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  1. All the best to the man who never misses the good live jazz shows!
  2. Where is Noj?

    Hey Guys, BFrank hipped me to this, thought I would check in. Thanks for the thread, TTK! The last five years have been very eventful for me. I met a girl, fell in love, got married, and now I am a father of two beautiful little girls. When my second child was on her way I was laid off from my job and couldn’t make the rent so we were forced to move into a 400 square foot converted garage. My music collection went into storage while I worked to get my professional life back together and my family into a decent living space. I have been clawing my way up in a special effects company which is very demanding of my time. The rest of my time goes to my wife and munchkins. I’m glad to report I have managed to put a nice roof over our heads. Collecting music and discussing it and researching it has been put way on the back burner for me—but I sure miss this place and all the great music knowledge that’s here! I’ll be back on when time permits. Cheers, Jon
  3. TWO HUGE thumbs up! This and Shawshank Redemption are the only two Stephen King stories that ever amounted to shit on the big screen, while staying completely faithful to the original text. Interestingly enough, they were both short stories. I liked The Green Mile, too.
  4. $750 LPs Are Hot Sellers at this store.

    I laugh at Atomic records in Burbank and their $30 price tags on most plates. The price gouging turned me away from vinyl collecting a long time ago. My bargain spots, where I'd dig through crate after crate of junk and find $3 gems, have long since closed up shop. I've splurged on some vinyl reissues here and there, but at reasonable rates. My cap is at $20 now, and that better be for something special. $750? That record better come with a stereo system.
  5. Happy Birthday Noj!

    Thanks everyone!
  6. Do you tip?

    20% for good service, more for excellent service, less for mediocrity. I rarely receive bad service. For some reason, hostesses do like to offer me the worst table when there are better ones available. I have an amiable air about me.
  7. Himself was a classic in my household. Something regularly quoted. Hilarious, objectively speaking. I could probably revisit it and still laugh, separating the man from his performance.
  8. 8th grade History test

    With all the morons out there claiming the US is a "Christian" nation and that religious freedom involves the right to push one's religious agenda on others, US History testing should involve a whole lot of basic concepts of the Bill Of Rights, the Enlightenment, and the separation of church and state. I only got 25/30 on this test--but if I had been tested in 1993 I would have aced it for certain. I got a five out of a possible five on the Advanced Placement US History exam.
  9. Thanks for the perspective, Allen. The article read as self-deprecating to me, and didn't come across as making Mr. Motian look like anything other than a musician with his mind on other things. I always figure famous folks are just exhausted by the attention so like Hot Ptah I leave them be. I did make an ass of myself fawning over Marcus Allen (NFL running back) once. I won't repeat that lameness.
  10. We demand a playoff. And postgame speeches.
  11. IPod Question

    I use a program called iPod Access to download from my iPods. Costs about $20. However, if the files are Apple "purchased AAC" or even worse "protected AAC" files he'll need his friend's password to play them on iTunes, and that will only work if his friend hasn't maxed out the number of computers authorized to play the tracks. He'll want to make sure his iTunes is set to manually add tracks to iPod and NOT to autosync the iTunes library.
  12. Sonny Rollins blindfold test

    Musicians tend to have more peaks than valleys. Even an album at a time. They tend to have songs that are much more inspired and more compelling than other songs. They can have whole albums that don't do a thing for me, despite other (usually previous) albums that were entirely enthralling. There's usually a white-hot peak, where the musician catches lightning in a bottle for a spell, and then it fades out. The truly great ones are able to capture that lightning more often than others. It seems to emanate from them and electrify everyone around them, too. Some here wanted Sonny Rollins to keep catching exciting new types of lightning. Sonny, he just likes tinkering with the one he caught the first time. It makes me think of how some musicians have described feeling as though the music already exists somewhere in the universe, and they're able to tap into it, channel it through their instrument, and the music plays itself. A beautiful muse, she waits for the musician who can hear and interpret her for everyone's ears.
  13. Death of the iPod (Everyone's buying vinyl)

