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  1. BFT 189 reveal

    Very cool! This was a blast. Just posted my thoughts on the discussion thread, then came here. Looks like I got at least a few of them. You know, I kinda wondered if that was Maria Schneider on #8. She's someone I need to investigate further. I DEFINITELY need to check out that Earl & Carl Grubbs record! I can't believe I haven't heard it before, honestly... have been aware of it forever but somehow never listened to it. Thanks again for your efforts on this. I loved nearly every track here... I think we have very similar tastes. Happy New Year!
  2. BFT 189 link and discussion

    Coming in under the wire! I literally started listening to this, and making my notes, 3 weeks ago. Learned soon after that my wife was going to need major surgery, and the rest is a blur. On the other side now, she is recovering, and all will be well. And I even managed to get this in before the end of the month! I see the reveal has already been posted, so I'll head over there in a minute to see if my answers made any sense. This was a GREAT set of tunes... many thanks to you, Felser, for this! There are many things here that I can tell I'm going to need to investigate further... 1. Right off the bat I love this...the bells, that bowed bass... gotta be McBee or Reggie Workman. Oh MAN. When that feel comes in...hoo boy! This is right up my alley. Very much a Pharoah vibe happening here. Wait...this has got to be Pharoah on soprano. Jesus this is good. I LOVE the drummer on this, there's a circular kind of thing going on in the drums that is just killer. What a band! 2. Really like this piano player. Love this tune and the feeling is right on. Right away I can tell this one is right up my alley too. I wish the horns were mixed a little louder. This has got to be the piano player's date. Or at least the piano player's tune. Soulful stuff here, really digging this. That's not Buster Williams, is it? No. Wow this is good. Love this trombone player! I suspect I will slap myself on the forehead when I read the reveal on this one. This is killer. 3. Oh man... what is this?? I know this tune but I can't think of the name. Good god. This is very cool... fusion bordering on Canterbury prog. I'm not super familiar with Brian Auger but wondering if it's him based on the keys here. This is a fun listen. It's driving me crazy that I can't ID the tune... it's just on the tip of my brain. 4. This is my kind of BFT. Again I love the feel of this. Wild guess on the trombone player-- Grachan Moncur? Wondering if this could be one of those BYG/Actuel records. Some very interesting stuff from the pianist, wow. I can't wait to see the reveal, so far I'm really anxious to learn what all of these are. I don't love this composition, to be honest, but the solos & playing on the rest of it more than make up for that! 5. Vibes! I can dig it. The bass & drums are great... supple support with a lot of sparseness, openness. Hang on, is this Khan Jamal on vibes? Yes! And that's definitely Johnny Dyani on bass. Can't remember the drummer though. I don't have this album, but I need it! This is excellent. 6. Does it get better than oboe and Fender Rhodes? Not really. Or wait, is it oboe? I don't think it's a soprano. Oh wow, I dig that bass groove. Tricky meter...in 9 I think? I really like what the drummer is doing too. And I love the background vox that just sort of "melt" in. This is very cool. This has the sound of something on the Black Jazz label. Again, anxious to learn who this is. 7. Oh boy...struggling with the tune name again. Airegin? This is burning, and is technically great, but I don't "feel" it as much as the other tunes here. It just doesn't scratch the same itch for me. Great playing though. I really like the piano player especially. So far there are a lot of pianists on this BFT that are standing out for me. 8. This is really nice. Beautiful and haunting... I love that lush chordal bed underneath the tenor soloist. Really great arranging. This is heartachingly beautiful...the tenor player and the rest of the band are all right there in the same space, in perfect sync with each other. Love this. 9. Okay, that's a hell of a drum solo out front. The Moontrane! Is this Woody's band? I'm embarrassed to say I can't ID him as well as I should be able to. This definitely sounds like it could be him though. This is killing. Boy, this tenor player is on fire... and sounds damn familiar too. Reggie Workman on bass maybe? A little hard to get the tone of the bass, but it's a hell of a solo. Wow. OK, I don't know how I didn't catch this before but that's gotta be Blakey on drums. Maybe Jazz Messengers from late 60s, early 70s?
  3. BFT 188 REVEAL

    Agreed! I think it's one of that lineup's best albums, if not their best. I definitely will! Have only had time for track 1 so far but based on that alone I can tell it's gonna be a fun one! The Mary Lou Williams CD is fantastic, but yeah, Steeplechase discs are not always as easy to find as one would hope. I also think it's criminal that the Amina album isn't available on CD...that is an AMAZING record. Thank you sir! I think you'd really enjoy that Frequency CD. Cheers!
  4. BFT 188 REVEAL

