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  1. Sad to read of this. One of my favourites and her work as a leader, arranger and composer spoke to me early in my discovery of jazz and still does. Only saw her once in trio with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow. So many great compositions for Paul Bley and the Jimmy Guiffre trio early on as well as her long catalogue of her own albums, always worth listening to. Ida Lupino is a tune I particularly love, and it will make me stop to listen to whoever plays it, forwards or backwards (as Oni Puladi). RIP Carla. https://www.jazziz.com/short-history-ida-lupino-carla-bley-1964/ https://youtu.be/DlEE2gATuQY?si=9GR8GGId1ygmCj3q
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    Sir John Betjeman

    I like these records. Banana Blush particularly. I wouldn't usually go for this kind of thing but they are a lovely mix of his poetry and music. It shouldn't work but it does really well. They take Betjeman towards a prog home on Charisma though the music is neither jazz nor classical nor prog but a whimsical thing that reminds me of an Oliver Postgate animation. Nice radio doc narrated by Jarvis Cocker here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b04bmtpp?partner=uk.co.bbc&origin=share-mobile
  3. Another vote for Serious Gold. Lovely set. I only went to Ronnie's a few times in the 90s and have fond memories of Ronnie playing Send in the Clowns which is lovely on Serious Gold. I really like: Ronnie Scott and the Band - October 25th and 26th, 1968 (Realm 52661, #also CBS 63742) Realm LP titled "Live" at Ronnie Scott's.....CBS titled "Ten years at Ronnie Scott's". Kenny Wheeler (tp,flhn), Chris Pyne (tb), Ray Warleigh (as,fl), Ronnie Scott (ts), John Surman (bs,sop), Gordon Beck (p,org), Ron Mathewson (b), Kenny Clare, Tony Oxley (d). Great band, and 2 drummers one being Tony Oxley is interesting. It's especially good in an extended cd from the 2000s.
  4. I've not been on here for ages but thought I'd pass this on since there might be a few here with adventurous ears looking for a CD bargain. I received the email below and thought some here might have some interest. I have no connection to Slam or George Haslam but I really like the Mal Waldron albums I've bought particularily the one with Steve Lacy "Let's call this .... Esteem", and the duets with Max Roach "SLAM released its final CD in 2021, leaving us with a surplus supply of earlier releases. We have over 90% of SLAM releases in stock and are offering these to collectors at a minimal rate. The prices are: For 25 CDs, including delivery, £50 UK, £60 EU, £90 USA/Rest of the world. For 10 CDs, including delivery, £30 UK, £40 EU, £50 USA/Rest of the world. How to order :- Visit our catalogue at http://www.slamproductions.net/menus/main.asp?PN=catalogue Make your selections and email to us at slamprods@aol.com We will confirm whether the CDs are in stock and send you invoice.
  5. Digging through my own crates in these strange times and thought I'd revisit this set. There is so much music here that it takes a bit of digesting and I'm not sure I got to grips with it when it first arrived. Fascinating journey to be taken on. I'll report again when I've listened further, but I have a question regarding the cover Allen. In the intervening half dozen years I've been spending a bit of time on Anglesey near Llanfair-pg (as they say round there). Any particular reason for the cover photo (on mine as above) "Evan Roberts last revival meeting on Anglesey"?
  6. Haven't posted on here in an age... Saw the Sun Ra Arkestra show in Edinburgh and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, crowd walkthroughs, and all. Marshall Allen was on fine form and Tara Middleton was great. Lots of solos to enjoy and the french horn player if it was Vincent Chancey was mighty fine. One of the gigs I passed up going to in the winter of 1991 was Sun Ra at the Village Vanguard. I can't remember why I didn't go whether it was funds or energy but I've always wished I had. This didn't quite make up for that but I was glad I was there.
  7. Watched this again for the first time since it came out (1986!) last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. The music is great throughout and watching the various bands on stage is a real pleasure. My DVD sounds great too and I'm a little disappointed that the reissued album and my DVD doesn't have full live performances from the movie added... Its not perfect and sometimes the fictionalised reality especially the time its set in and the actual time it was made are a little confused but I'm being picky. Dex is great (acting and playing) and I definitely don't have enough of his records beyond the blue notes. Cluzet is someone I've enjoyed in a few recent movies (Untouchable (2011), Tell No One (2006) and Little White Lies (2010). so it was good to see him in his younger day, nearly 30 years ago...
