Fer Urbina

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  1. Some background from Robin DG Kelley's biography: https://books.google.com/books?id=Tz9xDQAAQBAJ&lpg=PA1&dq=robin%20kelley%20thelonious%20monk&pg=PA398#v=onepage&q&f=false F
  2. Is there any video footage of Hank Mobley playing?

    Same scene, not exactly the same bit, from The Jazz Baroness: https://youtu.be/2TX6Z7NiF0E?t=5m16s F
  3. Is there any video footage of Hank Mobley playing?

    Thanks everyone, glad you enjoyed the clip. I noticed it while having lunch and watching the Monk documentary (it's on Vimeo, although a lot of it appears on Straight, No Chaser). I had to "rewind" it several times because I couldn't believe it. That's why I asked Cuscuna, who knew Mobley, and also checked with Bertrand Uberall what footage there was of Mobley. Among other things, I also checked this thread. Glad to see it on JazzWax too, although about the clip being too short, as I say in the blog, the whole sequence with those four in the kitchen at the Vanguard (dated, almost certainly, June 19-25, 1967) lasts 2:35. Some of it can be seen on The Jazz Baroness too (it's on YouTube). The best bit with Mobley on is what you see in the clip, which again, I had to give it all the light I could in order to distinguish Mobley's face. Stay safe! F PS: You can delete the duplicated text by editing after posting.
  4. Is there any video footage of Hank Mobley playing?

    Not playing, but some of you may have seen this without noticing Mobley hanging with Monk, Nica and Bobby Timmons at the Vanguard. https://jazzontherecord.blogspot.com/2020/05/hank-mobley-and-bobby-timmons-on-screen.html F
  5. Very rare Charlie Christian!

    Liek Captain Howdy says, the segment in Hot Club's radio show is shorter and in not as good sound than the clip from WNYC, which was posted in late 2012. I blogged about it at the time: http://jazzontherecord.blogspot.com/2012/12/encore-bg-and-sextette-unissued.html F
  6. The first one I noticed on Spotify was the Nat King Cole Trio on Mosaic back in 2010 (https://open.spotify.com/album/36r0NLy7NH4Z14enk0EvF4), which actually kept the original cover. Since then, I've seen the Tal Farlow and the Golson-Farmer-Jazztet. If you search "Capitol Vaults Series" on Spotify, you get a few Mosaic/Mosaic Select sets: Bob Brookmeyer (Select) Paul Chambers (Select) Dexter Gordon (Select) Bennie Green (Select) Bobby Hackett Andrew Hill (Select 16 - group) Bobby Hutcherson (Select) Elvin Jones Gene Krupa/Harry James Hank Mobley Joe Pass Big John Patton (Select) Art Pepper (Select) Don Pullen (Select) Dizzy Reece (Select) Bud Shank/Bob Cooper F PS: Just noticed Louis Armstrong's Columbia & RCA Victor Live Recordings Mosaic is on Spotify too.
  7. YouTube too. 153 tracks in three volumes. This rebranding+streaming had already been done with sets licensed by Universal in the past--first Sony set I see. F
  8. The Szwed is excellent. Ian Carr's is also very good--he was also a professional trumpet player, and he gives more pages than perhaps expected to the electric Miles. F
  9. He'll be missed. For all his first-hand experience and willingness to share whatever he knew, I'll remember him for his fearlessness when it came to telling the truth. I also hope his last days weren't painful. He won't be forgotten. F
  10. Costa doesn't play piano on the Hodeir record. The Fresh Sound reissue of Hodeir's American recordings sounds like a needle-drop to me (I don't think there's ever been a CD of those). As for whether it's worth getting, it is to me, but I quite like Hodeir's work. F
  11. Mitch Miller and George Avakian

    The Billboard thing, like Big Beat Steve said, through Google Books. Not perfect (sometimes it skips results that are there), but it's free. As far as I know, Avakian left because he was exhausted from overworking (he got seriously ill towards the end of 1957) and also because he got wind of the difference between the money he was making for Columbia, and what they were paying him. I wrote this when he died. F
  12. There's a reissue by Fresh Sound. F
  13. Mitch Miller and George Avakian

    There's plenty to be found on Billboard. On the Sep 30, 1957 issue, there's a note saying that Avakian reports to Miller (although Avakian was just months away from leaving Columbia). You may also want to check the August 4, 1956 issue -- it carries a 30-page infomercial about Columbia. Interestingly, Avakian only appears towards the end as "a.&r. director of pop albums". Miller appears as "pop artists & repertoire chief" working under "sales chief, Hal Cook". F
  14. New Woody Herman Mosaic

    I just saw the news about this new Mosaic release. Personally, I'm looking forward to it, both for the pre-1945 Deccas (the birth of the First Herd) and, hopefully, an improvement on the sound of the Carnegie Hall gig. As for the Everests, for a minute there were a few reissues on the Empire Musicwerks label (distributed by Universal) around 2005. I seem to remember that at least one of them was a needle-drop, but I would really need to check. Woody Herman with Charlie Byrd: Bamba Samba Bossa Nova (Discogs) Woody Herman with Tito Puente (back of CD case) Woody Herman: The Everest Years (AllMusic) F
  15. Universal Music Italia box sets

    Yep. Long story, but Roulette (including Roost) is now owned by Warner. F