    Kneel before iZod!
  14. Sonny Rollins blindfold test

    I think it would have been a more interesting BFT for everyone else had the compiler selected music that Sonny Rollins might have listened to when he was developing as an artist. He probably would have known his predecessors and been able to dive into anecdotes about interacting with them, or by luck a piece might have been something that really meant something to him... Playing him kids younger than him, who were likely influenced by Mr. Rollins himself, I don't see why he would be expected to recognize them.
  15. If I could remember to pick a Thursday game, I might be in the hunt.
  16. 1. Asa Martin "Wild Cat Rag" The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Super Rarities Guitar - Asa Martin Mandolin - Roy Hobbs Recorded in Richmond, IN. Wednesday, 10/19/1932 I often listen to my collection on random, and I like the jarring changes between genres. The more jarring the better. I love the happy sound of this tune. Music for a funny cartoon. 2. Cootie Williams With Duke Ellington & His Orchestra "Echoes Of Harlem" Swing That Music, Vol. 3 Duke Ellington, piano, arranger, directing: Arthur Whetsol, Cootie Williams, trumpets Rex Stewart, cornet Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown trombones Juan Tizol valve trombone Barney Bigard, clarinet Johnny Hodges, reeds Harry Carney, reeds Ben Webster, tenor sax Fred Guy, guitar Hayes Alvis, string bass Sonny Greer, drums Recorded in New York February 27th, 1936 The simplicity of the theme appeals to me. I immediately stopped what I was doing and went to the computer to see who this was. A perfect little song, recorded on what would be my birthday much, much later on. 3. Los Mirlos "Lamento En La Selva" Cumbia Beat Vol. 1 Jorge Rodríguez (voz principal y Director) Carlos Vásquez (tumbadoras) Hugo Jáuregui (timbales) Gilberto Reátegui † (guitarra) Danny Fardy Johnston López (guitarra) Segundo Gustavo Rodríguez (tumbas) Tony Wagner Grández Aguilar (bongó). Recorded 1973 Another total change of pace like I enjoy. A dirty, funky, latin-twinged surf guitar. Sign me up. Anywhere Los Mirlos appear on a compilation, it's special. 4. Aldo Romano, Louis Sclavis, & Henri Texier "Harvest" African Flashback Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone - Louis Sclavis Double Bass - Henri Texier Drums, Guitar - Aldo Romano Beautiful little tune I grabbed on a whim. 5. Jack Wilkins "Red Clay" Windows Acoustic Bass – Mike Moore* Acoustic Guitar – Jack Wilkins Bass – Mike Moore* Drums – Bill Goodwin Electric Guitar – Jack Wilkins Percussion – Bill Goodwin Producer – Bob Shad Recorded 1973 I love this version. I searched for this for a loooong time after A Tribe Called Quest sampled it. 6. Art Blakey Big Band "The Outer World" Ain't Life Grand Alto Saxophone – Bill Graham, Sahib Shihab Baritone Saxophone – Bill Slapin* Bass – Wendell Marshall Drums – Art Blakey Piano – Walter Bishop* Tenor Saxophone – Al Cohn, John Coltrane Trombone – Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, Melba Liston Trumpet – Bill Hardman, Donald Byrd, Idrees Sulieman, Ray Copeland Recorded 1958 So I have this on the pictured John Coltrane compilation The Bethlehem Years. I was trying to sneak a 'Trane through the room! 7. Joe Sample "In All My Wildest Dreams" Rainbow Seeker Bass – Robert "Pops" Popwell* Drums – "Stix" Hooper Flute – Ernie Watts, William Green Guitar – David T Walker Keyboards – Joe Sample Percussion – "Stix" Hooper, Paulinho Da Costa Piccolo Flute – Ernie Watts, William Green Producer – Crusaders, The Saxophone – Ernie Watts, Fred Jackson, William Green Strings – Joe Sample, Sid Sharp* Trombone – Garnett Brown Trumpet – Jay DaVersa, Robert Bryant Jr., Steven Madaio* This old favorite I found when I fell under the spell of The Crusaders, who I got into before learning that they were previously The Jazz Crusaders. I recognized this lick right away from a De La Soul interlude, and this was later sampled to greater financial gain by Tupac Shakur. Anyway, I think it really holds up. As smooth as I really care to get. 8. Andrew Hill "Soul Special" V/A Blue Note Rare Grooves Woody Shaw - trumpet ; Frank Mitchell - tenor saxophone ; Andrew Hill - piano ; Jimmy Ponder - guitar ; Reggie Workman - bass ; Idris Muhammad - drums. from "Grass Roots" (2000), Blue Note. Recorded on April 19, 1968. I have a bunch of Andrew Hill's Blue Note albums, and he's usually much more introspective and complex than this funky number, so I thought maybe he'd be unrecognizable in this context. Awesome to hear he could bring the greeeeaazzze too. 9. Onzy Matthews "Midnight Lament" Mosaic Select Disc 1 Trumpet: Dupree Bolton Alto Sax: Earl Anderza Tenor Sax: Hadley Caliman Piano: Roosevelt Wardell Bass: Clarence Jones Drums: Chuck Carter Recorded June 30, 1963 Previously Unissued I lucked into this set as I have a friend who worked at Capitol for a while who got free Mosaic Selects all the time. Compiling this BFT, it occurred to me that many others might not have found a place in their budget to pick up the Onzy Matthews set. This track stands apart from much of the compilation, and I dig the mood it creates. Standards were so high back then this didn't even make it onto an album! 10. John Klemmer "Free Soul" Magic Moments Bass – Phil Upchurch Drums – Morris Jennings Guitar - Pete Cosey Piano, Organ – Richard Thompson Saxophone – John Klemmer Recorded February, 1969 Originally released as Blowin' Gold (Cadet/Concept 231) Another famously sampled song, it's been a favorite of mine for a long while. It seems to straddle jazz, funk, and rock simultaneously. I was really stoked at how many of the participants seemed to love this one as much as I do! More to come later!
  17. News from home - post your own news here!

