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  1. Hear, hear. Curio: This is the ending of an early review (first ever?) of some ECM LPs by 32-year old Michael Cuscuna on Downbeat (May 11, 1972). F
  2. I wrote to MusiconCD through their contact page and they have delivered the correct CD. Thanks again for the heads up! F
  3. About the first one, yes: As far as I can tell, they're all new masters by Mark Wilder and Maria Triana (Battery Park Studios), except for the Rosemary Clooney, Such Sweet Thunder, and Black, Brown and Beige, which are, respectively, verbatim copies of CK65506 (Didier C. Deutsch), and Phil Schaap's CK65568 and CK65566 (hence the wrong coda on "Up and Down"—a pity that this wasn't corrected, given that Sony does have a digital master of the correct one, released on the compilation Ralph Ellison - Living with Music, CK 85935). F
  4. Thanks jazzbo and ianfaith! I just checked and indeed in my copy "Bal Masque" has the music of "Indigos"! We'll see how it goes.
  5. Dutch label Music on CD is reissuing some 10/12-year old sets previously on Sony/Legacy (more to come, I presume): Paul Desmond: The Complete RCA Albums Collection (6 CDs) Duke Ellington: The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1958 (9 CDs) Dexter Gordon: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection (7 CDs) Weather Report: The Columbia Albums 1976-1982/The Jaco Years (6 CDs) Nina Simone: The Complete RCA Albums Collection (9 CDs) I've got the Ellington (I missed it the first time it came out) and from the small print it is a verbatim reissue of the 2012 set (which was discussed elsewhere in these forums). F
  6. Hi Mark, I blogged about this some time ago and have updated the post as I've found "new" relevant stuff: https://jazzofftherecord.blogspot.com/2009/12/rhythm-ning-detour-un-desvio.html From the period you ask, you have Teddy Bunn on "I've Got the World on a String" in 1934 (it's linked in the blogpost). F
  7. Thanks to Mark for the alert on this. Here's the whole half-hour show: https://www.jobim.org/jobim/handle/2010/4405 F
  8. I have played the CD. Sounds good to my ears, but have not listened attentively enough. One thing, though: Although disk 2 carries 6 alt takes, of which 5 are previously unissued, it does not carry the extra takes of "Evidence" (5:26) and "Blue Monk" (6:55) included regularly in official reissues since 1999. F PS: there's a previous thread on this album, its reissues and their sound quality.
  9. Just saw it on FB. Really sorry to hear this. He was great to deal with and very friendly too. RIP. F
  10. Have had the set as background music (pun intended), so I don't have a detailed opinion yet, but so far I'm very happy with the music. With the liner notes, not so much. Besides things like a note alerting of the disparity in sound quality (CD1 can be a scary first impression), I miss some more context. Some examples from CD2. Track 1, "Spectrum", multitracked, at RVG's in 1952. No mention at all of "Descent into the Maelstrom" (are they related? how?). Track 2, "New Pennies". Sounds like an alternate take of "C-Minor Complex" from The New Tristano (same opening bass line, both in C minor, both same changes as far as I can tell). Is it? There are 14 tracks from that 1961 session at home: are they outtakes of The New Tristano? I know and agree that what's important is the music, but just saying that the notes in the booklet "are not meant to inform -- just to note muy personal feelings and reactions to the music as it unfolds", doesn't cut it for me, especially in a text where, besides the perfunctory hat tip to Barry Ulanov (has no one else written favourably about Tristano?), all references to writers/critics are negative clichés. F
  11. Note that there's a reissue with one previously unissued track and longer edits of two others. https://www.discogs.com/es/release/11845498-Lennie-Tristano-Descent-Into-The-Maelstrom F
  12. For what it's worth, besides the list of songs, the Frémeux site also carries the whole liner notes in French and English, here. F
  13. Various Artists: Slavery in America - Redemption Songs: 1914-1972 (3CDs, Frémeaux & Associés, FA 4467) Info on the Frémeaux site. £4.32 at Amazon UK.
  14. Love both records, especially the 4 Altos, for which, Sims played the head and soloed, then Handy took the recording home, transcribed the solos, arranged them for four voices, and brought the stuff back for the overdubbing session. I think that doing this on alto instead of tenor was a great idea, it's a lighter sound, and few, if any, could have pulled it off like Sims did. Curio: on "The Last Day of Fall", Sims has a rare single-line solo -- Handy harmonized it for 4 saxes two years later for Hal McKusick's Cross Section: Saxes. As for the other, the alto/tenor/bari, Sims did the overdubbing on the spot. Williams told me that the rhythm section killed time having drinks, and that they were hammered by the end of the session. F
  15. Thanks for making this available. It's well-known that Charlie Christian was one Tristano's favourite soloists, but it's nice to hear such a heavy Benny Goodman/Charlie Christian sextet vibe. The first line on the guitar solo on Found a New Baby is a direct lift from CC's solo on same track. And the intro to Honeysuckle Rose and then the ensemble towards the end are from Gone with What Draft. F
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