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  1. cds you sold or traded but wished you hadn't

    Long sad story, but a year ago I had to trade in a lot of cds, and the ones that REALLY hurt, and I'm still kicking myself over: All of Jimmy Smith's BN cds that I had -- please don't ask how many . Thankfully, I'm now in a situation where I'm rebuilding my Jimmy Smith collection. In fact, I was able to get the Jimmy Smith Mosaic lp set off of ebay at good price last week. So, that has really brought great joy in my life, and man, the sound off those Qlps are great.
  2. October Listening

    Dave Holland: Extended Play: Live at Birdland John Patton: Got a Good Thing Goin' Duke Pearson: Wahoo! (nice blue label lp)

    I got played out on jazz , a couple of months ago. For some reason, I just had to let jazz be put on the back burner and listen to other stuff (mostly rock). Interestingly enough, at least for me, coming back, I've only bought one re-issue (Got a Good Thing Goin'), and the rest new jazz, which I'm really enjoying. I seem to be listening to jazz better now than I ever did before. Now Playing: The Balance: The Dave Holland Quintet: Extended Play: Live at Birdland
  4. Dave Holland Quintet:Extended Play

    I, also, got this cd because of the rave reviews. For some reason, it's one of those cds for me, where I'm not able to listen to more that two numbers at one sitting. There's just a lot of things going on here that I need time to try to catch. So, I'm still haven't left the first cd behind. That being said, this is creative jazz at it's best, I'm especially enjoying Robin Eubanks, haven't heard the trombone played that creatively in a long time. This will be spinning for quite awhile so I can digest it all.
  5. AOTW 9/28-10/4: GOT A GOOD THING GOIN'

    What I really like about Big John Patton, is that, even on the cooking numbers, he plays with a lot of space and patience. He never seems in a hurry, always sets up what he's playing very nicely. Soul Woman is a good example of what I mean. Patton is supporting Grant Green in a wonderful manner, letting Green shine, but playing with space and creativity at the same time. This is a great choice for AOW, thanks Big Al! Edit: Boy! I have to learn how to spell someday!
  6. Earthquake insurance

    I was always under the impression that most Californians do not have earthquake insurance. Am I wrong about that? I know I don't have it. At $62.00, heck, why not?
  7. Terrence Blanchard - "Bounce"

    I've been giving this a few spins lately, and I must say, I like Bounce very much. The arrangements, the band, and Blanchard are in great form. Though, I must admit that the first thing that went through my mind when I heard the version of "Footprints" was George Washington Jr.'s "Mister Magic". I also noticed, and there's a good chance I'm crazy on this one, but Blanchard sounds very influenced by Bobby Hackett on the ballads. Just the tone and the phrasing made Hackett flash for some reason. Over all, and great first Blue Note cd from Blanchard, and I'm looking forward to the next.
  8. Anyone know what this could be?

    Ah! A blast for the past.
  9. September listening...

    John Patton: Got a Good Thing Goin' Sonny Stitt: The Last Sessions, Vol. 1 & 2 Nicolas Payton: Sonic Trance Terance Blanchard: Bounce
  10. Nicholas Payton: Sonic Trance

    Like moths drawn to flames, it seems trumpeters continue to feel the need to come to grips with "electric Miles". If you do not like "Bitches Brew", my guess is that you will not like "Sonic Trance". Payton goes full-bore into an eletronica atmosphere with this new cd, with the pluses and minuses that entails. There are eighteen selection to ST, but of those eighteen, thirteen clock in under 4:21, and most of these are under two minutes. So the focus of ST is feel and not developed "songs" in the traditional sense. Payton's trumpet rarely has a "pure" trumpet sound; he puts it through phasing, and a liberal use of the "Wah-Wah" effect that Miles used in "Pangaea" & "Agharta". Tim Warfield shines throughout ST, especially on Saprano Sax; and Kevin Hays has many fine moments on keyboards. It's strikes my as the kind of cd that will grow on a person with repeated listens, and I would say this is the best cd in this style since Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith's "Yo, Miles!"
  11. Someone please pick me for the a.o.w.

