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  1. Weather Report "Columbia Boxes"

    They're nice sets, spines or not.
  2. 2019: Blue Note's 80th Anniversary

    I've had success playing foreign blu-rays on my domestic blu-ray player, even if they are noted as being specifically region 2, where region 2 DVD's do not play on the player.
  3. Link to bandcamp Did we know about this? Sounds great, musically and sonically . LP and download, no CD .
  4. +1 Yes, tragic and mysterious, and a great loss.
  5. She was great. Fairport was never the same without her. Check out Fatheringay if you aren't already familiar with them.
  6. Someone should grab "New True Illusion". One of her 70's masterpieces.
  7. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    1979 recording, well beyond the freshness date for CTI. By the mid-late 70's it was turning wrong.
  8. This looks great to me, that band was on fire! CD's available https://originarts.com/recordings/recording.php?TitleID=82810 HAL GALPER LIVE AT THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC, 1977 ORIGIN 82810 PURCHASE ITUNES - $10.99 (Mike & Randy Brecker) comprised a blistering front line. Galper was in aggressive form, playing with an energy reminiscent of McCoy Tyner, a spirit of embellishment reminiscent of Art Tatum and a harmonic knowledge reminiscent of Bill Evans. Dockery and Moses formed a heart-pounding tandem. OWEN CORDLE, JAZZTIMES Captured during a pivotal, trailblazing period of his five decade career, pianist Hal Galper had come off the road with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet looking to establish his new working band. Pulling in Michael & Randy Brecker, whom he had recorded & worked with in the early '70s, along with bassist Wayne Dockery and drummer Bob Moses, Galper set up Sunday matinees at NY's Sweet Basil jazz club for a year to woodshed the group concept and new compositions. In the studio, 1977's "Reach Out" displayed an astonishingly original collective, all matching Galper's chance-taking, high-spirited, free-wheeling approach to music making. 1979's "Speak with a Single Voice" captured the energy of the quintet live, but on this 1977 Berlin Jazz Festival performance, the band shifts into an other-wordly overdrive. From the opening salvos of Galper's "Now Hear This," the mission is defined - jazz giants, in the prime of their youth, set free to blow, pushed to the limits by Galper's facility, full-bodied sound, and fertile imagination. TRACK LISTING: DISC ONE 1 Now Hear This 13:59 2 Speak with a Single Voice 24:36 3 I'll Never Stop Loving You 12:56 DISC TWO 1 Triple Play 14:04 2 This Is the Thing 12:33 3 Hey Fool 9:31 PERFORMERS: Hal Galper - piano Randy Brecker - trumpet, flugelhorn Michael Brecker - tenor saxophone Wayne Dockery - bass Bob Moses - drums PRODUCTION INFO: Produced for release by Hal Galper & John Bishop Recorded live at Berliner Jazztage '77, Berliner Philharmonie on November 4, 1977, except Disc 1/Track 3: Recorded at Berliner Philharmonie on January 11, 1978 Berlin Jazz Days Artistic Director: George Gruntz ZDF concert telecast produced by Reinhard Knieper Mastered by Dan Dean, Dan Dean Productions, Mercer Island, WA Liner notes by Paul Rauch Cover design & layout by John Bishop REVIEWS OF LIVE AT THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC, 1977 Midwest Record (Chris Spector) One of the great you wish you were there moments is finally getting it's long over due release, this live date finds Galper fresh off the road from three years with Cannonball Adderley now fronting a band with the Brecker Brothers blowing away. With echoes of Miles in the air, along with a finger pounding that could only have led to early arthriti ...
  9. +1. Never liked his sound on it. Give me Chick Corea or Cedar Walton on the Rhodes.
  10. I'm very happy with it and loved that group. The whole was so much more than the sum of the parts, and it really brought out the best in the Brecker's and Galper.
  11. Mingus live after "Changes 1/2" (1976,77)

    Never got to see Mingus. Saw a spectacular Mingus Dynasty performance at the Painted Bride Art Center in the 90's. Walrath led it. John Hicks, Michael Formanek, Josh Redman, Alex Foster. Don't remember drummer or trombone.
  12. Rick Laird, R.I.P.

