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So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

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Very much "80s Jazz" -- a bit on the commercial side -- especially compared to what Sco' did previously with Enja and subsequently with BN.  But I don't hear it as a selling out; nothing that mercenary.  Rather, I think it's an honest attempt to reach a broader audience, back in the day when it was possible for a jazz musician to do that. ... And the music is pretty good, taken on its own terms, even if I like what he did before and after more.

"Damning with faint praise"? 

Yeah. O.K.  Maybe. ;) 

 

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38 minutes ago, cds23 said:

CHARLES TYLER ENSEMBLE | VOYAGE FROM JERICHO | AK-BA | 1974 | US FIRST STEREO PRESSING AK_1000 LP

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The first album on Tyler‘s privately run AK-BA label (home to the legendary „Alabama Feelings“ by Arthur Doyle). A shockingly accessible Free Jazz record (often referred to as Free Bob), with the two irresistible modal tracks „Return To The East“ and „Surf Ravin“.

This is no overly cacophonous record. In fact, the reeds sound almost mixed slightly into the background compared to the rhythm section, which, in my opinion, is the real star on this record. Ronnie Boykins on bass and Steve Reid on drums must have had a great day, because their performance is stellar: Boykins has great technique, a „big“ and almost dry as bone sound, with a very unique approach to creating a groove. Reid sounds less funky here than on his own albums (Mustevic), but his beat is extremely forceful and there is that unconventional quality to his playing that’s hard to put into words as a non-musician, but it is immediately obvious once you listen to him. But to avoid any misunderstanding: Tyler, Cross and Blythe sound absolutely great and deserve highest praise. But I feel that this record benefits most from Boykins‘ and Reid‘s contribution.

What‘s nice about this cover – and quite uncommon for the 70‘s – is that they used a letter press for the back cover and also for the front (the cat.no.). Tyler's head was silk-screened. I tried to capture the indentations, which can be felt with a fingernail, with my camera. Just love the fact that so much effort and passion went into creating this excellent album.

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Mongo Santamaria y Su Orquesta - ¡Sabroso! (Fantasy/OJC, 1960)

 

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23 hours ago, Dub Modal said:

Back to Andrew Hill BNs, starting with:

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21 hours ago, Dub Modal said:

More Hill with Henderson, Davis, Hubbard & Chambers

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Both outstanding ....

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21 minutes ago, soulpope said:

 

Both outstanding ....

Indeed. I put a whole lot more Andrew Hill on my wish list after this session. Incredible. 

And now, more Hutch:

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Posted (edited)

Just finished:

Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky - Selb-Dritt (FMP, 1981)
 

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Now on to:

Shadow Vignettes - Birth of a Notion (Sessoms, 1985)

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Bought this for AlSears (who plays on the second Swingville album icluded here), but Jordan's playing is so fine - I have a new favourite trumpet player. I never heard more subtle muted trumpet than on the title track.

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58 minutes ago, BillF said:

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Great album. Might be Lee Katzman's best recorded appearance.

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Just finished:

Joe Maneri - Let The Horse Go

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Now on:

Sir Roland Hanna - Maybeck Recital Hall Series Volume Thirty-Two

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41 minutes ago, Rabshakeh said:

Just finished:

Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky - Selb-Dritt (FMP, 1981)
 

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Now on to:

Shadow Vignettes - Birth of a Notion (Sessoms, 1985)

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Two good ones there. I remember buying the Shadow Vignettes after someone posted it here. Not the first purchase nor the last inspired by this board

35 minutes ago, rostasi said:

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Now that's a great album

2 hours ago, Dub Modal said:

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Hill & Rivers together as side men. 

At this point either Hutchfan, I think, or I usually mention how this feels like a Hill album

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11 minutes ago, mjazzg said:

At this point either Hutchfan, I think, or I usually mention how this feels like a Hill album

I 100% agree. He's all over this recording. 

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1 hour ago, mikeweil said:

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Bought this for AlSears (who plays on the second Swingville album icluded here), but Jordan's playing is so fine - I have a new favourite trumpet player. I never heard more subtle muted trumpet than on the title track.

Great stuff. Had the Swingville lps and jumped on the cd when it was issued.

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1 hour ago, mjazzg said:

At this point either Hutchfan, I think, or I usually mention how this feels like a Hill album

I think you just beat me to the punch!  

And we say it because it's TRUE. :P

 

1 hour ago, Dub Modal said:

I 100% agree. He's all over this recording. 

We have a quorum!

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I Was There - Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook

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