Mark Stryker

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  1. A New (to me) Mingus performance on YouTube

    The YouTube clip is dated and sourced Oslo, October 22nd 1970, While these references are often wrong on YouTube, the clip is stamped with NRK, which in fact is the moniker of the Norwegian Broadcast Company. Given all that, any reason to doubt that this is in fact from Norway?
  2. My latest Chronology column in Jazz Times has been posted. It explores the unique musicianship of pianist, vibraphonist, and composer Buddy Montgomery, little brother to Wes and Monk. https://jazztimes.com/features/profiles/buddy-montgomery-little-brother-like-no-other/
  3. Tete Montoliu on Impulse! ???

    New York Daily News, April 34, 1967 (two days after the night of the recording). So Tete was playing opposite Blossom Dearie and did good enough business that he was held over.
  4. George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet

    Closing the circle, Cameron Brown confirms that both the Tokyo and Berlin releases are bootlegs.
  5. George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet

    Aware of the Horo dates, thanks. Those predate the band with Cameron Brown, however, and I'm really focused on the 1979-88 band with Adams, Pullen, Brown, and Richmond. Related topic: Anyone know who Frank Dean is -- the guy listed as co-composer with Pullen of the band's 5/4 anthem "Saturday Nite in the Cosmos?"
  6. George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet

    Gang -- I'm doing prep work for a column about the Adams-Pullen Quartet. I'd like to know how many "official" records the group made. The Lord discography lists 14 recordings (pasted below). However, it looks like two of them -- "Live in Tokyo '84" (Flock) and "Jazzbuhne Berlin '88, Vol. 17" (Repertoire) -- appear to be bootlegged live recordings rather than official releases. Having said that, I think the two early live records on Palcoscenico are legit releases. Can anyone confirm this reading of the discography for me or tell me if they know of anything that's missing here? [A754]Add George Adams All That Funk : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d) Live "CIAK", Milan, Italy, November 2, 1979 Dee Arr Palcoscenico (It)PAL-15002 Alfie - Intentions - Big Alice - [A755] Add George Adams Don't Lose Control : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : same except George Adams (ts,fl,vcl) Milan, Italy, November 2 & 3, 1979 Autumn song Soul Note (It)SN1004, 121004-2 [CD] Don't lose control (ga vcl) - - Remember - - Double arc Jake - - Places and faces - - [A756] Add George Adams More Funk : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : same except George Adams (ts,fl,vcl) Live "CIAK", Milan, Italy, November 3, 1979 Metamorphosis for Charles Mingus Palcoscenico (It)PAL-15003 So nice - God bless the child - Devil blues - [A758]Add George Adams Earth Beams : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts,fl,vcl) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d) Loenen aan de Vecht, The Netherlands, August 3-5, 1980 Earth beams Timeless (Du)SPJ147, CDSPJ147 [CD] Magnetic love field - - Dionysus - - Saturday nite in the cosmos - - More flowers - - Sophisticated Alice - - Note: Timeless (Du)CDSPJ147 [CD] titled "Earth Beams". All above titles also on Timeless (Jap)RJL-8100. [A759] Add George Adams Life Line : same pers. Loenen aan de Vecht, The Netherlands, August 3-5, 1980 The great escape, or run John Henry run Timeless (Du)SJP154 Seriously speaking - Soft seas - Nature's child - Protection - Newcomer, seven years later - Note: All above titles also on Timeless (Jap)RJL8061. [A762]Add George Adams City Gates : George Adams (ts,fl-1) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d) Monster, Holland, March 27 & 28, 1983 Mingus metamorphosis Timeless (Du)SJP181 Samba for now (1) - Thank you very much Mr. Monk - Nobody knows the trouble I've seen - City gates - [A763]Add George Adams Live At The Village Vanguard : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d) Live "Village Vanguard", New York, August 19, 1983 The Necessary Blues [Thank you very much, Mr.Monk] Soul Note (It)SN1094, 121094-2 [CD] Solitude - - Intentions - - Diane - - [A764]Add George Adams Live At The Village Vanguard, Vol.2 : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts,fl) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d) Live "Village Vanguard", New York, August 19, 1983 Saturday night in the Cosmos Soul Note (It)SN1144, 121144-2 [CD] City gates - - The great escape - - Big Alice - - [A765]Add George Adams Decisions : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts,vcl) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d) Holland, February 3 & 4, 1984 Decisions Timeless (Du)SJP205, CDSJP205 [CD] Triple over time - - Trees and grass and thangs - - Message urgent - - I could really for you - - His eye is on the sparrow - - [A766.10]Add George Adams Live In Tokyo 1984 : George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts,fl,vcl) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d) Live "Ginza Yamaha Hall", Tokyo, Japan City gates Flock FLK-32019 [CD] Duke Ellington's sound of love - Seriously speaking - Note: All above titles also on Flock (Sp)55701 [CD] titled "Live in Tokyo 1984". [A767]Add George Adams Live At Montmartre : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts,fl) Don Pullen (p) John Scofield (el-g) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d) Live "Montmartre", Copenhagen, Denmark, April 4 & 5, 1985 I.J. Timeless (Du)SJP219 Flame game - Well , I guess we'll never know - Forever lovers - Song everlasting - [P6919]Add Don Pullen Breakthrough : Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet : George Adams (ts) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d) New York, April 30, 1986 Mr. Smoothie Blue Note BT85122, CDP7-46314-2 [CD] Just foolin' around - - Song from the old country (*) - - , CDP-92474-2 [CD] We've been here all the time - - A time for sobriety - - The necessary blues [Or thank you very much Mr. Monk] - Note: "The necessary blues" is not listed on the CD brochure but is listed and plays on the CD. (*) This title also on Blue Note 8-23513-2 [CD] titled "The Best of Don Pullen". Blue Note CDP-92474-2 [CD] titled "Blue Note 50th anniversary collection Vol. 4"; rest of CD by others. All above titles also on Mosaic Select MS-013 [CD] titled "Mosaic Select : Don Pullen"; see various flwg sessions to March 23, 1990 for rest of this 3 CD set. [P6920]Add Don Pullen Song Everlasting : Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet : George Adams (ts,fl) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d) New York, April 21, 1987 Sun watchers Blue Note B1-46907, CDP7-46907-2 [CD] Serenade to Sariah - - 1529 Gunn Street (For Johnny Holloway) - - Warm up - - Sing me a song everlasting (For EBU and Hamiet Bluiett) - - , Blue Note 8-23513-2 [CD] Another reason to celebrate - Note: All titles from Blue Note B1-46907 also on Blue Note (Jap)BNJ-91034. All above titles also on (Jap)CP32-5447 [CD], Mosaic Select MS-013 [CD]. [A770]Add George Adams Jazzbuhne Berlin '88, Vol. 17 : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Lewis Nash (d) Friedrichstadtpalast, Berlin, June 3, 1988 Serenade for Sariah Repertoire REP4917-WZ [CD] Mr. Smoothie - Thank you, Mr. Monk
  7. FWIW, here's my list that I submitted to the Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2021, organized by Tom Hull and Francis Davis and hosted this year for the first time by The Arts Fuse (Boston). To the extent that this annual poll, now in its 16th year, represents critical consensus -- 156 folks voted this time -- I'm typically out of step with most of the fraternity. In short, I favor music more rooted in the core African American values of blues and swing than most of my colleagues. My aesthetic certainly allows for free jazz and its offshoots -- my top 10 this year includes recordings by James Brandon Lewis, Henry Threadgill, and Tim Berne, and I voted for Julius Hemphill in the reissue/archival category. But I still lean toward music with, to me, a more palpable connection to the jazz tradition. I realize of course that the idea of "the jazz tradition" is layered and complex, but I think my ballot itself defines how and where I draw the lines. In any case, here's a link to the results and Francis Davis' introductory essay. Note that the first list you see is Francis' own ballot and the overall results appear below, so you have to scroll to see it. There are also links to all 156 individual ballots. https://artsfuse.org/.../the-2021-jazz-critics-poll-only.../ Footnote: We are prevented from voting for any recording that we wrote liner notes for or otherwise participated in the promotion. That meant I couldn't vote for Roy Brooks' "Understanding" in the reissues/archival category because I wrote the main essay for the package. NEW RELEASES 1. Johnathan Blake, "Homeward Bound" (Blue Note) 2. The Cookers, "Look Out!" (Gearbox) 3. Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo, "El Arte Del Bolero" (Miel Music) 4. Bill Charlap Trio, "Street of Dreams" (Blue Note) 5. Renee Rosnes, "Kinds of Love" (Smoke Sessions) 6. James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quintet, "Jesup Wagon" (Tao Forms) 7. Carlos Henriquez, "The South Bronx Story" (Tiger Turn) 8. Henry Threadgill "Zooid," Poof (Pi) 9. Houston Person, "Live in Paris" (HighNote) 10. Tim Berne-Chris Speed-Reid Anderson-Dave King, "Broken Shadows" (Intakt) RARA AVIS (REISSUES/ARCHIVAL) 1. John Coltrane, "A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle" (1965, Impulse!) 2. Hasaan Ibn Ali, "Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album" (1965, Omnivore) 3. Julius Hemphill, "The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony" (1977-2007, New World) VOCAL Samara Joy, "Samara Joy" (Whirlwind) DEBUT Kazemde George, "I Insist" (Greenleaf Music) LATIN Carlos Henriquez, "The South Bronx Story" (Tiger Turn)
  8. "Misty" - WHY?