  8. Cheers Bill. Of course its in Youtube and sounds fine so back to the store this afternoon...
  9. Hi All Saw this in a local store on LP. Wondered if it was worth picking up since it has Art Pepper and Roger Kellaway on it. Seemed like a no brainer but don't know Cole at all and its among Pepper's last sessions. Any good? Colin
  10. Have had a brief listen to most of the tunes so far and will post more thoughts later. Like HP above I recognise Abdullah Ibrahim on track one but its not a track I know. I love to listen to him though and had the pleasure of meeting him briefly last month and hearing him play a short solo set. This is a great track!
  11. 8. Hampton Hawes - Sonora from "Spanish Steps" http://www.jazzdisco.org/hampton-hawes/catalog/album-index/ from 1968 Best jazz book I've read in years was Raise Up Off Me and was fascinated by his amazing life and great talent. I'm not so familiar with his later records so something else to explore, but on this evidence I'll need them all? 9. Matthias Spillmann - Last Piece from "Mats Up - 5" http://www.matthiasspillmann.ch/ I've been volunteering at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival for 2 ears now and this group was one I saw last year and really enjoyed meeting. Its not been universally liked in the BFT but I like the composition and the playing and for a group of gracious young (ish) guys from Switzerland this is a good momento of a lovely gig 10. Oriole - Bate Calado from "Migration" http://www.oriole-music.co.uk/ I went away this Easter to do some hill walking with a german friend and friends of hers. The cottage we stayed in had a pretty decent stereo and a bunch of CDs and this caught my ear so had to pick it up when I returned. Don't often get caught up in such things but this was so gorgeous and again takes me right back to a lovely trip with good company, great food and a mellow whiskey after a long walk up Ben Lawers. Its a fire collective band so Ingrid Laubrock and Seb Roachford provide some grit in this lovely ensemble. 11. Danny Thompson & Zoe Rahman - One of These Things First from "Way to Blue" http://www.navigatorrecords.co.uk/way-to-blue-the-songs-of-nick-drake/ The only jazz cut on a mainly vocal tribute album to Nick Drake (are there more "orphaned" jazz tunes out there marooned on non jazz albums?). Danny Thompson played with Nick Drake back in the day though his jazz credentials are pretty good with Mingus tunes on Pentangle records and maybe even a stint with John McLaughlin if my memory serves. Rahman sounds great here though almost at risk of playing too much which was nearly the case when I saw her solo live once, many years ago. The enthusiasm is undeniable though and the fragile beauty of the tune is never lost. 12. Christian Scott - Isadora from "Yesterday you Said Tomorrow" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Scott When I picked this, I only had tickets to see him but the gig was on Sunday and his current band was really impressive. Much more powerful and commanding than is on show on this beautiful ballad. A great band especially the piano bass and drums but all played with such poise and Christain's New Orleans swagger was a treat to watch and hear. This is dedicated to his wife Isadora who was there and sang one number. I could see why he dedicated such a pretty tune to her. 13. Art Farmer/Jim Hall - A Child is Born from "Big Blues" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Blues_(Art_Farmer_album) I was sure someone would get this since the co-leaders are among my favourites though its those Atlantic sides that continue to delight me most. Maybe the CTI production disguises their identities a bit or Mike Maineri on vibes throws everyone off. A tune thats been done a lot but a lovely reading here and one in my playlists for a couple of years 14. Spirit of Life Ensemble - Song for My Father from "Feel the Spirit" http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/1530038/a/feel+the+spirit.htm The Leon Thomas Cd is finally here and I can see what you all mean. This cd (bought like so many others in sales or from cutout bins as the only interesting jazz cd I found that day), was picked up because of this tune being covered and is included as a tribute to Horace and to my father who passed away last year. Leon Thomas wrote the lyrics and if they are a bit too simple the message is heartfelt and its such a great tune. Clifford Adams sings so like Leon but plays trombone elsewhere on the album. Spirit of Life Ensemble are a New Jersey based community band led by Daoud-David Williams with some verve. Not sure how this ended up in a cutout bin in Edinburgh but really pleased it did. And that is where this BFT ends. I've loved the comments and the indulgence of letting you hear my mixtape!
