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  1. I only have one disc from the Tzadik label, Marc Ribot's "Yo! I Killed Your God". Quite a noisy affair!

    I have enjoyed everything I have heard yet by Zorn's Masada outfit. Then I heard some broadcast of Steven Bernstein's Diaspora Soul project, which I like very much, judging from that.

    Generally, these albums are extremely expensive over here (almost 30$ !!). Anyone knows a good place to buy them online with not too much shipping cost to Europe?


  2. I love the Monterey album and Electric Bath. The other recent BN/Pacific reissue was a little disappointing, in my opinion, too. The early Candid album, which I have in its recent Past Perfect incarnation (it has been mentioned in the Past Perfect thread in the reissues forum), is quite interesting, too. Byard (also on alto), Carter & Persip make for a very good rhythm section.


  3. One of the advantages of being in bed with some fever and a hell of cold: I started listening to my Ventura / Phillips Mosaic! I head none of the Phillips stuff before, the Ventura maybe two or three times.

    Generally, I like him well. He get's a nice sound on all his horns, the bands are playing some good arrangements. I would not need the vocal-backing on that one session, Ms McCall, though, is good for my ears.

    My favorite sessions would be the quartet dates with Napoleon and Hank Jones, as well as the last date in the box, the one featuring a larger band and some very good playing by all.

    I would not say I like the music for the sidemen only - though many of them do deliver very good work. I enjoy the way Ventura handles the material on hand. Maybe he is a little bit vulgar from time to time, but, so is life... Seriously, I like it a lot!


  4. I also have a Clark Terry CD called "Flutin' And Fluglin'", featuring Jimmy Knepper, Julius Watkins, Seldon Powell, Yusef Lateef, Tommy Flanagan, Joe Benjamin and Ed Shaughnessy. Budd Johnson plays piano on one track. Another very fine album!


    That was a Candid album too. Colours, I believe.

    Yes, that IS a Candid date. They did license it, as they did the Ellis, Hawkins/Russell, Dolphy, etc.


  5. Hey! Today I just found a used copy of the Harry Edison "Swinger/Mr. Swing" for a reasonable $12.50!! Maybe they didn't know it was a double CD. Wah-hoo!!! Now I only have about 16 or 17 more to go before I have all the ones I want. ;)

    You will sure have many hours of listening pleasure with the Edison! Hope more of his music of that time would be available!


  6. I also have a Clark Terry CD called "Flutin' And Fluglin'", featuring Jimmy Knepper, Julius Watkins, Seldon Powell, Yusef Lateef, Tommy Flanagan, Joe Benjamin and Ed Shaughnessy. Budd Johnson plays piano on one track. Another very fine album!


  7. I do enjoy it very much! And "Delilah" is an opening of the sort you want to listen and listen again, and never actually make it to the end of the album.

    There are some good moments from everyone included, yet generally, these musicians seem to be still quite deep in their formative years (Kippie maybe being the exeption - his take on "Body & Soul" might be an indication). This seemed to be the feelings of Dollar Brand who stayed behind woodshedding when all the others left for London with the "King Kong" play (I find Ibrahim's playing on these tracks to be very far away from his "signature style" he was to develop soon after that). Masekela, Gwangwa & Kippie all became part of that tory of success. (It's LP GALP 1040 I have, never heard of this label). That LP is has no date, but it must have been after 1957 for sure, as the story of "the real King Kong" (as it is printed on the backcover of the LP), ended in February 1957.

    A date of September 1957 would make sense, September 1958 would be possible, too. The CD liners state the month of recording being September, and also states that after spring 1959, the Epistles were "a legend without a sound".


