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  1. Charlie Haden, maaaaan....

  2. Nicole Mitchell

    Is Nicole Mitchell the daughter of Roscoe Mitchell? And at any point has she been in the AEC. I really dug her Black Earth Ensemble CD last year. I think it was on Delmark. Anyone have any recommendations of her music? I am very into AEC and the whole Chicago scene/history is growing on me. She was just here in Pittsburgh. Was supposed to be with David Boykin on this mini-tour, but word has it he didn't show (probably because he knew he wouldn't make his guarantee at this venue on a Sunday night). It was just her and some good local cats like this sax player named Ben Opie and this bassist named Mark Perna. Apparently they were playing pretty straight-ahead material. Y'all need to check out Opie and his ensemble Opek which does concerts that are usually tributes to a given composer - Trane, Miles, Sun Ra, Monk, etc. He is an excellent all-around reed player. His day job is teaching music technology at Carnegie Mellon and the local performing arts high school. He does a mean version of Beatrice! He also leads a group called Thoth Trio. Anyways, info on Nicole Mitchell Would be appreciated.
  3. BFT 92 Sign Up

    Please send me a download. I wanted the one on the right.
  4. Masabumi Kikuchi

    He's a lot better than he was I've heard from musicians close to him. I've even seen him out at a few concerts but I think his cancer is in remission. It could come back any day...
  5. Answer: http://searchandrestore.com/
  6. Which New Release is grabbing your ears?

    Really been digging these lately: Jeremy Udden's Plainville - If The Past Seems So Bright (Sunnyside) - it's the followup to his first one on Fresh Sound. Really unique sound sort of coming out of Frisell mixed with Lee Konitz but not swinging in the Tristano school at all. With Pete Rende on keyboards, Brandon Seabrook on tenor banjo and guitar, Eivind Opsvik on bass and RJ Miller on drums. Watch out for any records Pete Rende is involved with. He is a great mixing and mastering engineer in addition to being a great pianist. Buy: http://www.amazon.com/If-Past-Seems-So-Bright/dp/B004UHF6B2 Craig Taborn - Avenging Angel (ECM) - Craig's first solo piano record is dazzlingly beautiful, in a very original & abstract way. Closest antecedent for me would be Cecil Taylor but completely his own style. You would never know he is a regular with Tim Berne and Chris Potter from this. Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Avenging-Angel-Craig-Taborn/dp/B004SQAF70/ Aaron Goldberg & Guillermo Klein - Bienestan (Sunnyside) - some of the best writing of the year in my opinion. But also some unnecessary Charlie Parker covers. I don't understand at all why they're on this record. Chris Cheek and Miguel Zenon really blow well on this too. And Eric Harland is a rhythmic freak. Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Bienestan-Aaron-Goldberg-Guillermo-Klein/dp/B004XIQJ5A/ And finally this record by the Israeli guitarist Gilad Hekselman - Hearts Wide Open (Le Chant du Monde). It is beautiful. Great compositions. Some a little long. But with Mark Turner, Joe Martin and Marcus Gilmore you can't go wrong. Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Wide-Gilad-Hekselman-guitar/dp/B0052FG8S6/ Two Thumbs Up for this one too...See what Tyshawn Sorey says about this record and about Gerald's playing in the forthcoming November drums issue of JazzTimes. There's a fascinating Before & After (JazzTimes' version of the Blindfold Test) with Sorey and the interviewer plays him almost all music he immediately gets. Really interesting to hear him talk about drummer-composers.
  7. Nick Brignola

    This record is a motherfucker. Buy it. You will not be disappointed. Gary Smulyan, Ronnie Cuber & Nick Brignola. Smokin. Especially "Line for Lyons" and "Walkin' Shoes." I think it was on Dreyfus Records. http://www.amazon.com/Plays-Mulligan-Three-Baritone-Saxophone/dp/B000001ZTK/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_1
  8. David Liebman

    I am having a really hard time getting turned on to Liebman though my sax teacher totally worships the guy. It seems he's done like 60 tributes to Trane. I DO like his recent big band CD but mostly for the other cats on it. On the new Saxophone Summit CD, he seems to play mostly soprano. Why is this? Why not play tenor like the other guys? Can anyone share their feelings on this dude. He often plays too much like a technician; without soul. Any recommended recordings? Early stuff? New stuff?
  9. BFT #77 (aka #79) Answers

    This was an enjoyable BFT even if I guessed none of the cuts correctly. I have a new shopping list to add to the old shopping list.
  10. BFT #77 (a/k/a #79) discussion

