Mark Stryker

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  • Birthday 08/10/1963

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  1. Blue Note Jazz Classics 6500 Series (1969)

    Thanks Jim and Dmitry -- very helpful. .
  2. In 1969, Liberty-era Blue Note put out nine LPs of of the label's early material. Most of it was pre-bop (Edmond Hall, Ike Quebec, John Hardee, Sydney DeParis, Art Hodes, etc.), though there is one that couples James Moody and George Wallington sessions. On the front cover of the handful of these that I have, there's a note in the top right corner that says: "These historic performance have been specially engineered to be playable on both monaural and stereo equipment." Here's my question: What does that mean? I first thought it might mean "simulated stereo" -- but that doesn't make complete sense, because during the same era, Blue Note was issuing 1500 series LPs that were, according to text on the covers: "Electronically re-recorded to simulate stereo." The different wording "specially engineered to be playable etc." suggests a different process. Those simulated stereo 1500 series reissues sound crappy. These 6500 series records do sound better to the extent that they don't really sound like simulated stereo -- but they don't sound like pure mono to my ears either. Any insight as to what's going on here?.
  3. Interesting — thanks. Leads credence to theory that Thad was probably with Connell in Indianapolis.
  4. I restarted my website blog with a document and post folks here will find interesting.
  5. 2019: Blue Note's 80th Anniversary

    Regarding the Blakey session, I haven't seen any material in which someone is claiming falsely that this material was recently discovered.
  6. 2019: Blue Note's 80th Anniversary

    I believe that Michael remains a friend of the Blue Note family -- certainly he knows more about the company and the vaults than anyone -- but he has no official role, and this or any other release would not need his approval. Anything in the vaults that was previously "rejected" in any era -- by Lion, Lundvall, Cuscuna, or the musicians themselves etc. can be issued if the current powers (Don Was and his team) decide it makes financial or aesthetic sense to do so. The new Blakey is Zev Feldman's first production for BN under his formalized agreement with the company that was announced in the last year. I'm guessing that some of the other sessions long buried for whatever reason will probably get put out. Whether this is a "good" or "bad" thing, depends on your point of view, but of the remaining titles I've heard, there's nothing that is essential. Some things are interesting, often more for the flaws than for what works. (Caveat: I have not heard the Wayne Shorter date -- that's the one thing that I'm seriously curious about hearing.) I will say that the often hysterical marketing hype over these unreleased recordings is not healthy for the art form in 2020. Not every unreleased recording, even by true masters, is a lost masterpiece. Often they aren't even very good, and in many cases the artists themselves -- who left the studio thinking "Thank God Nobody Will Ever Hear THAT" -- would be horrified if they knew that certain stuff was being released. As a collector and a record junkie, I of course want to hear everything, but that doesn't mean I have a right to hear it and it certainly doesn't mean it should be for sale. It's hard enough for contemporary musicians to compete for marketplace attention in a world where every truly great recording by every great musician is a click away -- but now today's musicians also have to compete with the mediocre stuff by great musicians that was previously rejected from the marketplace for good reason. That's not to say that there aren't truly important, interesting, and valuable discoveries that are being made. But perspective ...
  7. As I recall, Cuscuna rejected it previously, and I agree with him. I've heard it and I don't think it's that good -- definitely below average for a Blakey Blue Note, lacking the band's typical fire, energy, and cohesion. Other than Lee on some tracks, the soloists don't show their best selves. Everybody sounds sluggish, like they were out too late the night before. I can understand why it was shelved at the time in favor of the far-superior Jazz Corner of the World dates with much of the same material. Yes, folks here on the board will want to hear it at least once because of the cats and the era, but don't get sucked in by the hype.
  8. Happy Birthday, Roy Haynes!!!

    Peter -- I dug up a Detroit Free Press clipping from mid November 1965 that has listing of a Wayne Shorter-Roy Haynes Quartet playing at the Drome Lounge. The rest of the personnel isn't listed, though several months earlier, a quartet consisting of Wayne, Roy, Albert Dailey, and Larry Ridley played at the Left Bank Jazz Society in Baltimore. (Of course, Roy did have a quartet in that era with Strozier, Ridley, and (at least on various recordings) Ronnie Matthews or Sam Dockery.)
  9. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    I haven't heard it in a long time but I remember quite liking this 1963 Erato recording by violinist Huguette Fernandez, clarinetist Guy Deplus, cellist Jacques Neilz, and pianist Marie-Madeleine Petit. I have an American LP. The label is confusing to me but it says Music Guild/ABC Records. In any case, it was apparently made under the supervision of Messiaen -- no guarantee of quality, of course, but worth noting. I assume (but can't guarantee) this is the same recording on CD. Related. A young Leila Josefowicz recorded the finale with John Novacek on a recital disc in the late '90s -- it's pretty great, but to my knowledge she's never been a part of a recording of the entire piece. However, a few years ago I saw a tremendous performance in metro Detroit of the full work under the umbrella of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival that included Josefowicz, Novacek, clarinetist David Shifrin, and cellist Paul Watkins (the artistic director of the festival). I've seen maybe seven live performances of the piece over the years and this was the most gripping by far.
  10. Record Store Day April 2020

    Don’t overlook the previously unissued Bob James sessions from 1965 on Resonance. Full disclosure: I contributed the main liner note essay.
  11. Randy Brecker's "In the Idiom"

    Long a favorite record -- Randy's best as a leader, rewarding compositions and playing, team spirit, and to me one of the best straight-ahead records of the '80s.
  12. Goes to some really interesting places. Good questions from David Marchese (whom I don't know) that draw Sonny out.
  13. Lyle Mays, R.I.P. (1953–2020)

    Lyle Mays’ niece, singer Aubrey Johnson, is reporting on Twitter that he has died. She writes: “It is with deep sadness that I share that my uncle, Lyle Mays, passed away this morning in Los Angeles surrounded by loved ones, after a long battle with a recurring illness. He was my dear uncle, mentor, and friend and words cannot express the depth of my grief.”
  14. "New" Gene Ammons footage

    Totally new to me. Footage of Jug from the early '70s, apparently from a Chicago public television program produced by Dan Morgenstern. YouTube posting went up today and says Dan only recently found the tape. Yes, it's late period Jug and there's Varitone, etc. But still, holy shit! Plus, you get to hear Jug speak. With King Kolax, George Freeman, Wallace Burton, Chester Williamson, Bob Guthrie. Anybody know if this has ever circulated before and do any of you Chicagoans remember the program?
  15. To be clear, I've never met Tom. Your reference above was the first time I heard his name. Presumably this is what he's been up to recently: