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  1. Eddie Harris Corner

    Regarding “Cool Sax, Warm Hart” - I used to catch Sid McCoy’s late night show from WCFL (“the voice of labor in Chicago”) - the signal made it to western Pennsylvania - and he regularly played “Hip Hoppin’” from the album. One night he commented, with a chuckle (or was it sarcasm?) in his voice - “Warm hearted Eddie”. I’ll bet Sid had a lot of good stories!
  2. What’s the story with the ‘64 live in Philly Horace Silver? There’s not much from that Silver edition beyond the 4 tracks on “Song for my Father” and a couple of radio broadcasts in okay sound rehashing the same material.
  3. Revisiting Oliver Nelson - Help Appreciated

    “Six Million Dollar Man?” There’s the theme with Groove Holmes, arranged by Nelson, and what sounds like an army of percussionists (although it’s probably only a couple) who really work up a head of steam. The highlight of a so-so album.
  4. For completists only....

    The Mosaic set just arrived, so I now have all the albums where Paul Desmond was the leader. (And probably almost all the Brubeck albums where he appears. Someday I may actually play them.)
  5. RIP Chick Corea

    The only time I him was at Carnegie Hall, summer of ‘74. It was Al Di Meola’s first appearance with Return To Forever - apparently he was just brought in - Corea announced that their previous guitarist was suddenly called away. (I swear he said it was Earl Klugh.) However... I did see his electric piano once, on the stage of the old Civic Arena in Pittsburgh... the equipment for the Miles Davis group was all set up, but Miles was a no-show.
  6. Art Pepper

    I want to agree with soulpope on the Pepper Vanguard sessions - Elvin Jones, a wonderful drummer, seems to dominate, to the detriment of the music. I was at the earlier Gumbs-Perla-LaBarbara appearance, and I always thought that has been unfairly passed over - it was a strong AND sympathetic group, Gumbs, in particular, was a revelation (apparently a last minute sub for Jacki Byard) and Pepper seemed to be knocked out by them... For me, one of the most memorable evenings in a lifetime of listening.
  7. For completists only....

    Among others, I have just about everything issued by/with Grant Green. (Missing that Dodo Greene album - what’s that like? - and a couple tracks from “Final Comedown.)
  8. With Strings Jazz Albums

    Cannonball made a couple with strings - early in his career, then later, for Capitol.
  9. Junior Mance RIP

    As a sideman, one of his strongest performances is with the Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis - Johnny Griffin group, from Minton’s in 1961. That night yielded material for 4 Prestige albums! His solos are a highlight in a night filled with highlights.
  10. From that series on Netflix, Fran Lebowitz and Martin Scocese - apparently she was friends with Mingus, he even had Thanksgiving dinner at her parents house once. Her mom liked him - he was a good eater.
  11. Howard Johnson - RIP

    The only time I ever saw him... The Village Gate, summer of 1965, with Charles Mingus. What a band! Jimmy Owens, Charles McPherson, Julius Watkins!
  12. Gil Evans & Ten

    Back at the turn of the century, when it was briefly a thing, Fantasy released a bunch of SACD hybrids, the usual suspects that had been reissued many times. I never thought the sound was anything special - okay, of course, but nothing like (say) the Analogue issues of some of the same material. But I recently pulled out “Gil Evans & Ten,” and it is really sounds great! (The notes say how the original stereo tapes were used for the first time.) If you haven’t heard it in awhile, worth digging out.
  13. I sometimes think I like the “idea” of Shorty Rogers more than I actually like Shorty Rogers...
  14. LPs that have never made it into CD

    Curtis Amy’s “Mustang,” on Verve?
  15. Red Garland on Prestige

    Red’s terrific, but I rarely play the Prestige trios - too many bass solos, a little goes a long way.