    Thanks Lon! It's funny, I've been in a long process of steering my portfolio away from musician portraits and now I have a client who wants...musician portraits.
  18. News from home - post your own news here!

    Those are cool, Stefan! The one at Niagara Falls is really surreal feeling, with that nebulous rainbow-laden background. How large are they printed? I love photography but I've yet to invest the time or money to approach it artistically. Someday... Here's some of my newest paintings. A restaurant is hanging them to sell, and the owner even bought a couple. BB King Frank Sinatra Miles Davis All are acrylic on canvas.
  19. I just thought if any game was one no one would pick, it would be that one and I could make up a spot on the leader. The Raiders were coming off their first win, maybe they'd found a new identity and guys knew their, not even close. Something I meant to mention--I get the "Set Picks Reminder" email after the Thursday game has already started. Is there a way to send that thing on Wednesday?
  20. Blindfold Test #128: The Reveal

    Thank you for all your thoughtful responses, Hot Ptah! I'm glad you enjoyed it. You guys all have such sharp ears, I'm always blown away by the ability to pick someone out of a blind listen. I can do it with some obvious guys who I have really saturated my brain with (Coltrane, or say Stan Turrentine, a few others), but to be able to say oh that might be Grady Tate but the snare's too sharp or to just immediately know Houston Person like it's the most obvious sound in the world impresses me to no end. That I come from this sample-hunting background might be interesting, but I can't help but feel my ears are little less knowledgable than a lot of our jazz experts here. There's a sensitivity you guys have, a consideration for the individual players, that I might not ever develop. Often I read the responses to the BFT's even if I didn't participate, just so I can be amazed by how a lot of the participants will so adeptly ID players.
  21. That's how it's been for me too. Of course, I did pick the Raiders to beat the Rams lol. That ought to count for two losses.