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  1. Roy Brooks - Understanding

    No need for discussion ... but plenty of need for listening!
  2. I'll echo this recommendation. Solarius is an excellent record. A Kühn Brothers effort that I like even more is East Berlin, 1966: Probably hard to find, but the music can stand alongside anything Jimmy Giuffre recorded in the 60's, as well as other groups like some of the earlier JCOA records.
  3. JR Monterose Is Alive In Amsterdam

    Both the Monterose and Dulfer arrived this week (via CD Japan). For live recordings, both sound good on compact disc. Solid (the reissue label) is getting better at not overly compressing their releases. Both albums can be turned up. On the Monterose, Han Bennink's drums sound improved: cleaner and with a more noticeable soundstage; in contrast, Monterose's tenor is still somewhat recessed, but that's probably in the original recording. The music of course is excellent. If you like Archie Shepp's mid-60's work on Impulse! (with Roswell Rudd), you'll like the Dulfer. It's high energy organized "free" playing. This album should be better known; and I have a feeling (just a hunch) that this disc will go out-of-print quickly. If you like this period and style of music, and don't mind live recorded sound, I'd recommend it.
  4. Alice Coltrane/Pharoah Sanders

    I wonder where the date was — still the Penthouse? I also wonder if it's this broadcast: Even if it is, I'd still go for an authorized version.
  5. Roy Brooks - Understanding

    This was definitely recorded "hot," but it doesn't take away from Shaw's brilliance. Some in-the-zone trumpet playing on this set. For Woody Shaw fans it's a must-have. I actually bought it for Carlos Garnett, but it's Shaw I can't stop listening to. His chops are in peak form.
  6. Jimmy Giuffre 3: Live

    I hope some day the Tübingen concert, from the 1961 European tour, will be cleaned up and released. I believe it's the only recording, of presumably four total, from this tour — the others being Bremen, Stuttgart, and Graz — that has not seen a digital release. The Jazz Discography Project lists eight titles from this performance, if "western Europe" is indeed the Tübingen set. Unique Jazz released a boot on vinyl. Here it is. The music is great; a fair amount different than the performances from the other cities.
  7. All Things Hat

    Hat Hut already corrected it ... by coincidence?
  8. Two excellent albums from the mid-50's on Swing/Vogue: Both were reissued in the short-lived "Jazz Connoisseur" series from Sony France. (The Hodeir isn't listed in that link, but it was indeed part of the series.) Think "Birth of the Cool," but with a more progressive bent. Hodeir was not afraid to diverge from tonal centers. The Jaspar title includes both "New Jazz, Vol. 1" and "New Jazz Vol. 2" — with arrangements by Hodeir. Some of the music on these albums reminds me of Bob Zieff's writing (from approximately the same time period) coming out of Boston. And if you explore that series (Jazz Connoisseur), make sure to pick up this early Solal effort: Also, if you don't have them already, you'll want the two Joe Harriott albums from the early 60's: Free Form and Abstract. Both albums are being reissued (at some point) by Hat Hut:
  9. Roy Brooks - Understanding

    Turns out I had a ton of Amazon Rewards points, so I just pre-ordered. Can't wait to dig in after the release date!
  10. Albert Ayler

    Thanks for the heads-up. I watched the documentary a handful of years ago, and it'll be great to watch it again. I wonder if it'll ever be on DVD.
  11. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Resumed for EDC, etc

    Georgia Anne Muldrow is playing The Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles this Fall, sharing the ticket with Brittany Howard. Should be an interesting show.
  12. Some absolutely killer Michael Brecker solos on this set ...