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Initial post: Apr 20, 2011 1:13:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2011 10:10:21 AM PDT
Ahmad says:
Welcome back! jazz fans around the world. Pull out your wallets, and start wasting your money and time buying and listening to JAZZ records; but please do let us know what you are listening to right now (ok, Kenny G. is not jazz :-)

I am still listening to McCoy Tyner on the other thread: You Taught My Heart to Sing

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 7:40:43 AM PDT
Zolar Waka says:
Alright. I'll go first.

Johnny Griffin's Blowin Session. Most of the players on this session are still unknown! Johnny Griffin, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Art Blakey. I wish some of these guys went on to record more music. All 6 are gone now, and so under-appreciated. Anyway, this was recorded on 04/06/57.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 7:57:03 AM PDT
This morning I am back to the "Billy Higgin Quintet" with Harold Land, Oscar Brashear, Cedar Walton, David Williams and Higgins. For modern mainstream fans I cannot do more than strongly recommend this 1993 recording.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2011 8:10:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2011 8:15:33 AM PDT
Spartacus says:
John Coltrane - Living Space. I have been listening continuously to Trane for several days now....a collection of over 500 tracks. I'm on the lookout for tracks I can cherry-pick to listen to later, rather than go through the whole lot ever again. There is, perhaps, almost such a thing as having too much music.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2011 8:48:53 AM PDT
Ahmad says:
Listening to Herbie Hancock: Mwandishi (Warner Bros. Master Series). The first track has the effect of alcohol on my mind. Funk/jazz at its best.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 9:17:13 AM PDT
Zolar Waka says:
Now listening to:

John Ellis' One Foot in the Swamp, which was his 2005 solo release on Hyena Records. Ellis plays tenor, soprano, bcl and ocarina. Nick Payton guests on 6 tracks on trumpet. Also, Gregoire Maret appears on chromatic harmonica on 5 tracks. The remainder of the band is Aaron Goldberg on rhodes, wurlitzer and "effects," Roland Guerin on bass and Jason Marsalis on drums. (That's right....Marsalis. Oh well.) PLUS, Scofield on 2 tracks!!!

I became familiar with Ellis as part of the Charlie Hunter group for a few years. This is a cool recording, and my favorite of his solo releases.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 9:49:48 AM PDT
Zolar Waka says:
NOW: Oliver Lake's Prophet with Baikida Carrol, Donald Smith, Jerry Harris and Pheeroan Aklaff on Black Saint, recorded August 11 and 12, 1980. This is one of Lake's Dolphy-themed records, with 3 tracks by Dolphy and three originals.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 10:30:43 AM PDT
R. K. Hunter says:
Hi Z. W nice stuff on Black Saint ,had a few on lp.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 10:37:53 AM PDT
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R. K. Hunter says:
Started the day with Chet baker for two items "Chet" and "Lerner and Lowe" on Riverside, Benny Carter with Oscar p. from the 50's

now Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers at Cafe Bohemia" inc Hank Mobely, a guy i have bits of on other peoples cds and just started to notice his individual sound. to quote the Famous Wallace Greenslade "He's Very Good You Know".

Anyone here remember Wallace........

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 12:24:58 PM PDT
Joe Henderson "Power To The People" Once again, I know many people here have a very rigid bias against electric instruments, but this one's different. The sax and trumpet both build and release tension without annoying or just lay back without boring the listener.

Herbie Hancock is at his absolute best on this album and Jack DeJohnette effective as well. I used to think "In A Silent Way", Weather Report's live recordings or "Return to Forever" were the best albums to gradually introduce someone to fusion but now I think it's this one.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 3:15:02 PM PDT
R. K. Hunter says:
Finished this evening listening to Lester Young,Complete Verve Studio Sessions Disc 3,1952/1954.

Some people have said that this was the start of his decline, but to my ears Lester never stopped being the epitome of good swing , even when he went as a solo and just used a local trio to back him he drew something out of these ,some times frighted players, and made beautiful music, ,try the Washington recordings on Pablo some time and hear what I mean.

