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    Mick Goodrick

    Yes, terrible news. RIP Mick
  2. I've now started a separate thread on this in the Artists section including Mick's Go Fund Me page link. Thanks for posting this here first anyway Bresna, it is important.
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    Mick Goodrick

    I realise there's another thread about Mick elsewhere however I think this is probably the place to post this information. It's unfortunately true that jazz guitar legend and ex-Berklee tutor Mick Goodrick is ill with a particularly aggressive strain of Parkinson's which is rendering him increasingly reliant on aids which are beyond the scope of his medical insurance (he has revealed this information on his Go Fund Me page). I only learned about Mick's predicament from a posting on Instagram by Bill Frisell. It's terrible that artists such as Mick, so influential in jazz, have to resort to this mechanism for help, but sadly he is not alone in these matters (I can think of another legendary jazz guitarist who has solicited help in this way). Please consider donating something to Mick's Go Fund Me appeal which you can find here: Mick Goodrick Go Fund Me page
  4. Ah, 5.1 yes, that’s interesting and yet a other technology too sophisticated for me unless I move to a bigger house - my stereo is primitive - thanks.
  5. Apologies if this has been covered in another thread but as a relatively technophobic listener I am really mystified as to why there seems to be a tendency to include Blu Ray and even DVD audio discs in eg box sets such as various King Crimson (mainly) CD albums and I just noticed the forthcoming Zappa WakaWazoo box. I can only play Blu Ray and DVD on the gear I use to watch movies so it's not hi fi, per se. Why do they do this? Do people own separate Blu Ray/DVD audio equipment or are there integrated audio systems? I am genuinely perplexed and would love to bear some explanations.
  6. Slide Hampton recorded one of my all time favourite albums: Slide Hampton & Vaclav Zahradnik Big Band : B&S. Released in 1971 it also features The Trio (Surman, Phillips, Martin)! RIP Slide and thank you for that.
  7. Guilty as charged! However, the 12CD box is now actually 13CDs and will retail for £70. Having listened to all the CDs I can attest that this material, which has been painstakingly remastered by Eroc is really quite stunning. In addition to the "usual" Nucleus fare - and frankly there was nothing usual about Nucleus - there are some extremely rare, never before heard programmes such as Gordon Beck's suite The Dream with Norma Winstone and Nucleus. Then there's the hour long Radio 3 Music In Our Time broadcast in which varying permutations of Nucleus members play entirely improvised pieces. There's more of course, but another nice feature (also heard on the Barbara Thompson box) is the inclusion of announcements by some of the best comperes of the day, not least the late, great Peter Clayton whose witty intros added piquancy to the sets. The same can also be said for John Peel whose voice opens CD1 with some very amusing banter. Voices also heard include Brian Priestley, Digby Fairweather and Ian Carr himself (coincidentally all co-authors of the Rough Guide To Jazz). Whilst the intros aren't as crucial as the music they do add some perspective and sense of place and sometimes explain the pieces in detail which is a useful adjunct. By the way, the 13th CD is comprised of two sets, the tapes of which were produced at the very last minute and contain some truly fabulous stuff. If I could rate this box obectively (which I can't) I would wager, quite seriously, that it's going to be British jazz archival release of the year.
  8. Nucleus’ seminal album Roots is reissued on vinyl this week (Oct 22) on the Be With Records label: https://www.bewithrecords.com/products/ian-carrs-nucleus-roots-lp
  9. Mary Halvorson - great guitarist and great improviser http://www.maryhalvorson.com/bio/
  10. Tubby The Tenor (*) 180grm reissue just received in the post today - Tubbs on fantastic form! (*) aka Tubbs In N.Y.
  11. Tony H is keeping his counsel on this, but looks like there will be others of this ilk; who knows? Hum Dono? Westbrooks? Dankworth? BTW my download codes all worked but I just wish they would yield MP3s rather than WAVS (I realise that rather defeats the purpose of high res digital, but I still listen on iPod/iPhone).
  12. Am currently listening to the just-released Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe by The New Jazz Orchestra lovingly remastered and cut by Gearbox Records for Universal/Decca's British jazz reissue series. The audio quality on 180grm vinyl is staggeringly good. The previous two reissues in this series, Don Rendell's Space Walk and Kenny Wheeler's Windmill Tilter, were again both superbly produced. Despite the slightly high purchase price, I cannot recommend these three albums enough. The quality is such that it would easily convert vinyl skeptics. I've now been convinced by these (and other recent reissues) that the much-vaunted resurgence of vinyl is not just hype or hip. They also come with an audio download code and an insert with new liner notes by the series' executive producer Tony Higgins.
  13. Thanks jlhoots, I had my wires crossed over this one - definitely seeking out Ancestral Echoes now!
  14. Excuse the slight topic diversion but on Tapscott's 1969 debut Flying Dutchman LP The Giant Has Awakened.....[Edit: I’ve deleted the rest of this post because I was confusing one Tapscott album with another. The next post helpfully steered me to the correct album! Apologies]
  15. Ian Carr's seminal 1972 album Belladonna has just been reissued by Mr Bongo. This is an official reissue licensed by UMG and there are two versions, CD and LP. It has been remastered at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road. The vinyl version (currently playing on the turntable) sounds fabulous and within its gatefold sleeve, the record sports the original Vertigo swirl logo on the labels. I always considered (and still do) that Allan Holdsworth guitar contribution on the closer, Hector's House is one of the most exciting solos I've ever heard, and the fastest. I believe that this is the first time this record has been reissued on vinyl although it has been reissued at least twice before on CD. Update: BTW listening to it now I'm hearing stuff I never heard before!
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