fent99

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  1. Blindfold Test 124 Discussion Thread

    Cheers John Its not Leon Thomas though sounds pretty like him. I've never heard that version though. Its a great tune though and included as a tribute to Horace
  2. BFT 124 Signup

    Download is now available. Drop me a note and I'll send the link on
  3. BFT 124 Signup

    Sorry everyone. Been having some technical problems and now some connection issues... Hopefully sorted later today :-(
  4. BFT 124 Signup

    Hi Everyone Link will be up later today (evening for me in the UK). All welcome!
  5. Ace records top of the class for service (with Mosaic)

    Had a similar problem with a Jackie Wilson best of that I remember buying in John Menzies on Princes Street in Edinburgh in about 1990 (the one you can see Ewan McGregor running from in Trainspotting)! Similarly sent it back with a nice note talking of my disappointment that it had decomposed and was sent another by return! I didn't expect another copy but excellent service, you're right. Its a great Jackie Wilson comp too! Pretty sure I have a copy of Johnny Lytle's 'Loop/New & Groovy' which I picked up for £1. Yours if you want it and I'll pass on the good feeling about Ace!
  6. BFT122

    Wow Been listening during my commute the last couple of days and haven't written notes yet so will try to do that before the end of the month (didn't manage on the last bft :-( ) Loving it and like the exotica, soul and the 'otherness' of a lot of the tracks. First track reminds me of those library music recordings (De Wolfe?) and something says Basil Kirchin to me... I could be sooo wrong though (and probably am). More later though and there is one track I think I may have id'd and indeed may have...
  7. BFT 122 sign-up thread

    DL Please Thanks!
  8. I always understood these weren't the best Tatum though they are the first I heard and the ones I return to most.
  9. BFT 121 Discussion

    Not recognising a lot of this but will write some thoughts over the weekend. Lots to like though.
  10. Suggestions sought: Turntable

    My turntable! I got it in a sealed box after a messy breakup nearly 20 years ago (it had been her dads). No-one asked for it back and its given great service since (with the odd stylus/rubber band). It replaced a turntable I bought at a car boot sale for £4 which with a new cartridge sounded great... Can't go wrong with the Rega and picking up a used one locally and getting it set up correctly would be my recommendation
  11. I could do one of these if no one has stepped up!
  12. Thanks, I was just chewing on my breakfast.. Many years ago I went to Paris with my then girlfriend. Authentic french restaurant duly picked out from the guidebook, food then ordered. I did a bit of french in high school so thought I'd be safe enough with poulet something or other but when it came it was an unusually textured sausage, Didn't seem like chicken and if it was it seemed to be made of spiced chicken skins, tasted a bit like a peppery haggis so not really knowing how to ask about it I started eating it. About 20 mins later and several inches into the sausage there was a bit of a commotion at the next tabel where a lone diner was complaining loudly about his dinner and pointing at mine. Turned out I was eating his choice, the last one in the kitchen and some stupid "englishman" didn't know any better and was eating it. Andouillette was what I'd got (a tripe sausage) and although I'd got the gist of the insults and the shouting, I didn't have enough French to get involved in sorting it out. Quite a memorable french dining experience but not for any of the right reasons. Looking back its pretty funny but I'll not be eating any more tripe...
  13. Argentina's Playlist for Freedom

    Heard this too in the middle of a sleepless night. Really interesting. Interesting counter to the 80's music we got in the UK and the misty eyed nostalgia for it.
  14. all received?

    Received mine all the way to Scotland. There is a lot of music here and enjoying so far...
  15. Joni Mitchell - Hejira

    I've a vague memory that some of the Hejira material debuted live on the Rolling Thunder Review tours with Dylan, is that right? Guessing these were solo acoustic slots? Thats not a chronology or scene I'd place that material with and it always surprised me that this material would be on that bill.
  16. Ronny Jordan RIP

    Bought the single of So What at the time and it still gets played now and again. Actually saw a bar band here play the arrangement pretty much note for note in the summer and dug it out only recently. The other really memorable "musical" anecdote is CJ in the west wing lip-syncing to The Jackal in the West Wing. Its a great track too maybe on youtube (can't search from here , can someone link, Dana Bryant on vocals)? The acid jazz scene was never really to my taste. Few of the records have stuck with me but I recall some enjoyable nights in the Jazz Cafe and the taste of the DJs (and their continued crate digging) and musicianship of some of the bands was a treat at the time Way too young.
  17. Joni Mitchell - Hejira

