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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. (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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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."
  8. Jack Johnson's Jazz Band - Who are these people?

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

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

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

    This morning on the internet,friends are saying that Hargrove has died. Can anyone confirm or, please please, deny?
  12. 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.
  13. Who are the musicians in these photos?

    Seconding what Justin said.
  14. BFT 169 Discussion Thread: Enjoyable and Zorn Free

    OK, a little more before the month gets away. 5: Darn, that ID slipped right past me, though I replayed that album a few months back. This track is worth another listen just for the piano comping. 7: I'm left with a strong feeling I've heard this before. James Newton? What commanding flute playing. 8: Maybe Darcy James Argue? 10: Even if I don't have a guess, I like it very much. 11: Mixed feelings here. Again, a strong feeling I've heard it before. The reasons for that feeling may not be so good. I've heard several records sort of like this one over the last few years. Take some changes that sound like a Radiohead song and add some blowing that works up to repeated-note climaxes like an arena rock guitar solo. I guess this is a new iteration of How Things Should Be Done. This performance is an excellent example of some new parameters. I like it some, but I want to see it open up to other things. Overall, a damn fine BFT here.
  15. BFT 168 Reveal

    Y'all remember who set you up with that Project H album, y'hear? I too feel bad about missing Mary Lou. If I ever have another pet, I'll name it Igmar.