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  1. Anat Cohen. Anat is a friend of a friend who I've met on a few occasions. The last such time she told me about hanging out with Ornette and preparing eggs for him at his place. Here she is from 2012 at a synagogue performing Lonnie Smith's And The World Weeps with Paquito D'Rivera... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6V030_WP78
  2. While David Murray released many albums recorded over a span of several years on DIW/ Disk Union, one particular recording burst I think particularly stands out. In January 1988 (that's as specific as the discs get) he went into New York's A & R Recording Studio accompanied by Dave Burrell, Fred Hopkins, and Ralph Peterson. Jim Anderson was at the board. These sessions produced 4 contemporaneously released CDs - Lovers, Ballads, Spirituals, and Deep River. My recollection is that all 4 were released in 1988 and 1989. They are uniformly superb and compare favorably, to my ears, in capturing a moment in time much like Miles' Prestige Cookin', Workin', Steamin', & Relaxin' recordings did. A fifth and much lesser disc from the same sessions consisting of leftovers - Tenors - saw the light of day in1993. Murray recorded many worthwhile DIW released albums before and after, but those 4 releases are something special. All 4 guys are equal contributors and I think those recordings have never been given their just due.
  3. Along with the great Henry Grimes!
  4. Chuck - I have a healthy amount of your recordings on disc. I treasure them all. What Dylan falls short for you?
  5. A lot of nonsense, projection and envy on display here. Bob Dylan is a towering figure the likes of which will likely never exist again. To Jazzbo's point, the music he has recorded and performed into his later years is the equal of, and in many ways surpasses, what his younger self created at his so called commercial peak. His consistency and aesthetic greatness is akin to Ellington. The comments here are really ignorant and depressing... although somewhat predictable.
  6. Ramsey Lewis - Dance of the Soul. A 1998 release. There's a vocal track that causes me pain but otherwise a most enjoyable album.
  7. We might be hearing different mixes. Your LP vs the CD. ECM recordings do tend ECM- ize things. Either way, it's a killer session along with the other Motian/Brackeen set, "Dance".
  8. I'm listening to a ripped CD version of this and it sounds spectacular. Charles Brackeen dates are to be cherished.
  9. dicky

    Bob Dylan corner

    I felt similarly many years ago. Listening to one of the Bootleg releases, Tell Tale Signs, changed everything. He's as extraordinary as he ever was, and I now listen to and enjoy his latter day recordings more than the earlier stuff. Meet Bob half way and you'll be justly rewarded. The second to last line in Murder Most Foul namechecks Bud Powell! Even cooler, the lyric is - "Play Love Me or Leave Me by the great Bud Powell". Bud, insofar as I know, never actually recorded Love Me or Leave Me but I think borrowed the chords for his "Get It" on "Swingin WIth Bud". Dylan's got big ears.
  10. The only time I was fortunate enough to see Jaki live was as a sideman for a Ricky Ford led gig at Sweet Basil sometime in the '90's. I had a few Ford discs but I went to see Jaki. Ronnie Burrage was on drums but I don't recall the bass player. I had dragged two friends to the set, one of which was the drummer of a pop/rock group who's 1990 debut had been highly acclaimed. Jaki took ill midway through the set and had to be led out on a stretcher. I never had the opportunity to see him again. Nor have I seen Ricky again, which is a great shame. My friend, who had never prior attended a live jazz performance commented after the set something to the effect that he was ashamed to call himself a drummer. Ronnie Burrage left quite the impression. I wonder whatever happened to him. In any event, Jaki is timeless and remains one of my favorites.
  11. A nice tribute via Mark Steyn... https://www.steynonline.com/10039/bean-there-done-that "As it is, in seven decades as magician, comedian, actor, author and more, Orson Bean had done pretty much everything he ever wanted to. He had been on television more or less since there was a television to be on, and was sufficiently in demand two-thirds of a century later to be guesting on "Modern Family", "Desperate Housewives" and "How I Met Your Mother". In between he starred on Broadway with Jayne Mansfield and Walter Matthau in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, on the big screen in Being John Malkovich, in "The Twilight Zone" as a memorable Mr Bevis, and minded the store in "Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman". He was a memorable witness for Jimmy Stewart in Anatomy of a Murder, a hippie in Australia, the head of a school modeled on England's Summerhill (which gave us Rebecca De Mornay and Elton John's record producer), and the father-in-law of Andrew Breitbart. Orson was a master raconteur beloved by Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, which is why he made over two hundred appearances on "The Tonight Show" - until the new guys took over and witty anecdotalists were replaced by grunting pluggers. As he bemoaned to me, these days the bookers mainly want old people who can talk dirty - the potty-mouthed grampa shtick - but, on the other hand, he could more than hold his own at that: a couple of years back in Hollywood, I saw him deliver an almost spectacularly bad-taste stand-up routine. "
  12. I recognize that. And I always read with great interest anything you write or report. I'm fairly certain you meant 1992 rather '82. Assuming '92, Spaulding still hung in there (and pocketed the cash) with Murray for quite a while.
  13. It would appear Spaulding recorded with Murray from 1987's "Hope Scope" until the 1999 recorded "Octet Plays Trane". A total of 6 albums plus an appearance on a WSQ recording. That's a long time to hate the gig. I saw Spaulding on several occasions with Murray's Octet and Big Band. David always went out of his way when introducing the musicians to make a big deal out of Spaulding. It was evident he was especially proud to have him in the group.
  14. That's a sensational recording with a not too shabby supporting cast... Arranged By – Ernie Wilkins, Nat Pierce, Phil Moore (2) Baritone Saxophone – Jerome Richardson, Sahib Shihab Bass – Wendell Marshall Drums – Joe Marshall Guitar – Danny Barker Piano – Nat Pierce Tenor Saxophone – Paul Quinichette Trombone – Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Vic Dickenson Trumpet – Buck Clayton Vocals – LaVern Baker I have it on a 2-fer with her Precious Memories album, which is always wonderful and at times stunning.
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