Mark Stryker

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About Mark Stryker

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  • Birthday 08/10/1963

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  1. Michael Brecker as sideman

    This fills out the Brecker story a bit ... https://www.artsjournal.com/rifftides/2007/01/michael_brecker_remembered.html
  2. Michael Brecker as sideman

    I have gone back and forth on this record for decades, but when I was kid, LOTS of people loved it. Very much a straight-ahead product of the '70s in the sound and production, the arrangements and mix of personalities -- Mel, Ron, Carter, Hank Jones, Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, with Gregory Herbert and Cecil Bridgewater in the mix at times.
  3. Thanks for sharing these wonderful memories. BTW. the old Cobb's Corner space is as we speak being refurbished and will reopen next year under the same name. New owners say it will be jazz club. Do you ever make it back out here? Do you mind if I copy this post and share it on my Facebook page?
  4. Earl Hines Solo Recommendations

    Listening again this morning to “Quintessential Recording Session” (Chiaroscuro) from 1970. Good God. Might be the greatest of them all — I think in a one-artist, one-record challenge, it would be my pick for Hines.
  5. The Lost Tapes: Charles Mingus Live In Detroit

    Got it, and I agree the responses you got were inadequate.
  6. The Lost Tapes: Charles Mingus Live In Detroit

    Folks — Earlier in this thread I addressed what appears to be real reason behind the stray digital only track.,The producer told me that Sue Mingus and the estate added this track at the last possible second and insisted it be included. Production at that point was too far along to add it to the CDs. I can't believe it was "discovered" later than the other material, so -- and here I am speculating -- there must have been some communication issue between Sue and the producer or some other issue that went sideways for this to land as it did.
  7. Thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm. No Amazon pre-order yet but I'll everyone know when we get there.I actually do have a cover image but it's in PDF form right now and too big to post here. When I get that figured out, I'll drop it in -- I love the photo image and type style
  8. Thanks for the enthusiasm. Publication is slated for Aug. 1, 2019. University of Michigan Press.
  9. The new MIngus set has been getting media traction. My take emphasizes the unique and largely unknown Detroit story of the Strata Corporation that brought Mingus to the city in the first place. In my forthcoming book, "Jazz From Detroit," I go deep on Strata and other self-determination efforts in Detroit in the '60s and '70s, including Tribe, Detroit Artists Workshop and Detroit Creative Musicians Association. https://www.npr.org/2018/11/09/666123401/mingus-jazz-in-detroit-catches-a-giant-at-a-moment-full-of-possibility?live=1
  10. Robert Shy - RIP

    Sigh. A great musician and, judging from just a couple personal encounters, a sweet man. R.I.P. I have tremendous tapes from two nights he played in Urbana c. 1985 with a trio led by bassist Marlene Rosenberg and featuring saxophonist Ron Dewar.
  11. The Lost Tapes: Charles Mingus Live In Detroit

    Interesting question, but I don't know the "and Friends" set well enough to comment.
  12. The Lost Tapes: Charles Mingus Live In Detroit

    Actually, it's rational. I love Roy -- I mean, he's a Detroiter after all. But Mingus has a sort of quirky time feel and it moves around a lot, and I think that, among other things, Dannie Richmond had a way of playing the beat that both pulled Mingus along and seemed to lock into the bass wherever it was and however it moved and made it sound steadier than it was. I don't think the hook up with Roy is nearly as consistent --maybe because Roy is a more conventional drummer in the sense of laying down a hard bop groove. Listen to "C Jam Blues" on this set; sounds like the beat is dragging. Don't anybody misunderstand. I LOVE Roy, but there are horses for courses, and Dannie was the perfect thoroughbred for Mingus. As I said earlier, I've got a piece on this set coming soon. I think it's being published tomorrow. I'll post a link when it's available.
  13. The Lost Tapes: Charles Mingus Live In Detroit

    I have piece dropping on this set soon. (Actually, it's been ready for a week but there have been some issues at the other end of the process. Don't ask.) Re: the digital only version of "Pithecanthropus Erectus." I was told that Sue Mingus and the estate added this at the last possible second and insisted it be included. Production at that point was too far along to add it to the CDs. I can't believe it was "discovered" later than the other material, so -- and here I am speculating -- there must have been some communication issue between Sue and the producer or some issue that went sideways for this to land as it did
  14. Roy Hargrove

    Do you recall when that concert with Marcus took, place?
  15. Frank Sinatra

    Thanks for the detail. I was going to pass on this because, I was thinking, do I really need buy ANOTHER version of a record I've now owned on at least two previous LPs and two previous CDs? I did not realize, however, that the answer was "yes." The fact's uncommonly clear.