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  1. Joh Coltrane private jan 1958

    Maybe they could get Ron McMaster to work on it.
  2. Does Oscar Peterson get a bad rap?

    I really must post this link to Oscar with Milt Jackson, Nils-Henning ├śrsted-Pedersen and Martin Drew. It is a lovely performance all round. Martin Drew is perhaps not known to you. He is a fine drummer. I saw him at Ronnie Scott's in London, backing Zoot Sims, and recommended him to Oscar when I met him. Enjoy.
  3. I can beat Larry for the year in which I started playing jazz records: 1952. My Dad let me play his 78s on a "windup" phonograph. He had a lot of Fats Waller, as well as Billie Holiday, Jack Teagarden, Bing Crosby and others. My favorite was Fats Waller. We even had a 12" 78 by him: "Mopping And Bopping". I also remember Nat Cole on the radio.
  4. Controversial Food Opinions

    My remark was tongue-in-cheek. Years ago, I posted on here that I like Waffle House, and was greeted by "Ewwwww!".
  5. Miles on Columbia

    I have all of those sets. The disks were so hard to remove that they came out once and never went back in. They should have included the first version of "Billy Boy". Everyone and his dog knows the version on the "Milestones" album. It would be interesting to hear an alternate.
  6. Controversial Food Opinions

    I'm gonna make you all mad now, because I am very fond of Waffle House. Not for waffles, though they make good ones. That name is misleading. It is a Southern grub place, of course. They have an excellent country ham, and, back in the 90s, when America was suffering under battery acid coffee (Maxwell House, Folgers and all the others in the 3 lb tins), Waffle House's coffee was quite decent.
  7. Sorry, folks. I mixed up "The Congregation" with "A Blowing Session". My apologies. Neither album is near the top of my shopping list. I also dislike the Andy Warhol covers. Give me Frank Wolff and Reid Miles.
  8. Keith is great. I love the long solos he recorded in the mid 70s, and his solo on "My Secret Love" on Art Blakey's "Buttercorn Lady" album is amazing.
  9. I appreciate what you say, Felser, but I have heard plenty of Johnny Griffin, and I have a good knowledge of the era. I just felt that it sounds like a blowing session for three tenor saxophonists and I didn't think it would be anything out of the ordinary. I've never heard anyone say anything about it until this thread came up. Mind you, I do like Gene Ammons with Sonny Stitt, especially the Verve "Boss Tenors" album. But two is enough.
  10. Controversial Food Opinions

    Re pizzas, the British have the gall to put corn on some of them. Ewww, utterly disgusting.
  11. Is the album worth a spin? I never bothered to chase it up.
  12. Does Oscar Peterson get a bad rap?

    I agree with what Chuck said in post #2. Oscar was an amazing player, of course, but most times, for me, a bore. There are some good moments in the "Exclusively For My Friends" series, from the 60s. The best I heard was his Limelight "Canadiana Suite", but the beautiful, elaborate cover outclassed the music. He was ideal for Norman Granz's 50s showcases for Bird, Prez etc. I'm sure that the soloists would have been pleased when told that Oscar would be on piano. The word "fuctional" comes to mind.
  13. The bass clarinet

    We might as well look briefly at all the sizes of clarinet. You can see pretty much the whole list here, in this very impressive montage The common one in jazz is in Bb. If necessary, it is called a soprano clarinet, to differentiate it from the other sizes. Its saxophone equivalent is the soprano, both sounding a tone below the written note. Clarinets have a cylindrical tube, and this causes them to overblow a twelfth higher, rather than an octave. As a result, they have a huge range, much larger than that of the saxophone. Their note has only odd harmonics, this giving them their distinctive sound. It so happens that the clarinet tube is only half-a-wavelength, which explains why the common clarinet goes down to D (concert) half-way down the bass clef - a low note for an instrument that is only 26" long. I disagree with some of their names. I would follow the saxophone names, and call the bass clarinet the tenor clarinet. (It does go up to the Bb above the treble clef, at least.) The contra-alto (in Eb, an octave below the Eb alto clarinet) would be the baritone clarinet. The contrabass (in Bb) would be the bass. The "octocontra-alto" piece of plumbing in the video (in Eb, an octave below the contra-alto, yet) is very rare. Believe it or not, Leblanc actually made one an octave below the (Bb) contrabass. I have seen a picture of M Leblanc blowing into it, but there doesn't seem to be any audio anyplace. It has been simulated on Youtube by lowering the notes from a smaller horn. There have been several clarinets higher than the common one. The most common is the Eb clarinet. (That's all it's called.) It was used very effectively by Johnny T. Williams in the score for "Young Sherlock Holmes" during the final scenes. The guy who loaned me the bass clarinet had one, and let me blow it. It went easily up to its top C. The smallest clarinet is the little Ab piccolo clarinet. They managed to fit the standard Boehm mechanism to it. It is apparently mainly used in Italy. Its bottom note is C, the bottom note of the flute. I assume that they went for the bizarre key of Ab because a Bb piccolo clarinet would be too small to accommodate the Boehm mechanism.
  14. pre OJC Fantasy cd (FCD series) info assistence requested