  12. Firstly can I say thanks to all for your interest and for the opportunity to send out some choices and getting a bit of a reaction to some things I've been listening to. My choices weren't meant to be too tricky but not too obvious either it is really just a wee snapsot of my listening. 1. Bobby Previte - 23. The Passage of the Divine Bird from "The 23 Constellations of Joan Miro" BBC Recording http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazzon3/pip/u77pn/ http://www.tzadik.com/index.php?catalog=7072 Its actually a recording I made from the radio and I've never bought the album on Tzadik. I recorded this either to my cd recorder or to a minidisc when it was first broadcast and its something I've returned to again and again. I love the instrumentation with harps and bells and the enigmatic nature of the compositions maybe a bit like Miro's paintings which I also love. I recorded it mainly because I'd seen Previte on a fondly remembered trip to NYC playing drums with beaters while keyboards and trombone cooked up a storm. The whole set is great and made a bit more digestable by a lovely female voice introducing each piece. 2. Don Friedman - Circle Waltz from "Circle Waltz" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle_Waltz Superlative piano trio from someone I know very little of beyond this album so maybe someone can direct me to more. If I was more knowledgable I'd say its influenced by Bill Evans but they are contemporaries and share a label. With Chuck Israels on bass that connection is all the more explicit. Pete LaRoca always adds a little something too. 3. Enrico Pieranunzi/Charlie Haden/Billy Higgins - For Turiya from "First Song" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Song This could be seen as a bit of a tribute to Haden who passed in the last few weeks. I nearly picked the version from his duet album where he plays with the composer, Alice Coltrane. I've been a wee bit obsessed with Alice over the last year her albums with John, the impulse stuff then some of the meditational albums. There's a great Piano Jazz broadcast where she plays some beautiful piano and I thought I'd love to hear her tunes played by a more overtly jazz band. Of course I found I had a tune already and here it is. Pieranunzi I've seen in concert a couple of times all off the back of this album which I bought because of Haden who picks notes and plays superbly on this. 4. Raymond MacDonald/Marilyn Crispell - Longing from "Parallel Moments" http://babel-label.bandcamp.com/album/parallel-moments Saw this pairing duet in the Reid Concert Hall in Edinburgh at the beginning of the year (amongst other combinations) and though I'd never heard him before found out he is on the teaching staff at Edinburgh University. This is on the Babel Label and though it's not all as beautiful or elegaic as this its a really strong duet record 5. Laura Jurd - Landing Ground from "Landing Ground" http://www.laurajurd.com/ So much of my music comes gifted or recommended by friends (a lot from organissimo!) and this came via a friend in London over a few glasses of red on a visit last November. I like the copelandesque theme and the strings to offset the solos. Maybe its not jazz but I like it... She's young and from this outing has a huge amount of ambition. 6. Wolfgang Muthspiel - Mehldau from "Live at the Vortex 2003" http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazzon3/pip/v8iv5/ Another BBC Jazz on 3 recording so maybe slightly unfair for the guessing. The gig was one I was at. Really happy memories of the old Vortex in Stoke Newington, where I used to live in North London. Great guitar and the highlight was watching Brian Blade on drums really shining as with skittering chattering patterns keeping everyone on the edge of their seats. Really joyous stuff, with that sunny disposition Metheny often produces. For someone who likes minor keys and darker stuff this really cheers me up. Muthspiel has some really good albums out there the most recent on ECM and is really worth looking out for. 7. Arthur Blythe - Light Blue from "Light Blue" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_Blue:_Arthur_Blythe_Plays_Thelonious_Monk I said in the comments that I'd overdosed on Monk probably as a result of getting the big Riverside box, but he's one of the cornerstones of my listening with recent reawakening courtesy of the solo sides in the Vogue box and the reissue of Straight No Chaser with so much more music than before. But this of course made me think again. Quickly identified and since my jazz buying has been (mainly) in the CD era I've let Blythe pass my by. My loss. I've a friend who has been talking about these albums for years but he has no turntable any more and I've yet to venture into his loft to "borrow" them. Blythe is great here and put paid to my (mis)understanding that Lennox Avenue Breakdown was the only Columbia album worth listening to... Oh and the tuba is always a treat!
  13. Is the pianist on #11 Lynne Arriale? Thought I responded... Good guess but no, not long to wait for the reveal... Never picked that one up and like Andy Bey so something else to look for... Linking up with track 11 he does a great version of Nick Drake's River Man which came up on shuffle on my ipod this morning!
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