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  1. Hello, I need to sell off a bunch of sets to finance another purchase. Accordingly I'm offering the following. Prices include shipping to the US. Paypal only, PM if interested. I will also listen to best offers on these.

    Mosaic Sets:

    Horace Parlan -- Complete Horace Parlan Blue Note Sessions $110

    Stanley Turrentine -- Blue Note Stanley Turrentine Quintet/Sextet Sessions $65

  2. If you want to shell out, sure. But you could get a lot of the rest elsewhere, cheaper.

    Of the non-Parker stuff, what do you think is the best, and where would one get it?

    Who would be able to answer THAT adequately, not knowing your tastes and preferences in every detail?

    Dexter Gordon is fine, Howard McGhee is fine, Sonny Berman is fine, Dodo Marmarosa is fine, The Hermanites are fine, etc. etc.

    The Dexter Gordon and Dodo Marmarosa tracks may be most "seminal" ones in certain repsects but all of them deserve exploring by anybody interested in the classics of bebop jazz. Impossible to choose (select) really by way of recommendation.


    Because it is boring for me to tell you what my tastes are. I already know my tastes. I know what I like. I want to know what I don't know I like.

  3. A great box set tells a story the way a great novel tells a story. I sometimes think the overemphasis on completeness detracts from some box sets. I'm not against including everything per se, but sometimes the focus on getting everything gets in the way of telling the story of the music. The accompanying notes are also important, but I'm not a fan of the blow-by-blow analysis that you often see in Mosaic booklets, for instance. I like better the essays that accompanied the Miles Davis metal spine sets, which for my money are the most important and valuable box sets in jazz history. One of my favorites from that series was actually The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions. I already had all the material before getting the box set, but the chronological order combined with the presentation made me appreciate the music in a different way, and better understand how it captured the changes that were occurring in Miles's life and music at this time.

    In general I think Mosaic is a bit overrated; I've never been a fan of the black-and-white presentation for the music, and wish the packaging would get more creative and more in harmony with the particular music that's being presented.

    Aside from the Miles box sets, I also really love the Ornette Coleman Beauty Is A Rare Thing set, and the Coltrane Prestige and Village Vanguard sets. But if my house was burning down and I had time to save one shelf of my music, it would be the one with the Miles Columbia sets. All of them are valuable and important. I've never understood why they didn't complete the arc with an Agharta/Pangaea set.

  4. I have the following CDs for sale. Shipping is free to the US if you buy at least 2 discs. For one disc orders or for international deliveries I will ship at cost.

    These discs do not include jewel cases. If you would like a jewel case, that can be arranged. Everything else (discs, booklets, J-cards, etc.) are in excellent condition. Paypal only, PM if interested.

    Muhal Richard Abrams -- Afrisong (Why Not) $6

    Lorez Alexandria -- Alexandria the Great (Impulse) $5

    Derek Bailey -- Playing (Incus) $7

    Billy Bang -- Rainbow Gladiator (Soul Note) $5

    Clusone Trio -- I Am An Indian (Gramavision--hole punch through barcode) $4

    Clusone 3 -- An Hour With (Hatology) $7

    Ted Curson -- Blue Piccolo (Why Not) $6

    Les Diaboliques -- Splitting Image (Intakt) $7

    Duke Ellington -- Far East Suite (Bluebird) $5

    Gil Evans -- The Individualism of Gil Evans (Verve) $5

    Gil Evans -- Out of the Cool (Impulse) $6

    Simon H. Fell -- Frank & Max: Bass Solos, 2001-2011 (Bo'Weavil) $6

    Curtis Fuller -- Soul Trombone/Cabin in the Sky) (Impulse) $5

    Johnny Griffin -- The Johnny Griffin Quartet (Argo) $5

    Barry Guy -- Elsie Jo Live (Maya) $7

    Steve Lacy -- Snips (Jazz Magnet ) $5

    Roscoe Mitchell -- Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (ECM) $6

    Evan Parker -- Scenes in the House of Music (Clean Feed) $6

    Evan Parker -- Time Lapse (Tzadik) $6

    Evan Parker -- The Moment's Energy (ECM) $6

    Tomasz Stanko -- Dark Eyes (ECM) $7

    Tomasz Stanko -- Suspended Night (ECM) $7

    Otomo Yoshihide -- Anode (Tzadik) $6

    Otomo Yoshihide -- Cathode (Tzadik) $6

    Lester Young -- Lester Young Trio (Verve) $5

  5. I have for sale the following two sets. Prices include shipping to the US; please inquire for international deliveries. Paypal only, PM if interested. Thanks!

