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  1. Kenny Drew Jr. appeared last night (2/24) at the Harriet Himmel Gilman Theater in the City Place shopping district of West Palm Beach. The concert was sponsored by JAMS (Jazz Arts Music Society of Palm Beach). His rhythm section mates were Bill Pillucere on bass and Tom Carabasi (d). Not having been especially knocked out by K.D. Jr's CDs, I went anyway because if you're into pure live jazz, southeast Florida does not offer much so one must take advantage of any opportunity to do so. In any event, I was forced to reassess my opinion of this pianist. He swung, both on evergreens ("Gone With the Wind", "In Your Own Sweet Way") and on originals composed by him and his more venerated father. Technically, he was quite impressive. He also performed an exquisite solo classical piece by a little known black composer, Robert Nathaniel Dent (sp?). This wasn't so much of a surprise in that the bio in the program indicated that he has been performing classical recitals in the past couple of years. All in all, well worth the reasonable $20 admission.
  2. This is a 2 day marathon session from January 1960 that resulted in a double LP release on the Verve label. I've had the LP(s) for quite a few years, but could not resist picking up a double CD reissue for only $5 at of all places, a Big Lots, located here in southeast Florida. According to the package that only contains a repeating photo of Getz and the titles of the tunes, it's on the "Music Moods" label ostensibly based in the U.S. While I can locate a couple of CD reissues of this session on Amazon, none match the photo and label of the reissue I copped. A Google search likewise does not produce a CD photo or information that matches my purchase. Incidentally, this reissue adds the 3 tracks left off of the Verve double LP because of what I assume were the vinyl time constraints, making for a total of 17 tracks. And for those not familiar with this session that was recorded in Copenhagen, it's a bit unusual in that it's Getz backed by a relatively unknown rhythm section, Jan Johansson (p), Daniel Jordan (b), and William Schiopffe (d). None of the discographical information apart from the tune titles is listed on the package. Anyway, I recommend this budget find if you can spot it at a Big Lots or similar discount store.
  3. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    I *think* we'll nose it out against the Twins, but the whole "Yankees have dominated them" narrative makes me really anxious. And it's a 5-game series. NY better get it in gear after that fizzled-out ending of a season. Quote Two games up in a 3 of 5 and I'm still nervous. The Twins looked really good in our previous matchups with them. Now that they're home, they should perform better. Should the Yanks prevail, as is likely, the Astros are quite formidable. In order to beat them, the Yanks would have to make their great starters work so that the relief staff can then be attacked.
  4. Songs You don't want requested

    A great musicians joke when it comes to requests: Guy comes to a party, sees a piano, sits down on the bench and begins to play very lyrically, up and down the keyboard, but nothing recognizable. Hostess comes over, says "You really play well, do you take requests"? Guy replies "I only know two tunes". Hostess: "Which ones"? Guy: "Happy Birthday" and "Lush Life".
  5. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    If Dave Roberts brings Ryan Madsen in again with runners in scoring position, he deserves to get wiped out by the Sox. Asked to bail out Kershaw in Game 1, Madsen failed and again tonight he failed to save Riu who left with the bases loaded, two outs and a one run lead. So Madsen allows 5 Boston runners to score yet has a World Series ERA of 0.00 having stunk up the joint twice.
  6. This duo will be appearing at the Miniaci Arts Center (Nova University) in Davie, Florida this coming Saturday, March 4th. It's billed as a "Farewell Concert", perhaps Gary is retiring. Worth attending if you're in southeast Florida as I've seen this duo before and enjoyed it immensely. Tix are $40 + handling for all seats in the house and it's a fine venue anywhere you sit. The link:
  7. Guess so. Anyway, I'll be there tonight.
  8. Happy Birthday, MartyJazz!

    Thank you one and all for the good wishes. And a very happy and healthy new year wish to each of you.
  9. Favorite Monk tributes (single artist)

    Back in November 1981, I very fortunately attended the evening concert of an all star gathering of musicians honoring Monk who was known to be in poor health at that moment in time. Indeed, Monk passed away 3 months later. The afternoon and evening concerts were titled "Interpretations of Monk", the four sets eventually being released sometime in 1994 on a four CD issue by DIW that I purchased immediately on sight. I note that it's currently available from various sellers on Amazon for upwards of $95. The front line for all four sets consisted of Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd and Charlie Rouse. Richard Davis was the bassist throughout. The drummer consisted of Ben Riley on the opening set of each concert, Ed Blackwell on the closing set of each. The pianists were Muhal Richard Abrams (1st set), Barry Harris (2nd) afternoon concert; Anthony Davis (1st set), Mal Waldron (2nd) evening concert. The variety of tune listings give an indication of how much work and rehearsal went into these concerts: Disc: 1 1. Announcement - Verna Gillis 2. Introduction - Nat Hentoff 3. Crepuscule With Nellie 4. I Mean You 5. Ask Me Now 6. Gallop's Gallop 7. Blue Monk 8. Four In One 9. Poetry - Amiri Baraka Disc: 2 1. Introduction - Stanley Crouch 2. Monk's Mood 3. Evidence 4. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are 5. Thelonious 6. Well, You Needn't 7. Announcement - Verna Gillis 8. Ruby, My Dear Disc: 3 1. Light Blue 2. Eronel 3. Bye-Ya 4. Pannonica 5. Off Minor 6. Epistrophy Disc: 4 1. Announcement - Verna Gillis 2. 'Round About Midnight 3. Let's Call This 4. Reflections 5. Friday The 13th 6. Rhythm-A-Ning 7. Epistrophy
  10. I can't believe that I never knew this edition existed.  I'll go for it.  PayPal OK?  Reply to


