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    My view this afternoon:
  2. Now reading...

    Wrapped up Achebe's Arrow of God, completing my pass through the "African Trilogy." My favorite of the three was No Longer at Ease. Just starting in on Ovid's Metamorpheses. While the Humphries is still my favorite translation, this time around I'm also going to take a look at Melville (Oxford) as well as Golding (Shakespeare worked from this translation).
  3. Now reading...

    I do have this volume of his short stories but haven't cracked it yet. In the next month or so, I plan on rereading Morte d'Urban, which I enjoyed quite a bit 15 or so years ago. I suspect I'll still like it on the next go round.
  4. Now reading...

    I finally, finally finished Musil's The Man Without Qualities. (I would have finished sooner except it was much too heavy to take to the gym and read at the stationary bikes...) The last 50 pages of rough notes (it's an unfinished novel) were particularly challenging. On the whole, I'd say it wasn't worth it. Interestingly, NYRB is going to be publishing a big chunk of Vol. 2 as Agathe. Fairly close to wrapping up Park's Personal Days, and I am waiting on a copy of Achebe's Arrow of God to turn up at the library.
  5. Now reading...

    I was telling someone at work I might just have been convinced to watch 2 films - There and Back Again - but a trilogy was such an abuse of the audience's time and wallets that I couldn't stomach it. I have no intention of ever actually watching the Hobbit trilogy.
  6. Toronto Jazz Fest 2019

    I have to be honest, at least in terms of the headliners, Montreal doesn't look a lot better. It's Norah Jones (again), Chvrches and Pink Martini. https://www.montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA Now, if you dig a bit deeper, they have some solid artists like Joshua Redman, Vijay Iyer, Tord Gustavsen, Chick Corea and apparently Buddy Guy. But still a bit of a let down compared to the previous ones.
  7. The headliners are not terribly inspiring this year - Norah Jones, Diana Ross and Tower of Power. http://torontojazz.com/sites/default/files/calendar.html But there are some interesting artists at the various free shows. I'm fairly likely to catch Melissa Aldana on June 25 and the Bernie Senensky Septet on June 30. Maybe Kris Davis on June 26. It looks like Chris Potter is in town for a couple of late evening sets at the Rex, and I may or not make it to that.
  8. NBA playoffs thread

    I agree it is quite unlikely the Raptors can pull it off, but they do play very good defense, and we'll just have to see how it goes.
  9. NBA playoffs thread

    Things were looking kind of bleak for the Raptors, but the rest of the team stepped it up in Games 5 and 6. I didn't think they would pull it off, and it's quite impressive that they did reel off 4 straight wins against the Bucks. I don't think their chances against the Warriors are great, but they did beat them in the regular series (or the warm up games as Kawhi calls them) and they do have home court advantage, so I suppose it's possible...
  10. Complete Cuban Jam Sessions

    Apple Music has Fajardo Danzones Completos vol. 1 and vol. 2. Thanks for the tip.
  11. Now reading...

    Picked up Ed Park's Personal Days. It's a satire of corporate America. Intriguingly, it came out within a year of Joshua Ferris’ Then We Came to the End and it also uses 1st person plural (at least in the first section), so the similarities are numerous but probably unintentional. I haven't gotten far enough to tell how much I will like it, particularly the stylistic changes in the later parts, but Then We Came to the End does seem to be the stronger novel overall.
  12. Now reading...

    Hope you enjoy it. I'll never be an expert in such matters, but P/V do the job well for me. I'll probably be reading their Crime and Punishment this fall and maybe Karamazov in another year or two.
  13. Abusive and violent jazz musicians

    Frank Rosolino
  14. Jazz In Paris

    Very late to this thread. I've been hooked on the Jazz in Paris series for some time now, getting all of the "late" releases up through through 2008, but there is something about the large number of BN sessions showing up in this batch that really spoils it for me. I guess the spell has been broken. There is a small but non-zero chance that I'd get the Georges Arvanitas one just for old times' sake (and I do enjoy the cover photo), but I think I'll pass on the rest. Maybe in another 10 years they'll issue Jazz et Cinema vol 6...
  15. LPs that have never made it into CD

    Apologies if mentioned above, but I don't believe Guy Lafitte's Jazz Quintet (Columbia ‎– FP 1161) has made it to CD. While it is far too short to be released on its own, it could perhaps be combined with some of the Sax Succes EPs (on Pathé). One track from Jazz Quintet may be circulating (Le Chat Qui Dort) but not the other 5, though in fact I am not even sure it is the same take. The version on Guy Lafitte et Son Quartette Avec Kenny Hagood is a vocal track, and the pianist would be different, etc. There's no particular reason it would turn up on the Jazz Quintet LP rather than being a different take.