    Finally! My apologies for the delay. Rough start to the week here. I may keep my comments spare, we'll see... I had wanted to write a bit about each piece but I just haven't had any time. I had a few different semi-intentional themes here... women in jazz, Chicago, Coltrane...and I guess Odean Pope. 1. "Holy Waters" (Carlos Garnett) from NORMAN CONNORS - Love From the Sun (1974) Norman Connors - drums Dee Dee Bridgewater - vocals Onaje Allan Gumbs - piano Buster Williams - bass Carlos Garnett - soprano sax Gary Bartz - alto sax Hubert Laws - flute Eddie Henderson - trumpet Bill Summers/Kenneth Nash - percussion I actually learned about this album right here on this forum back in 2010. I was trying to ID this track from an online playlist and JSngry helped me out! -- 2. "I Remember Clifford" (Benny Golson) from MAX ROACH - Chattahoochee Red (1981) Max Roach (doesn't play on this tune!) Cecil Bridgewater - trumpet Odean Pope - tenor sax Calvin Hill - bass Incredibly, I have only recently discovered this album. How is it possible this has never been issued on CD? I can't describe in words how much I love this record. -- 3. "Saxophone Shop, Part 2" (Pope) from ODEAN POPE - Out For a Walk (1990) Odean Pope - tenor sax Gerald Veasley - 6-string elec bass Cornell Rochester - drums Odean part two. Love this record. But yes, the first thing that made me go "wow" was that bass solo. -- 4. "Ecstasy" (Hope) from ELMO HOPE ENSEMBLE - Sounds From Rikers Island (1963) Elmo Hope - piano Lawrence Jackson - trumpet John Gilmore - tenor sax Freddie Douglas - alto sax Ronnie Boykins - bass Philly Joe Jones - drums Classic Elmo Hope...a favorite of mine. Thom Keith nailed Gilmore on this! -- 5. "Portrait of Light" (Bankhead) from FREQUENCY - Frequency (2006) Ed Wilkerson - clarinet, bells Nicole Mitchell - flute Harrison Bankhead - cello, bells Avreeayl Ra - kalimba, percussion I don't see a lot of people talk about this album, but it's fantastic. This is one of the mellower tracks...I find it beautiful. If you are at all into Nicole Mitchell and/or the AACM you need to check this out. -- 6. "Jihad" (Rene McLean) from DOUG CARN (feat. JEAN CARN) - Revelation (1973) Doug Carn - keys Jean Carn - vox Olu Dara - vox, trumpet Rene McLean - vox, alto sax Nathan Page - guitar Walter Booker - bass Earl McIntyre - bass trumpet Ira Williams - drums A personal favorite. -- 7. "All the Things You Are" (Kern) from CONNIE CROTHERS - Perception (1974) Connie Crothers - piano Joe Solomon - bass Roger Mancuso - drums Yes, Crothers was a disciple of Tristano, which is obvious here. But is it wrong to say I like her better? I believe this was her first album. On later records she evolved to an amazing level, IMO. -- 8. "Gloria" (Williams) from MARY LOU WILLIAMS TRIO - Free Spirits (1975) MLW - piano Buster Williams - bass Mickey Roker - drums Been checking out a lot of Mary Lou Williams the past several years and this is a favorite. Love the easy, soulful feeling of this tune. There are other tracks on this album that better showcase Williams' piano prowess, but for whatever reason I went with this one. This is a bonus track on the CD, it's not on the original LP. -- 9. "Central Park West" (Coltrane) from ERNEST DAWKINS - Afro Straight (2012) Ernest Dawkins - alto saxophone Willerm Delisfort - piano Junius Paul - bass Isaiah Spencer - drums Ruben Alvarez - percussion Dawkins is one of my favorite modern saxophonists, I've seen him 5 or 6 times, mostly in Chicago where he hails from. In fact I bought my copy of this disc from the man himself and he kindly signed it for me. I love his take on this tune and his solo in particular. This album is much more inside than most of what he does. -- 10. "Dear Lord" (Coltrane) from MARILYN CRISPELL TRIO - Live in Zurich (1990) Crispell - piano Reggie Workman - bass Paul Motian - drums I think Crispell must love this tune, judging by the way she plays it and the fact that I have another recording of her doing this with Joseph Jarman. I feel the spirit of Trane in this. -- 11. "Solo for Unaccompanied Bass" (Brown) from RAY BROWN - Bass Hit! (1957) Brown - bass Ray Brown will always be the man. Sadly this is the only solo bass track from this LP, and I believe the only solo bass track he ever recorded. It's a beautiful piece of work, IMO. -- 12. "Cultural Differences" (Reid) from HEAR IN NOW - Not Living in Fear (2017) Mazz Swift - violin, voice Tomeka Reid - cello Silvia Bolognesi - bass I'm still becoming familiar with this album but it's pretty incredible. This particular track is just stunning to me. I think someone on Twitter mentioned it and when I knew Tomeka Reid was involved I knew I had to have it. -- 13. "Arashi No Yoru Kimi Ni Tsugu"* (Watanabe) from KAZUMI WATANABE & RESONANCE VOX - Pandora (1991) Kazumi Watanabe - guitars Vagabonde Suzuki - electric bass Rikiya Higashihara - drums Tomohiro Yahiro - percussion Asuka Kaneko - violin Zakir Hussain - tabla * "To the Stormy You"? (according to Google Translate) Yes, I know this was the wildcard. What can I say? I love Kazumi. And Asuka Kaneko on violin is absolutely ON FIRE here. -- 14. "Have Mercy Upon Us / Chant" (Myers) from AMINA CLAUDINE MYERS - Song for Mother E (1980) Amina Claudine Myers - organ, voice Pheeroan AkLaff - drums, gong, little instruments, voice Words are going to fail me on this one. Myers is beyond category and there are no superlatives I can use that will be enough for her. This piece is an 11 minute trip to somewhere beyond this world...a trip I want to take as often as possible. -- And there it is! Thanks to all who listened and commented. Phew! Now I can go check out BFT 189!
  5. Blindfold Test 188 - link and discussion

