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  1. I hope most of you have the BFTs. If not the rest are on their way and people in Europe can distribute to each other per my instructions. Sorry shit got out so late. Enjoy! Disc 1 is mostly featuring a specific instrument but its not exhaustive. Matt
  2. This post has been updated with refreshed links for downloading for the next 10 days BFT 38 CD 1 - Disc One BFT 38 CD 2 - Disc Two Happy downloading! Matt
  3. from a press release I just got: Concord/Fantasy Celebrates Milestone Records’ 40th Anniversary In celebration of Milestone Records’ 40th Anniversary, Concord/Fantasy proudly announces the release of retrospective collections by five of the venerable label’s most extraordinary artists – Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Jimmy Smith and Jimmy Scott. When legendary producer Orrin Keepnews founded Milestone in 1966 – with the assistance of pianist/producer Dick Katz – the fledgling label valiantly forged against the currents of a rapidly changing environment that threatened the very existence of straight-ahead progressive acoustic jazz. In the late sixties, the rapidly growing influence of progressive rock as an art form, coupled with Miles Davis’ bold explorations into electric music signaled hard times ahead for those artists who were committed to the pure jazz tradition. Previously hardcore jazz labels like Blue Note, Impulse and Verve abandoned their founders’ ideals and attempted to follow the trend into the commercial mainstream. Milestone provided a fertile haven for those seriously committed artists who refused to surrender to the trend. By 1972, when it joined the Fantasy group of labels, Milestone boasted a roster that included a good number of Jazz’ most formidable talents, including Tyner, Rollins and Henderson, along with veteran altoist Lee Konitz and upstart reedman Gary Bartz. For 40 years Milestone has continued to mine the richly diverse veins of the Jazz tradition with artists like Smith, Scott, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Hank Crawford, Flora Purim and Jerry Gonzalez’ Fort Apache Band. The five single-disc retrospective includes some of the music’s finest and most renowned musicians accompanying the five master artists who are featured in this release. Sonny Rollins’ 35+ year relationship with Milestone is spanned in its entirety with Skylark from his first Milestone album, Sonny Rollins’ Next Album, and Why Was I Born? from his 2006 Grammy Award-winning Without A Song. The remainder of the collection contains the tenor sax titan’s familiar tradition of combining brilliant originals (Biji, Global Warming, Duke of Iron) with an eclectic array of standards (Tennessee Waltz, Autumn Nocturne, Where or When and The Moon of Manakoora). Sidemen include pianists Tommy Flanagan and Stephen Scott; drummers Jack DeJohnette, Tony Williams, Al Foster, Kimati Dinizulu; and his current group of trombonist Clifton Anderson, drummer Perry Wilson and longtime bassist Bob Cranshaw. McCoy Tyner’s extremely prolific output is well represented with selections from nine different albums. The line-up of sidemen is a virtual who’s who of progressive Jazz, including reedmen Sonny Fortune, Gary Bartz, John Stubblefield, Frank Foster, Benny Maupin and Ricky Ford; brass players Freddie Hubbard, Slide Hampton and Oscar Brashear; flautist Hubert Laws; vibist Bobby Hutcherson; bassists Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke and Buster Williams; drummers Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, DeJohnette and Billy Hart; and percussionists Airto, Mtume, Bill Summers and Guilherme Franco. The piano giant’s expansive musical vision is on full display from solo piano on Naima, the deeply moving tribute to his mentor John Coltrane, to large-scale ensembles on the string-driven Song of the New World and the nine-horn Search For Peace. Three-horn ensembles are featured