  8. Here we go:

    01 Louis Armstrong the best live concert vol. 1

    02 Louis Armstrong the best live concert vol. 2

    03 Miles Davis ascenseur pour l’echafaud

    04 Donald Byrd byrd in paris (live)

    05 Donald Byrd parisian thoroughfare (live)

    06 Holland/Clayton/Singleton club Session

    07 Bill Coleman from boogie to funk

    08 Chet Baker broken wing

    09 Dizzy Gillespie the giant

    10 Slide Hampton exodus

    11 Django Reinhard django et compagnie

    12 Django Reinhard swing from paris

    13 Django Reinhard swing 39

    14 Mary Lou Williams I made love you paris

    15 Elek Bacsik guitar conceptions

    16 René Thomas the real cat

    17 Toots Thielemans blues pour flirter

    18 Buddy Banks jazz de chambre

    Bobby Jaspar quartet barclay

    19 Henri Salvador pardon my english – plays the blues

    20 Various Chanteurs/Chanteuses

    21 Don Byas laura

    22 Sidney Bechet/Claude Luter self-titled

    23 Sonny Criss mr. Blues pour flirter

    24 Guy Lafitte blue and sentimental

    25 Henri Renaud New sound at “the boeuf sur le toit” (live)

    Zoot Sims quintet barclay

    26 Barney Wilen jazz sur seine

    27 Bobby Jaspar modern jazz au club st.-germain

    28 Lucky Thompson modern jazz group

    29 Pierre Michelot round about a bass

    30 Oscar Peterson featuring Stéphane Grappelli Volume 1

    31 Oscar Peterson featuring Stéphane Grappelli Volume 2

    32 Michel Legrand paris jazz piano

    33 Claude Bolling plays the original piano greats

    34 Rhoda Scott / Kenny Clarke self titled

    35 Eddie Louiss bohemia after dark

    36 Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon aux trios mailletz

    37 Sammy Price/Lucky Thompson paris blues live

    38 Earl Hines paris one night stand

    39 Kenny Clarke plays andré hodéir

    40 Art Blakey paris jam session live

    41 Eddie Louiss/Yvan Julien porgy & bess

    42 Stéphane Grappelli improvisations

    43 Jean-Luc Ponty jazz long playing

    44 Lionel Hampton and his french new sound vol. 1 live

    45 Lionel Hampton and his french new sound vol. 2 live

    46 Lionel Hampton ring dem vibes

    47 Various classic jazz à saint-germain-des-prés

    48 Various modern jazz à saint-germain-des-prés

    49 Various jazz & cinéma vol. 1 (Barney Wilen, Alain Goraguer)

    50 Various jazz & cinéma vol. 2 (Art Blakey, Jazz at the Philharmonic, George Arvanitas)

    51 Louis Armstrong and friends

    52 Dizzy Gillespie cognac blues

    53 Chet Baker quartet plays standards

    54 Various clarinettes à saint-germain-des-prés

    55 Various saxophones à saint-germain-des-prés

    56 Stéphane Grappelli plays cole porter

    57 René Thomas meeting mister Thomas

    58 Django Reinhardt swing 48

    59 Django Reinhardt django’s blues

    60 Henri Crolla notre ami django

    61 Art Simmons/Ronnell Bright piano aux champs-elysées

    62 Lou Bennett pentecostal feeling

    63 Rhoda Scott live at the olympia

    64 Willie « The Lion » Smith music on my mind

    65 Bernard Pfeiffer la vie en rose

    66 Raymond Fol les 4 saisons

    67 René Urtréger joue bud powell

    68 Lionel Hampton mai 1956

    69 Art Blakey 1958 paris olympia (live)

    70 Le Jazz Groupe de Paris joue André Hodeir

    71 Various jazz & cinéma vol. 3 (Goraguer/Jazz Groupe de Paris/Humair Soultette)

    72 Don Byas ree-boppers

    Don Byas/Tyree Glenn orchestra

    Howard McGhee sextet

    James Moody quintet

    73 Lucky Thompson with Dave Pochonet all stars

    74 Alain Goraguer go-go-goraguer

    75 Earl Hines in paris

    76 Various danse à saint-germain-des-prés

    77 Lester Young Le dernier message

    78 Don Byas en ce temps-là

    79 Stan Getz quartet in paris (live)

    80 Henri Criolla begin the beguine

    81 Elek Bacsik nuages

    82 Stéphane Grappelli/Stuff Smith stuff and steff

    83 Sarah Vaughan & violins

    84 Dizzy Gillespie & his operatic strings orchestra

    85 Bobby Jaspar jeux de quartes

    86 Gerard Badini the swing machine

    87 Stéphane Grappelli django

    88 Gus Viseur de clinchy à broadway

    89 Henri Crolla quand refleuriront les lilas blancs?

    90 Django Reinhard nuit de saint-germain-des-prés

    91 Django Reinhard nuages

    92 Jack Diéval jazz au champs-elysées

    93 Bernard Pfeiffer plays standards

    94 Blossom Dearie the pianist

    Les Blue Stars

    95 Sammy Price/Price & Doc Cheatham play gershwin

    96 Max Roach parisian sketches

    97 André Hodeir jazz et jazz

    98 Various jazz & cinéma vol. 4

    99 Various harlem piano in montmartre