    Thanks! And ouch! Last December sounds rough... Yes. I've been off this forum for quite a while but when Thom pulled me back in to do a BFT, I made a point of checking out the two previous BFTs, it seemed only fair. And I thoroughly enjoyed both! I hear you and I appreciate it! Sorry to sound like my feelings got all hurty. I do see it as an act of creativity too and really enjoyed putting it together. Honestly, I am terrible at guessing on these things. I try, and occasionally I may get one or two. But I don't really see that as the primary point. I like to hear things without the prejudice that comes with knowing what they are in advance, and just try to post my thoughts as I listen to the tracks and talk about what I like and don't like. I wish there were more people who felt comfortable doing that. The reveal is coming soon, I swear-- my apologies. Some unexpected things have come up in the last couple days and I am way behind. I thought I had put my notes together well enough when I put the test together but I have a bit more clean up to do before posting this. Should be up tomorrow.
  6. Blindfold Test 188 - link and discussion

    Well, thanks to the few of you who participated. I'll post the reveal as soon as I get a chance, at some point today.
  7. Blindfold Test 188 - link and discussion

    As expected, you either knew or were in the neighborhood on a bunch of these. Comments below... Well done my friend! If you've already looked at some of the other comments above then some of my comments are redundant.
  8. Blindfold Test 188 - link and discussion

    Most DEFINITELY an old school player, but not one of those two. I'm tempted to give another hint but I'll hold off for now...
  9. Blindfold Test 188 - link and discussion

    I remain hopeful!
  10. Blindfold Test 188 - link and discussion

    Anyone else? Any more guesses or thoughts?
  11. Blindfold Test 188 - link and discussion

    It could be partially, though this wouldn't fall under "early digital" for me... I think of early digital as like 1980 and this track is "a bit" later. That looks good!
  12. Blindfold Test 188 - link and discussion

    I actually haven't heard a lot of Jean-Luc Ponty, which I'm kinda surprised at myself because I do enjoy a bit of 70s fusion, but the reason for that album in particular is just because I happened to hear a few cuts and really dug it, AND because it has Ralphe Armstrong on bass, who sounded killer on it from what I remember. But maybe I'll check out a few of these. Anyway, to reiterate, for those trying to follow along: there is no Jean-Luc Ponty on this BFT.
  13. Blindfold Test 188 - link and discussion

    Nope, not Ponty, but that reminds me I need to pick up a copy of Enigmatic Ocean.
  14. Blindfold Test 188 - link and discussion

    Missed your comment about WW-- it is not him.