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Oscar Peterson - We Get Requests: It had been some time since I'd last listened to this and this is the second spin since yesterday.  I am pretty flummoxed by Scott Yanow's two-star review as this might be my favorite Peterson album.  I plan on revisiting more Peterson this week. 

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Greatly enjoying this purchase from fellow board member Jazzbo:

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Glad it made it . . . your check arrived yesterday as well.

Right now, the second and perhaps best big band record from Duke Pearson "Now Hear This" Blue Note Japan TOCJ SHM-CD
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Followed by a real favorite, the Brazilian music album from Duke Pearson, "It Could Only Happen with You". . . excellent Flora Purim vocals.
Blue Note Japan (EMI) cd.
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I just read the wiki article on "It Can Only Happen with You" and totally disagree with the review there. Too bad this was Duke's final album as he was one of the very finest American jazz musicians interpreting and arranging the then changing Brazilian music and I would have loved to see how that developed. He was far too young, we should have had many more years of his great work.

Now something very different, Larry Young "Heaven on Earth" on a Blue Note 80th Anniversary reissue cd from Japan. 

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I confess I disagree with the review quoted in the wiki article for this album as well. What a shame we lost Larry Young so early as well. He was an explorer!

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Anthony Cox - Factor of Faces (Minor Music, 1993)
with Bob Franceschini (ts), Michael Cain (p), and Ralph Peterson (d)

 

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Lon, I haven't seen that review, but I am very fond of that (last) Pearson album. I already had a copy of it, taken from vinyl, but I recently got a Japanese CD of it.

Duke was working on another album, recorded at two sessions, earlier that year, but two of the tracks have never been issued, and one, "Dialogo", only appeared briefly in a "Mosaic Select" set. The tracks from those sessions that have been issued are excellent. I would love to have all three of the tracks, to make up an album (as Duke intended). We owe Michael Cuscuna an immense debt for his reissue work over many years, but if he disliked a track, then it wasn't coming out, and that was that. The session reels will soon decompose. 

We have seen "rejected" tracks eventually issued, so the distinction between "rejected" and "unissued" is muddy.

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3 hours ago, Justin V said:

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Oscar Peterson - We Get Requests: It had been some time since I'd last listened to this and this is the second spin since yesterday.  I am pretty flummoxed by Scott Yanow's two-star review as this might be my favorite Peterson album.  I plan on revisiting more Peterson this week. 

I wasn't exactly "flummoxed" by that review as my "stock" of OP records is rather spotty so I wouldn't be able to compare, really, but I found it rather unfair too. Ever since I bought it secondhand a few years ago this has been one of my favorite very late-night "jazz to relax to" LPs ;) for quite some time.

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Y'know what's a catchy tune?  This here is.   But be warned:  one day -- maybe a week from now, maybe a month, maybe a year or more -- you'll find yourself mindlessly humming or whistling this tune and you'll think, "What IS that?  Where did THAT come from?"

You're welcome.

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Jack Walrath & the Masters of Suspense - Out of the Tradition (Muse, 1990)

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NP .... :

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Mccoy Tyner "Extensions" Blue Note cd, EMI Japan

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3 hours ago, Shrdlu said:

Lon, I haven't seen that review, but I am very fond of that (last) Pearson album. I already had a copy of it, taken from vinyl, but I recently got a Japanese CD of it.

Duke was working on another album, recorded at two sessions, earlier that year, but two of the tracks have never been issued, and one, "Dialogo", only appeared briefly in a "Mosaic Select" set. The tracks from those sessions that have been issued are excellent. I would love to have all three of the tracks, to make up an album (as Duke intended). We owe Michael Cuscuna an immense debt for his reissue work over many years, but if he disliked a track, then it wasn't coming out, and that was that. The session reels will soon decompose. 

We have seen "rejected" tracks eventually issued, so the distinction between "rejected" and "unissued" is muddy.

Here's the review (it's from allmusic.com originally).

"Duke Pearson followed the conventions of the time and cut a smooth, commercially-oriented jazz album that made allusions to traditional and contemporary pop, hard bop, soul-jazz and bossa nova... Although the record is a pleasant artifact of its time, it's a rather sad, undistinguished way to close out Pearson's career."

Reads like BS to me.

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First listen via YT: 

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Gust William Tsilis & Alithea with Arthur Blythe - Pale Fire (Enja, 1988)
with Gust William Tsilis (vib); Arthur Blythe (as); Allen Farnham (kybd); Anthony Cox (b); Horacee Arnold (d); Arto Tuncboyaciyan (perc, vo)

Digging up more stuff with Anthony Cox. ... This is very interesting, so far.  Nicely out-of-the-ordinary compositions.

Arthur Blythe. What a distinctive sound he had!

 

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1 minute ago, HutchFan said:

Arthur Blythe. What a distinctive sound he had!

Yep ....

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2 hours ago, jazzbo said:

Here's the review (it's from allmusic.com originally).

"Duke Pearson followed the conventions of the time and cut a smooth, commercially-oriented jazz album that made allusions to traditional and contemporary pop, hard bop, soul-jazz and bossa nova... Although the record is a pleasant artifact of its time, it's a rather sad, undistinguished way to close out Pearson's career."

Reads like BS to me.

Especially when presented with the evidence:

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