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  1. this is getting silly - the LA Times takes the tack that the piece was "aspirational," as though that has anything to do with whether Rhapsody is worthwhile or not. Ethan is right - Rhapsody is a pastiche of empty musical gestures, fun and dynamic at times, but shallow and musically all surface. I don't care how ambitious Gershwin was; Trump is ambitious. That does not mean anything good.
  2. Allen Lowe and Ellen Rowe (pianist) Bill Evans Gil Evans and Mal Evans
  3. we should mention that Loren Schoenberg was the person who got this made. I knew Durham a little bit back in the 1970s. Genius writer and arranger.
  4. I have always had an average income, and I bought tons of jazz. But I have my limits.
  5. but judging from that one sample, it is radically improved sonically.
  6. The price is listed on one web site as $154? WTF? This is stupid shit. The sound is obviously much improved, from that video, and I would love to have this but unless it comes out on CD at a reasonable effin' price, I will have to wait for the bootleg....but to quote Richard Nixon, that would be wrong, that's for sure. But I do think this pricing is unconscionable. Worst of all I cannot forgive bad writing on something as major as this: "Located in a basement in the Bronx, the original reel-to-reel tapes have been cleaned and remastered." Sounds like they did the restoration in the basement and that the tapes are still there, because according to this that's where they are located. Should be "Previously located in a basement in the Bronx, the tapes were removed and restored to optimum sound quality." Amateur night.
  7. there is a whole book somewhere of jazz-types experimenting with long forms in those days, but unfortunately I have forgotten the title; but check out Nat Shilkret, who was interesting: https://www.amazon.com/Symphonic-Jazz-Carpenter/dp/B00006RHPG here's the book: https://www.amazon.com/Ellington-Uptown-Johnson-Concert-Perspectives/dp/0472033166/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1X6WL3K7X58V3&keywords=ellington+uptown&qid=1706839470&s=books&sprefix=ellington+uptown%2Cstripbooks%2C71&sr=1-1
  8. This is just my opinion, but I also don’t like Rhapsody, and in my opinion,if you want to hear Gershwin writing in a “serious” and successful way you should check out the Preludes, particularly as recorded by Oscar Levant, though there’s also a good Gershwin version of same. by the way, I have to add that Ethan’s weird historical gaps continue to come out. He writes : ”Levant was considered a popular Gershwin expert and practitioner, partly because he was close friends with the composer, partly because he was a charming film personality.” Sorry, not quite. Levant was a brilliant raconteur, called by Groucho Marx, yes, Groucho Marx, the best ad libber he ever heard. Plus he wrote two fascinating books of autobiography. sorry about the type size can’t seem to get it corrected.
  9. thanks; knowing Larry is an absolute privilege. He is one of the best writers on music I have ever read. Glad his situation is stabilized. oh thanks; yeah, Aaron is frightening in his level of expression. People know of him, but not enough know how brilliant he is on every level.
  10. I spoke to Larry a few times during his involuntary exile. Bad situation, hopefully better now.
  11. I am curious to hear it; though I like Ben’s playing some of his later stuff is a bit new agey. Actually, I was the one who got him the music back when Roswell was still alive, though that’s kind of a funny story in and of itself, involving Roswell’s then-partner Mozelle. I was annoyed at Ben for reasons we don’t need to get into now so I sent him to Mozelle knowing how nuts she was. As for the music itself, I’d like to hear it, though I have the feeling that with Nichols as with monk it requires a very special quality that a few musicians can achieve, even some great ones. It’s very personalized material. This is an example of what I was worried about, a mellow mood that just doesn’t fit, is devoid of any interesting tension, either harmonically or rhythmically; sounds like they recorded it stoned, though not in the good way:
  12. thank you. I did spend 20 years in Maine without a gig....
  13. you betcha, that article disgusted me, was complete and offensive crap; as I posted on Facebook: "the New York Times continues its assault on American culture. In an article on jazz musicians who lived in Queens (and it never even mentions people like Percy Heath who not only lived there but whose house, as I recall, was a place where a lot of younger people were welcomed to what became a very friendly hangout; and, while saying how important it was as a place for Dizzy never mentions that he left it for New Jersey) they write: 'Gillespie, together with Charlie Parker, is largely considered a pioneer of the rebellious jazz style that diverged from mainstream swing jazz’s emphasis on orchestrated productions and collective harmony. Instead, it ushered in an era of artistic experimentation that better reflected the realities of Black urban life and the talents of Black musicians." What? Never heard of Dizzy's big band, Gerald Wilson's, Woody Herman's, Boyd Raeburn's, Tadd Dameron's, all which used, can you believe it, Orchestrations? (hey, remember Birth of the Cool and GIL EVANS). And really, did Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, et al not reflect the realities of black musicians and black talent in the 1940s? Collective harmony? What's that?' Cultural atrocity part 2, courtesy of that NY Times article: "Jazz clubs were in Harlem. But jazz musicians lived on the tree-lined streets of Queens. While white musicians skedaddled to the suburbs, Black jazz virtuosos sought solace in the neighborhoods where their racial identity was welcomed." What what what? Where did Sonny Rollins live? Jackie McLean? Andy Kirk Jr? I think they lived in Harlem, correct me if I am wrong. And I am certain there were many more who lived outside of Queens. Monk didn't live in Queens, but I guess he didn't reflect black talent (see below). And remember BROOKLYN? Max Roach, Duke Jordan and more. This is not exactly my area of expertise but then, I don't write for the Times. And, maybe she is right, but tell us which white players "skedaddled to the suburbs" - is Bill Crow out there? It is true that Al Haig, as Curly Russell told me, went home to Nutley New Jersey after their Bird gigs were finished. But who else? I don't know and I suspect this writer doesn't know either."
  14. that one I agree with it. That's pretty much the way the business is.
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