    100 Various jazz sous l’occupation

    101 Joe Newman/Cootie Williams jazz at midnight

    102 Django Reinhardt place de brouckère

    103 Buck Clayton and Friends (with Hal Singer)

    104 Kid Ory at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées

    105 Sonny Stitt Sits In with the Oscar Peterson Trio

    106 Guy Lafitte Blues...

    107 Stan Getz/Michel Legrand 'Communications '72

    108 Sammy Price Good Paree

    109 George Wein Midnight Concert at the Olympia

    110 Raymond Fol Echoes of Harlem

    111 Maurice Vander Piano Jazz

    112 Jazz et Cinéma Volume 5, (Henri Crolla, Hubert Rostang, André Hodeir)

    "Hors-série" (2CD sets):

    01 Sacha Distel Jazz Guitarist

    02 Bill Coleman The Complete Philips Recordings

    03 Jean-Claude Fohrenbach Fohrenbach French Sound

    [edited to add #102 / edited to add hors série #2 and #3 / edited to add 103-112]

  9. Well, Garth & jazz1, thanks a lot for sharing these memories!

    I am just not long enough around here to have come through these sort of things...

    I am listening to the Jazz Epistles disc (waiting for Jazz in Africa Vol.2 to arrive), and the "Blues for a Hip King" CD from Dollar Brand right now. Love them both. On the later one, there's a version of Blue Monk with Kippie. Great! The other tracks do not feature him.

    Regarding the Jazz Epistles, here goes my question on the line up again:

    Is the following correct?

    Hugh Masekela t

    Jonas Gwangwa tb

    Kippie Moeketsi as

    Dollar Brand p

    Johnny Gertze b

    Makaya Ntshoko d

    And does anyone know the date/year of recording?



  10. There are some good items in those Past Perfect singles.

    They sem to have reissued some of the Candids

    The Benny Bailey " Hard Sock Dance" was the Candid " Big Brass"

    The Eric Dolphy Quiet Please" seems to be a culled from

    Candids Abbey Lincoln, Booker Litte and Mingus

    The Don Ellis is his Candid Quartet recording

    The Eldridge seems to have the Newport Rebels sides

    Others are taken from early Verves

    These seem worth investigating further to determine just what is on them.

    PDEE, the Dolphy is probably the "Candid Dolphy" disc. It has alternates not on the Candid Booker Little disc, "Stormy Weather" (same take as "Mingus", but GREAT track!!), and some tracks from Abbey Lincoln (I don't have that original album).

    I have gotten the Don Ellis, and the Coleman Hawkins/Pee Wee Russell discs. The last one has the Jazz Reunion Candid album, with Bob Brookmeyer, Emmett Berry, Nat Pierce. That's another wonderful Candid album.

    The others (Bailey, Eldridge, and the "Osmosis" or whatever Dorham/Flanagan/actually Dave Bailey's "Bash", which is also available from Past Perfect) I have in their original CD releases.

    There was also a nice Buddy De Franco disc (though that's probably one where they've "stolen" the recordings) with some of the Verve quartet sides with Sonny Clark (this was discussed in the Discography section some time ago).

    The Candid releases are licensed, it seems, so no rip off. But with releasing the early Mingus stuff, they make up for that again :angry:


  11. And this series in general ... ... I would not hesitate a second to pick up:

    • Lucky Thompson: Modern Jazz Group — brilliant Lucky here.

    • Don Byas: En ce temps-là

    • Don Byas: Laura

    (I like Byas's European work from this period a lot more than his American sides)

    Also fine are:

    • Le Jazz Groupe de Paris: Joue André Hodeir

    • Kenny Clarke: Plays André Hodeir

    These albums go well together, as the tracks not only are all penned by Hodeir, but are performed by a number of the same players.

    Yes, these are all very good albums! I listed the Thompson already.

    The two Byas discs are great, indeed!

    And all the Hodeir-related stuff is at least very interesting!

    Don't forget the Hodeir led "Jazz et jazz" album. There is some great music on that one, too!

    And there was a Hodeir disc in the "Original Vogue Masters" series. Maybe still around on amazon France.


  12. Alright guys. The king has seen you had some fun at their expenses.

    So please allow us to introduce myself:

    Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi was translated for the Gaberbocchus Press by Barbara Wright and illustrated by Franciszka Themerson. It has been described as "undoubtedly the most acclaimed book of the Gaberbocchus Press", and is radical both in its choice of text, as the first English edition of the play, and in the design of the book.

