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Small Group Recordings Box set, Import


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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Indie Europe/Zoom
  • ASIN: B0014I7JXS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2008 four CD set from the highly talented alto saxophonist and friend and disciple of Charlie Parker. The collection compiles most of Maini's small group recordings recorded in L.A. and New York between 1956 and 1962. The Jane Fielding album and The Joe Maini Sextet session, as well as a Shorty Rogers TV Broadcast appear here for the first time ever on CD. Features his recordings with Shelly Manne, Jack Sheldon, Red Mitchell, Kenny Drew, Jimmy Knepper and others. Maini died at the age of 34, the victim of a game of Russian roulette, in 1964. 64 tracks. Lonehill Jazz.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonny Bogue on June 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Below is the real story of how Joe died, as explained by his daughter Tina Maini. Although this is the best set of Joe's recordings, unfortunately it has or had a sticker attached re-stating the myth re his death. (excerpted from the JazzWax blog [...]):

"But being apart was difficult on my parents. The week of my father's death was one of those tough times, and I'm told my parents' most recent separation had him feeling a bit down. Consequently, rumors circulated after his death that he had committed suicide--despite the fact that he was in a great mood and joking around when the gun he held in his hand went off.
"Let me set the record straight. Here are the facts concerning the night my father died, according to my mother, my dad's brother and alto saxophonist Ray Graziano, who was there:

"In 1964, Ray Graziano was one of my father's many acquaintances. At the time, Ray's girlfriend Daphne lived with him, and my father was hanging out at their place after gigs to relax and party before heading home. One night Daphne thought she saw a prowler at the window. So my father and Ray borrowed a gun so Daphne could protect herself when she was home alone.

"My father was an outrageous prankster and went to great lengths to pull off a joke. Friends called him Joe 'Mainiac' for good reason. I remember my father once told me to play dead and brought me to my mom, who freaked out. Other times, my dad went way out of his way to make us laugh. One time he used a large pipe wrench to pretend he was tightening his nose.

"When my father and Ray arrived back at Ray's place with the gun, my father started playing around with it, telling jokes and clicking the trigger, imitating a cowboy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louis Caputo on February 25, 2010
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Given that Joe Maini is and insiders insider as well as a hipsters hipster and he never comercially recorded under his own name It's a welcome gift to have his work as a side man under one roof. his work on the Jane Fielding sides is great to hear however the vocalist is quite forgetable, Included is the jam session suff with Zoot Sims.....mostly Zoot and not much Joe However Joes playing is always a gas, it's a worth while set, it would have been better had they had all Joes stuff on disc both big and small band that might have eliminated the need to include some of the cuts where there is very little Joe. One would have wished a player like Joe Maini would have had more of a legacy to leave us very sad indeed,Joe left us too soon.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P Lapper on November 7, 2009
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This was a little known alto player that was very much into Parker in the early 50s, if you like Bird you will like this guy. Shame about the way he died.
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