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Initial post: May 1, 2012 1:36:39 PM PDT
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Simon says:
What artist - "old" or new - are you just discovering, and has been captivating you these days ?

For my part, I've finally "discovered" my fellow Montrealer (so near, so far...), Paul Bley. It started with 1963's Footloose , with Steve Swallow and Pete LaRoca, a record I think would be a widespread, stone-cold classic had it been released by Blue Note or Prestige.

Here's the album's opener, for curious ears, Ornette's "When Will The Blues Leave":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyjis-gBwAM)

Then quickly followed 1965 "Closer", with Swallow and Altschul, and now "Paul Bley with Gary Peacock" and "Diane" (a 1985 duo album Chet Baker) are in the cart...

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 3:42:46 PM PDT
Zolar Waka says:
That duet album with Chet is pure gold; I have that on vinyl, which makes it extra rich in sound. I had delayed on picking that one up (relative to Chet's other Steeplechase things) because of Bley's presence, wasn't a fan. I was amazed at how great they were together on that album. I have to say, though, that I've never sought out Bley's stuff, other than very rarely. I do have a few of his albums, like the one he did with John Gilmore and those great reunion concerts he did with Giuffre in a trio, and some of his sideman appearances, like the recordings he did with Ornette in '58. In any event, that session with Chet is a killer!

I've recently discovered Roland Prince.

I thought I was pretty much done discovering stuff, as I just don't keep up with too many current developments in jazz (other than things that might come out on AUM Fidelity, or a few of my favorites, like Sco), and I pretty much know about the past, but I did recently discover this really cool electric guitarist that was on the scene in the 70's for a brief while before splitting. He did some sideman work on Vanguard (I think was the imprint) with Moody, Elvin Jones and I recognize he was on other sessions, but I either haven't heard those or wasn't paying close enough attention when I did.

However, I picked up Color Visions because of the supporting players and was so pleasantly surprised. The set has a lot of variety and is really listenable for fans of that 70's sound. His sound is like the single note runs of Grant Green with a slight Wes Montgomery overlay; bits funky, bits straight, a track with steel drums. Grant plus Wes: At least that's what I think, but I'm not real good at that comparison stuff.

Having recognized that I found something new, I picked up his second Vanguard set, which was entitled Free Spirit, which I thought was even better. Then, due to the rarity of sessions led by this guy, I picked up one that's from his journeyman period...Song of Roland. I have yet to hear it, but from what I can tell, it's going to be a totally different experience. It was recorded in Antigua or someplace like that....I believe.

ROLAND PRINCE: one of those mysterious fringe characters that seemed poised to make a big impact, but didn't.

Posted on May 5, 2012 9:22:53 PM PDT
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Larkenfield says:
From England: Tubby Hayes on tenor - Fabulous.

Posted on May 6, 2012 2:33:16 PM PDT
The Free Spirits Live at the Scene February 22d 1967:
Larry Coryell and Chip Baker on guitar, Jim Pepper on flute and sax, Chis Hills, bass, and Bob Moses, drums, on what claims to be the first live jazz rock concert recorded. The medley of Peyote Song and Girl of the Mountain provides in its opening with Pepper on flute possibly the first hearing of his wonderous composition Wichita Tai To. Includes vocals and great saxophone and dual guitsr playing. A fun set indicative of a creative time.

Ebo Taylor: Appia Kwa Bridge: Ghanian soul reminisceient of Fela Kuti. Great horns and persussion and unpredictable organ playing. The riffs are mad, crazy and surprisingly fresh and unique. a new studio album, Recorded in Berlin with members of the Afrobeat Academy, Ebo, in his mid-70s, remains a versatile guitarist, singer and songwriter, covering all the bases here from Highlife to Afrobeat to jazz with an intermingling of traditional songs. On the Sunbeam Records label, where a lot of amazing 60's rock can be rediscovered.

Schlippenbach Plays Monk: Light Blue: Alexander von Schippenbach on piano with Ino Nobuyoshi on bass and the great Sunny Murray on drums provide a listenable set of Monk tunes. I am glad that I added one more Monk tribute to my collection. i really never get enough (or too much) of Monk.

Getting ready to hear L. Subramaniam (violin) in Tel Aviv this week. Heard him last about 40 years ago when he spent some time after his early medical career recording and studying music in California. These were the days when John Handy and Ali Akbar Khan were collaborating in Northern California and an organization called the Music Circle brought amazing classical Indian music to Southern California venues.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2012 3:13:24 PM PDT
Brian says:
FAH:
Are you making an Aliyah?
I enjoy L.Subramaniam's cd, "Fantasy without limits". You should be in for some great music.

Posted on May 7, 2012 12:39:00 AM PDT
I am still an Oleh Chadash, despite being in my 4th year here.

I thought I'd be driving to my hillside California home at this stage of life. Instead, my gated community is the hills (mountains) of the Galilee. I met a wonderful woman in D.C. about 8 years ago that I new wanted to return to her Moshav, her 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

She allowed me to fill her life and home with my music. Record collection, instruments I do not play well, dvd and cd collections. I have literally occupied all the walls of one room and a few others with my music stuff.

I have found my way each year to the Globus Jazz Festival in December in Jerusalem and the February Tel Aviv Jazz Festival. I tried the Red Sea Jazz Festival in the Summer in Eilat. Music there is too mainstream for me; and the air is hot and oppressive. Unlike Las Vegas, a former home of mine, Eilat does not cool down at night. A terrible place to have a jazz festival.