  11. I picked up a DVD today of Corea and Burton performing much of the music from their "Native Sense" album in a large concert hall somewhere in Europe. Fabulous DVD, by the way. In any event, I would like to know which concert hall in what city this performance took place as well as the exact date or at least which month it was, some time in 1997 I believe. I also have had for quite some time a commercial videotape of C & B in a concert performance in Tokyo. There is a copyright year of 1985 on the box however a Google search of the discographies of these two came up with one listing that indicated it may have occurred as early as 1981. So I'd like to know the exact or most approximate date of this concert as well. Thanks.
  12. South Florida Jazz will be presenting Steve Turre at the Miniaci Arts Center of Nova University on Saturday, June 11th. Turre will lead a three trombone front line that includes Frank Lacy and Steve Davis. The concert is titled "The Bones of Art", in that the sextet will be performing music associated with Art Blakey. Tix are $40 plus a $7.50 handling charge that can be eliminated if you show up at the box office to purchase tix at least 30 minutes before show time. These concerts are well attended but seldom sell out.
    1. Glad to see you and your wife are doing well in the aftermath of such a horrific tragedy.  If you recall when we visited two years ago we stayed at an apartment near the Metro stop at the Place de la Republique.  Soyez bien!
  13. Mets really mean business, breaking Cub rooters hearts with 6 runs in the first two innings. Even imperturbable Joe Madden looks shell shocked.
  14. W. Eugene Smith Jazz Loft Project

    Fascinating article about the photojournalist W. Eugene Smith who evidently amassed over 40,000 photos and 3,000 hours of taped conversations with various jazz figures in the great years of 1957-65. There's also a link within the article to a site devoted to the Jazz Loft Project: NY Times article (free subscription required)
  15. Miles Davis on Lincoln commercial

    Don't know if this has been posted anywhere else on this forum, if so I apologize, but I'm watching a baseball playoff game and during a commercial break, I'm hearing Miles. It's a Lincoln car commercial with Matthew McConaughey and the soundtrack sounds to me like it's from "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud", the Louis Malle 1958 film aka in English, "Elevator to the Gallows" in the U.S. or "Lift to the Scaffold" in the UK. Anyone else corroborating this?
  16. Have been listening to this the past few days and am continually being knocked out. '60s Rollins is heaven for me and there are some absolutely fantastic takes on this compilation, e.g., all the takes of "Oleo" plus single takes of "Lover", "Three Little Words", etc. A dream come true to hear Newk at length during this particular period of his marvelous career. BTW, Billy Higgins' support - fabulous!
  17. Cécile McLorin Salvant

    Don't see the white eyeglass frames as an affectation or anything else for that matter. Close your eyes and keep your ears open to the voice. Caught her at the Miniaci Arts Center at Nova University in Davie, FL, this past May. Performance was uneven, partly because she is arcanely eclectic, e.g., choosing an Ethel Waters obscurity that left me cold. However, when she sings more familiar material, e.g., "I Didn't Know What Time it Was", she swings. Her stage manner is wonderful, her explanations as to why she chose each number were definitely appreciated by a very receptive audience. Thumbs up!
  18. Great Charles McPherson Interview

    Michael Weiss goes back a while with McPherson. I'm recalling the time around 1990 when I saw Michael lead a quintet featuring McPherson and Tom Harrell at Alice Tully Hall. Went with a few non-jazz friends from work whom I convinced to go. Everyone enjoyed it - wonderful concert.
  19. I could easily picture all the streets Rollins discusses as I was raised on the lower east side of NY and lived on Grand Street for many years before moving out as a young adult. My mother and sister still live on Grand and I get to visit the old neighborhood from time to time. I recall a friend, Jeff Hittman, who also lived on Grand who told me one day that he knew Rollins, and that Sonny had helped him with sax lessons years ago. Sure enough one time we went backstage after a concert Rollins performed at SUNY in Purchase NY and when Sonny immediately greeted Jeff by name and they started reminiscing, I realized that Jeff wasn't just telling imaginary stories.
  20. Airegin

    This is a GREAT version. Tubby cooks his ass off!
  21. John Carter - Bobby Bradford Self Determination Music

    Some time ago I dubbed my LP copies of "Flight for Four" and "Self Determination Music" to CD-R and have greatly enjoyed listening to this music alone in my car. Great stuff.
  22. I too like this album alot, preferring especially the tracks where Bob Berg backs her up rather than the histrionics of James Carter. Saw KA in West Palm Beach some years ago and she gave a terrific performance. BTW, as long as other vocal versions of these tunes are being lauded, I nominate Dinah Washington's take on "You Don't Know What Love Is". Very good!
  23. Attended a concert last night at the Lake Worth campus of PBSC and really enjoyed it. The orchestra featured visiting pianist Stephen Scott and has quite a few stellar local players who improvised beautifully in such Silver originals as "Sister Sadie", "Nica's Dream" and the highlight for me, the closing "Nutville" with a terrific upper register trumpet solo by Kevin Wilde. Many of the arrangements emanated from the Buddy Rich, Rob McConnell big bands, etc. The good news for jazz fans who live in southeast Florida is that this concert will be repeated at the Palm Beach Gardens campus on Tuesday, March 3rd. The link: Do check it out. Admission is only $15!!!
  24. Jackie McLean's 1960's Blue Note Recordings

    Just got into this thread today and was quite taken aback at all the knocks on "Swing Swang Swingin'". Finally I see your reaction to this unjustified criticism and certainly I fully agree with your take on this terrific album. Have loved "SSS" since I first heard it back in the late '60s and consider it an essential JayMac cooker as well as many of his other BN-led dates mentioned above.