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  • Birthday 08/10/1963

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  1. FWIW, I wrote this a few years ago about my favorite Charlie Parker live recordings. It's been post on the forum in Jazz in Print threads, but seems like this is a good place and time to post it again. Had a lot of fun putting this together. https://ethaniverson.com/live-bird-is-the-best-bird-by-mark-stryker/
  2. Some folks have mentioned Nick Brignola in conjunction with Woody, but there may be some confusion. Nick Brignola did play baritone sax with Woody in the early '60s. I don't know how long he was on the band. However, a MIKE Brignola was on Woody's band for a much longer tenure in the 1980s. If you saw Woody in those years, it was Mike not Nick you heard. I don't believe the two bari-playing Brignolas were related.
  3. "Succotash" in my experience was a GREAT sounding LP, at least in its "black b" version from 1973 I've not heard the "white b" reissue from 1975 so I can't speak to the that but have always assumed it sounded excellent too -- still a real bargain in terms of Blue Note reissues. "Inventions and Dimensions" was always scarce and expensive and I assumed this was because it was never reissued under its original cover in United Artists blue label white or black b versions in the '70s. There are Liberty reissues up to a 1970 black/turquoise version and a 1971 Division of United Artists version with a classic blue/white label and black text. I have have also assumed that "Succotash" appeared with a non-traditional Blue Note cover because the label was trying to capitalize on Herbie's skyrocketing fame in the '70s. I could be wrong about the this. and perhaps there's another reason. What are the other Blue Notes that got a similar treatment? Cannonball's "Somethin' Else" is one. Others?
  4. Looking forward to Jim's Milestone survey! Meantime, here's the outline of a related Sonny Rollins essay I'm going to write. I've been toying with a Sonny Rollins Top 10 and Bonus Tracks list for a while now, including official releases and unauthorized material from a variety of sources. Not everything is set in stone, but this is my current thinking. YMMV and all the other caveats apply. Sonny Rollins: A Personal Top 10 and Bonus Tracks. 1. A Night at the Village Vanguard, 1957 (Blue Note) 2. Paris concert, 11/4/65 3. The Standard Sonny Rollins, 1964 (RCA) 4. Alfie, 1966 (Impulse) 5. Newk’s Time, 1957 (Blue Note) 6. The Sound of Sonny, 1957 (Riverside) 7. Saxophone Colossus, 1956 (Prestige) 8. Now’s The Time, 1964 (RCA) 9. Newport Jazz Festival, 7/7/63 10. Falling in Love with Jazz, 1989. (Milestone) Bonus Tracks in chronological order 1. There’s No Business Like Show Business (Worktime), 1955 (Prestige) 2. Misterioso (Sonny Rollins Vol. 2), 1957 (Blue Note) 3. Freedom Suite (Freedom Suite), 1958 (Riverside) 4. If Ever I Would Leave You (What’s New), 1962 (RCA) 5. Lover, Village Gate, 7/28/62 6. Oleo, Paris, 10/31/65 7. Three Little Words, Copenhagen concert, 9/6/68 8. First Moves (The Cutting Edge), 1974 (Milestone) 9. Best Wishes (Road Shows Vol. 1), 1986 (Milestone) 10. Darn that Dream (Old Flames), 1993 (Milestone)
  5. Some backstory. I wrote about the late Jim Dapogny’s discovery and restoration of this lost James P Johnson score back in 2002 for the Detroit Free Press and attended the subsequent performances that led to the recording. The story was reprinted here: http://ml.islandnet.com/pipermail/dixielandjazz/2002-December/005443.html
  6. In addition to the remarkable two live clips that Michael just posted, I humbly suggest that folks check out the chapter about Charles in my book, Jazz from Detroit. Chares is as great as great can be. Proud that that he's also featured in the forthcoming documentary film that I'm coproducing, The Best of the Best: Jazz from Detroit, which is inspired by the book. We have a rough cut done and expect a 2024 premiere.
  7. Fair point about the size of the press. I'm editing my original post to remove the qualifier. Thanks.
  8. Gary self-published "Reflectory" as an e-book. "Saxophone Trailblazer" is a paperback version of "Reflectory" but it's an edited/condensed version published by an imprint of a university press. The original book was about 400 pages; this one is 254 pages. The earlier "Joy Road," published in 2012, was an expansive, annotated discography-chronology that was a precursor to the eventual full biography.
  9. This copy with a hand-painted cover is up to $6,100 in bidding at Carolina Soul. Anybody know how many of these were pressed or anything about the cover? I'm curious as to why the insane bidding... https://www.ebay.com/itm/204404362114?mkevt=1&mkpid=2&emsid=e90001.m43.l1123&plmtId=700008&mesgId=3024&mkcid=8&ch=osgood&bu=44356787009&trkId=0a776638-7c2c-4019-9dd8-e32ef66cf5b9&cnvId=700003&recoId=204404362114&recoPos=1
  10. FWIW, I put together this Playlist of some of Bennett's more jazz-influenced tracks (from his more jazz-influenced) records. Might be a place to hear some things that have eluded you.
  11. Gang, what's the best Cab Calloway single CD/stream out there that is widely available/attainable that gives you the most substantial jazz stuff (Chu Berry, Dizzy, etc.) with a minimum of the jive numbers and hits?
  12. Newton essentially switched careers from playing to formal composition. Ethan Iverson has written about this music extensively and interviewed Newton. Recommend these: https://ethaniverson.com/2021/10/18/updates-on-james-newton-and-misha-mengleberg/ https://ethaniverson.com/interview-with-james-newton/
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