    RIP. Solid player, selflessly anchored a legendary group.
  13. Summer of Soul on Hulu

    Last Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer published a good interview with Questlove about this. So strange that it has been so neglected, given all the attention WattStax garnered a couple of years later. But of course Stax got the soundtrack to that released which I guess makes all the difference.
  14. Welcome to BFT208!

    Sorry to hear that, it's not right. Do they play good music over the PA system at the warehouse?
  15. Oregon - 1974

    Towner has always caught my ear. AS a potential purchase for me, This one will likely depend on sound quality and price.
  16. Welcome to BFT208!

    1 – Nice vocal version of Stanley Cowell’s wonderful “Maimoun”, though it likely has a different title for this version. I like the reference to “sweet illusion”, a nod the Cowell’s great ‘Illusion Suite” album which “Maimoun” was on (also on Clifford Jordan’s masterpiece, ‘Glass Bead Games’). No idea who the singer is. Wouldn’t mind owning this. The flute solo works. The tenor not so much for me, sounds like an older player influenced by Jordan but more off-center. I like the piano and bass solos. Great start. 2 – Well, they certainly take their time getting there, but I enjoy the journey. Nice, loose feel with the horns very conversational and the bass walk soulful. Two flutes, and two bass clarinets if I am hearing right? Overdubs? Very enjoyable on its own terms. 3 – Right in my wheelhouse, bring it on! The bass player is pre-Stanley Clarke, holding a solid groove. Trumpet player has a nice Blue Mitchell vibe, and is quite good. Tenor player gets it done, has heard Coltrane but not swallowed him whole. Pianist wastes no notes, Cedar Walton type of groove. Wonderful composition. Gotta get it if I don’t have it (though I would hope I do have it already). I’ll be shocked if this turns out to be latter day musicians, the feeling is there. 4 – Interesting instrumentation, both organ and electric piano. I would think this is 70’s origin with that combination and that groove. Nice feel, but to me the cut overstays its welcome by half. Pleasant listening as background music, but there’s not really all that much happening. 5 – Well played, but faded into the background for me, took so long to get started. I’m sure there are others who will love this cut. Flute player sure sounds like Eric Dolphy, and is the highlight of the cut for me, but the style is too late to be Dolphy. That would then be James Newton, I guess. Clarinet player is good, lot of clarinet on this BFT! Two just on this cut. Should probably be a clue for me. 6 – I’ll take what you’re gimme-ing, and make mine a double, love love love it, the title track from this. 7 – Felt like an extended introduction to the cut, and I kept waiting for it to start, and suddenly the tenor is soloing on the introduction. Again, well-played, pretty background music which does not grab my undivided attention. Post-70’s ECM? If not, certainly influenced by that. 8 – More to my liking for sure. Sounds like it is sourced from vinyl? Worth the effort. Great groove, love the walking bass. Trombone playing is fabulous, and shows the influences of several generations of players. This cut is a keeper if available on CD. 9 – Again, if you’re giving it away, I’m taking it. What’s not to like? Side 2, cut 1 from this. 10 – Works for me. Also a lot of flute on this BFT, and this flute player is really good. Flute and vibes is such a good combination. And the soprano player controls that instrument well. Bass player is post-Stanley Clarke, with all those flutters. Whatever this is, would love to have it on my shelves. 11 – That’s one nasty scratch across that vinyl. We really need to hang out together and listen to some music. Cut five from this I would think, though there must have been a previous vinyl release with it. Love the BFT, of course, always love yours! Can’t wait for some of the reveals, thanks!
  17. Agreed, and those are his three best albums (though Tori is also essential, and you'll want Elegia).
  18. Welcome to BFT208!

    After all, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that soulful Gene Harris swing!
  19. RIP Ellen Mcilwaine

    She was a talent, and seemed like she would break through in the early 70's (it didn't happen). RIP.