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Nick Brignola eats up the changes on "Sister Sadie"


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Lovely recording.   Nick allegedly approved of this release but not the later release of "Things Ain't What They Used To Be: Last Set at Sweet Basil", which was issued after Nick's death.  Reservoir's owner thought that music was worthy of release. 

As I recall, Nick also plays soprano on at least one cut on the album.

BTW- it is "Rich", not "Rick" Syracuse and Mike "Holober", not "Holobar". 

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9 hours ago, cliffpeterson said:

Lovely recording.   Nick allegedly approved of this release but not the later release of "Things Ain't What They Used To Be: Last Set at Sweet Basil", which was issued after Nick's death.  Reservoir's owner thought that music was worthy of release. 

As I recall, Nick also plays soprano on at least one cut on the album.

BTW- it is "Rich", not "Rick" Syracuse and Mike "Holober", not "Holobar". 

I've heard the same about "Things Ain't What They Used To Be: Last Set at Sweet Basil."
In recent months I've picked up four or so of the Reservoir Brignola albums. Not a weak one in the bunch. The one (if there's only one) with Jack De Johnette is really special; Nick's and Jack's rhythmic energy were a perfect rhyme. As that version (above) of "Sister Sadie" suggests, Nick wasn't just a burly, hard-charging player but a very brainy, heady one, too.

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DeJohnette played on "On a Different Level", which is the only Brignola Reservoir release that I know of with Jack.  The other musicians on that recording were Dave Holland and Kenny Barron. I agree with you about the quality of that album, which was well named.  

Like Nick did,  I live in the New York Capital Region (Albany/Troy/Schenectady) and saw him 3-4 times a year.  "Sister Sadie" was often included in his sets.  "Tenderly" was another favorite of his,  which he always played on clarinet. His rendition hits my sweet spot.  "Tenderly" appears on "Raincheck". 

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On 3/22/2021 at 3:50 PM, bresna said:

"On A Different Level" is a great CD.

That is the Brignola CD I play the most. The Penguin Guide is also fond of it, if I recall correctly.

Did Baritone Madness with Pepper Adams ever make it to CD?

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11 hours ago, Late said:

That is the Brignola CD I play the most. The Penguin Guide is also fond of it, if I recall correctly.

Did Baritone Madness with Pepper Adams ever make it to CD?

The owner of the Bee Hive label only licensed out the Johnny Hartman date for release on CD (released as part of the "Bridges of Madison County" soundtrack). The rest of the catalog was never on CD until Mosaic licensed it. I pestered Michael Cuscuna for this release for decades and I'm very grateful that he was finally able to do it. There is some great music in that set. As far as I know, no one else has licensed any of the Bee Hive catalog and I've never seen any single CD releases.

I do have "Baritone Madeness" & "Burn Brigade" on CD-Rs that I burned from my LPs back in the day. :)

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2 hours ago, bresna said:

The owner of the Bee Hive label only licensed out the Johnny Hartman date for release on CD (released as part of the "Bridges of Madison County" soundtrack). The rest of the catalog was never on CD until Mosaic licensed it. I pestered Michael Cuscuna for this release for decades and I'm very grateful that he was finally able to do it. There is some great music in that set. As far as I know, no one else has licensed any of the Bee Hive catalog and I've never seen any single CD releases.

I do have "Baritone Madeness" & "Burn Brigade" on CD-Rs that I burned from my LPs back in the day. :)

A good prompt to get that set out and give it an overdue ‘airing’. That was a good time, when the likes of Beehive and Xanadu were putting out all those modern/mainstream releases after the drought of years before.

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4 hours ago, sidewinder said:

A good prompt to get that set out and give it an overdue ‘airing’. That was a good time, when the likes of Beehive and Xanadu were putting out all those modern/mainstream releases after the drought of years before.

There is a lot of good music in that set. Nothing earth-shattering, just good hard bop dates. On top of the Brignola's sessions, I do like Sal Nisitco's dates (one under his own name and another on Curtis Fuller's LP) but don't sleep on the group led "Hyde Park After Dark" with Clifford Jordan, Von Freeman & Cy Touff in the front line.

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