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  1. Friday is Talk Like a Pirate Day

    me new pirate name be Red James Kidd! Arrrrrr......
  2. I loved the book -- never realized that the BBC did a series on it, thanks for the heads-up. If you like TTSS, you would love the book The Untouchable by John Banville. It's a book based on the life of Anthony Blunt.
  3. The night Artie Shaw walked off the bandstand

    I think Aric was refering to the story tha tShaw shattered his kneecap into five pieces in Alcapulco. In a way, that is getting "mangeled".
  4. Anyone seen the Mobley vinyl box

    There's one up for bidding now.... Mobley LP Set
  5. The night Artie Shaw walked off the bandstand

    November 17 - 18, 1939. The liners state Shaw left for Mexico on the 18th, so I would assume that the actual walking off took place the evening of the November 17.
  6. The night Artie Shaw walked off the bandstand

    I took these quotes from The Complete Artie Shaw Volume III -- this great lp set, I don't think, has been reissued. Great liners to them. Prior to Artie's sudden escape to warmer climes, we had no inkling that a move was imminent." trumpter Bernie Privin reports. "Before that memorable evening at New York's Hotel Pennsylvania, everything seemed essentially normal to the men in the band. We were doing beautifully." "Evidence of strain of Artie? Yes, I recall a few nights before he made his decision to split, he got a request from a lady in the Cafe Rouge, where we were working, to play a rhumba. He was essentially short with her. "Lady," he said, "you're in the wrong room!" Henry Geller remembers: Artie suddenly left the stand about 11 P.M. Tony Pastor took over the band." Robinson adds: "He called us to his room upstairs in the Hotel Pennsylvania, and came directly to the point. "I've had it." He said He asked us to vote among ourselves about going on, and about a new leader. Georgie Auld was elected." As is usually the case, it was a straw that broke the camel's back. On that fateful night, "because of a slight unpleasantness with some idiot on the floor in front of the band, who was evidently trying to impress his partner by using me as a focal point for his witticisms, I suddenly decided I'd had it," Shaw say in his autobiography. [My favorite Shaw quote -- Matthew] I remember thinking frequently of a four-line poem, called "Composer" by a writer who died and left little else behind: 'He struck three chords / For beauty's sake / And one / To pay the rent.' For a time, I ws striking three chords for beauty's sake and one to pay the rent -- the salaries of the men, the buses that took us from place to place, the booking commissions. While there was enough for beauty's sake and the music remainded primary, I could subsist emotionally. When it got to be four for the rent, I could no longer take it. There was nothing left for me."
  7. September listening...

    In lush pop heaven with: The Pernice Brothers: --- The World Won't End --- Yours, Mine & Ours
  8. Silliest jazz album covers ever

    My last one...
  9. Silliest jazz album covers ever

    One of Nelson's famous records...
  10. Silliest jazz album covers ever

    Sorry, I can't resist....
  11. September listening...

    The Great Teddy Edwards: --- With Les McCann Ltd. (Pacific Jazz) --- Sunset Eyes (Pacific Jazz) --- Feelin's (Muse Records) Miles Davis: --- The Complete Blackhawk Sessions (Mosaic) --- Andrew Hill Blue Note Sessions (Mosaic)
  12. Almost the whole Pacific Jazz label is lp only, and $20 a shot at that. The only exception to this rule is all those crappy Bud Shank foo-foo lps he did. You can't give those away!
  13. Count me in on the "yes" side. It would save people who don't own turntables the bother of reading about lp's if they don't want to.
  14. The Ford cd looks like a great line-up, so I voted for that one.
  15. September listening...

    Bright Eyes: Vinyl Box Set This has all of Bright Eyes early stuff. Darn, but Connor Oberst has become my favorite rock musician right now. Great songwriter, just hope he doesn't blow it.
  16. September listening...

    Bright Eyes: Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground. Believe the Hype! Conon Oberst is the real thing and this is an incredible album.
  17. Anyone seen the Mobley vinyl box

    If my memory is correct, it appeared three times in the last four months, with the price being well over $500 each time. I remember one going for $800+. Be prepared to spend major money if you want it on ebay.
  18. September listening...

    All kinds of crazy stuff... Jimmy Smith: --- Midnight Special --- Crazy Baby! Darn that Dusty Groove for having these lp's on sale! Genesis: --- Foxtrot --- Selling England by the Pound --- The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Yes: --- Close to the Edge --- Fragile --- Tales from Topographic Oceans --- Relayer Miles Davis: --- Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (Mosaic) --- The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965 (Mosaic)
  19. Viva Prog Rock

    Reading this thread has caused me to go out and start to listen to some Prog music. I've been listening to Genesis and Peter Gaberiel right now, and it's been a great experience. When these records first came out, I, in my smug Rock mind dismissed them out of hand. Now, I see how wrong I was. Genesis (when PG was with them) turns out to be an incredibly interesting group. My favorites are Selling England by the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. I must admit, when I first listened to LLDOB, I found it unlistenable! but after a few trys, I've become hooked on this music. Very inventive and Gaberiel has a unique voice. An earlier poster said that Gabriel doesn't really sing, but has a great voice, and I would agree with that assesment. Gabriel's solo work has also been a great discovery, it has an interesting, dark, musical feeling to it. On top of the music, he writes great songs. My next venture will be these new Yes cd's that have just come out. It should be interesting because outside of the standard Yes songs that I've heard on the radio growing up, I have no idea what to expect. PS: I want to thank all who wrote in this thread for their interesting comments
  20. Artie Shaw

    High up on my list of all-time favorites. When I finally got a turntable, my first buys were The Complete Artie Shaw Bluebirds lp's, and I've been playing them ever since. Just an exciting and soulfull musician. My he live many more years!
  21. I just got these two JRVG's today, and I must say that RVG did a fantastic job on the two sessions. Great mono mix, everything meshes well together, and outstanding detail. It does not sound "hot" to my ears at all. The music is, of course, remarkable. So, if you're wondering if it's worth spending $50 bucks on A Date With Jimmy Smith: Vol. 1 & 2, have no fear -- it's worth it. BTW: If I'm not mistaken, I now have the Mosaic Jimmy Smith box on cd's I've bought over the years. A Date with Jimmy Smith, Vol. 1 A Date with Jimmy Smith, Vol. 2 The Sounds of Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith at the Organ, Vol. 1 Jimmy Smith at the Organ, Vol. 2 Am I missing anything?
  22. Mosaic Miles Davis at Blackhawk

    From the Mosaic website: Miles Davis: Complete At The Blackhawk (#220) "Please click the title for more information. The sets have been pressed and are loading on a truck from the pressing plant. We expect to ship the sets from our warehouse September 3rd and 4th. " I can hardly wait.
  23. Keepin' it greazy!!!

    Finally got my hands on a nice and greeezy Lou Donaldson Argo record --Rusty Musty that is funky as all get out. Grant Green is amazing, as always. It has enough grease to fry some chicken on!
  24. Mosaic Miles Davis at Blackhawk

    I have mine on preorder and it hasn't come yet. If the sound quality is anything like the "Plugged Nickel" set, it is going to be great.
  25. Secret Listening Pleasures

    I listen to, and love, Duran Duran -- I just hope my membership to Organissimo Forums is not revoked.