Mark Stryker

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  • Birthday 08/10/1963

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  1. Getz with Cowell, Vitous, De Johnette

    Not CD, but that's Getz's fashion show quartet.
  2. A giant has passed. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/01/arts/music/richard-taruskin-dead.html
  3. 1980s fusion that doesn't focus on guitar

    Geri Allen’s “Open on all Sides” and “Twylight,” and pretty much any MBase/Steve Coleman-related recordings on JMT, etc.
  4. Shelly Manne's " 2-3-4" (Impulse, 1962)

    Burning Hawk throughout. Thanks.
  5. Gang -- anybody know Shelly Manne's output as a leader well enough to know whether it's fair to say that "2-3-4" might be his best record as a leader, or perhaps his most distinctive?
  6. This is a heartbreaking story. I never met Meghan Stabile, but I remember reading the NYT's profile referenced in this obituary and thinking at the time that the life described was not sustainable. I don't mean to suggest that I ever considered it would end in suicide, but I recall thinking that she was running so hard toward something (the music and a cause) that she also seemed to be running away from something else. R.I.P. https://www.npr.org/2022/06/15/1105310987/meghan-stabile-promoter-who-united-jazz-and-hip-hop-dead-at-39
  7. I have no inside knowledge of whether Hill or Hindemith actually met, but I can reliably tell you (based on conversations with an acquaintance who has done enough work to know) that Hill is an unreliable narrator of his own life.
  8. I have always doubted the veracity of Appel's "eyewitness" account of the Stravinsky story, though it is easy to imagine that Stravinsky at some point might have heard Bird play and that he would have been delighted by hearing his music quoted within a saxophone improvisation-- though it is less easy to imagine him so surprised and astonished that he slammed his drink down with enough force to liberate the libation from its container. Having said all that, I liked the Appel book for its framing ("Jazz Modernism: From Ellington and Armstrong to Matisse and Joyce") and for drawing creative aesthetic parallels between Armstrong/Ellington and the pillars of European modernism (Matisse, Picasso, Calder, Joyce, etc.). Bebop is generally considered the modern movement in jazz, which has the effect of relegating pre-war masters into a deeper haze of dead history, but I think there's validity and value in the "all jazz is modern" perspective.
  9. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    The Real Deal. Charles McPherson, Michael Weiss, Tyler Mitchell, Leroy Williams. August 10, 1991, Birdland, NYC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HawM4fYSS5A
  10. Gang -- I'm trying to help a friend who asked if I had the issue of Downbeat containing a review of Byrd's "Black Byrd," which was released in early 1973. Alas, my collection of the magazine is incomplete and in 1973 I'm missing 1/4, 4/12 ,4/26, 6/7 and 7/5. Review is probably in one of the April issues. Anybody got that and who could take a photo and post? Thanks.
  11. Dorothy Ashby-jazz harpist

    She's name-checked but I don't go into any depth -- just didn't have the space to cover everyone. One of the things that's interesting about her is she is a product of the famous and unique harp program at Cass Tech -- same high school school that produced Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Roland Hanna, Hugh Lawson, Geri Allen and a zillion others. The harp program dates back to 1925 (!) and continues to this day.
  12. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    "Lucky Lips will always find a pair of lips that will be true."