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9 hours ago, rdavenport said:

Yes, a bit embarrassing to have waited over 20 years to get round to it, I admit.

I first heard it at the age of 19 in 1959, two years after it was recorded. In those days it took at least that time for US recordings to appear here. I was already well into the work of each of the leaders, and thought it a very strange pairing - still do, I suppose. But some very beautiful music there, all the same. In recent years I've been fascinated to hear the alternative takes that appeared on the CD and which, of course, weren't there on the original Riverside LP.

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It took me quite some time to appreciate Monk; in my early days of listening, when CDs were expensive and my disposable income was small, he was fairly low down on my list of purchasing priorities, as he didn't immediately grab my ears

I like the album anyway, a very nice version of Round Midnight (are there any bad ones?) probably the highlight for me 

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One of those records where how much your can enjoy it is probably governed by how much you are disappointed in it.

There is enjoyment to be had though, from both Sonny and Tony Williams.

As for the disappointmen that this was/is not a/the Sonny Is God record, oh well. Sometimes forrest, sometimes trees, just be there where it is, and realize that nobody before during or since could deliver the title tune even remotely like that.

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Sun Ra, Pathways to Unknown Worlds (impulse), and Sam Rivers, Hues (Impulse)

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Gato Barbieri & Dollar Brand - Confluence - (Freedom UK)

Nice-sounding pressing that has had and will have to do until I get my hands on the Togetherness original. Quite enjoyable duets from 1968.

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This record should not have been made. Not this type of record, just not this record. It too often sounds like Sonny is a sideman on his own record, a punched in sideman at that. There are also moments where he sounds relaxed-y enough, but....no.

Lose Lee Ritenour, Patrice Rusheen, and Billy Cobham (from this record)  and lose Wade Marcus (from any record afaic), bring in, say, George Duke and Tony Williams, play the same material live in the studio, and even if it doesn't click, at least it won't be this.

But this is this, so oh well. Back on the shelf for another 10 or more years. This may be the last time, hopefully it is.

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Wade Marcus - He was all over the place back in the 1970s. The first jazz primer book I ever got was full of his stuff too ! His 'Red China Blues' arrangement for Miles was OK..

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Don Freidman, Barre Phillips, & Daniel Humiar...did not know such a record existed onto last year. On Emarcy, no less. Notes by Hall Overton.

works very well as a companion album to Friedman's Metamorphosis, an album which seemed too unique to not have a companion somewhere. Well, hereit is.

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Seems a bit, uh....urgent... but not in a harmful way. Woke me up in a big way, more than the coffee had been!

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2 hours ago, JSngry said:

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Don Freidman, Barre Phillips, & Daniel Humiar...did not know such a record existed onto last year. On Emarcy, no less. Notes by Hall Overton.

works very well as a companion album to Friedman's Metamorphosis, an album which seemed too unique to not have a companion somewhere. Well, hereit is.

^ great record. Perhaps a little more rugged -- and in part due to the recording quality -- than Metamorphosis, at least in my opinion.

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I really dig how Barre Phillips/Daniel Humair vs Richard Davis/Joe Chambers is an archetypical Euro/US win--win dichotomy of the flavors this core music could take on. 

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2 hours ago, JSngry said:

I really dig how Barre Phillips/Daniel Humair vs Richard Davis/Joe Chambers is an archetypical Euro/US win--win dichotomy of the flavors this core music could take on. 

Exactly.

Now:

Pak Yan Lau/Chris Corsano - Asbestos & Little Rain - (Les Albums Claus, BE)

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2 hours ago, John Tapscott said:

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A stone classic ....

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The Twelve Tone Compositions and Arrangements of Lyle Murphy (Contemporary)

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These people in this time/place worked quite well. A few years later, probably not. But this, forward progess for all involved, cooperative forward progress.

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Leo Smith - Creative Music -1 - (Kabell, US)

I've struggled over the years to find a quiet-enough sounding copy of this wonderful solo trumpet, flute and percussion LP. Just bought another that seems to be about as good as one could get.

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I had the first issue with the silk screen "feeling" cover and later Leo gave me a new one with a slick cover, saying the sound had been improved. I haven't compared them, though I still have both.

Lots of studio time needed to improve this material.

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Ah, yeah I've never run into a copy of the silk screen original, though I've heard of its existence. Spoke too soon on this one, as the second side is pretty crackly. Oh well. There's always the Tzadik CD reissue...

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Now:

Eddie Bert - Encore - (Savoy, DG red label)

fine, fine stuff with Klook, Joe Puma, J.R. Monterose and others.

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12 hours ago, Chuck Nessa said:

I had the first issue with the silk screen "feeling" cover and later Leo gave me a new one with a slick cover, saying the sound had been improved. I haven't compared them, though I still have both.

Lots of studio time needed to improve this material.

I also have both issues. The "regular" is on Kabell Records (Kabell 1 - blue label) which of course was (is) Leo Smith's own private label. But the one with the silk screened cover (blank back cover; notes included in a small stapled booklet) is on TMS Records (TMS 1000 - yellow label).

Was "TMS" the originally intended name of his label and did he change this for the second pressing, somewhere between 1972 and 1975 (release of Reflectativity), or is there another story? Anyway, I've never been troubled by the pressing quality of either of these. And I love the music very, very much.

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I always assumed TMS Records was the custom pressing plant and not Smith's label.

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1 hour ago, John Tapscott said:

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Crack rhythm section B. Harris + S. Jones + R. Brooks ....

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J.R.Monterose "s/t" (blue note, Lexington USA). 

Sonny Clark "leapin and lopin" (blue note, stereo NY USA). A slightly later issue (no "ear") but it sounds excellent and I only paid about $7 for it around 5 years ago!  One of my favorites...

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