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The Japanese version with bonus tracks.  My heart swelled with pride when my daughter, who will turn 17 months on Thursday, heard 'Zoltan' and tried to sing along. :D

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9 hours ago, Gheorghe said:

Milestone was a fantastic label ! They really did something for acoustic musicians when others didn´t record them. And all those albums they made, they sounded so modern, so hip and quick.

I think Joe Henderson did some of his best work for Milestone, he never sounded better. Even the more overproduced studio thing "Canyon Lady" doesn´t sound like cheap studio crap, it is a fine album and captures much of Henderson´s virtuosity.

All those Milestone Artists made some of their very best stuff during those years, Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and of course Joe Henderson.

I think they also were scheduled for festivals as part of the "Milestone Family", because how otherwise I could explain that in 1979 in Velden we had so many "Milestone Artists" (Rollins, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, they all were scheduled)........

I have a quite different opinion. I much prefer the recordings of Joe Henderson on Blue Note,  Sonny Rollins on both Prestige and Blue Note. My favorite playing by Mccoy Tyner was as a sideman on Blue Note.

Different strokes ...

Now listening to:

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A smooth album, but that doesn't make it smooth jazz.  This group still swings.  It's a quartet session (with drummer Joe Ascione, rhythm guitarist Corey Christiansen and bassist Tom Kennedy) in which the group was so in the groove that they recorded these 14 tracks in just 4 hours!  Some nice arrangements help liven up these classic tunes.

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Roland Hanna - 24 Preludes (King Japan)
with George Mraz

 

and

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Jack DeJohnette - New Directions (ECM)
with Lester Bowie, John Abercrombie, and Eddie Gomez

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There is some wonderful playing here. Sonny Rollins and Kenny Dorham were especially terrific.

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Fifth - The only recording by this collective featuring pianist John Chin (one of my favorite recent discoveries), Tivon Pennicott on tenor, Stacy Dillard on soprano, Spencer Murphy on bass and the late Lawrence Leathers on drums.  It is divided between modern, melodic compositions and free improvisations.  The funny thing is that I haven't listened to the physical CD, as the Bandcamp download included several bonus tracks.

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28 minutes ago, HutchFan said:

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:tup:tup:tup!!!

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Lovely, totally improvised music, never leaving tonal centers, but cliché-free. recommended for all McNeill fans.

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Lots of talented musicians were on hand for this concert, but for me, the show was stolen by Miss Mildred Bailey and her "Downhearted Blues", yes, yes.

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