on Sama Layuca and One of Another Kind; powerful quartets deliver Ebony Queen and Enlightenment Suite, Part 1: Genesis; and the trio format offers The Greeting and another Trane staple, Impressions. All nine Joe Henderson albums are mined for his collection, which provides some tastes of Joe’s soprano sax and flute stylings along with his muscular tenor sax. Live dates from Tokyo and L.A.’s landmark Lighthouse respectively provide Out ‘n’ In and the Kenny Dorham classic, Blue Bossa. A 5-piece rhythm section fuels Black Is The Color (Of My True Love’s Mind), while the more traditional 3-horn sextet is featured on No Me Esqueça and the funky groove of Mamacita. Large ensembles of multiple horns and extended rhythm drive Gazelle and Canyon Lady. The Bead Game and Black Narcissus employ piano, bass and drums. The stellar array of sidemen includes trombonists Julian Priester, Curtis Fuller and Grachan Moncur III; trumpeters Woody Shaw, Oscar Brashear and Snooky Young; pianists Herbie Hancock, Kenny Barron, George Duke, George Cables and Don Friedman; bassists Ron Carter, Dave Holland and Stanley Clarke; and drummers Louis Hayes, Lenny White and DeJohnette. Jimmy Smith’s short, but highly productive stint at Milestone produced two studio dates and three live recordings, all represented in this collection. The renowned West Coast arranger Johnny Pate produced, arranged and conducted the six-horn and rhythm ensemble (including legendary reedman Buddy Collette and guitar hero Phil Upchurch) on ‘Round the Corner and the title cut from Sum Serious Blues. Upchurch also plays on the leaner Here Comes C.T. from the Prime Time album. From that same recording comes the timeless Ellington rollicker, C Jam Blues. The electric-powered tenor sax of Eddie Harris is featured on a revisit to Smith’s Blue Note hit The Sermon, recorded live at the Keystone Korner (from All The Way Live). The Blue Note days are further recalled by the reunion of Jimmy with the soulful tandem of tenorman Stanley Turrentine and guitarist Kenny Burrell, along with master drummer Grady Tate, on Midnight Special, Back at the Chicken Shack and Summertime – all recorded at New York City’s Fat Tuesday’s (from Fourmost and Fourmost Return). Balladeer Jimmy Scott’s collection is a change of pace. Not only is he the only vocalist and a Milestone artist only for two years (2000-01), but he emerged from relative obscurity to a personal renaissance with the four Milestone albums covered by this collection. A model of tenacity, dedication and perseverance, Jimmy Scott has consistently turned adversity into triumph. A rare hormonal deficiency that caused his uniquely high-pitched voice transformed into one of the most sensitive and expressive instruments in Jazz vocal history. Lovingly produced by Todd Barkan, these recordings enfold Jimmy’s distinctive voice with the highly empathetic support of a remarkable group of musicians, including saxophonists David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Hank Crawford and Eric Alexander; pianists Cyrus Chestnut, Renee Rosnes and Larry Willis; guitarist Joe Beck; bassist George Mraz; and drummers Grady Tate and Lewis Nash. The arrangements are by Scott, Tate, Beck, Barkan and Robert Sadim, and cover 11 popular songs from The Great American Songbook – Smile, Moonglow, Mood Indigo, Without a Song, Darn That Dream, You Don’t Know What Love Is, Strange Fruit, Pennies From Heaven, How Long Has This Been Going On, If I Should Lose You, and Please Send Me Someone To Love. The original dates were mostly produced by Orrin Keepnews and the compilations were assembled by Nick Phillips, Vice President, Jazz and Catalog A&R for the Concord Music Group, which acquired Milestone in 2004. Each collection also contains a bonus disc featuring an additional track from each of the five artists, along with one additional selection each by Flora Purim, Jim Hall & Ron Carter, and Hank Crawford & Jimmy McGriff.