    Ubu Roi created a scandal when it was first performed in the Theatre de l’Oeuvre in Paris in 1896 and was described by André Gide as "the most extraordinary thing seen in the theatre for a long time". Having seen the play, W.B. Yeats said: "After us, the savage god." Critics were divided between those who compared it to Rabelais and Shakespeare (Père and Mère Ubu like the Macbeths without consciences or poetry), and those who dismissed it as rubbish and a degenerate schoolboy joke. With its bad language and schoolboy humour, the play tells the farcical story of Père Ubu, an officer of the King of Poland, a grotesque figure whom Jarry saw as epitomising the mediocrity and stupidity of middle-class officialdom. Aided and abetted by his wife, Père Ubu kills the King and claims the throne. Having amassed a great fortune by executing his subjects and seizing their property, he is finally driven out by the ‘Whole Russian Army’ and flees across Europe.

    Despite the simplicity of the plot, the influence of both the play and the writer has endured. Born in Laval, Mayenne, France in 1873, Jarry wrote Ubu Roi at the age of twenty-three, and it remains his best known and most influential work. Derived from a schoolboy play called Les Polonais, Ubu was inspired by M. Hébert, a school teacher and the butt of schoolboy jokes at the Lycée in Rennes which Jarry attended. Lacking both authority and dignity, the physically grotesque figure of M. Hébert became for Jarry, as Barbara Wright relates in her introduction to the book:"the symbol of all the ugliness and mediocrity he already saw in the world", and he in turn became the inspiration for Père Ubu. The figure of Père Ubu was to be a potent one for Jarry, who became obsessed by his creation, to the point that he began to imitate him, adopting an odd way of speaking, referring to himself as ‘Père Ubu’ and behaving in a highly eccentric, Ubuesque manner.

    Absurdity became the hallmark of Jarry’s style. Hailed as the father of the Theatre of the Absurd, he told a friend that "talking about things that are understandable only weighs down the mind and falsifies the memory, but the absurd exercises the mind and makes the memory work". It was through writing Ubu Roi that Jarry became the creator of the science of Pataphysics, a logic of the absurd, and "science of imaginary solutions", enshrined since 1948 in the Collège de Pataphysique.

    However, the importance of the play lies not its plot but in its anarchic presentation in the theatre. A precursor of Dada and Surrealism, Jarry was to be of influence to Picasso, Satie, Cocteau and Apollinaire, and as a critic noted "almost everyone has seen in Jarry — and especially Ubu — an intimation, if only a shadow, of the future... His spirit… can be seen in all the Absurd Art, Anti-Art and so forth, which has obsessed the art of this century".

    It was the anarchic theatrical experience of Ubu Roi that Gaberbocchus Press sought to portray in the presentation of the book, making its design as subversive as its text. Barbara Wright was persuaded to adopt the unconventional technique of writing her text by hand on lithographic plates, on which Franciszka Themerson later made her drawings. This, together with the yellow paper on which the book is printed, already gives a suitably anarchic appearance, which as one writer has noted "graphically communicates the play’s wild (and often scatalogical) irreverence".

    Ubu Roi attracted critical acclaim, puzzlement and curiosity."...as exciting a piece of modern book publication as we have ever seen" claimed New Directions Books in their catalogue in January 1952; a "striking example of brains and imagination in book production" commented a writer in Ark, Journal of the Royal College of Art, 1954). Andrew Sinclair in Time and Tide (30 November 1961) wrote: "Jarry’s Ubu is perhaps even more powerful a satire today than it was 65 years ago…The weird and wonderful Gaberbocchus Press have dashed in where others fear to print". A columnist in Times Literary Supplement, (18 August 1966), commented on "the wit and the precision and the merciful economy of Mrs Themerson’s drawings" that capture the spirit of the play.

    The success of the publication led to the production of three subsequent editions. The role of the Themersons was duly acknowledged by the Collège de Pataphysique and they were awarded honorary titles, Franciszka became Commendeur Exquis Petits fils Ubu, and Stefan Commandeur Requis ou Capitulaires Quatrièmes fils Ubu.

    In 1952, Franciszka created masks for a dramatised reading of the play at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; she designed the stage production with life-size puppets by the Marionetteatern of Stockholm in 1964, and finally drew her own comic-strip version of Ubu in 1969. This tour-de-force of a comic strip consists of 90 episodes, with each drawing measuring one metre.

