie Parker Recording

    Hi there, jabird. Thanks for posting and letting us hear these. They're delightful. I'm going to join the chorus that says it isn't Charlie Parker. It's a group of highly devoted and skilled young players, likely from Kansas City but perhaps from somewhere else in the Midwest, who paid Damon to make a test record of their good band. And for the session, they chose a couple of their favorite Parker tunes. Just guessing by the style of the performance, I'd say it comes from the early to mid 1950s. Oh, if they had only put their names on the label... Acetate discs cut by Damon show up at estate sales, thrift stores, etc., around Kansas City with some frequency. I think he was cutting acetate discs for people into the '60s. I'd bet that Parker authority Chuck Haddix at the UMKC library would agree that it isn't Bird but that it's a wonderful band and a beautiful slice of history. You might have a hard time reaching Chuck through UMKC these days, but you can find him on Facebook.
  6. Ashkenazy is good. For archival interest, there's a composer-conducted version from the '30s, with the Philadelphia Orchestra. It had an RCA-BMG CD reissue in the '90s.
  7. (jeez, where the fuck can you buy simple, bare-bones landline phones anymore? - guess I'll find out). Buy 12 at the thrift store and you might be able to piece together 3 that work.
  8. One other thing I forgot. You may encounter someone who says they can help your dad get a veterans "aid and attendance" pension from the federal government. Don't fall for it. It's usually a gateway to a scam. I mention it because five different parties have tried to snag my parents on this one in the last four years. As recently as last week. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2015/11/veterans-dont-let-scammers-bilk-your-benefits
  9. Some unsolicited input here from someone who has been lucky enough to know Tom's dad, albeit briefly. (Patrick gets it right: "A creative force, and pretty darn robust.") --Did he perhaps have a long-term care insurance policy? (Through a union, or another source?) That can be an enormous help. --You will need to let him live in that house absolutely as long as possible and maybe then some. Of all the people I've known in life, I can't think of ANYBODY more rooted in the place where they live. If at all possible, simplify to where he can live on the ground floor all day and night, without climbing stairs. And look into hiring a home health aide, an insured one from a reputable company. Maybe just a few hours a day. Long-term care insurance would help with this. --I'm sorry to hear all of it, for you and your dad. I'm glad you've got good info and some social services support from the hospital; the hospital social services staff will know how to extend this support further into the community. --Follow your conscience. It's doing a hell of a good job. --Do not be afraid to invoke FMLA with your employer.
  10. My Mosaic booklet died in a basement flood, so I have to go on memory here. About the time the Mosaic was released, I interviewed Charlie Lourie about it. I remember Charlie saying there was some other Benedetti material still with a family member because they couldn't agree on financial terms. I don't remember him saying specifically that it was a Benedetti family member, but I believed at the time that was what he meant. I don't think Chan was the problem here. But I distinctly remember Charlie saying how touched he was when Dean's brother handed over the material that's in the set and told Charlie, "Please take care of my brother."
  11. Jack Johnson's Jazz Band - Who are these people?

    I'm not alone in thinking it's Chick Webb on drums, am I?
  12. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    You couldn't get the Bakaleinikoff version?
  13. Roy Hargrove

    Assuming it hasn't been hacked: His death was announced eight minutes ago on his own Facebook page.
  14. Roy Hargrove

    This morning on the internet,friends are saying that Hargrove has died. Can anyone confirm or, please please, deny?
  15. Any good starter compilations of Thelonious Monk? (on CD)

    Maybe a good, immersive club or concert recording is better for this purpose than a scattered anthology? I consider myself fortunate that my first Monk album, circa 1983, was "Live at the It Club" (a new release at the time). The quartet's in good spirits, and quite a few of the most-famous tunes are represented. The double-CD reissue from Columbia does it justice. In the same vein, the "Live in Tokyo" double on Columbia and the "Live in Stockholm" set that was on both Dragon and DIW. (But not the Columbia "Live at the Jazz Workshop" double. Weird vibe in the air that night, and everything seems a little bit off.) OK, fellow posters, now you can talk smack about Rouse, Dunlop and Riley.