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  1. Duke Ellington - Post 1960 Recordings

    The listening pleasure always increases in time. From the records I have listened to in the past 5 years: The Nutcracker Suite ****/2 Piano in the Background **** A Portrait of Duke Ellington ***/2 Peer Gynt ****/2 Unknown Session **** Piano in the Foreground ***** The Great Reunion with Louis Armstrong **** Together Again with Louis Armstrong **** First Time! The Count Meets the Duke ***/2 All American in Jazz **/2 Midnight in Paris **** Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins **** Money Jungle ***** Duke Ellington & John Coltrane ****/2 Afro-Bossa ***** The Great Paris Concert **** The Symphonic Ellington **** Duke Ellington's Jazz Violin Session ***/2 My People *** Ellington '65 **/2 All Star Road Band Volume 2 **** Duke Ellington Plays Mary Poppins *** Ellington '66 **/2 Concert in the Virgin Islands **** Ella at Duke's Place ***/2 A Concert of Sacred Music From Grace Cathedral *** The Popular Duke Ellington **/2 Soul Call */2 Ella and Duke at the Cote D'Azur **/2 The Far East Suite ***** North of the Border in Canada **** ...And His Mother Called Him Bill ***** Francis A. & Edward K. **/2 Second Sacred Concert *** 70th Birthday Concert ****/2 Latin American Suite ****2/ The Pianist ****/2 New Orleans Suite ***** The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse ****/2 The Intimate Ellington ***/2 Live at the Whitney ***** The Ellington Suites ***** This One's for Blanton! ***/2 Up in Duke's Workshop **** Duke's Big 4 ***/ Third Sacred Concert (RCA) ***/2
  2. So maybe, let us no talk about sexual harassment charges so lightly no matter how unpleasant many aspects of the interview might be.
  3. I have the UK Jazzman record. Great pressing, on par with the music played! This evening: Arnold Dreyblatt - propellers in love Interpretations by the Stan Getz Quintet (Clef Series) Duke Ellington - Bal Masqué
  4. The Mankunku has been reissued recently!
  5. Anybody Heard From Jazzmoose Lately?

    Truly saddening news. So long, Moose!
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Yes, 2017 will be the year I re-discovered Waldron while listening to old favorites (including Reflections) and a bunch of new platters (including Sweet Lover, Bitter). Hope I finally manage to listen to One-Upmanship in 2018! This evening was: Radiohead - In Rainbows (either the record aged very well, or I did not, maybe both!) I have not listened to their 2016 record yet, another record I plan to discover in 2018. Dexter Gordon - Doin' Allright (just noticing the 2 l) Clifford Jordan Quartet - Glass Bead Games This album (Side A in particular) always moved me. I love the rendition of Dear Old Stockholm (almost as much as the one from Jutta Hipp) Ervin on Portrait of Vivian!
  7. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Steve Reid - Nova Sweet Lover, Bitter O.S.T. Lacy & Waldron - Reflections The Jazz Couriers in concert Zo-Ko-Ma Teddy Wilson - Moonglow Station To Station
  8. Blue Train (Deluxe Edition)

    I enjoy Blue Train a lot, but it's not near a favorite. I was surprised (and disappointed) to buy an early pressing with BLP on the cover and the label, but stamped as RVG Stereo in the wax (I guess I should have checked more in detail). I have read than a few Liberty repressings have used old stocks of labels mislabeledly...
  9. Thanks for the info and the link! To divert a bit more to the Guidi/Tri-Arts covers, I always wondered who was the illustrator of the animal covers (Shelly Manne's birds, penguins and cat, Hawes's alligator, Previns's Lion, ...). I assumed it was Guidi, but I realized recently that the Penguins (the three & the two) were drawed by Irene Trivas. She might then behind the other animal covers, but it's difficult to find more info about Guidi/Tri-Arts.
  10. Overall good. The session is clearly a project rather than a Let's-do-another-tribute. Every tune has a pretty original rendition. The piano of De Wilde is aery and yet very precise, a delight. The trio functions well, and I was happy to hear the bassist Regard that I had the opportunity to catch live many times with the pianist Alfio Origlio when I was in Grenoble. A few tunes relies on a repetitive pattern (the first two tunes in particular) than may be present in the original compositions but which does not work out very well for me. Some tunes are excellent (the tune from de Wilde, Friday the 13th, 4 in 1). A bit too thought-out maybe, but a very good experience as a listener.
  11. Selling a Mosaic set on ebay without a proper mention of Mosaic or no mention at all is major mistake and the ending price does not represent its actual value. The poor filters/categories on ebay make it difficult to track down a specific record, unless you make multiple searches, a real hassle. And it's got worse over the years. My steal of the year was the Nat King Cole 27 LPs, almost sealed and delivered for $120. When discogs will start selling lots and do auctions, Ebay will look even more pathetic, musicwise.
  12. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Ellington - Anatomy of a Murder Miles Ahead Sahib Shihab - Summer Dawn
  13. Another glorious year, an orgy of fantastic new-to-me records: *Mal Waldron (Meditations, 19, with Marion Brown, All Alone vol. 2, One Entrance) *Dollar Brand (South Africa, Memories, Duke's memories) *Ellington (Piano Reflections, Ellington 59, The Fairmonts) *Konitz (Very Cool, Tranquility, Art of Duo, Peacemeal) *Hampton Hawes - Spanish Steps *Little Band Big Jazz *Bley and Giuffre *Solal - Son 66 * Rollins - Worktime *Gene Ammons (all the Prestige twofers, Bad Bossa Nova) *Arnett Cobb (Go Power, Smooth Sailing, More Party Time) *Dexter Calling And 50 more. Not many new records, but all great: * Jamal - Marseille *Konstrukt & Hawkins at Cafe Oto * Laurent de Wilde - New Monk Trio * Monk - Liaisons dangereuses 1960