  4. A warning - I recently had my handle changed to reflect the name of my radio show, which is called the Jazz Clinic. Another warning - the discs have not really gone out yet despite a previous post saying otherwise because of the holiday and other stupid reasons like having to wait in ridiculous lines at the post office. I have been sending the BFT (which is 2 audio discs) to certain individuals by yousendit.com and it's been working for them. There are 9 packages going out for sure in tomorrow's mail. Please post here if you've already received anything from me by email as a zip file. I will be sure not to include you in the physical mailing. Any questions PM me. Sorry for the delay. I hope you all enjoy this. There is no real theme except for some instruments being featured over others. Matt
  5. So far I've only received replies from Nate Dorward Dan Gould mikeweil The Magnificent Golberg relyles stereojack Bright Moments I assume others want in. Initial mailing is going out tomorrow. Note: I would really prefer to save money on postage and packaging by sending the files out individually via AIM or Skype or yousendit.com which allows me to send an attachment of anything less than 1 GB to any email address. This will allow you to get the files quicker, have them on your computer, and if you wish, burn a disc and listen wherever. I am just real low on cash right now and I am on the computer all day and night. Matt
  6. How do I make a blindfold test using iTunes if all my songs are already properly coded with all the appropriate metadata? Can I strip tracks of their info and then regain the info after making the CD? Is it best not to use iTunes to make a BFT? I only have a Mac. I thought about assembling an audio file by importing stuff into Audacity but half the stuff I am trying to import to Audacity does not transfer over (common message is something along the lines of 'file not recognized'; try importing as raw data). Then sometimes the data is imported but when I try the track out it whizzes by in 1 or 2 seconds (i.e. speeds up the song ridiculously so that I can't use it). Why is this happening? Generally how do you all recommend making a BFT with a Mac? What software is best and easiest? Matt
  7. Please PM me with requests for my BFT (#38) to be sent to you with email address and your postal address. Even though I've been out of the loop for a little while now, my test is just about ready to go. I would appreciate duplicators in Europe and such. I know Big Al is often a help to others with sending packages and the like. Big Al? Matt
  8. Leave it to Bret Primack to one-up everybody in the jazz world.
  9. 1. DD Jackson's podcast is pretty ok. A bit self-indulgent and promotional but better than a lot of the poseur crap out there. 2. Just last night, while browsing the JazzCorner, I found a link to Robin Eubanks' amazing new site which includes links to the audio of his podcasts - a new feature of the site. There are a total of eight so far. They're actually available on iTunes - just go to Podcast Directory and do a search for Robin Eubanks and it will come up. Anyways, the content on Robin's podcast is really good - stories from the road and such - and some music...not much though. 3. Also, another one I came upon is the Gotta Say - Live Jazz podcast by PhillyC (produced out of Rochester). It's pretty darn good. For iPod/iTunes users, you can automatically get updates to any podcast by simply clicking on the "Subscribe" button in iTunes. iTunes will save your subscription and download the latest one automatically whenever its been put up online. When you've finished listening to them you can either keep 'em or throw them out. I recommend throwing them out if you're low on hard drive space like me because many are long and thus are large files. Some of the NPR music podcasts last over an hour. But those are not exclusively jazz - mostly trendy hipster stuff that I need to listen to as a college radio music director, just to make sure I'm ahead of the hipster curve. Fuckin Bob Boilen. Douchebag. Will repost when others come to mind. My Podcast wish list: Tzadik Records Podcast Herbie Hancock Podcast Larry David Podcast Albert Mangelsdorff Podcast Karl Rove podcast an official Blue Note Podcast Sunnyside Records podcast Idris Muhammad podcast ....add your two cents....
