mjazzg

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  1. Michael Naura - Vanessa [ECM]
  2. Archival Bob Downes release

    The vocals are very sparse on this one. There's only one real 'vocal' track with any lyrics. Anything else is vocalese improv but, predominantly, this is an instrumental album. So nothing like "Deep Down Heavy"! Thanks. It was the 'real vocal' that made we wonder. I'm happy with the whoops and hollers
  3. Your Top Ten of 2010

    my ten from about 30 new releases I've heard over the year
  4. Archival Bob Downes release

    was about to 'add to basket' on the basis of the samples until the vocal kicked in. How many vocal tracks are there?
  5. Your Top Ten of 2010

    In no particular order Carter/Jorgensmann/Maurer/Rolin - Riviere Composers' Pool [Emanem] Food - Quiet Inlet [ECM] Evan Parker/Sten Sandell - Psalms [Psi] Steve Coleman & Five Elements - Harvesting semblances and affinities [Pi] Sum [Prevost/Lambert/Wright] - Invenio Ergo [Matchless] Sei Miguel - Esfingico [Clean Feed] Jason Adasiewicz - Sun Rooms [Delmark] Bill Dixon/Aaron Siegel/Ben Hall Weight/Counterweight [broken Research] Ounaskari/Mikkonen/Jorgesen - Kuara [ECM] Stefano Battaglia - Pastorale [ECM] with a very honourable mention to Kris Davis/Ingrid Laubrock/Tyshawn Sorey - Paradoxical frog [Clean Feed]
  6. Okka Disk Catalog Sale

    email sent on 12080
  7. listened to "symphony for improvisors" yesterday and thought it was about time for "...brooklyn"
  8. How's the weather?

    Why insert November?
  9. Henry Threadgill

    Thanks for posting. Look forward to the full length interview. Yes, so do i but can't see them broadcasting the full 3 hours, great as that would be I'll post again if I spot any of the rest is broadcast
  10. Are you an introvert?

    Introvert. As others have said can be extrovert in a job that requires interacting with groups in training situations - as long as i'm the trainer!
  11. Henry Threadgill

    short interview with HT conducted by Ethan Iverson here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vhxp2#synopsis hit the Robert Glasper link and fwd to about 1.20.00 to find HT up for four more days
  12. ... at British taxpayers' expense. ...but only because neither family's got enough funds themselves...
  13. Woodblock Prints - Harris Eisenstadt [No Business] some very lovely writing for brass/woodwinds on this one
  14. No escape, not even here - help!
  15. Jimmy Giuffre 3 - Thesis [Verve]
  16. Numatik Swing Band - Roswell Rudd & JCOA [JCOA/Virgin]
  17. Jazz pianist scammed out of $20M

    have to agree. Also, the victim doesn't know whether he's lost $6m or $20m? In a perverse thought I kind of wish I couldn't notice such a discrepancy...
  18. Carlos Ward - Lito [Leo]
  19. Faith

    Got a copy from Hiroshi when it first came out - a lovely session by this wonderful musician. His latest re-release "Little Afrika" is currently winging its way to me from from Japan. I hope that's as good! these sound very interesting. Just checked Amazon.jp and Faith would cost £44 which is too much I'm afraid. Now, I know Hiroshi is a name much referred to on the board but for a relative newcomer how does one order from him? Assuming it's cheaper than Amazon of course. Any hints appreciated. I checked the 'available from Hiroshi' thread but couldn't find any ordering details - is there a secrert handshake i have to learn? Hiroshi is 'Hiroshi Tanno' of earlyrecords. His website is: earlyrecords and I always contact him by e-mail at hiroshi@earlyrecords.com I have used him for many years and have never had a problem. The cost of the 'Little Afrika' CD was £23.36 including postage & packing. Expensive, I know, but the yen/£ rate is very poor at the moment and I would be very surprised if this CD ever gets a release outside Japan. Why not send him an e-mail and ask whether the 'Faith' CD is still available and the price he would charge for getting it for you. Thanks very much. Will do
  20. Faith

    Got a copy from Hiroshi when it first came out - a lovely session by this wonderful musician. His latest re-release "Little Afrika" is currently winging its way to me from from Japan. I hope that's as good! these sound very interesting. Just checked Amazon.jp and Faith would cost £44 which is too much I'm afraid. Now, I know Hiroshi is a name much referred to on the board but for a relative newcomer how does one order from him? Assuming it's cheaper than Amazon of course. Any hints appreciated. I checked the 'available from Hiroshi' thread but couldn't find any ordering details - is there a secrert handshake i have to learn?
  21. CDs are worthless only if you regard your collection as a financial investment. which may well bring us full circle back to a collector rather than listener!
  22. When I bought my first Penguins I was more than a fleeting jazz listener; but not quite an obsessive. In fact I was buying more classical music at that time than jazz. It was Penguin which made me realise that that there was more to jazz than the well known Americans and the Brits who played domestically. Probably helped steer me back from classical to a more jazz dominated listening habit. The imperfect representation of the music I was aware of...Cook and Morton spelt it out in their introductions. What drew me was the fact that, despite having gaps, it was still stuffed full of more information than I could find anywhere else. I also liked the dry humour (that might just be a Brit thing) - I still chuckle over the comments of late Coltrane being 'God-bothering' or the 'two cheesecloth shirts, four sandals' comment about McLaughlin/Santana. Almost exactly my experience with the Guide. I was definitely a 'fleeting listener' and used it to open the wider world of Jazz recordings, taking me away from Indie rock. I always realised it reflected the opinions, and prejudices, of the two authors.
  23. Strange that. One of the common criticisms of Penguin used to be the way it limited itself to albums that were currently in print or easily available in the UK. Srange indeed. I'd even go so far as to say that ANY record buying guide that limits itself strictly to what is EASILY and off the (internet or real) shelf available everywhere at the time of going to press while items that by ANY yardstick are part of the "major opus" of an artist are omitted just because they happen to be OOP is SERIOUSLY flawed and rather worthless IMHO. Why? Firstly, this way of doing things is bound to be obsolete in more than one detail by the time the printed book hits the bookstalls because items are being deleted all the time. Secondly, because you cannot build a real appreciation of any artist's music on what is MOMENTARILY available (if what is momentarily available is full of gaps) and I do assume that ANY seasoned collector will not be deterred THAT easily by keywords such as "Deleted" or "OOP" - least of all in this digital and internet age. I'd understand all those moans and groans about this or that being OOP if it was an item that has NEVER been reissued for the past 40 or 50 or more years but if it's been around in any guise in the past 20 to 25 years then all this only ought to spur any collector into action. Sure that means work and sometimes long-winded searching but isn't this what motivates the collector no end? but not all listeners are collectors
  24. Yes, the Berendt was my first real guide too (should re-read it sometime). Bought it a bit later and helped me navigate through that period of "The Jazz Revival"/Acid Jazz in the 80s (Steve Williamson, whatever happened to?). Thankfully it sent me towards Mingus and Ornette in the local library....and the rest as they say.... I, too, still refer to the early editions of Morton/Cook but agree that the recent editions have seemed increasingly redundant (and unpurchased). I can see how this new edition might be a godsend for someone starting their discovery of Jazz.