    Definitely. Saw it a UK store Fopp last week, £5 only!
  18. Think there are lots of pop/rock folks where I just get to the stage where either I think that they've said all they are going to say to me or like Van, they've maybe said all they are going to say. Lots of bands/artists REM, U2 have gone this way for me. Some though, and I'm thinking Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Sonny Rollins in this group, are folks who are still out there putting out music and playing live, all of which I'm grateful for. I don't love everything they put out and the gigs might not be all that on occasion. I also get frustrated when the critics tell you that each new thing is the best since their career high in 1974 (it seldom is). But I'm glad there's still new music and sometimes you get a gem. So what if its not Blood on the Tracks, After the Goldrush or the Bridge...
  19. Television (the band)

    Saw them live a month ago in the Sage in Newcastle, UK (no Lloyd, not sure of the name of the second very capable guitar player) really enjoyed it particularly Verlaine's guitar work. Agreed that the bass and drums add to the uniqueness. Played nearly all of Marquee Moon which is one of those albums where every track is near perfect.
  20. Cairo Trip Tips?

    Its a 3-4 years since I was there but the obvious is all excellent. Pyramids/sphyynx at Giza, Cairo Museum is amazing and the big market/souk excellent. Loved my stay there and ate really well too!
  21. One tune to the tune of another

    Not to derail the thread but this is one of the changes in how we listen to music. I don't have a big ipod only 16 gb on my mobile but I change the music regularly sticking on albums freshly bought etc. It is amazing how often something comes on and I have to check who it is esp contemporary jazz. Only loaded it on last night and already I can't remember. I think I get what you mean by this. I was thinking I'd like to hear Kenny Burrell: Ellington is Forever so I just looked for other interpretations on my itunes some with guitar some by Ellington bands. Realised I generally prefer Ellington playing Ellington so problem solved and no more money to Amazon... I know somebody is going to burst my bubble and say you have to hear this... PS I kinda like Arbour Zena and enjoy the monolithic blocks of sound, when I'm in the mood
  22. Who The F*** Were The Peddlers?

    Me too! Think being the son of the owner might have had more to do with it than your choice of listening.... However discovering Fripp in the 80s didn't help me with the ladies then and is unlikely to still.
  23. I've definitely let some stuff go, the collector in me would have liked to keep, some to you guys... Mostly though I take solace in the fact that I have more music lying around than I may ever listen to all of again. I've become much less sentimental about the physical things and ultimately easy come easy go!
  24. Suggestions sought: Speaker wires

    There is lots of rubbish talked about Hi Fi and its an obsession in itself. No disrespect to anyone here and if I had the money, one of the first things I'd buy would be better hifi, but the difference between speaker wires beyond a certain point is in such tiny increments I'd go for cheapest decent wire that does the job. Years ago I moved house and left a bunch of stuff in storage. Of course first thing unpacked was the stereo and was gutted to find that speaker wire was in storage 100 miles away. Being a practical sort of guy, the only long enough piece of wire I had available was a long piece of flex from an old hoover. I duly cut it up and used it to connect my speakers as an interim measure. (Who needs to hoover anyhow...). Didn't initially think it sounded that good but when I replaced it with the good stuff, I couldn't tell the difference and any worries about the sound were more to do with the room and positioning than what was connecting everything up. Anyhow I'd rather obsess about records I've never heard or alternate takes missing from my latest reissue... More seriously, a decent budget amp or receiver would be first on my list, and new might be nearer $200-300. Something you'd be happy with for a while since my main Rotel is nearly 30 years old and still sounds fine... Used is fine but best if its local and you can hear it working... Same with speakers, You can get excellent speakers really reasonable on craigslist gumtree whatever but the best speakers in my house came from freecycle and I picked them up for nothing from a lady who couldn't wait to get hese ugly brown B&W speakers out of the living room since they didn't match anything else...
  25. ***** Max Roach Corner *****

    Thanks Mike I'll just do that. It was definitely soul notes I passed on, maybe the others were with the string quartet, definitely not Strata East ...