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  1. BFT195 Link & Discussion

    I don't usually jump in so quickly, but I did a quick scan of these just to see if I knew any of them. Coincidentally, the first two tracks are from albums I listened to recently. One of them I considered for the last BFT. [*** SPOILER ALERT!!!! ***] ... Track 1 - This is the opening cut from Griot Galaxy's "Kins," a beautiful record! I love the circular feeling of this tune... the groove that Jaribu Shahid & Tani Tabbal get into is hypnotic, and I just love the way the horns bounce around it. Track 2 - This is Robin Kenyatta, from "The Girl From Martinique." This might be my favorite cut from the album... I think it's called "Blues For Your Mama." Kenyatta sounds so good on the head, over that rhythm section, just laying it out there. The SOUND of this cut is just so great. Organic... raw... beefy bass and crispy drums. And they're just open to whatever happens here. It's a beautiful thing. Gotta love Dauner's clav sounds too, just too cool. I'll have a lot more comments on the other tracks when I have more time to listen, but this BFT is sure off to a hell of a start.
  2. BFT 194 Reveal

    It's a really nice album. You can hear a couple of the tracks here: https://shamieroyston.bandcamp.com/album/beautiful-liar ... and I'm sure the rest of the album is online somewhere.
  3. BFT 194 Reveal

    ...continued from above... 7. Vista - Marion Brown, from "Vista" https://www.discogs.com/Marion-Brown-Vista/release/518523 Have been on a bit of a Marion Brown kick lately. This particular one I remember getting especially because of Cowell's involvement, and because "Maimoun," one of my favorite SC tunes is on here. But the title track here is just absolutely beautiful, IMO. 8. All the Things You Are - Carmen McRae, from "Velvet Soul" https://www.discogs.com/Carmen-McRae-Velvet-Soul/release/7532935 As I think I mentioned in a previous comment, Carmen McRae has come on to my radar big time over the last few years. Her sound, phrasing, everything about her just speaks to me in a way that not many vocalists do. This is certainly a lesser-known album of hers but I enjoy the hell out of it. 9. Jitterbug Waltz - Stanley Cowell https://www.discogs.com/Stanley-Cowell-Live-At-Maybeck-Recital-Hall/release/3949927 JSngry got this one! And yes, it's a bit over the top in terms of "trying to impress" I suppose, but to me this isn't just empty virtuosity. Cowell can back it up. One of my favorite piano players. I realized when putting this BFT together that I don't listen to this particular disc nearly as much as I should--it's fantastic. Other standouts on it for me are "I Am Waiting" and "Nefertiti." 10. Son of Alfalfa - Henry Grimes Trio, from "The Call" https://www.discogs.com/Henry-Grimes-Trio-The-Call/release/1157366 I bought my first copy of this one in college, I was getting deeper into free jazz, had heard of the ESP label but had no idea yet who Grimes was. That photo of him on the cover seemed to look right through me and say "listen to this!" I spent many years after that listening to any recording of him that I could find, and eventually got to meet him, and help his wife Margaret with their web presence. Rest in peace, Henry. 11. Syltebo - Human Feel, from "Human Feel" https://www.discogs.com/Human-Feel-Human-Feel/release/3696726 This is another very personal one. One of the few on this test that nobody was able to get. This was a young Boston-area group from 1989 called Human Feel, with a few people you may have heard of, like Chris Speed, Jim Black, and Andrew D'Angelo (not to forget Rick Peckham or John Silverman). I played this thing to death for a while. This track still makes my spine tingle. However-- good luck finding this CD. I don't even have it any more... the version I used here came from digitizing a cassette copy of the CD my brother used to own. If I came off a reasonably-priced used copy of this now, I'd snap it up without hesitation. 12. Judy's Bounce - Jemeel Moondoc, from "Judy's Bounce" https://www.discogs.com/Jemeel-Moondoc-Trio-Judys-Bounce/release/1438920 Yes, the Ornette vibes are strong here. I have a couple of Moondoc records I really love and this is one of them. Have heard one or two that haven't hit the spot as well, but when he reaches me, he really reaches me. I've been meaning to investigate some more of his recordings and will likely do that soon! 13. Come Sunday - Cedar Walton https://www.discogs.com/The-Cedar-Walton-Trio-Quartet-Quintet-Cedar/release/7320333 Just a great, great group on this record. I couldn't believe it when I saw a thread pop up here about this album just days before putting the BFT out. Oh well. I figured this one would have been one of the easier guesses anyway. I have a real soft spot for this album. "Twlight Waltz" on this (later known as "Midnight Waltz") is one of my favorite tracks ever. But I went with "Come Sunday" because I really like this arrangement. 14. Evod - Ari Brown https://www.discogs.com/Ari-Brown-Live-At-The-Green-Mill/release/7126465 Ari Brown! The man! This one just hits all the right notes for me. I love the relentless groove and slow build of this tune. Actually just thinking about it now makes me want to listen again, I may give this disc a spin right now. Thanks all! Glad to present this and was glad so many of you enjoyed it. Nice! And do you like it? I didn't see you comment on the BFT so I'm curious what you think of it...
  4. BFT 194 Reveal

