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  • Birthday 07/31/1979

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Tokyo, Japan
  • Interests Jazz Piano in general, Bebop, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk.

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  1. I got my copy yesterday. I like it -- may not be a ground-breaking work, but still a welcome addition to Jazz. Interestingly, I feel it's getting better every time I listen. To my ears, the sound is not that awful. I expected it much worse since I heard it is based on a copy of an acetate disc. The bass sounds especially fat and warm. Hasaan's piano playing reminds me of Elmo Hope, Herbie Nichols, Andrew Hill, and somehow Jaki Byard. Compared with Joe Farrell when he played with Jaki, the young Odean Pope lacks some adventurous impulse. But who can blame him? I guess playing with Hasaan must be a tough job. Hasaan is also fortunate that he could get very responsive rhythm section -- especially Art Davis, I think his bass work here is phenomenal. Kalil Madi also shines. This quartet is very tight as a unit. And now, the compositions...I really love "Viceroy". It's based on "Mean To Me", but Hasaan pours a lot of idiosyncrasy into it. I'm glad that we now have 7 more of his tunes.
  2. Hi.  I've also been looking for this CD for several years, but I've been unable to navigate the Japanese sites where I've seen it pictured.  

    Could you be of any assistance in locating it?

    - Jon


  3. AFAIK that CD is not that rare in Japan...I think it was reissued some years ago (limited copies of 300?) and I can still see several new/used CDs on record shops, auction sites, etc.
  4. Women jazz artists on 52nd Street

    Anita O'Day (I assume no recordings survived, but I read somewhere that she sang with Bird at the 52nd street. I think it was in Bob Reisner's book) Betty Christopher (a female pianist, once Bird invited her to join his group but she declined. mentioned in Bill Crow's book) Helen Humes (some Jerry Newman recordings from 1940s exist. I think it was at Minton's with Don Byas, Joe Guy and Monk. Including an absolutely beautiful rendition of "Stardust") Betty Glamann (a female Jazz harpist, played with Oscar Pettiford Orchestra. Several broadcast airchecks from Birdland in 1957-58 exist. Maybe it's too late?)
  5. My personal favorites are Rockland Palace (an incredible Lester Leaps In!) , Summit Meeting/One Night At Birdland (wonderful Bud & Diz/Fats too) and Bird at St. Nicks (some vintage Bird solos). Also, I like the so-called "the Apartment Jam Sessions". Sounds awful, but it still contains very relaxed but intense Bird playing. I think Bird's Eye CD Vol. 12 contains most of it.
  6. Freddie Redd (1928-2021)

    Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers shares an interesting story about Freddie Redd...
  7. Freddie Redd (1928-2021)

    RIP. Under Paris Skies is a little known gem, one of my all-time favorite piano trio albums. I think his piano playing skill is somewhat limited, but what a talent as a composer!
  8. Honi Gordon

    Honi Gordon also sang 2 tunes ("Eclipse" and "Strollin'") with Charles Mingus Orchestra at the Village Vanguard in Apr. 17, 1972, right after "And Friends In Concert" at Lincoln Center. The existence of private tape has been known and circulated for ages, and recently a bootleg CD emerged in Japan.
  9. Art Pepper

    I think the Atlas label recordings are often overlooked. Those were recorded mostly in 1980, with interesting sidemen (including Lee Konitz), and Art seems to be really relaxed and just blows freely. I guess now it can be obtained as 5 CDs set "The Hollywood All-Star Sessions".
  10. With Strings Jazz Albums

    I guess some of you hate it (and myself is not usually an avid WM fan), but I do like Wynton Marsalis' "Hot House Flowers". I think it was the most ambitious (and maybe a bit arrogant) project by young Wynton. He obviously knew that it would be compared with Clifford Brown With Strings. Wynton may not have been able to beat Brownie, but I think at least he was still in the game.
  11. Junior Mance RIP

    Ten (maybe 20?) years or so ago, Junior Mance did a concert in Tokyo. Some tunes were played as piano duo with Cyrus Chestnut. I don't remember anything except the music was fine, and Junior and Cyrus somehow looked like two bumble bees... Anyway, my personal favorite Junior Mance are: Junior (Verve) -- Well, Ray Brown steals the show, but Junior's piano is still very good. Soulful Piano (Jazz Land) -- Very nice mature Junior. Holy Mama (East Wind) -- That Mellow Feeling. Deep (JSP) -- A little known gem. Softly As in Morning Sunrise (Enja) -- Good playing & recording. RIP.
  12. Tremendous music. And it seems at least some of footage like this survived. I hope they release DVD, too...
  13. I'm not sure whether it fits the "Young Lions" category, but I still love the music from the last incarnation of Arthur Taylor's Wailers. It features then young and upcoming players -- Abraham Burton and Willie Williams on saxes, Marc Cary or Jacky Terrasson on piano, Tyler Mitchell on bass, and Art Taylor himself on drums. AFAIK there are 2 albums from 1991 -- Mr. A.T. and Wailin' at The Vanguard. Both are good, but I like the latter (cool jacket photo!). Authentic and very much lively hardbop. It's pity that Art couldn't hold this group long enough.
  14. Wynton Kelly Unissued in Boston

    I don't know the exact reason why, but Paul Chambers, Kelly's regular bassist, was developing severe addiction problem in this period (he died in 1968 at age 33), so I guess sometimes Kelly needed temp replacements. In addition to McBee, Kelly hired Ron McClure. Both are excellent bassists, but don't have much in common -- so I guess the choice was quite random.
  15. A good read. Thank you for sharing! I think Dodo's piano intro for "Relaxin' At Camarillo" from Charlie Parker's Dial Sessions has the most distinctive, almost strange sound. The tune itself is a simple if rhythmically-tricky blues, so I believe this intro somewhat defines the character of it. Now it became "the" intro for this tune (e.g. Tommy Flanagan always used this -- interestingly, Bud Powell never played it even if Relaxin' At Camarillo was one of his staples), so we got used to it, but still sounds very modern even in 2020. Dodo used different intros for other takes, so I guess that's his own. Does anyone know from where he got the idea? Modern classical music? (Stravinsky, maybe?)