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Face of the Bass

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  1. I like the Evans Verve set. I like the music, I like the packaging even. I like the rust. I've never had any problem with anything interfering with the music on that set. 

    The packaging that I really don't like is Mosaic. The cookie cutter approach does a real disservice to the music. I'd rather see a company go for something and try to make a statement with the packaging than to just use the same formula over and over again.

    One reason I'm glad that Mosaic has never done a Sun Ra set is that their boring packaging would be a complete disservice to Sun Ra's vision. 

  2. Hello,

    I have the following box sets for sale. PayPal only, PM if interested. Shipping is included to US. Will ship internationally at cost. All boxes are in like new condition unless otherwise indicated. Thanks!

    Art Ensemble of Chicago -- And Associated Ensembles (ECM) $80
    Anthony Braxton--Quintet (Tristano) 2014 -- $60
    Slim Harpo -- Buzzin' the Blues: The Complete Slim Harpo (Bear Family) $70
    Leadbelly: Smithsonian Folkways Collection (Smithsonian Folkways) -- $40


  3. I picked this up at my local record store this week. I think it is one of the most beautiful box sets I have ever seen. The photos and everything are absolutely incredible. Of course, I had almost all of this on CD, but I haven't listened to the CDs in years and I didn't have any of it on vinyl. I am enjoying the set a great deal, mainly because other than the Golden Circle albums I have never paid too much attention to Ornette's Blue Note period. 

    For me, there haven't been many good jazz box sets in the last couple years. I haven't liked/been interested in any of the Mosaic releases. The best ones that have come out have been the Blue Note Lee Morgan box and this one. 

  4. On 2/22/2022 at 2:59 PM, JSngry said:

    81-85 can be good, but...we still need to cover the Pete Cosey bands!

    I don't understand why they didn't release it years ago. All the metal spine boxes they did seemed to be heading towards a culmination with the Agharta/Pangaea material. Why was that box never released?

  5. Thanks for the responses. Would love to see recommendations for specific recordings featuring trombone, say from the last 20 years or so. I know the question is revealing my ignorance, but listening to older jazz I realized this is an instrument I have always loved to hear, and yet I don't know a lot that has been produced in the 21st century...

    9 hours ago, Д.Д. said:

    Gianluca Petrella is an excellent trombonist. This release of his is excellent, for example: https://gianlucapetrella.bandcamp.com/album/x-ray  

    From the older generation, Sebi Tramontana. This new one is good: https://inexhaustibleeditions.bandcamp.com/album/han-jiae 

    Thanks for reminding me of Petrella. I saw him play live in New York with Enrico Rava several years ago, and he stood out for sure. 

  6. 22 hours ago, JSngry said:

    It has the lots of good pictures too, right? David Weiss promised that it would, right here on this board.

    I do think there might be a degree of hesitancy because of the previous 3 CD set, that had a "wow" factor then. People are probably wondering, well, if it's all so good, why didn't they do THIS back then? Fair question, and obvious answers. And the whole VINYL!!!! angle was very off-putting, imo. The CD option was not put out there right away, nor was the price point.

    But hell, it was a great band, on fire for sure. No reason to avoid it, even if the immediate WOW factor has weakened over time and because of circumstances. I wanted to make sure that I got it to have on hand when the time came to get into it. That time is forthcoming, but it is not immediate. Same thing with the Mingus Bremen set, had to have it, got it right away, preordered, but didn't crak it open until last week. GREAT music there, too, but...no sense of urgency to hear it RIGHT NOW for me. just...soon enough.

    Having said that...if you like the LP iteration and haven't fully immersed in the 3CD set, then there's no reason not to get this right away. This was a band to reckon with, for sure.

    The photos are fantastic. It's a beautiful set. I'm so grateful that they released all this material and gave it the treatment it deserved. 

  7. 14 hours ago, JSngry said:

    Because it's 50 years old now. Because I pretty much already know what it's all going to be, even if that is indeed great. Because it looked like  it was going to be another exploitative LP Con Job. Because a lot of music has come into my head in the (how many ever) years it's been since Plugged Nickel was a REAL mindfuck of a livebox set. Because, as much as this type of stuff is tattooed onto me very being, I'm not needing to get the old tattoos freshened up again. I got SO much stuff on tap that is either brand new or still mew-ish, I was really, all, let the kids take care of this business, it will be fun for them and their turntables. Me, been there, done that. More than a few times 

    But - there ended up being a very reasonably priced CD edition. And most morely important, David Weiss promised plenty of nice new pictures.

    When I finally get around to opening it up, there better had be!

    To my ears so far this set is the best new archival jazz release in years. 

  8. I have the following sets for sale. Prices include shipping to the US. Inquire for shipping costs internationally. PayPal only, PM if interested!

    Louis Armstrong -- The Columbia and Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and HIs All-Stars (Mosaic 9 Disc Set in Like New Condition) $130 

    Louis Armstrong -- Columbia and RCA Victor Studio Sessions, 1946-66 (Mosaic 7 Disc Set still Fully Sealed, never opened) $105

    Bunny Berigan -- Selected Sides, 1931-1937 (JSP 4 Disc Set in Like New Condition) $10

    Chuck Berry -- The Great Twenty-Eight Super Deluxe Edition (4-LP Set, Still Sealed, never opened) $85

    Miles Davis -- The Last Word: The Warner Brothers Years (8 Disc Set in Like New Condition) $55

    Charles Mingus -- At Bremen 1964 and 1975 (4 Disc Set, Lightly Used, Discs Play Perfectly) $25 

    Various Artists -- The Savory Collection, 1935-1940 (Mosaic 6 Disc Set, Like New Condition, Discs 3-6 Still Sealed) $85


  9. 5 hours ago, Д.Д. said:

    Yes, I just got it last week (together with the Born Free set https://www.discogs.com/Various-Born-Free-The-12th-German-Jazz-Festival/release/7946043 ). Not sure when I listen to it, but when I do I will remember to post my impressions here. 

    Thanks! I'm kind of surprised that no one has mentioned it here. People on this board, including myself, generally are obsessive when it comes to tracking down box sets!

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