    Okay, for the answers to this month's BFT, please see Thom Keith's post on page one. But seriously, folks...here's the complete info and links. Thanks to all who participated! 1. Push - Shamie Royston, from "Beautiful Liar" https://www.discogs.com/Shamie-Royston-Beautiful-Liar/release/12217003 I discovered this album last year by hearing the version here of Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" on jazz radio and thought it was, well...lovely. Most of you thought the track here sounded derivative, which may be fair, but that doesn't bother me-- overall I find this album very enjoyable. Royston writes some top-notch tunes and everyone here plays like they mean it. 2. Sweet'n - Richard Davis Quartet, from "Total Package" https://www.discogs.com/Richard-Davis-Quartet-Total-Package/release/4442932 Now this is a record I discovered literally just before I thought I was ready to send this month's tunes to Thom! And as soon as I saw the lineup I knew I was in. So this one is still new to me but I plan to listen a whole lot more. 3. Submission - Tyrone Washington, from "Roots" https://www.discogs.com/Tyrone-Washington-Roots/release/2004362 Tyrone blows his ass off on the record. I came very close to including "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" instead of this one...which you should absolutely listen to if you haven't heard it...but damn, it doesn't seem to be up on YouTube. This album is due for a proper reissue I think. 4. The Walking Blues - James Carter Organ Trio, from "At the Crossroads" https://www.discogs.com/James-Carter-Organ-Trio-At-The-Crossroads/release/6378736 I'm not nearly as familiar with James Carter as many of you here, but the bari solo on this tune grabbed me by the neck the very first time I listened to it, and never let go. Hoo boy!! I could listen to that ALL DAY. 5. Wabash Blues - Tomeka Reid Quartet, from "Old New" https://www.discogs.com/Tomeka-Reid-Quartet-Old-New/release/14163018 I believe it was Hot Ptah who correctly ID'd the brilliant guitar work from Mary Halvorson on this track. She's one of the highlights of this disc for me, but the whole group is just killer. Definitely one of my favorite releases of the last several years. 6. Interplanetary Travelers - Sonny Simmons, from "Staying On the Watch" https://www.discogs.com/Sonny-Simmons-Staying-On-The-Watch/release/6481696 A classic ESP session. Simmons, more and more, is a favorite musician of mine. And I have only heard a relatively small part of his discography at this point. And I was happy that JSngry specifically pointed out Barbara Donald's trumpet playing on this track as I think she is outstanding. More to come shortly...I have to do this in stages as my schedule is a bit crazy at the moment...
  5. BFT195 Link & Discussion

    Hey now!!
  6. Jazz Police, University Jazz Program Nightmare Stories

    It's interesting Allen, because I think of you as a true jazz academic in the BEST sense of the word, if that makes sense-- your knowledge is deep and untouchable from what I've seen. I would think people would absolutely want to have you on board, to learn from you and exchange ideas. I know that's pretty naive, but I guess it's the way I wish things were in academia. When I look at it again I can see the truth in your last sentence: "they do not believe in free speech or in academic freedom if it contradicts their own beliefs." I do recall finding this to be true in my own limited experience, at certain moments, even though my college experience was largely positive. Unreal. Yeah... what a terrible attitude for a jazz band director to bring to a music that is meant to be expressive, spontaneous, you know... CREATIVE. I will never understand that mentality.
  7. Jazz Police, University Jazz Program Nightmare Stories