    Finally, when the Gaberbocchus Press published Ubu Roi, time had added another irony. Both in the play and in reality, Poland was a 'nowhere'. In 1896, Poland was not on the map of Europe. From 1939 to 1945 it vanished again, and was under foreign, Soviet, control after that. The murderous and stupid Ubus had one thing in common with the multitalented Themersons: all had had to flee from foreign invaders of Poland.

    Items on display

    1. Franciszka Themerson, drawings for Gaberbocchus Press logo, c.1950.

    2. Alfred Jarry Ubu Roi

    London : Gaberbocchus Press, 1951

    3. Alfred Jarry, Ubu Roi, 1951, title page

    4. Alfred Jarry, Ubu Roi,

    London : Gaberbocchus Press, 1961.

    Second edition.

    5. Alfred Jarry, Ubu Roi,

    London : Gaberbocchus Press, 1966.

    Third edition.

    6. Alfred Jarry, Ubu Roi,

    London : Gaberbocchus Press, 1976.

    Fourth edition and limited edition, no. 9 of 50, with an original drawing by Franciszka Themerson

    7. Alfred Jarry, Ubu Roi,1951, p. 31.

    8. Alfred Jarry, Ubu Roi,1951, p. 67

    9. Alfred Jarry, Ubu Roi,1951, p. 78 and 71

    10. Alfred Jarry, Ubu Roi, p. 78 and 71. Lithographic plate.

    11. Alfred Jarry, Ubu Roi, 1951, p. 104 and 93

    12. Ordre de la Grande Gidouille, College de ‘Pataphysique.

    Copy of the certificate electing Stefan Themerson as ‘Commandeur exquis’ of the Order, dated Sable 84 (10th December 1957).

    13. Ubu Roi, programme of a dramatised reading, ICA, London, 18 February 1952, produced by William Jay, with Harold Lang and Selma vaz Dias.

    14&15. Papier mâché masks made by Franciszka Themerson for dramatised reading of Ubu Roi at ICA, London, 1952.

    There is also the orchestra of us, found here.

    And of course, you can buy our original Polish Ubu Posters.

    And acclaimed spanish painter Joan Miro made some nice Paintings of us.

    By the way, there have been some instants in history, when we had been dubbed cowards, stupid, or also "père" (as in "...goriot") - BUT HELL WE WON'T TOLERATE SUCH THINGS HERE, will we?!

    best regards & thanks for reading

    ubu :g

  13. Here we go:

    Dmitry chose SEK, Big Al got in between (thanks for keeping up the process :tup ), I was Dmitry's second choice, and SEK has been so nice as to choose me to follow him.

    Now I'm going to be on vacation from October 4th to 20th, so I will choose AOTW for 10/19-10/25. I chose our host b3-er to choose another AOTW, as a way also of expressing my gratitude for his keeping up this great site! :tup

    And now let's start from the beginning.


    SEK will announce his AOTW soon (10/5-10/11)

    b3-er's turn, then is to choose AOTW for 10/12-10/18, and to pass it on to...

    ... someone choosing AOTW for 10/19-10/24,

    then here enters the king ( -_- ) - I will announce my AOTW (10/25-11/1 before leaving for my vacation,

    and the AOTW for 11/2-11/8 belongs to someone who's picked by the one in charge of week 10/19-10/24.


    This is it. Pretty complicated, but life gets to be complicated sometimes...

    And (obviously) I won't pass on my holiday for an AOTW :g

    Glad to be around you, folks!


  14. Glad yer back, and I apologize for any confusion I caused. I hope I didn't step on any toes; I just wanted to keep the process going, and I may have jumped the gun in doing so.

    Big Al - wait for the confusion I will cause when I'm going to explain how the AOTW-Saga continues...

    Waiting for a PM, afterwards, I will start a new topic explaining things...


  15. One particular title from the series is Chet Baker "Broken wing", one of his better albums from the late 70's. It had to be withdrawn for legal reasons, which is a bit strange considering the many Chet bootlegs that are on the market and the fact that Chet Baker rarely got royalties for the albums he made in his last years and only got paid for the recording.

    If "Broken wing" is not reissued in a different form it may become a collector's item. Most online stores already list is as being unavailable.

    Yes, this is a very fine album indeed! Brownie pointed me to it, I got it from amazon.de some months ago - maybe they still have it?


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