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  1. What music did you buy today?

    So this is one of those "almost embarrassed to say" posts. I was reading a review of one of Art Tatum's group sessions recordings - the one with DeFranco - when I realized that I never got around to buying those group sessions. I've onwed and enjoyed the one with Ben Webster for years (on the XRCD) and I always planned to pick up the box set but never got around to it. So yesterday, I finally grabbed 4 or 5 of the group sessions. I'm actually looking forward to finally hearing them.
  2. Joke of the Day

    An even better pastor joke... The Reverend John Fuzz was a pastor of a small congregation in a little Pennsylvania town. One day, walking down Main St., he noticed a female member of his congregation sitting in the town bar, drinking beer. The reverend thought this was sinful and not something a member of his congregation should do. He walked through the open door of the bar and sat down next to the woman. "Mrs. Fitzgerald," the reverend said sternly. "This is no place for a member of my congregation. Why don't you let me take you home?" "Sure," she said with a slur, obviously very drunk. When Mrs. Fitzgerald stood up from the bar, she began to weave back and forth. The reverend realized that she had had too much to drink grabbed her arms to steady her. When he did, they both lost their balance and tumbled to the floor. After rolling around for a few seconds, the reverend wound up laying on top of Mrs. Fitzgerald, her skirt hiked up to her waist. The bartender looked over the bar and said, "Here, here buddy, we won't have any of that in this bar!" The reverend looked up at the bartender and said, "No, no, you don't understand, I'm Pastor Fuzz." The bartender nodded and said, "Well then, if you're that far in, you might as well finish up." BTW - this is a very old joke with many variations.
  3. Have you written for Wikipedia on jazz artists?

    I actually tried to make edits to several Jazz musicians' pages many years ago and every one I made got rejected by the Wiki gatekeeper of the article. I even cited several online articles & interviews to no avail. If the Wiki guardian doesn't like you, you aren't editing anything. I gave up after that.
  4. Blue Train (Deluxe Edition)

    The word on the street is that the Japanese SACDs were mastered from the master tapes by Kevin Gray when he had the master tapes queued up for the Tone Poet LP cuts. Since I've had such crappy luck with Gray's LPs these days, I'm going to forego the LPs and go straight for the SACD this time. This is one of the few times when this is the cheaper route too.
  5. There is a lot of good music in that set. Nothing earth-shattering, just good hard bop dates. On top of the Brignola's sessions, I do like Sal Nisitco's dates (one under his own name and another on Curtis Fuller's LP) but don't sleep on the group led "Hyde Park After Dark" with Clifford Jordan, Von Freeman & Cy Touff in the front line.
  6. Mobile Fidelity: Uh-Oh, Spaghetti-Os

    I've been reading about this over on the Hoffman forums and I've tried to hold back on posting about it because I'm afraid my attitude might upset a few posters. I think this is awesome. It finally shut up all of the golden eared music listeners who claimed that only AAA can sound good and that they can "hear" analog. I've been saying for years that analog in and of itself does not guarantee great sound but nothing I've said has had any effect on most of them and the Hoffman forums' rules preclude anyone from calling them out on it. Mobile Fidelity finally showed them that the emperor has no clothes.
  7. The owner of the Bee Hive label only licensed out the Johnny Hartman date for release on CD (released as part of the "Bridges of Madison County" soundtrack). The rest of the catalog was never on CD until Mosaic licensed it. I pestered Michael Cuscuna for this release for decades and I'm very grateful that he was finally able to do it. There is some great music in that set. As far as I know, no one else has licensed any of the Bee Hive catalog and I've never seen any single CD releases. I do have "Baritone Madeness" & "Burn Brigade" on CD-Rs that I burned from my LPs back in the day.
  8. Error Message

    I am seeing an error message at the top of the forum. It says: [[Template core/front/global/updateWarning is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] Am I the only one seeing this? Is it because the forum software doesn't like my "theme"?
  9. The Masters

    If you feel like further supporting Charles, he sells a couple of CDs and a tee shirt at his website. There's even an option to get an autographed publicity shot if you so choose. I bought both CDs from him many years ago.
  10. Blue Train (Deluxe Edition)

    I have or have had: Music Matters Jazz Mono LP Japanese first issue CD (called a "Black triangle") Original US CD Mobile Fidelity gold CD The Ultimate Blue Train RVG SACD Japanese UCCU CD with the extra take of "Blue Train" ... and yet I still ordered "Blue Train - The Complete Masters" SACD from Japan.
  11. Health report

    Great news that it wasn't cancerous. I hope you mend quickly.
  12. Blue Train (Deluxe Edition)

    I might order the SACD of the stereo deluxe set from CD Japan. I just wish it was a hybrid disc.
  13. Joe Chambers

    I saw that too. It's funny that Discogs stops the sale of many bootlegs (like this one) but then allows the listings for some releases like this Muse date, even though it is obviously not legit.
  14. Blue Train (Deluxe Edition)

    I am thinking about buying the deluxe 2-LP set, but not until I hear that Kevin Gray didn't cut it too hot. He's done it several times and Blue Note doesn't acknowledge the problem at all so if it is cut too hot - say bye-bye to your money. Quite frankly, this new Blue Note team is not that great when it comes to customer service. Nothing like the old days when we would point out a mastering problem with a CD and it almost always got fixed pretty quickly. This group just ignores the problem and hopes that their apologists rise up, which they always do over on the Hoffman forums. Kevin Gray is like a god over there, even though he sometimes cuts too hot and often cuts the grooves too tight, resulting in far too much dead wax, which I have been told by Ron McMaster can result in tracking problems for some turntables.
  15. Joe Chambers

    That's an obvious boot since this session was recorded well after the 1962 cutoff for public domain in the EU. I would not pay $30 for that.
  16. Art Pepper on Widow's Taste

    Unless she ran out and doesn't know it, Laurie Pepper is still selling these CDs on her Bandcamp website. FWIW, the Croydon concert is excellent.
  17. Windham Hill, most beloved

    I still listen to George Winston's solo piano CDs. I saw him live about 2 years ago. I wouldn't call them Jazz but they are very good dinner music and my wife enjoys them so they get played every now & then.
  18. Recommendation Sought: book on stereo systems

    I stopped reading Stereophile decades ago. They peddle so much snake oil, it's ridiculous. I agree 100% with this. I have never bought speakers without hearing them first.
  19. LPs that have never made it into CD

    Eh, not quite my style but whatever...
  20. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    It's too bad OJC never fixed this CD. ... at least in a way that would allow the buying public to know.
  21. UNIQLO BN T-Shirts

    Shouldn't this one be titled something like "Jackie Never Heard It"?
  22. UNIQLO BN T-Shirts

    Does Australia have different licensing/trademark laws or are they just less into enforcing them? I have never seen so many album covers available from one website, either authorized or not.
  23. I do like to support Mosaic, who have released some great music over the years that I still enjoy. However, their recent modus operandi on new box sets, which seems to be, "Release material that has been in print for decades but in better sound", came a bit too late for me. My ears aren't good enough these days to care about a better-sounding CD of any of this material, which I have - sometimes in multiple versions - including LP. In fact, I listen to my Q0 VBR mp3 rips more often than my massive CD collection, which really needs to get thinned.
  24. Top of forums page

    I just posted about this in the Forums forum.
  25. Favourite CDs to test a new player

    There is much to misunderstand here so I think I'll have to watch how I say here... a different amplifier cannot make the music louder. Audio amplifiers don't do anything but amplify. If you were turning up the Marantz louder than the Micromega, that's you, not the amp. What was making you turn it up the Marantz more than the Micromega?