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I've been busy packing for a major move, so pardon my delay today in posting the list. I'm only going to comment on the unidentified tracks.

Track 1
Stephane Grappelli: Piano Explorations (Acoustic Oasis download) - Time After Time/Tea For Two
Stephane Grappelli: piano

Someone added a third song to the medley, which is likely there. This release was only sold as a download by Acoustic Disc and I can't access this track at the moment to check it.

Track 2
John Marshall Quintet featuring Grant Stewart: Frisky (Organic Music) - Junka (composed by Sonny Clark)
John Marshall: trumpet, Grant Stewart: tenor saxophone, piano, bass, drums

Track 3 
Jackie McLean & Co. Introducing Ray Draper & Tuba - Flickers (composed by Jackie McLean) Original Jazz Classics/Prestige

Track 4
Trio Da Paz: Somewhere - Seven Steps To Heaven (composed by Victor Feldman, Miles Davis & M. J. Savage) Blue Toucan Music
Romero Lubambo: acoustic guitar, Nilson Matta: bass, Duduka Da Fonseca: drums, percussion

This CD may not have been as widely distributed as some of their others. A great band and these musicians shine leading their own bands elsewhere.

Track 5
Frank Rosolino: Turn Me Loose! - It Had To Be You (composed by Isham Jones & Gus Kahn)
Frank Rosolino: trombone, Chuck Berghofer: bass, Victor Feldman: piano, Irivng Cotter: drums

Track 6 
Ed Bickert Quartet: I Wished On The Moon - Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me (composed by Charles McCarron, Carey Morgan & Arthur Swanstrom) 
Ed Bickert: guitar, Terry Clarke: drums; Steve Wallace: bass; Rich Wilkins: tenor saxophone

I ws surprised that this track wasn't identified, but Ed Bickert was always underrated, particularly by US jazz fans.

Track 7
Jesse Stacken & Kirk Knuffke: Mockingbird: The Music of Thelonious Monk & Duke Ellington - Sunset And The Mockkingbird (composed by Duke Ellington) SteepleChase
Jesse Stacken: piano, Kirk Knuffke: cornet

I've been very impressed with this duo's work together, while Kirk Knuffke seems to be gaining a bit more attention these days.

Track 8
Lem Winchester & Benny Golson: Winchester Special - If I Were A Bell (composed by Frank Loesser) Original Jazz Classics/Prestige/New Jazz                                                                         Lem Winchester: vibes, Benny Golson: tenor saxophone, Tommy Flanagan: piano, Wendell Marshall: bass; Arthur Taylor: drums

Track 9
Martin Wind Quartet: Salt 'N Pepper - Turn Out The Stars (composed by Bill Evans) Martin Wind: bass, Scott Robinson: tenor saxophone, Bill Cunliffe: piano, Greg Hutchinson: drums

Martin Wind is a strong leader, though he may be better known for his work with Bill Mays, among others.

Track 10
Gene Bertoncini & Frank Vignola: Meeting of the Grooves - Darn That Dream (composed by Jimmy Van Heusen & Eddie DeLange) Azica
Gene Bertoncini: guitar, Frank Vignola: guitar

A great meeting between two virtuoso guitarists.

Track 11
Ken Peplowski: Double Exposure - Segment (composed by Charlie Parker) Concord Jazz  4:32
Ken Peplowski: clarinet, Ed Bickert: guitar, John Bunch: piano, John Goldsby: bass, Terry Clarke: drums

Track 12
Claire Daly: Movin' On - Goodbye Porkpie Hat, (composed by Charles Mingus) Koch Jazz 5:28  Claire Daly: baritone saxophone, Eli Yamin: piano, Dave Hofstra: bass, Peter GrantL drums

With Claire Daly appearing near or at the top of many critics' polls, I thought she would be identified.

Track 13 
Franco D'Andrea & Francisco Cafiso: Standing Ovation At Pescara Jazz Festival 2002 - Angel Eyes (Composed by Matt Denniis & Earl Brent) Philology Franco D'Andrea: piano, Francisco Cafiso: alto saxophone

This was the recording debut of Francesco Cafiso, who was around 12 or 13 at the time. When he was playing at the nightly late jam sessions at the 2004 IAJE (accompanied by James Williams, Ray Drummond and Ben Riley the final night), I ran into Phil Woods, who brought up his name. I admitted that I hadn't yet heard him and asked "Is he good?" Phil responded, "I'd like to break his arm." D'Andrea's work for European labels as a leader and soloist is very underrated, in my opinion.

Track 14
Albert Mangelsdorff & Lee Konitz: Art of the Duo - Creole Love Call (composed by Duke Ellington), Albert Mangelsdorff: trombone, Lee Konitz: alto saxophone 3:57

Track 15
Aki Takase & Alex Von Schlippenbach: Piano Duets Live in Berlin 93/94 - You Are What You Is (composed by Frank Zappa) Aki Takase & Alex Von Schlippenbach: piano 5:41

It's not one of Frank Zappa's more memorable compositions and it loses something without its lyric, which makes fun of people pretending to be what they aren't. In any case, it was fun running across this track in my collection and I wanted to see if anyone recognized either the song or the pianists. 


Edited by Ken Dryden

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Wow, this month went by really, really fast...I had hoped to get in, but never did. Sorry, looks like a good set.

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It's been a blur for me, too. My packing process has been compilcated by the amount of stuff we have, which has grown during the five years we spent in our current residence.

I will share pictures of the new music library once it is set up.


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I must get that Jesse Stacken and Kirk Knuffke album. That is one of the best tracks I have heard in some time!

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