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  1. Listening to this again now, I first bought it when it came out. Have to say this is probably the very best box set I own, and I own a lot. I return to it way more often than I do any Mosaic, any of the Miles boxes, Coltrane boxes, etc. The only other contender would be the Ornette Atlantic box, but seriously, anyone who likes this kind of music at all and doesn't have this material (and where else would you get it?) and can afford it should jump all over this one. You won't regret it.
  2. A very nice gesture and I wish to God that would fix the problem. However, my OCD runs a little deeper than that. Without the packaging it just wouldn't "count." Thanks anyway. What part of the original packaging do you need? Were the K2s the ones that came in the red slipcases? You keep those?
  3. I just checked and I'm pretty sure my version of Cookin' is the K2. I don't have it in its original jewelcase, but I could put it in one and ship it to you. I have this album in other formats and will give this to you for free, just because I admire your OCD-ness. (And in case I'm wrong and the version I have is not the one you need.) PM me your address and I will ship mine on Monday. I am going to the post office then anyways.
  4. Yes, I think it was my attempt to order this set last night that prompted them to update the listing. I'm getting really frustrated with all the back-ordered items in their catalog these days.
  5. I understand opinions are mixed on this box, so if there's anyone out there that wouldn't mind parting with theirs for $$$ or in trade, please contact me via PM. I'd prefer to do $$$ as I don't have a lot to offer in trade at the moment. Thanks.
  6. But if they're charging you that much for the item, why the $2.98 for shipping? Seems like the shipping should be for free at that point. Bah.
  7. PM sent on the Sonny Stitt Prestige box.
  8. I have for sale three Mosaic box sets. All of these are opened but the boxes, booklets, inserts, discs and everything else come in like-new condition. Paypal only. Prices include shipping to the United States. PM if interested. Will also consider shipping internationally for an additional charge. Mosaic #212 - The Blue Note Stanley Turrentine Quintet/Sextet Studio Sessions (#2845 of 5000) - $65 Mosaic #234 - The Verve/Philips Dizzy Gillespie Small Group Sessions (#1402 of 10000) - $80 Mosaic #239 - Classic Columbia, Okeh and Vocalion Lester Young with Count Basie (1936-1940) - $50 I will also consider trade offers for box sets of comparable value. Thanks.
  9. I am looking for this set. If possible I'd like to do a trade...I have a number of Mosaics and some OOP ones I'd be willing to deal for this set. Please send me a private message if interested.
  10. I have the following Mosaic boxes I would be interested in trading: Lester Young with Count Basie Dizzy Gillespie Stanley Turrentine I am looking for the following Mosaic boxes: Jack Teagarden Beiderbecke, Trumbauer, and Teagarden Parker Benedetti Recordings If anyone is interested please send a private message. Thanks.
  11. Thanks for the advice so far. I've registered on talkbass.com and checked out the Gollihur Music site. The other thing which I'm wondering whether it will be a factor or not is my height. I'm 6'7" tall (about 2.0 meters). Will that matter when choosing a bass or do most of them come in the same size?
  12. Yes, I am ready to pay for instruction as well. I'm in the Albany, NY area, FWIW.
  13. I've called around to some music shops...I was hoping to get maybe a good used model for somewhere between $800 and $1,200, if that seems reasonable. I don't want to go too high-end because it's my first one but I also don't want to buy a piece of shit either.
  14. So I've decided that, as a New Year's resolution, I want to buy myself a double bass and start to learn how to play it. I know nothing at this point and so was wondering if anyone out there has any advice for good models to start out on, good methods/programs of instruction to pursue, or basically any advice whatsoever that you can offer me. Thanks in advance.
  15. I have the Jelly Roll Morton Library of Congress box set for trade. The set is in like new condition. There are a few Mosaic boxes I would be interested in getting in return, particularly the Beiderbecke, Trumbauer and Teagarden box, or the Teagarden box, or the Charlie Parker Benedetti recordings. If a trade can't work I would also consider selling it, depending on how much was being offered.
  16. I'd say the well is mostly dry. As other posters have noted there are a few sessions here and there that cry out for reissue, but most of the RVGs coming out lately seem either to be third-rate efforts or stuff that's been widely available for a long time now. Blue Note should probably discontinue the RVG series at this point, maybe come up with a different brand identity for bringing back seldom-heard music from the '50s through the '70s.
  17. 1. Anthony Braxton 2. Elvin Jones 3. Tal Farlow Honorable Mention: Kelly/Chambers (more because I'm addicted to Chambers than anything else), the Ellington 36-40 set, Tristano/Konitz/Marsh
  18. The Blue Notes box set on Ogun is phenomenal. Especially discs 2, 3, and 4. (Disc 1 is kinda boring.)
  19. So many to choose from. I've blind-bought quite a few Mosaics, and the ones I have done that for I pretty much always end up selling later on. There's a disappointing same-ness to a lot of their hard bop boxes, thinking here specifically of the Turrentine, Parlan, and Mobley sets. I didn't think the Stitt box held up very well, either. I most often like the boxes that, at least to my ears, present a truly unique musical perspective or vision. So I love the Braxton box, love the Tal Farlow set, love the Tristano/Konitz/Marsh set, and really dig the Ellington set as well. For me I'd say that Mosaic has a hit/miss ration of something like 25/75, whereby a quarter of their boxes will really stand "the test of time" (whatever that means), while the rest are mostly for completists who find themselves jonesing for a particular sound at a particular time.
  20. This was an easy choice for me. I voted for the Tyner 3-CD select. It has by far the most original and innovative material, perhaps with the exception of the Randy Weston, which really isn't to my taste. The only one of these I have not heard is the Akiyoshi/Tabackin. As for the rest: The J.J.! outing is pretty boring, and I say that as a fan of Johnson. Art Farmer's date is pretty much your run of the mill hard bop session. You might enjoy it, you might not, but it is hardly irreplaceable. The Andrew Hill solo set is a snore-fest. The Hutcherson set captures his work at perhaps his least interesting period. The stuff he did earlier in the 70s and in the late 60s is way, way better. There is something to be said for the Weston, but again, it's not as much to my liking as the Tyner. I would say that if you get anything other than the Tyner or, secondarily, the Weston, you will be wasting your money. Just my .02.
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