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  1. Grant Green interview

    Could it have been the Five Spot in NYC? (see upper left corner)
  2. 2019: Blue Note's 80th Anniversary

    Has anyone seen the DVD?
  3. Grant Green: "Iron City"

    I agree, contracts are interesting. Re the existence of a Verve contract, it could have just been a one-off (or two-off) agreement. I think usually for an exclusive contract, it requires a certain number of recordings, regardless of how long it takes (remember that Herman Lubinsky wouldn't release Wilbur Harden, and Orren Keepnews joked that he signed Sonny Rollins to a standard contract for Milestone, knowing full well how long it would take him to fulfill it), so if Verve had Green to an exclusive contract, he would have had to fulfill it after he came back on the scene (unless Verve released him). Verve seemed to be doing a lot of those one-off dates at that time, such as the Donald Byrd "Up!". Let's not overlook that it might have been a pick-up organist for the Iron City date. That would explain why the playing is not very distinguished. Almost definitely, Buck Jones and Jimmy Watson were local Indy guys.
  4. Anthony Braxton

    About time Braxton got Artie Zim to help with the marketing!
  5. Grant Green interview

    I'm still not seeing the incentive for anyone in this production chain to say it was Patton when it was actually Young. It's not like one was a bigger draw to record buyers than the other; in fact, in 1972 (the year of release), Young may have been a little "hotter" due to his work with McLaughlin, Santana, etc. By that logic alone, it is probably Patton on Iron City. Another interesting question: how did a date from 1965 or 1967 wind up in Cobblestone's hands in 1972? Who was holding it in the interim? Especially since Green was paid for the date, why would it take so long for the backer to get a return on his investment? If it was held up for legal reasons, then there would have been a wider knowledge of the tape's existence.
  6. The All Things Van Morrison Thread

    There was a similar cranky review in WSJ. But I liked some of the reader comments: "Unfortunately, this review tells us more about the reviewer's political disagreements with Morrison than it does about the album itself." "Van’s the man, and it seems he’s paying pretty close attention to contemporary culture, but the author doesn’t seem to understand the Blues." "I have been a Van Morrison fan for 55 years and I have always had the sneaking suspicion that Morrison was a closet Capitalist. He definitely believes in a free market and his anti establishment, anti authoritarian streak must grate on all of those left wing music reviewers who still cannot admit that they themselves are the establishment and the authoritarians." "I guess his gripes aren't intersectional enough to warrant a favorable review." "Yep, if Van were singing the praises of BLM and Critical Race Theory, or looking for the bogey man of White Supremacy, the reviewer would praise the album as if it were by Beyonce or Lil’ Wayne. Instead, because Van is writing lyrics from right of center, it is derided. It’s is sad that everyone at the WSJ not on the editorial side is so SJW biased. Rock music used to be about criticizing “the man” and those in power. Now when an artist criticizes the government and its policies, a double masking, restaurant avoiding, grocery decontaminating, basement dwelling critic defends “the man” while pillorying the artist. Sad how times have changed." "Songs in the key of "the lockdowns were not even remotely close to worthwhile." He is correct. The lockdowns were not even remotely close to worthwhile. An Actuarial Society of South Africa study estimated the South African lockdowns caused 29 times more harm than benefit in their country." "I imagine that if Van Morrison had, instead, put out an album praising Biden and Fauci, asserting systemic raz-esm and commending politicians for the lockdown, the reviewer would have loved it. Pop music, as elsewhere, is an echo chamber of unimpressive undercooked groupthink. Deviate from the "truth" at your own peril."
  7. Pony Poindexter, any fans?

    Excellent!
  8. What music did you buy today?

    Just received these from Tommy's Jazz:
  9. Mingus at Carnegie Hall, Deluxe Edition

    Interesting that the Mingus is coming out. One would have thought that the original tapes would have been destroyed in the 1978 fire.
  10. Recent research Teddy Charles, Chet Baker, etc.

    Great stuff! Thanks for letting us know.
  11. Billy Hart Corner

    Listening now to this:
  12. Albert Marx licensed his productions to other labels, but I guess copyright reverted back to him after a period of time. There was a Clare Fischer on Atlantic and a Marty Paich on WB, among others, that were reissued on Discovery in the '80's.
  13. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Beethoven: Violin Sonatas #4, 5, 9