clifford_thornton

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  1. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    Damn, so sorry to hear about this. My condolences.
  2. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    nice one. I have the Japanese issue on Victor.
  3. Jon G. Allen Trio Live in Concert [video] 2019

    I thought this might be of interest to some of you here... we just got the finished/edited video back over the holidays. Mods, if you want to move this to another subforum, that's fine -- wasn't sure where it fit best. -- In November 2019 I put together a recording session and small private rehearsal/concert at Brooklyn's Scholes Street Studio for my dad's 75th birthday, featuring him on piano (and compositions) joined by esteemed bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Andrew Drury. He has been performing and writing music for decades but this was his first time working in New York with "city cats." I'd been listening to Ken and Andrew separately for years, but seeing them link up in alto saxophonist Alan Braufman's group (with Cooper-Moore, piano and James Brandon Lewis, tenor saxophone) sealed the deal. Before November 9, my dad hadn't played with either musician and the resulting trio was a rousing success. It was my hope that this event would spur another concert or two in New York in 2020 -- a festival was sketched out, among other things. COVID-19 had other plans, of course. Nevertheless we were able to get the recordings remastered by Ryan Edwards for eventual CD release, and videographer/engineer (and venue co-owner) René Pierre Allain edited and synced the video so that visual documentation of this momentous concert is now available for anyone to watch. Initially we were not sure whether to have it filmed but I am very glad that we did. Part one of the concert is here and part two is here. The music was performed as one continuous set but I elected to split it so that it could be viewed in chunks. A few tracks have been edited out as we were unable to get a satisfactory master take. As for the CD, whether we do it ourselves or an interested label wants to get in touch (hint hint!), the wait won't be too long. And hopefully we can get my dad back to New York for another performance in the future, once things are a little less hairy. Enjoy!
  4. duke pearson

    I need to reread that. I felt like short shrift was given on certain dates but again, rivet counter here...
  5. duke pearson

    I don't think any book about a record label is going to cover everything rivet counters like ourselves want... be it BN, Impulse, ESP, or whatever. At the end of the day a sellable volume won't be complete.
  6. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    I have an original and it's a wonderful album. If you can spring for a high quality reissue, do so.
  7. Fred Van Hove, R.I.P.

    oh dang, I don't have that one. I'll have to get a copy somehow.
  8. Fred Van Hove, R.I.P.

    Very, very sad news. I interviewed him over email in advance of his NYC visit some years ago to play solo and duo w/ Lou Grassi. He was a kind man, not to mention absolutely brilliant. The only other time I saw FvH was in duo with Hannes Bauer in the early 00s at one of the Vision Festivals. Pretty heavy.
  9. duke pearson

    The Richard Cook BN book is pretty decent but not perfect.
  10. Japanese Jazz

    Haven't had any issues with the rhythmic aspects that make it impossible to listen to the music. Some drummers are better than others of course, and there are really wonderful drummers in Japanese jazz, both of the free and less free variety -- George Otsuka, George Kawaguchi, Motohiko Hino, Masahiko Togashi, Takeshi Inomata, Sabu Toyozumi, Takeo Moriyama, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Shota Koyama... just to name a few from the glory days of Japanese creative music. The J-Jazz comps are neat. I don't own any but I like the idea of them and the guys assembling these albums are very knowledgable and have incredible collections. The only downside is that the cost of obtaining original full LPs keeps going up, up, and away as more people learn about them.
  11. Have you ever bought someone's record collection?

    nice haul. I've never bought a collection. It's something that would be interesting to do, mostly in order to generate cash for my own specific/other areas of concentration.
  12. Ronnie Spector 1943-2021

    RIP. What an icon and what a voice.
  13. MICHAEL BRECKER

    yeah, and he was all over Steely Dan's Katy Lied.
  14. MICHAEL BRECKER

    yeah, guess I associated Brecker more with pop than with real straight-ahead playing, even though that's patently inaccurate. Randy shows up everywhere though... I have him on Bob Moses' Bittersuite in the Ozone, a couple of Duke Pearson records, and Everything Is Everything "Just Flash in the Cosmic Pan." Probably other albums too.