    #1 At first I thought Dave Douglas but he doesn't have that facility on the horn. Sounds like new Dutch swing. Like maybe Thomas Heberrer with Misha Mengelberg? I think they are definitely European. #2 I feel like this sounds like Bunky Green but is way too manic and free to be him. Not Dolphy either AFAICT. I like the manic drumming. Sounds like Dannie Richmond. I guess this could be John Handy with Mingus and Dannie and Jack Walrath... #3 No clue but I love it. #9 This is beautiful. I would love to have seen this live. It reminds me of David S. Ware. I saw Ware solo this past winter in a private house concert and it could be him. This could be from that "Saturnian" solo sax LP on AUM Fidelity. There's so much language in what he's playing. Note the bebop grounding at 2:30-2:35. Heavy. Love it. #10 This guy can play the fucking trumpet. At 1:25 it gets really interesting. This could be Bill Dixon actually, though it's not quite avant enough to be him. Or so one would think. I can't think of many guys who have this kind of CRAZY facility on the trumpet or cornet. #11 This is "Mr. Syms" from "Coltrane Plays The Blues" (one of my favorite Coltrane tunes from the Atlantic period). I was thinking it could be Ben Goldberg or Doug Wieselman and it was driving me crazy so I looked at tune lengths on the internets (there are not that many covers of "Mr Syms"). But I'll let you all guess forever. You'll never guess. You're a sneaky man, Clifford. But now I'm going to buy this track on iTunes. And maybe the album if you think it's all around a great album. Certainly a unique instrumentation. #12 This sounds like someone very modern. Definitely post-Sonny and also post-Brecker. But I have the feeling this is some European or South African guy we've never heard of. Great sax solo and great bass solo. more soon
  11. BFT #79 Sign-Up

    Can you send me the files? I'm excited to get back into this. It's been way too long. I've forgotten the fun in jazz, to an extent.
  12. favorite female JAZZ artist??

    Alice Coltrane Lotte Anker (dig her trio CDs with Craig Taborn & Gerald Cleaver) Kris Davis (do not sleep on her, no pun intended) Allison Miller (check out Miller's recording with Melford & Scheinman) Jenny Scheinman Myra Melford Sylvie Courvoisier Abbey Lincoln Melba Liston Okkyung Lee (cello) Mary Halvorson Jessica Pavone (viola) Sara Schoenbeck (bassoonist with Adam Rudolph's GO: Organic Orchestra, Wayne Horvitz's Gravitas Quartet)
  13. Intresting show coming this September and October in NYC

    what a weird venue for him to play...
  14. Free America

    Are they still releasing these or was it that one run of stuff in 2005 or 2006?
  15. Philadelphia concerts

    That's exciting that Organissimo is coming to town. I had no idea. Glad I checked this thread.
  16. Same Letter - First Name and Last Name

    Here is a list of jazz artists I have come up with who have the same first letter in both their first and last names. I have not consulted anything but a mental picture of my CD/LP collection. I urge you to resist the urge I fought in consulting the All Music Guide or any other comprehensive sources of this kind. This game was suggested to me by some musicians who had played it in the car to pass the time going from New York to Pittsburgh. Here is the list I have come up with so far. George Gee is a rather local Pittsburgh name (though his big band goes all over the US these days for swing dances and the like). Try to keep it to names that you think others would know. I think this one should be fun! Ahmed Abdoul-Malik Al Aarons Albert Ammons Albert Ayler Alex Acuna Alvin Alcorn Bam Brown Barney Bigard Baron Browne Benny Bailey Bill Barron Bill Basie Bill Bickford Billy Bang Billy Banks Billy Bauer Billy Butler Billy Butterfield Billy Byers Bix Beiderbecke Bob Bates Bob Berg Bob Brookmeyer Bobby Broom Bobby Bradford Borah Bergman Brian Blade Brian Bromberg Bruce Barth Bubba Brooks Buddy Bolden Buddy Bregman Bunny Berigan Buster Bailey Cab Calloway Carla Cook Charlie Christian Chick Corea Chris Cheek Chris Connor Conte Candoli Corky Corcoran Cosy Cole Curtis Counce Cutty Cutshall Cyrus Chestnut Dave Douglas Diz Disley Don Doane Donald Dean Doris Day Eddie Edwards Eliane Elias Ellery Eskelin Essiet Essiet Frank Foster Fred Fried Gene Gifford George Garzone George Gee George Gruntz Glen Gray Gianni Gebbia Gil Goldstein Gigi Gryce Giorgio Gaslini Grant Green Hampton Hawes Harold Harris Helen Humes Herbie Hancock Herbie Harper Horace Henderson Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez Ike Issacs James P. Johnson Javon Jackson Jimmy Jones Jimmy Johnson Jo Jones Joe Jackson Joe Johnston John Jenkins Jonah Jones Joseph Jarman JJ Johnson Kenny Kirkland Krysztof Komeda Lorne Lofsky Lou Levy Marcus Miller Marian McPartland Maria Muldaur Mark Murphy Marty Markowitz Marty Morell Mat Maneri Matty Matlock Maurice Meunier Mezz Mezzrow Michael Philip Mossman Miff Mole Mike Manieri Mike Mantler Mike Metheny Mike Migliori Misha Mengelberg Monk Montgomery Mulgrew Miller Myra Melford Pat Patrick Paul Parker Perez Prado Pony Poindexter Ram Ramirez Red Rodney Renee Rosnes Ronnie Ross Rudy Rutherford Rufus Reid Sahib Shihab Sal Salvador Shirley Scott Shorty Sherock Slam Stewart Sonny Sharrock Sonny Stitt Steve Smith Steve Swallow Stuff Smith Tommy Tedesco Tommy Turrentine Toots Thielemans Teri Thornton Walt Weiskopf Wilbur Ware Zeke Zarchy
  17. Uncommon Threads by Jay Collins