    1. The Complete Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet Sessions (Mosaic #225) Number 1,597 of 10,000. Discs are all in like-new condition. Booklet is in excellent condition with very minor wear along bottom edge. Outer box is in like new condition except for very minor scuff on bottom edge. I can provide photos if necessary. $130

    2. Creative Music Studio, Archive Selections, Vol. 1. This is a 3-disc set that includes performances by Ed Blackwell, Charles Brackeen, Leroy Jenkins and Roscoe Mitchell, among others. Discs are in like-new condition, bottom edge of outer spine has very minor wear. $20

  6. I have the following box sets for sale. Prices include shipping to the US. Please inquire for international deliveries. Paypal only, PM if interested. Thanks! All sets are priced to move.

    Mosaic #256: The Complete Clifford Jordan Strata-East Sessions (Box, booklet and discs all in like-new condition) $75

    OOP Mosaic Select #20: Charles Tolliver (Discs and booklet all in like new condition. Very, very minor shelf wear to outer box) $55

    John Coltrane: Live Trane -- The European Tours (7 Disc Pablo Box Set (Discs, Booklet and Outer Box all in Like New Condition) $45

    And then One Book: The John Coltrane Reference -- Chris DeVito, Yasuhiro Fujiaka, Wolf Schmaler and David Wild, eds. (Book in Like New Condition) $30

    Thanks for looking!

  7. I would love for Gold to have done this piece about Jim Hall, a dead man. That would have removed any suspicions about how clueless the whole idea - and the magazine - was from jump, to not just pick on an old man, but to pick on an old, freshly DEAD man!

    It works for Sonny Rollins because he's regarded as the greatest living jazz musician. If you substitute in somebody less famous or less well-renowned, it wouldn't work.

    There's nothing like Jim when he's riffing! Love it!

    I'm glad someone finds his flowery brain dumps entertaining.

    How you see Jim:


    How anyone not fooled by intellectual con artistry sees Jim:

    Yeah, it's actually pretty sad. Writing that many paragraphs about a satirical piece about Sonny Rollins....you'd think that the author ran somebody over with his car or blew up a school bus.

  8. I guess my perspective is different because I've written a fair amount of satire in my life. And that work never included any kind of disclaimer, at least not with individual articles. Satire is an art form, and whether Rollins was offended by it or not wouldn't really matter that much to me. I might personally apologize if he was offended, but I would stand by the satire. And the laws with regard to satire are actually fairly lenient, and rightfully so.

    As a work of satire, this particular piece was hit or miss. The concept behind it was good and funny, but the execution and timing were off in parts. With a rewrite it might have been really good.

    Again, it amazes me how gullible people can be. If you really want to see your soul crushed on that score, just check out this site: http://literallyunbelievable.org

    It's a collection of Facebook posts of users freaking out at Onion articles that they think are true.

  9. I'm surprised by how people have reacted to this. I thought parts of it were pretty funny, and it's pretty clearly satire. Everybody who is saying that it's disrespectful to Rollins, well, that's kind of the point: Sonny Rollins would never say or think the things that are written in that piece, and that's where the humor lies. I'm sorry but this is funny:

    "There was this one time, in 1953 or 1954, when a few guys and I had just finished our last set at Club Carousel, and we were about to pack it in when in walked Bud Powell and Charlie Parker. We must have jammed together for five more hours, right through sunrise. That was the worst day of my life."

    People who are getting up in arms about this really need to find better things to do with their time. They come across as obtuse and self-important.

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