  10. All the following titles are relatively new and are $8: Elvis Costello Live with the Metropole Orkest - My Flame Burns Blue (Deutsche Gramaphone, 2006) Jimmy Smith w/ Stanley Turrentine - Prayer Meetin' (Blue Note Records, 2004 RVG Edition) All the following titles are $6: Willie Bobo - Juicy (Verve Records, 1998 reissue) Joe Farrell - Moon Germs (Columbia/Legacy (CTI), 2002 reissue) Pat Martino - Think Tank (Blue Note Records, 2003) Wallace Roney - Misterious (Warner Brothers, 1994) Buddy Tate w/ Torsten Zwingenberger Swingtet (Nagel Heyer Records, 2002) Bennie Wallace - The Old Songs (Audioquest, 1993) All the following titles are $5: David Berkman - Communication Theory (Palmetto Records, 2000) Marc Cary - Trillium (Jazzateria Recordings, 2000) Herbie Hancock - Empryean Isles (Blue Note Records, 1987 reissue) Freddie Hubbard & Jimmy Heath - Jam Gems: Live at the Left Bank (Hyena Records, 2005) Keith Jarrett - As Long As You're Living Yours (RCA Victor/BMG, 2000) Bob Mintzer Big Band - Old School, New Lessons (MCG Jazz (Telarc), 2006)
  11. The show in Pittsburgh two nights ago went swimmingly. I saw LWayne there along with over 200 other miscreants and societal rejects. It was amazing! Read my blog about it here: my blog - jazzclinic.blogspot.com
  12. I know we don't have too many org boarders in Western PA or Ohio/WV area (LWayne, some other dude with a three letter handle who posts very infrequently) but if you're willing to drive, I'm presenting ICP here at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh this Wednesday March 29 with student activities fee money. Thus, NO CHARGE! FREE! No show in Philly....come to Pittsburgh! I can host a limited number of people at my place. That's free music for free! For details, PM me.
  13. The best Tzadik things I've heard recently are: Derek Bailey - Carpal Tunnel (his last recording) Jamie Saft - Plays the Music of John Zorn Vol. 1: Astharoth Rashanim - Masada Rock Paul Shapiro - It's in the Twilight - this is not your normal Tzadik - it's Jewish-sounding Latin jazz and groove (w/ Steven Bernstein and other Tzadik regulars) And last but not least, Misha Mengelberg - Senne Sing Song (Released for the anniversary of Misha's 80th birthday) Matt P.S. I have played all these a lot on the radio.
  14. The new album is really beautiful listen for it nights on WRCT. Matt
  15. I DJed a party tonight for an hour (rotating DJs - different styles) and I played Willow Weep For Me from this and kids to adults of all ages (18 - 88) REALLY DUG IT. Way to go Chris, Bobby, and Greg! Your music stood the test of being danceable. Matt P.S. Usually it ain't good if you can't dance to it.
  16. I always have been told to go with LACIE for external hard drives.
  17. Speaking of which, I wonder if Keith has heard his playing on The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 - the best Miles box set I have ever purchased in my short history of buying box sets! I am sure there is another thread with this. It makes me wonder since Jack was in this group if there were any nights he sat down at the keyboard. I doubt Miles was into musical chairs though. Matt
  18. At IAJE it was Chick on piano, Eddie Gomez (who is on this record) on bass, and Jack on drums. That group needs to records fo sho. What if it were the Standards Quintet? Keith Jarrett - soprano and unintelligible vocals Jack DeJohnette - piano Eddie Gomez & Gary Peacock - basses Chick Corea & Steve Gadd - drums they could play musical chairs!
  19. People need to stop hi-jacking threads to heap praise on Kurt Cobain. Let's talk about Prince, eh? Both these videos should be reminders that pop music can still be good in the hands of individuals with musical knowledge and the ability to solo outside of the box. Did you hear him playing non-consonant tones towards the end with the help of distortion/whammy bar. That is fuckin' dope. You go boy!
  20. Yes. In the wonderful liners written by Peter Keepnews (his pop Orrin was the producer of this session), Jack elucidates this early part of his past. He was a pianist and only took up drums after he was well along his way to being a jazz pianist. His command of the instrument is nothing to be shy about. In fact, knowing this, I would much rather hear him playing in all those Standards trio records and have Keith grunting away on the drums, as drummers are wont to do. Matt
  21. I had no idea Jack DeJohnette could play piano so well until about 2 weeks ago when I discovered this record on Landmark. Eddie Gomez on bass and Freddie Waits on drums!!! Don't really have much time to type right now but I'll be back soon to type more! Meanwhile, discuss amongst yourselves. Matt P.S. Go Steelers!
  22. Glad to see some folks here are not ONLY into the Blue Note era. peace out well that is a silly thing to say. a lot of people on this board-the classic BN era isn't their main or only thing. look at the 1000 or whatever page funny rat thread. Funny Rat is like 5 dudes. That's nothing.....ples...
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