    My experience, however, tracks with this story by John Mulaney. (Much) different music but similar impact.
  9. "Misty" - WHY?

    The 45 rpm single/radio edit was much shorter -- just one chorus of swinging melody, plus the tag from the out chorus. This was on a jukebox at a place in Urbana where I used to hang out in college and we played it to death. One night, we cued it up about a dozen times in a row and after after eight or nine straight plays, the manager came roaring out of the kitchen and yelled, "Enough!!!" and unplugged the jukebox.
  10. Is it me or is Joe Zawinul.........

    No need to revive the discussion/disagreements in this thread, but I came across these words from Joe Zawinul that fill out the details about his relationship with Barry Harris and emphasize how much respect and love he had for him. I thought it would be good to enter them into the record here. From 1984: “Barry and I used to rehearse together a lot at that time. It was kind of a one-sided relationship in one respect, though. I got a lot from him. Coming to jazz when and where I did, I missed the bebop thing, and that was the style of piano playing I wanted to learn. To my mind, Barry was about the closest there was to the pure bebop style—after Bud Powell, that is. Barry has got that down beautifully; he’s a superb musician. We used to spend all our time at Riverside Records’ studios, rehearsing. As I say, he gave me a great deal, and I will never forget it or be able to replay him for it.”
  11. Bobby Hutcherson "Total Eclipse"

    FWIW, "Merry-Go-Round" is my favorite of all Elvin's Blue Note LPs, and it's one of the three records I recommend at the of the chapter about him in my book -- the other two are Trane's A Love Surpreme" and Wayne's "Ju Ju."
  12. This is an amazing piece from the frontlines by Peter Keepnews published in 1979 in Jazz Magazine. https://jazzmf.com/why-big-record-companies-let-jazz-down-2/
  13. Barry Harris RIP

    For folks interested, I created an annotated Barry Harris playlist. https://ethaniverson.com/2021/12/10/mark-strykers-barry-harris-playlist/
  14. Greg Tate R.I.P.

    Greg Tate was a heavyweight champion among American cultural critics. There was nobody like him -- not his voice on the page nor the synapses in his brain that made supple and insightful connections nobody else would think of and made them at what appeared to be lightening speed. He once said, "I have come to occupy a somewhat unique position in the constellation of African American writing by keeping one ear to the street, one ear to the academy, and a phantom third hearing organ to my own little artsy-fartsy corner of Gotham and Brooklyn’s Black bohemia." As always, the work survives. "Flyboy in the Buttermilk" and Flyboy 2" are an imposing legacy. I read a lot of these pieces in real time in the Village Voice in the 1980s and '90s, and they were an important of my education -- along with the rest of a murder's row of critics and reporters then at the paper: Crouch, Giddins, Hentoff, Newfield, Ridgeway, Gann, Willis, Kerner, Schjeldahl, Ireland, Goldstein. Only in retrospect did I come to realize that for all of Tate's brilliance, he was only six years older than me and I was never going to catch up up to him -- the motherfucker. I did not always agree with Tate's conclusions -- like, duh, since when is the value of a critic based on whether you always agree with him or her? But he never failed to bring a subject to life in brilliant, singular, and entertaining prose and to illuminate corners of African American culture that I had never considered or made me understand music that I thought I knew from an entirely new angle. He made me see the the world, people, and art differently, more empathetically, and more accurately. This is a big loss. The world was a MUCH more interesting place with Greg Tate in it. Peace to his family and friends. Here's a piece about him from five years ago that's interesting. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-critic-who-convinced-me-that-criticism-could-be-art?fbclid=IwAR3jU9CvJCHKsWyATG5x8MDkdPT3WQce9pHS6a39sBTKprf_MqsNXeLU6ss And here's the man himself, bringing it in 1984 (!) at the insanely young age of 27. https://www.villagevoice.com/1984/09/11/stagolee-vs-the-proper-negro-eddie-murphy-wynton-marsalis-prince/ from 1991 on black identity. https://www.villagevoice.com/2020/06/19/black-like-who-love-and-the-enemy/ From 2006 -- thoughts on black jazz in the digital age. https://www.criticalimprov.com/index.php/csieci/article/download/287/431?inline=1
  15. Houston Person - Live In Paris

    Co-sign. BTW, this is some deep Detroit shit right here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_Thing_(Houston_Person_album)