When i play his quartet recordings, i have a voice in the back of my head that say. "Good Evening, I am Lester Young. I hope you enjoy tonight's set"
and another voice says"Aint but the one Lester Young,Go Lester.."
and afterwards he walks off stage right in a halo of smoke.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 4:55:43 PM PDT
Nitya says:
Artist - Song - Album

Rainer Bruninghaus & Manfred Schoof- Ingredience Of The Blues- Shadows & Smiles
Christian Wallumrud Ensemble- Nash Lontano- The Zoo is Far
Moca- Downhill- Tempomat
Sleepwalker- Five- Sleepwalker
John Mc Laughlin- Devotion- Devotion
Paul Haslinger- When Worlds Collide- Score
Bill Laswell's Shin E- Solitude- Lightwave
Lars Danielsson- Pacem- European Voices
Sounds From The Ground- Drawn To The Woman- Kin
R. Bruninghaus, J. Abercrombie, T.Gurtu- Fire Side- Koln '92 (unreleased)
Stefano Bollani- Asuda- Stone in the Water
Illumination -Change -The Chilluminati remixes
Jan Gunnar Hoff -Life -Magma
Ketil Bjornstad -The Bridge I -The Nest
Bugge Wesseltoft -Gare Du Nord -Moving
Nils Petter Molvaer -Hurry Slowly (Herbert's Moving Mix By Matthew Herber) -NP3 - Remakes
Karim Ziad -Dawi -Dawi
Dj Cheb I Sabbah -Mere Kabu -Shri Durga

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2011 12:33:01 AM PDT
Ahmad says:
Listening to Chick Corea: Mad Hatter

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2011 4:42:43 AM PDT
Ahmad says:
Listening to Keith Jarrett: My Song

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 8:00:05 AM PDT
Zolar Waka says:
NOW: Albert Ayler's Love Cry with 6 tracks recorded 08/31/67 and 5 bonus tracks recorded 02/13/68, with brother Don on 7 tracks and Cal Cobbs on harpsicord on 5 tracks. Alan Silva, bass; Milford Graves, drums. I suspect this is considered Ayler's "best" impulse recording due to the fact that is most closely resembles his ESP recordings that preceded it and is quite different in texture from his later impulse recordings. I would say that this one perfectly straddles the line between the two.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 8:42:45 AM PDT
Zolar Waka says:
Now: Don Cherry's Blue Note release, Where Is Brooklyn?, recorded on 11/11/66, with Pharoah Sanders, Henry Grimes and Ed Blackwell. This is some really great stuff!

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 9:32:26 AM PDT
Zolar Waka says:
Now: Mingus' Changes One, recorded in Dec of 1974, with George Adams, Don Pullen, Dannie Richmond and Jack Walrath. It was, of course, here that I first heard Pullen and Adams, which caused me to seek out their entire discographies as well. Great, late-period Mingus. He was gone too soon. Did you hear those last recordings that he supervised, but did not play on due to sickness? Incredible stuff, as are the Changes recordings.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 11:55:46 AM PDT
Zolar Waka says:
Now: McCoy Tyner's Sahara, with the great Sonny Fortune (one of my favorites) on soprano, alto and flute, Calvin Hill on bass, "percussion and reeds" on tracks "Valley of Life" and "Sahara"; and Alphone Mouzon on drums, "trumpet, reeds, and percussion" on track "Sahara." Tyner plays koto on "Valley of Life" and flulte and percussion on track "Sahara." This was recorded in NYC on in Jan of 1972, but the sound is decidedly not western. "A Prayer for my Family" is solo piano. This is one of the places to start with Tyner's 70's output.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:04:53 PM PDT
R. K. Hunter says:
i have spent today sorting through and listening to some of the Art Pepper cd's i have. and discovered I have a fair amount of his recordings from the 50's along side the complete Galaxy recordings I have. another performer with great feeling in his playing. not sure if i would have liked to have met him but who knows as some have said here, he was help full and pleasant to them.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2011 12:19:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 12:20:56 PM PDT
Ahmad says:
Earlier today, I listened to a new arrival, Tony William: Lifetime: The Collection. A dissapointment :-(

