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  1. eBay craziness... again

    I have a few CDs from this spanish "Blue Note collection" from 1997, a box of about 30 CDs. I found them for $5 per disc. Unfortunately not "True Blue". They all have these odd blue covers
  2. Will American Jazz labels be dead in 10 years?

    This discussion has already taken place multiple times on the BNBB. I donĀ“t want to repeat the arguments, but I must point out that those imports can be prohibited. The CDs are only legal in countries that have a 50 year copyright on sound recordings. It is of course not forbidden for US customers to order those CDs from european online shops, but it should not be a problem to prevent the big US stores from selling them. It seems to be easier for the US industry to pressure EU legislators than to enforce their rights against US retailers.
  3. Sale at Zweitausendeins

    The best way to browse through their entire catalog is to download the latest "Merkheft" available in pdf format.
  4. Miles at IOW festival on DVD

    I'm wondering what will be on this DVD. According to several reports from this concert, Miles quit the stage after less than half an hour. The title "Call it anything" was released on a french CBS LP that was briefly available. The track is 17:30 long, but the Miles Ahead website says it is an "edited medley".
  5. Lee Morgan Live at the Lighthouse, ?
  6. Conversations with Jim Anderson

    I just listened to track 2 from Golden Circle Vol.1. My guess (not knowing anything about recording technique) is that the mic capturing the ride cymbal was placed too close to the center of the cymbal. Maybe it was put under the cymbal. The sound Kevin mentions reminds me of one of those big chinese vertical cymbals (don't know the english word), just higher pitched. It definitely changes with Moffett's playing and not with the bass notes.
  7. Will I regret it?

    The only CD that I got rid of and bought again later is Jimmy Giuffre - Free fall. I bought it after I got the wonderful 1961 2CD set on ECM. Free fall sounded ugly and incoherent in comparison and I traded it because I was sure I would never like it. Since then I have become a big Giuffre fan, bought the Mosaic set and many other CDs. When I saw a Sony promotion on (midprice CDs for 7 Euro) I couldn't resist getting Free Fall again, as it was the only important Giuffre album missing in my collection. As I have listened to a lot of avantgarde classical and jazz since I first heard Free fall, I enjoy it now, although it remains one of the more "difficult" Giuffre sessions.
  8. miles davis "someday my prince will come"

    "Teo" is one of my favourite Miles tunes, although I prefer the live versions from the Blackhawk and Carnegie Hall concerts. But I agree that this album is underrated, just as "Seven steps to heaven". When exactly was it originally issued? Maybe this could have something to do with this.
  9. Mosaic website discographies

    I've posted some links to "hidden" Mosaic discographies (only the recent OOP sets) on the AAJ board: The Morgan discography can be found here:
  10. OK, Am I Just Slow?

    The website is for a german company called Organissimo that organizes events. The domain has already been registered in December 2000 and is owned by a german service provider.
  11. I have already posted my comments on the BNBB. In my view there are issues with the sound. I can only compare the Mosaic to the "Some other Stuff" and "Destination out" Connoisseurs (also remastered by Ron McMaster). Both sessions sound clearly better on the Connoisseurs. McMaster seems to have tried to eliminate all tape hiss, because the new remastering sounds completely hiss-free on quiet passages. But he has also cut off the overtones. It sounds artificial and processed. "Evolution" and "One step beyond" are the best sounding sessions in the set. So I wouldn't recommend the Mosaic to those wanting a sound upgrade. As far as the music is concerned, it is essential of course.
  12. Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh

    Almost everything that Konitz and Marsh recorded together is exceptional. My preferred recording is Live at the Half Note (1959) on Verve. The Mosaic set is absolutely essential too. I find this 6CD set to be much to short, when I received it I played it from start to end without interruption (it was a Sunday afternoon) The only session I find dissappointing is their encounter on Bill Evans' Cross-Currents (1977) album, which sounds underrehearsed.
  13. Tenor Battles

    Maybe it has aleady been mentioned, but one of the most ferocious tenor battles can be found on Dizzy Gillespie's Sonny Side Up (1957), between Rollins and Stitt.
  14. "Big Brother" at AAJ?

    This intervention by the AAJ board administrator was certainly well meant but unfortunate because it changed the content of the message and was made without an explanation. It is common for forum administrators and moderators to edit posts, but only to: - delete words, links or pictures that are against the board rules or netiquette; - to correct errors such as mistyped links or the wrong use of board code tags If this changes the content of the post they should add "Edited by (moderator name)" and briefly explain the reason for the edit.
  15. Half-Speed LP Re-masters?

    The only difference to normal pressings is the mastering process. The discs play like normal 33 1/3 RPM LPs. "Halfspeed" means that the pressing master is created at half speed, the master tape also being played at half speed. This means a greater accuracy in the mastering process. This must not be confused with audiophile 45 RPM LPs (from Analogue Productions) that gain better sound through higher playback speed (more "groove surface" per second) Edit: My answer was typed at half speed, so Lon was faster
  16. Smaller Speakers

    Recommendations in different price ranges: Entry-level: - KEF Q1 - Dynaudio Audience 52 For serious audiophiles ($2000/pair): - B&W Nautilus 805 - Dynaudio Contour 1.3, 1.3SE Dream speakers ($4000/pair): - Dynaudio Special 25 - B&W 805 Signature - KEF Reference 201 All those speakers must be placed on good stands to give their full potential. They also need more powerful amps than comparable floorstanders.
  17. Hey, did you know that even newbie members can start polls?
  18. About a year ago I browsed the addresses on the Links section of Blue Note website. One URL pointed to a porn site! I think it was , they probably had forgotten to renew the domain registration, and a porn webmaster had taken it. Two weeks later, the link was still there and still leading to that sex site. I sent Blue Note a message through the feedback page, and the link was removed a day later. My feeling is that Blue Note does not care much about their web presence. The site isn't really great compared to what other labels have. Maybe they only have a part time webmaster, who also has to be board administrator. No surprise they don't notice when something goes wrong.
  19. New CTI reissues

    Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker: Carnegie Hall Concert was reissued a first time on CD in 1987 and then remastered for the limited edition Sony Mastersound Gold CD in 1995 (now OOP). Does anyone know if there is a domestic release available with good sound? Many Mastersound titles have been reissued as regular midprice CDs (Kind of blue, Time out, etc), but apparently not this one.