    I have "Equinox" on vinyl. I am a huge fan of his trio with Paul Chambers and Arthur Taylor (a future Mosaic?) but I wasn't knocked out by this album. I got it mainly to hear "Hobo Joe", which is superb on the "Little Johnny C" album (Johnny Coles, Blue Note, 1963), but this version doesn't even get close. So, you want vinyl of the Flora. As the albums are 70s, rather than 50s or 60s, you have a good chance of finding good copies. Lol, I have no idea what some of all that is. FCD#? Best wishes for your search.
  15. The bass clarinet

    Thanks, Late. I just had a look at the Body & Soul video. He really gets Bean's sound. I didn't notice at first, but he's reading those solos out of a book of classic jazz solos.
  16. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Joe's recordings for Milestone are excellent. There is a lot of variety. "We had everything but a hit.", wailed Orrin Keepnews in the notes. A favorite track is "Lazy Afternoon", with 'Erbie 'Ancock and Ron Cartair.
  17. pre OJC Fantasy cd (FCD series) info assistence requested

    Yes. Flora's Milestone albums can be found here Some items with Joe Henderson are in the 8 CD Milestone set.
  18. You are absolutely right about the Teddy Wilson set, Hans. It was the Oliver Nelson set that was about to end. That Nelson set is an excellent example of the value of the Mosaic concept. I strongly doubt that I would ever have chased up all the albums covered by the set. There is some superb arranging and playing. I would include Cannonball's "Domination", but they had to consider size, and the album is easy to find. I love the fact that Oliver didn't restrict himself to a "trumpet section", a "trombone section", a "saxophone section" and rhythm. He offers mixures of all the instruments, plus many extras, such as bass clarinets, flutes and other tasty tone colors.
  19. Congas

    Every now and then, a Blue Note session is listed as having a guy who plays "Conga" - e.g. Ray Barretto with Lou Donaldson. It might be helpful to go into this in a bit of detail. Congas originate in Cuba, where they are called tumbas. There are several sizes. Starting in the middle, with the two most common ones, we have el quinto, with a head 11" in diameter, and la conga, with an 11.75" head. These are the two that Barretto and others play on jazz sessions. The listing should read "Congas", not conga. The next most common size is la tumbadora, 12.5" across. In the opposite direction, el requinto has a 9.75" diameter head. This is a very versatile instrument. Finally, the largest one is la super tumba, 14" in diameter. I have all four "Latin Percussion" "Galaxy Giovanni" congas that they make (all of the above except the largest). Here is one I have asked Latin Percussion to make a super tumba in this range. I messaged them about it, and the guy who replied thought it was a good idea, but nothing has been done. I don't like the look of the model that they do make. I also noticed that a guy on one album was listed as playing a "chekere" (sic). The shekere is merely one of dozens of percussion sounds, and it would be appropriate to list the player as playing "percussion". He would probably bring several pieces of equipment to the session. This is what you might expect There is a red and white shekere on the right. I have a very similar setup here. I have this shekere Latin percussion is a lot of fun and I've thoroughly enjoyed acquiring the various instruments.
  20. Cutting the Cable

    I never watch live TV. It is mainly rubbish anymore. I watch videos stored on an external hard drive. No ads, no annoying logos, and if I need to leave the room, a program can be paused. I also never answer my landline: spam calls have completely ruined it. I have an answering machine, for the rare genuine call. My cellphone has unlimited calls. For me, landlines and cable/satellite TV are very 90s.
  21. My main problem with Mosaic sets is not the cost (though, of course I don't buy sets with fierce prices): it is finding time to hear them. I got the recent Teddy Wilson set just before it ended, but so far, I've only listened to CD1. A major hindrance is that they insist on scattering the tracks all over the place - by the will of the majority, Michael says. For me, step one is to unravel the tracks and burn them onto CDs in proper order. The last Lester set took days to unscramble and arrange chronological order. There, Sony's stubborn attitude made it even harder - they refused to mix the stuff they own with other companies' material. They are as childish as sulky kids playing marbles. May I remind these companies that they didn't play on, or record, ANY of the music.
  22. "We Three" label confusion

    O.K. It's time to say it. If a person wants to reply to a long post, there is no need to quote the whole thing. It bloats most threads on here and is tedious. All one needs to say is something like "Further to your post, Charlie, ... ". I have no idea how much storage capacity this site has, but at least 1/3 of the data must be this repetition.
  23. pre OJC Fantasy cd (FCD series) info assistence requested

    Which Flora album(s) do you want? Orrin Keepnews recorded her in the 70s and there is some good stuff. "Mountain Train" is a great performance, and there are some items with Joe Henderson. Yes, Discogs can be awkward to search at times. The hardest thing to find there is the Feedback page. I have to use their Help tab to reach that.
  24. Gary Peacock's wife was called Garina Peahen.
  25. Cannonball's Rhythm Sections

    They were all good, but if I had to pick, I would go for Joe Zawinul. When he and Yusef Lateef joined, there was excitement that was previously missing. I find some of the group's earlier material very polished (of course) but a little bland. Timmons was very good, but I don't like his block chord sound. Red Garland and Gene Harris had better voicings. Some of the best Timmons is his earliest, with Kenny Dorham at the Bohemia. I hasten to add that I'm very fond of Vic Feldman. Wonderful player. And I am very fond of Barry Harris, too. (And don't play that Philly Joe lick again.)