Bill Nelson

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  1. The Japanese SHM of 'Underground' (WPCR-29031) has been a pleasure -- all instruments are better defined, esp. the bass and drums. As I've been through several sealed vinyl copies, it's good to finally hear it in much better detail. Can't speak for the 'Atlantic Masters' but I've got the first CD issue which was mastered by Stephen Innocenzi -- with the effect of cloaking by a wet blanket. In all cases of this album, the usual muddy touch of original session engineer Tom Dowd keeps 'Underground' from achieving, by comparison, the startling brilliance of the SHM CD of Roland Kirk's 'Inflated Tear'. (Well worth the upgrade for any devotee of Rahsaan.)
  2. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    "And you'll goddam get it right or the bus driver'll put you and your axe on the side of the highway."
  3. Clifford Jordan-Strata East Mosaic

    My nine-day delivery of the Jordan Strata-East box: July 14, ordered late afternoon, media rate postage July 22, arrived in perfect condition Sorry boys, but I can't dogpile on the Mosaic Shipping Kvetch-athon.
  4. I had the same reaction to Nelson set as J.A.W. I'd much rather play his early LPs on Impulse and Verve.
  5. Silly question about Kai and J.J.

    Back at their office, it was either "J.J. and Kai" or "This is Kai and J.J.", depending on who picked up the phone.
  6. Clifford Jordan-Strata East Mosaic

    I was thrilled to read the Jordan-Strata East was available again and ordered mine yesterday. As Sangrey said, "This is a LOT more the type of set I appreciate Mosaic for." (The only Strata East vinyl I've been fortunate to score are 'Glass Beads' and Brackeen's 'Rhythm-X'.) That Malcolm Addey remastered this box set ensures this will be the best in physical media you'll ever hear. Also, I want to get this before the Last Chance Stampede when the curtain comes down.
  7. Joe Fields RIP

    In 1974, I phoned Joe Fields at Muse Records to get promos for my college radio station (WRIU-FM, Kingston, RI). Nice enough that he took my call and even better when he said, "I'll add you to our mailing list but you gotta promise me you won't take 'em home or sell 'em on the side." (Both conditions honored while I was there.)
  8. Interesting Mainstream Records reissues

    Since the time of my post (above), roughly half of the 53 Mainstreams available from the Bards have sold out. (27 of 53)
  9. Interesting Mainstream Records reissues

    The Dusty Bards just replenished their Japanese Mainstream stock. I got Harold Land - New Shade of Blue, Mike Longo - Matrix, and Charles Williams - Stickball.
  10. A Blue Note Cover Waiting To Happen!?!?!

    Photo caption with a hit-40's song: "Don't Answer the Door, Richard!"
  11. Which Mosaic Are You Enjoying Right Now?

    Exactly. Those five Elvin Blue Notes above are the ones on my shelf. 'Lighthouse' was workmanlike and never impressed.
  12. Pop Vocalists, Standards Singers

    Not to lay the 'jingo' vibe on Friedman, having posted (above) the book was about "significant U.S. singers". The book indeed has individual artist entries on Al Bowlly, Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, and Matt Monro (but no info on Monica Zetterlund or Rita Reys). Also, there's probably a few Canadian-born singers I didn't mention.
  13. Pop Vocalists, Standards Singers

    What Sangrey said. Friedwald's book is the most incisive and knowledgeable single tome about significant U.S. singers. With his sincere love and understanding of vocal traditions, you'll get sharp observations and analysis of what each singer brings or brought. No longer will you endure the standard artist bios riddled with clich├ęs and hasty, sophomoric wrap-ups. If you want to go deep on any singer, Friedwald can bring it. Caveat: the book does not intend to serve as a complete encyclopedia or full catalog of LP and CD releases. As it stands, the 'Biographical Guide' takes-up 801 pages with no photos, index, or appendices. Friedwald asks the reader to 'suit up' and get serious, like him.
  14. Which Mosaic Are You Enjoying Right Now?

    But first -- the station's Business Mgr. will send someone with a fat black magic marker to write 'WFIU' across the faces on the front covers.