This Subramaniam concert is part of a White City Jazz festival that is also bringing Bobby McFerrin, Yellowjackets, Danilo Perez, Regina Carter and Renaud Garcia-Fons and others in a weeks time.

Posted on May 7, 2012 1:08:47 AM PDT
Herbie Mann is probably the best flutist ever and , by accident, I heard "Memphis Underground" which is quite a fine arrangement. Also, I believe there is a blockbuster band behind Herbie. I was impressed with this recording. Also, Herbie has an outstanding version of "Superman" which I do not think is on cd. I do have a vinyl copy and when on Amazon, I did not see this recording on cd.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 3:14:17 AM PDT
Ahmad says:
I am just discovering (although I have him as a sideman or band member of many of Ellington's albums) Johnny Hodges. I recently listened to one of my new aquisitions "The Stanley Sessons" under Billy Strayhorn, and was captivated by Hodges sound. I went ahead and bought 6 of his albums (see the discussion/recommendations on the thread titled Johnny Hodges).

Posted on May 7, 2012 6:30:00 AM PDT
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Sonny Rollins

I hadn't written Sonny off just have always been of the mind that music finds me in the same way I find it.

As of a few months ago Sonny's music and my ears hadn't crossed paths in any especially meaningful way. And not as often in comparison to Sonny's output thru the years. His deserved status as one of the icons of Jazz notwithstanding. I didn't argue his standing as a leading light ,just went about my listening business, and when business took me near the Sonny Rollins camp way more often than not I came away less than enthused. Sometimes a lot less. His delivery on his more adventurous music was just a little odd and quirky but not earthshaking or revolutionary in any significant way. His mainstream stuff sounded flat-footed and didn't engage me in ways I was listening for. It didn't set anything on fire when it was hot and did not give wings to my imagination when it was cool. Mostly it was just O K ,and O K didn't cut it when there were lots of other music that kept me alert for that next turn of phrase and other things. Things by other artists and bands that kept me in orbit in other parts of the Jazz galaxy. Looks like A NIGHT AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD might change this.

That was another discussion you started Simon- Icons That Leave You Cold? that is. Now - Who Are You Just Discovering.? Funny my answer was Sonny both times.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 10:44:51 AM PDT
Harry, I don't think that too many in this forum would agree with your sweeping statement about Herbie Mann. I can think of several flute players who don't play the sort of commercial flute that Mann favours and are truer to what jazz should be all about.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 5:23:51 PM PDT
I agree with P. Campbell on this one. I was quite surprised by Harry's assessment of Herbie Mann. For instance, try Eric Dolphy, Frank Wess or Lew Tabackin.

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Posted on Jun 1, 2012 10:56:01 AM PDT
Fischman says:
Hardly obscure, but I recently latched on to Emily Remler. I love her lines and feel. I need to acquire her catalog to lay alongside my Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, etc.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 12:42:14 PM PDT
CJBx7 says:
Not really a new discover, more like deepening interest. I'm listening to Wayne Shorter more. I've actually been listening to him for years within his previous capacity as a member of Weather Report, but my recent investigations of Miles' 64-68 quintet have given me a new appreciation for his skill as a composer and improviser. The man has perhaps the most enigmatic approach to jazz saxophone that I've ever heard.
Although he's not normally named as an avant-gardist, he was definitely far, FAR beyond bebop. Twisting corkscrew lines delivered in a taut, passionate tone, replete with occasional quotes from children's ditties before descending into chromatic spirals of 16th notes... He uses his sax like a probe, alternating long lines with brief, seemingly frantic spurts which are actually masterfully controlled, all with the aim of exploring the outer reaches of music, of what can be done and expressed with just 12 notes. I don't always "understand" what he's playing, but it's always compelling and fascinating.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 1:17:31 PM PDT
Finding that I really enjoy Vijay Iyer, actually. My initial exposure(s) to him left me somewhat perplexed as to why he's been getting the attention that he has. Further listening has helped me understand why.

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Posted on Jun 1, 2012 10:04:16 PM PDT
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For me, the music of John Zorn is always one grand adventure. Thankfully, he's always releasing something new that he either put together or features other people interpreting his musical vision. This week, I've been enjoying "Pruflas" and "Mount Analogue." I'd also like to make an entry under the category of 'old things that I've recently discovered.' I've watched Ken Burns "Jazz" a few times now and it was during this past time that the greatness of Duke Ellington and Lois Armstrong finally clicked. While I've always appreciated them in a general sense, their music never really got under my skin until now. After going through quite a few of their albums and DVDs, I'll never look back!
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Nitya says:
Hey Simon I just noticed this thread, what a great idea! Because I am constantly searching out to add to my playlist on SomaFM I run across stuff I have missed in the past. One such album is Stories of the Danube by Joe Zawinul, Dialects is also good but not as good as Stories. I think Joe was really "in the pocket" when he did Stories. I also find myself listening to the whole Weather Report catalog again since a listener pointed out I don't play enough WR.

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Posted on Jun 5, 2012 9:17:03 PM PDT
Katzpheno says:
Reached in the dust bin and found a 1994 release from Japanese pianist (via Ohio and LA) named Kei Akagi... nice!!! "Mirror Puzzle" is the album title - features originals by Kei and features Charles Fambrough on bass and Willie Jones III on drums.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 12:56:22 PM PDT
Nitya says:
I just discovered Gerald Clayton when I got a copy of Bond: The Paris Sessions. The guy is pretty amazing for a cat in his 20's.
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