Tom in RI

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  1. RIP Ellen Mcilwaine

    She died on June 23rd, just seeing it in the news today. “Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.”
  2. Eric Dolphy, Complete Prestige.
  3. Norman Simmons Has Passed Away

    Some years ago Cadence had I’m the Blues on sale. I bought 4 or 5 copies that I gave to friends over time because I enjoyed it so much.
  4. I don’t like picking favorites but I can say I’ve probably listened to William Cepeda’s My Roots and Beyond more than any other Latin disc that I own.
  5. Well, of course I figured at the time that the personnel on the dates were pretty safe as far as springing for the release. If, however, individual releases of the dates showed up in record racks and I hadn’t seen any reviews I can’t say I would have picked them up. I might have but I might have stuck to leaders I would have viewed as safer bets. I didn’t then, or now, try to be a Mosaic completist. But I was definitely happy with Mosaic 101, 104, and 105. I skipped 102 and 103, which was a reflection of my tastes at the time. I guess my feeling was, I trust this fledgling label to deliver an artist in the most elegant fashion. I had also had 2 or 3 correspondences with Mosaic, I knew Michael had issued some of my favorite, at the time, Blue Note twofers, and that just added up for me to credibility that his presentation of Brooks as an under the radar great was worth spending the dough.
  6. I’ve been bitten by the Jazz bug since the early 70’s. When Mosaic first came out I pre-ordered Mosaic 101. I don’t have it any more but I remember getting a letter from Mosaic noting a delay in the release and an offer for refund, which I declined. I mention that only to establish I was on the Mosaic bus early. As with Rooster above, I was not necessarily enamored of organ dates then the way I am now so I probably didn’t have Brooks with JOS at the time. For me, the decision to order the Tina Brooks set was solely based on the Mosaic announcement through their newsletter. I still have it, I hope to pick up XRCD copies of at least some of the issues.
  7. Big score on classic Mosaic sets!

    Thanks Chuck, I want that, a little pricey on Discogs.
  8. Big score on classic Mosaic sets!

    Are the Benny Morton track available elsewhere? I’ve got one track on a Blue Note reissue, Swing Hi, Swing Lo. Nevermind, I see I need to find the Chronogical Classic.
  9. Pm sent on Chuck Wayne and Al Smith.
  10. SACD players

    I’ve been happy with this player, Yes it’s quite old, won’t play cdr’s, and loads slower than any other disc player I’ve owned. But I think it sounds great and I haven’t had any issues with it. I bought it used for $150 a few years ago. I’d love to move up to the Sony model Lon mentioned but they are quite a bit more. There are several for sale under $300 right now on eBay according to hifishark.
  11. Your Favorite Jazz Records of the 1980s?

    I’ve just scanned through all 9 pages, I think I saw two from Adams/Pullen. I’d say their records probably had the biggest influence on my listening then. Personal favorite is Life Line on Timeless. Also, as it was the first leader date I bought by him I’d mention Kenny Barron, Live at Fat Tuesdays which also the first I’d heard John Stubblefield.
  12. Keith Jarrett - Sun Bear Concerts

    In the ‘80’s I used to hit record stores in Boston a lot. There was one in Kenmore Square that labeled the Jarrett section “Jesus Jarrett”, that always gave me a chuckle.
  13. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Duke Ellington Complete 1936-1940 Variety, Vocalion & Okeh Small Group Sessions, disc 1-2.
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