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  1. Bobo Stenson - Witchi-Tai-To (click here to buy) My intention is to highlight the work of pianist Bobo Stenson, a jazz musician whose music has influences and inspirations from most of the planet. My first thought was to make the Album of the Week one of his much more recent trio recordings, "War Orphans," that has frequently been in my cd player since it came out a few years ago. But I soon recalled this fine recording that the "Jan Garbarek-Bobo Stenson Quartet" made back in 1973, which, I think, still stands as a passionate milestone in both of their careers and has remained an atypical ECM staple over the intervening years. I've been a fan of Bobo Stenson, starting back in the '70s with his mostly-Scandinavian collective, Rena Rama, and his participation in Turkish master percussionist Okay Temiz's Oriental Wind. Stenson's current trio has been together and has continued to develop their distinctive voices since the '80s. Bobo Stenson also had important tenures with Charles Lloyd, Tomasz Stanko, and several others and has participated in what I think are some of their finest recordings. So, while the Album of the Week for October 5 - 11 is officially "Witchi-Tai-To" by the Jan Garbarek-Bobo Stenson Quartet, I want this to also serve as a kind of temporary "Bobo Stenson Corner" where one may discuss any musical project that Bobo Stenson has been involved in.
  2. Richard Pryor Has Left Us

    Please pass the potatoes.
  3. Happy Birthday, Jim S.

    Jim, Happy Birthday!!
  4. Coltrane At The Half Note

    Then they can get me too. I've tripped/contemplated/grooved Trane all kinds of ways.
  5. Happy Birthday, Brandon Burke!
  6. Dogon A.D.

    I love Dogon A.D. to death! I enjoy it often. I transferred my Arista LP to CDR, along with the wonderful track from the same session that was, for some reason, released on Coon Bid'ness called "The Hard Blues". I wonder how the MP3s sound compared to my somewhat flawed original?...
  7. Vitamins....

    No real reason. Does the flaxseed aid your regularity?
  8. Richard Pryor Has Left Us

    Richard Pryor was an important part of my growing up. He was echoed through my L. A. neighborhood and on the schoolyards as his album, "That Nigger's Crazy" came out, even more than Bill Cosby had been. I saw all of his movies for many years. He was one of the funniest entertainers ever and very hip, in-touch, and sometimes even inspirational. "Rest In Peace", Richard Pryor
  9. Another birthday? Congratulations, ghost!
  10. Happy birthday Dmitry!

    Happy Birthday, Dmitry!
  11. Nero 5 came with my drive. I liked it so much that I bought Nero 6 Ultra. Don't think I'll need Nero 7 at this point.
  12. How's the weather?

  13. Curb Your Enthusiasm

    I thought that it was one of the best ever ! Great way to end a season!
  14. Jazz DVDs

    Randy Weston "Live in St Lucia" 2002 Randy Weston - piano Alex Blake - bass Neil Clarke - percussion Talib Kibwe - flute, alto saxophone Benny Powell - trombone
  15. Ornette on Tenor

    Charles Brackeen - "Rhythm X" (Strata East) Edward Blackwell(d),Charles Brackeen(ts),Don Cherry(tp),Charlie Haden(b)
  16. Paul Motian, ECM Recordings

    I've been drawn to "Dance" since it's original release on LP many moons ago, largely due to the "spectacular" (a good word choice) play of David Izenzon and his sensitive interplay with Paul Motian. Charles Brackeen's thin and high sound is certainly uncharacteristic for him. Some might call it delicate. To me, it's a beautiful enigma in that regard. David Izenzon's presence and a more compelling set of compositions make "Dance" superior to its follow-up, "Le Voyage".
  17. Paul Bley

    Paul Bley recordings that enrich my life: Solo set from NPR's "Jazz Alive!" ~late'70s "Axis" (IAI) "Tango Palace" (Soul Note) 4tet with John Gilmore (Savoy) "Solo Piano" (SteepleChase) "Paul Plays Carla" (SteepleChase) "Annette" (hatART)
  18. I had heard about Jimi Hendrix's early impact in the UK, but a most memorable and life-changing event was when I picked up "Are You Experienced" soon after its US release, brought it home, and placed it on my stereo phonograph. Those sounds went right to my DNA. I saw Jimi perform at the Shrine Auditorium, at the Hollywood Bowl, at Woodstock, and twice at the Forum...
  19. Old cassette tapes

    Over a period of a few years, I transferred almost all of the many worthwhile cassette tape recordings that I had to CDR. Most of the tapes were recorded on various Nakamichi decks, and a few of the later ones were recorded on a Sony deck with Dolby-S. Many of the recordings were from mid '70s - early '80s Jazz Alive and other NPR shows and from long-out-of-print LPs. Most sound quite nice; a few are CD quality. Some that were recorded with Dolby-S, sound better than many CDs. Of course, anything that I kept in a car for any length of time was quite degraded.
  20. The Treniers regularly appeared at my grandparents' Catskill hotel (Brown's) in the '60s. Unfortunately, I could not really appreciate their music back then. I think that I first heard the term, "poontang", from them.
  21. John Mayer Trio - TRY! live CD

    My wife and I have enjoyed Jon Mayer's televised appearances. He can really play his guitar with a great feel, but I've had problems with the appeal of some of his songs. Sounds like this is the kind of recording that I've been waiting for from him. Never was able to get into SRV; I'm a stone Hendrix and Buddy Guy fan. Jon Mayer plays from that tasty R&B tradition. Thanks, Aftab, for the heads up.
  22. I went to Aron's a lot when I was a student at Fairfax High, right across the street. They had lots of inexpensive promos back then, and Aron was cool. Tower on Sunset came in around then (late '60s), then Rhino on Santa Monica Blvd... The Music flowed... Another link to the past has passed.
  23. Curb Your Enthusiasm

    GROANS galore (but in a good way ... I think ... )
  24. Happy Birthday DTMX

    Happy Birthday, DTMX!