    Only if you pick Sonic Trance.
  12. AOTW 9/28-10/4: GOT A GOOD THING GOIN'

    Let me correct myself. Listening to the cd, it sounds as if Richard Landrum is sitting out on Ain't That Peculiar and The Shake. That'll teach not to make assumptions before I actually listen for something.
  13. AOTW 9/28-10/4: GOT A GOOD THING GOIN'

    Landrum sounds like he's in all the tracks, in fact, this is an aspect I enjoy about this cd. I'm playing this cd now (quite a wakeup call at 5:45a.m.) and I really like how Landrum & Walker are supporting each other. There's a lot of sessions with congas where the congas just don't fit (Lou Donaldson's come to mind here), but in "Good Thing" they are truly moving the music forward. Of course, just keeping up with Patton and Green in part of the story on that. Great session, just gets better with each listen.
  14. Another blow to the "American Way of Life"! What??!! we want to get rid of greenbacks, the long green? What next? No more dead presidents?? I'm keen on green!
  15. Nicholas Payton: Sonic Trance

    That's one way of looking at it. My take however is this: You're a jazz musician, a trumpter, you don't want to keep doing the "Hardbop" thing, and you don't want to go in the "Free-jazz" direction either; so, where do you go? To my mind, when a musician turns to the Davis Electric period for inspiration, they are trying to address the question of where their music is going. Just because Miles did it before, does that mean going down this musical road is ruled out? Or that anyone trying this mode of music is a copycat sellout? Payton is making a start in a new direction with Sonic Trance, and it should be judged on its own merits, of which, I think there are plenty of good aspects about the cd. The more I play it, the more I like it. It is a creative attempt to go someplace that can grow over the years, and, hopefully, Payton will stay on this course for a bit, a develop an unique approach. I agree on one point though: Please Nicholas, no "Time After Time"!
  16. Ebay craziness

    You can use Paypal, only if you're willing to cover the 4% charge for the seller! So, add another $80 at least to the price. That sounds fair to me.
  17. Nicholas Payton: Sonic Trance

    My main disagreement with your review DrJ, is that this is not a cd about jazz being placed on top a dance-grooves. To me, Payton is trying to create a sonic sounscape where different sounds and emotions are created, making the parts into a whole. I listen to Sonic Trance the way I would listen to a Techno record, in that, what is important is how the pieces fit together to support each other, and then create a sound tapestry. I've listened to Sonic Trance several times now, and each time I'm hearing more clearly how everything fits together. Not just that, but I'm beginning to discover many beautiful musical moments, eg, "Seance [Romantic Reprise], and "Blu Hays", just to name two. I must admit, this cd is really growing on me, but, then again, so does fungus.
  18. a handy guide to the Midwest

    19 great reasons to stay right here is California
  19. Art Pepper, why he was the best?

    It could be that other areas of Pepper's life were so messed up, that it made him more sensitive to the beautiful. I've met some pople like that -- the constrast between the darkness in their lives, and the lightness of art, just touches them in an different way. Some people, not all. Life is complex at times.
  20. Mosaic Johnny Hodges LP-set

    Every time I've seen it == about $300 or more. It's rare lp only set. Though Blue Moon has a cd version out.
  21. Favorite COVER to an Ellington LP

    Even though it's a shared billing, I always smile when I see this. By far my fav.
  22. What do you guys read on the toilet?

    I always thought we knew our shit here
  23. Bix Beiderbecke

    I'm also a big Bix fan, with the complete Sumbeam set. Bix just has a wonderful tone, and is able to have a great flow of amazing ideas coming out of his trumpet. Too bad there is also a lot of pure crap in the set. I think the one about "driving in my Cheverlot" has to one of the worst things ever on record -- and three, or is it four takes of the thing??!! All in all though, the set is a very interesting window to popular music in the 20 - early Thirties, even in those moments when Bix disappears completely in the mix in the lumbering Paul Whiteman's Orchestra (boy are those cuts an aquired taste, even though Lon enjoys them )
  24. Nicholas Payton: Sonic Trance

    Forgive the generalities, but here is MHO: The pre-sevenities music has been done to death in some ways, and the post-sevenities jazz is still, to a great extent, an unexplored mineload of ideas. Plus, the outright refusal of "traditional jazz music" to incorporate electronic instruments, or technology, is keeping that musical tradition at a standstill. Payton is trying to go in a different direction, to get a new sound, and that, in my book, is great to see in an artist.
  25. What ever happened to good, old fashioned, payola?