    I'm the product of a university jazz program, and I even have the BA in music performance degree to prove it! I joke, but I actually had a really great college experience overall. Yes, there was some of the usual "limited thinking" that was pretty messed up. But ultimately, I now have a great fondness for those years, because there were many great teachers in the department, and SO many playing opportunities. And we were lucky to have some incredible visiting musicians too... James Williams, Clark Terry, Milt Hinton, Hal Galper, Dave Holland, to name a few. Having said all that, I totally get the whole "university jazz education" thing. At that point I was starting to get into free jazz big time, which was a tough sell at first due to the very straight ahead nature of the program. But I started a group of folks who wanted to play free, and it did eventually win some people over, which felt like at least a small victory. Anyway... enough reminiscing... to the point of this thread, I do have a story that comes to mind. Not exactly a nightmare, but it has bothered me for years. I was in a combo that was playing for a visiting trumpet player, who was giving us feedback. After the tune was over, he pointed to me and said "the bass player's solo was the best, does anyone know why?" While feeling pleased that my clearly brilliant solo was being praised (), I was further curious as to what the answer to his question was. Nobody answered, so he said: "Because he played all the right notes! He followed the changes!" Ugh. Even then, as a young know-nothing, I knew there was something deeply flawed in that answer, and it upsets me to this day because it represents what I don't like in jazz: playing "by the rules."
  8. BFT 194 Link and Discussion

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  9. BFT 194 Link and Discussion

    Yep, all good, our ears are all different, as it should be. Sorry you didn't find more to enjoy. Not James Carter on track 11. I'll be very pleasantly surprised if someone guesses this one. Not because these are unknown players, but it's very early in all of their careers. Track 13 *is* Come Sunday! This one has been ID'd which I'm sure you've seen by now. Love the album this is from, it's a favorite. What a band! Believe it or not, I didn't realize that announcement was at the end of track 14! Oops! Hahaha You are the first to ID Tyrone Washington on track 3! Hadn't listened to this one in a while but when I pulled it out again recently I knew it had to go on this BFT. You are also correct that the guitarist on track 4 is Mary Halvorson. She is an absolute wizard on this track, IMO. And on this entire album. It's not under her name though. Thanks for listening, for your interest, and great comments!
  10. Need June Blindfold Test Presenter

    Feel free to participate in this month's BFT, more listeners needed!
  11. BFT 194 Link and Discussion

    You got it! This is an album I just learned about recently... in fact, I had already put the BFT together, but went back to ask Thom if I could revise, because I wanted to add this in. This is a really great record! Ha! I get it. I don't even have that large of a collection, but I'm willing to bet you could pull something out that I own, play it, and I may not recognize it. I will say though that one of the benefits of this COVID situation (since me & my family are still all healthy, knock on wood...), is that I've had a little more time for listening, and pulling out albums I haven't listened to in a while. As for Ricky Ford, I am not an expert on him, but know the 3 others on that track pretty well. And regarding Elvin with Ari, I did not know that was a thing until this thread! All I found was a Jazz Machine album called "Soul Train"... is that the one Thom? Are there others?
  12. BFT 194 Link and Discussion

    Finally catching up a bit here... That's a cool cover. This is, as I'm sure you know, the original version. But I have it on an LRC compact disc with a different cover and title, as seen here: https://www.discogs.com/Carmen-McRae-Velvet-Soul/release/2593669
  13. BFT 194 Link and Discussion

    Damn, I think Thom broke the BFT! I figured you'd get a lot of them this month but wasn't quite expecting THAT. Oh well... Some great guesses and comments all around, and I have more of my own comments to add, but work is mighty crazy at the moment. Will come back next chance I get and write more... Hmmmm... I thought that was bass players?