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2011 12:36:49 PM PDT
R. K. Hunter says:
Hi Ahmid, i found most of the jazz fusion players when they produced their own stuff with out Miles Davis were a sorry bunch,most were very technically adept but the likes of McLaughlin and others could put the notes down, and were very flash, but no Soul ,drive or Swing ,no forward movement, static players and i think Jazz Fusion was a dead end, it brought forth the likes of Kenny G and became musac, lift music, just horrible.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2011 1:14:41 PM PDT
R.K. Hunter: Please don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Herbie had a couple of emotionally satisfying albums like the underrated "Mr. Hands" and "Secrets." Chick was uneven but "Where Have I Known You Before", "Leprechaun" and "Echoes From An Era" have some soul. Zawinul and Shorter probably had the best fusion legacy with Weather Report. From 1970 to 1982, there's something I love on every album.

That group also inspired other respectable groups. Pat Metheney had some excellent tunes from 1975 to 1986. Level 42 was a pop/funk group but had some warm very fusion-y stuff early on. Phillipe Saisse was another pop guy who picked up the soulful torch of fusion occasionally. George Duke had his high points too in the early 80's.

Kenny G is in no way shape or form part of the legacy of Miles Davis's electric jazz. McLaughlin WAS usually all flash and no soul. Keith Jarrett I also find very lacking in soul. Fusion requires a bit more effort than most genres to find quality, but I believe it's well worth it in the end.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 1:47:38 PM PDT
Over the past few days, I listened to
* Miles Davis - The complete Plugged Nickel sessions. Yep, I listened to all of them. It was a while since I last did it... My pleasure was of course intact. Yesterdays' version is just out of this world (disc 7, dec. 23, set 4). Can you imagine that? For two days, the guys played FOUR SETS A NIGHT... Amazing. 6 stars

* Steve Lacy / Roswell Rudd / Kent Carter / Beaver Harris. From Black Saint, in 1976. No easy listening, but what a thrill... 4,5 stars

* Gil Evans - Out of The Cool. Compelling recording by one the masters in arrangements. Beautiful, hypnotic. 5 stars

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2011 2:00:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 2:05:12 PM PDT
R. K. Hunter says:
Hi mr critic. I saw Goerge Duke when he was with Frank Zappa and he was good playing Zappa's music. and I saw Pat Metheny in Gary Burtons reformed group a while back here in Poole England and he was good, but his own sole items were too long playing his double guitar thing, but he held his side up well in the full quartet tunes.
Shorter and Zawinul , what i have heard of their Weather Report stuff leaves me cold and bored. Level 42 will always be a trite pop group, they were when they had there chart hits and never heard anything to change my mind.
Occasionally W R and others you mentioned turn up on Jazz Record Request on BBC Radio Three they just make me hope that while i wait for the next tune to play, that my wait through their boring pieces has been worth it.
i have similar feeling about the likes EST and Brad Medlough ,Norah Jones and other so called bright jazz players around to day, who have No swing ,no soul no joy, purely mechanical, i do not like being told X, Y or Z is the newest thing in jazz music because some bodys money says so. pure artistry is a commodity in very short supply now a days.
Yes i know Dan they are there,but difficult to find sometimes.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 3:03:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 20, 2011 11:23:41 AM PDT
Marc Anderson, percussion- TIMEFISH (1993, ESD). Picked this up originally because of his workmate, guitarist Steve Tibbetts' presence on this disc, and what Tibbetts (who helped with the mixing here as well as guitar and disks (disks?!?) ) would add to overall the sound of things. Kept it for reasons that went beyond that. Hearing this anew after many months I can see how the Tibbetts' albums I have heard, are in many ways a reflection of the combination of these two talents. Not just Tibbetts ( a huge talent in my book) with inflections from Anderson iow. There is no mistaking whose album this is, Tibbetts is a fine compliment to the session, when he plays, in a fashion that is similar to how Anderson accentuates his music. The Tibbetts/Anderson aggregation is just a starting point though and is not present on all selections ( at least not on a guitar/percussion basis). One of the great musical associations of the last 30 + years btw. What ensues is a flowering of Anderson's part of the package in 9 songs. Brings to mind the early transport of Collin Walcott and his work, without losing track that Anderson has his own musical voice. Interspersed thruout sax ,voice, cello and electric bass add to the potency of this music.Timefish
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