    Jay Collins has an amazing feature on the latest big band CD by the pianist Jason Lindner, "Live at the Jazz Gallery" on the tune "Poem for You Today." He sings and takes a burly, muscular tenor solo. I highly recommend this album. It was one of my favorites of 2007. Also has Miguel Zenon, Anat Cohen, Omer Avital, others. I also like his playing with Levon Helm. You can see him live if you go see Levon up at his Midnight Rambles up near Woodstock, NY.
  18. Nagel Heyer

    I have gotten some real gems on this German label - most recently the new Donald Harrison with the yellow cover (inspired by this thread). Anyone else pick up some really great stuff?
  19. Unknown Female Musicians

    I just found about this trumpet player Rebecca Coupe Franks who is super BAD. She is apparently from the West Coast. She recorded a pair of albums in the early 90s which got excellent reviews and then she kind of fell off the face of the earth. and has not done anything since (from what I can tell by numerous web searches). Does anyone know about what she has been doing? And for that matter, let's talk about unknown female instrumentalists who are amazing and aren't getting any recognition or press. matt
  20. Favorite Monk tune?

    I was humming several Monk tunes today in my head. It has become a recent habit actually so I decided to do this poll to see where people stand on their favorite Monk tune.
  21. Christmas Tunes

    Believe it or not, though I'm not Christian and do not celebrate Christmas, I have a great love of Christmas and other seasonal tunes. So indulge my penchant for polls (it's been a while now) and pick your favorite jazzy christmas rendition. Besides the above, I also thought notable 'others' for your consideration might be any of the following, all of which I've heard jazz versions of: Adeste Fideles A Child Is Born Greensleeves Joy to the World Here Comes Santa Claus Santa Claus is Comin' to Town Edit: My favorite is a current Dianne Reeves rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  22. Oscar Peterson - RIP

    Wow. This is a great loss. When you make the front page of Yahoo and Google news, you know you've had an impact on society. And when legions of young players follow in your footsteps, or more appropriated "fingersteps". Eldar, natch. RIP OP.
  23. Classical music covered by jazz musicians

    recently I've seen this phenomenon occuring in several places. I saw Ornette play the Bach Cello Suite #1 with his three bass band + Denardo. Tony Falanga plays the famous arco part on bass. This was particularly riveting as I saw Ornette do it once before in another concert on the East Coast. If anyone has a recent live bootleg of an Ornette show with this band, please send me a PM. Also, the pianist Helen Sung (who happens to be the 2007 Winner of the Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition, an inaugural student in the Monk Institute's Jazz Perfomance program when it was at NEC and a former very serious classical pianist) just made a beautiful record on Sunnyside on which she covers/plays variations on the music of the lesser known 19th century Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz. This CD is not something I'm working in my role as a publicist - I was just so blown away by the CD and then again seeing her live in DC at Blues Alley - I felt I should make mention of her.
  24. Lord 8.0 is out

    People still buy CD-ROMs?