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In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2010 21:54:19 BDT
Nikica - had this since the '70s on a cheapo LP,then since about '99 on Mosaic's Complete Reprise Studio Recordings. Not at all bad - Ellington and Strayhorn worked miracles with this somewhat unyielding material. Ellington '65/'66 are also surpisingly good although I guess the twin peaks of the Reprise period must be Afro Bossa and the serioulsy underrated Concert In The Virgin Islands. The Symphonic Ellington has it's points too..

Mike

Posted on 12 May 2010 22:20:34 BDT
Nikica Gilic says:
I was definitively thrilled with "Concert in the Virgin Islands" and "Afro-Bossa";
I'd rate them among the best jazz albums I've heard so far...

Indeed, I agree they made the best they could with the material on the others mentioned.

Posted on 12 May 2010 23:12:31 BDT
Yesterday I was listening to the complete(yeah,I'm an American) Nat King Cole Trio.

Posted on 13 May 2010 10:23:21 BDT
Blue Brazil on Blue Note label - nice and smooth and easy to follow, not too 'out there'.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2010 10:49:48 BDT
Carradale says:
Is this album a homage to Cowdenbeath FC?

http://www.cowdenbeathfc.com/

Posted on 17 May 2010 22:21:13 BDT
Nikica Gilic says:
Jazz Violin Session - a brilliant Ellington album and a brilliant jazz violin all-stars session (actually, Sven Asmussen plays viola, while Ray Nance and Stephane Grappelli play violin)...
Duke is also great, as are other participants...

In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2010 21:53:09 BDT
I presume you mean Joni Mitchell......if so I will take on board your recommendation. Currently listening to The Concrete Twin - Mick Karn

In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2010 21:55:09 BDT
If you get the chance go and see Back Door Too - superb

In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2010 22:03:24 BDT
I presume you mean Joni Mitchell......if so I will take on board your recommendation. Currently listening to The Concrete Twin - Mick Karn

Posted on 19 May 2010 22:24:29 BDT
Nikica Gilic says:
Mostly Blues...And Some Others... Who says swing was not alive and kicking in the 80s - just listen to ole reliable Snooky Young, with Count Basie's septet (Freddie Green plays rhythm)....
Eddie Lockjaw Davis might be a bit more modern (mainstream, if you like), but whatever. This is the essential and eternal soul of jazz... This music will never grow old.

Posted on 24 May 2010 19:06:05 BDT
Nikica Gilic says:
Very Saxy - Hawkins, Cobb, Tate, Lockjaw Davis...
"Muscular" school of tenor sax is very well represented here, but there's also Shirley Scott on organ (smokin'!), the ellegant but swinging G. Duvivier on bass...
And - in adittion to 4 originals, they play the president's tune Lester Leaps In.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2010 22:56:03 BDT
Nikica - don't have this but have heard of it - an appetising combination indeed. Saw Hawk with JATP in '66 - he was in poor shape physically but still playing well. Lockjaw the following year with The Tenor of Jazz along with Freeman, Eddie Miller and Ben Webster. He wanted to play an encore but it wasn't allowed ! Guess Cobb is sorely underrated - and a real hero for soldiering on for years after that serious leg injury !

Mike

Posted on 26 May 2010 00:51:29 BDT
Nikica Gilic says:
M. L. Vawdrey
I highly recommend "Very Saxy"...

And I'm a bit envious that you've seen Hawkins, Freeman and Webster live (I don't know Eddie Miller)!

Posted on 26 May 2010 22:06:23 BDT
Nikica - Eddie Miller came up with the Bob Crosby band in the '30s and played in a style broadly similar to Bud Freeman but a bit less convoluted. The Tenor Of Jazz package was recorded in the studio and issued on Fontana - not sure if it's ever made it to CD. For what it's worth, Lockjaw was best on the night ! I'll add Very Saxy to my wants list. By the by was just listening to some of Hawk's contributions to Art Ford's Jazz Party('58) - he was in magisterial form at this time

Mike

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2010 16:37:08 BDT
I heard Bud Freeman play in about 1975 - 76 ish at The Severn Stoke Country Club Worcestershire. He was amazing and played along with a local dixieland jazz band. Records are great but to hear them live, well it`s amazing, and on that night I caught a piece of jazz history.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2010 19:30:35 BDT
M N Pearson - I think my only personal sighting of Bud Freeman
was in that aforementioned Tenor Of Jazz package at the old Free Trade Hall although I have a feeling I may have seen him in another context in the mid '70s - will have to check my archives. With hindsight the '60s/'70s seems like a golden age - many of the swing era giants were in their Autumn glory while the bebop/modern jazz generation were still at the height of their powers and free jazz/jazz rock et al were works in progress...So it goes!

Mike

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2010 20:28:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 May 2010 20:32:42 BDT
I don`t know how he ended up in Worcestershire but he did. I was less than twelve feet away from him in this very small venue so we could hear him telling the band what to do , when to come in. He would quickly make up a riff while someone else was soloing teach it to the rest of the group and play over the top of it. Small beer for him I guess but brilliant for us. The band were over the moon to be his company for the night. I met him, shook his hand and bought a signed small paper backed book he was selling there. " If you can think of a better life Please tell me" . My other great coup from way back was Earl Hines at the Sunderland Empire in 1970, I was 18 and already hooked on jazz. He started with Tea for Two and played solo at first then was joined by drums, sax and a female singer, Martha Josie. I recall someone behind me remarking" Is that all he does, play the piano"? I restrained myself from a rejoinder. Apart from him giving a really great performance that night I had at least seen and heard someone who had met Charlie Parker.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2010 20:28:21 BDT
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Posted on 27 May 2010 21:31:14 BDT
TJ Kirk, a spin off band fronted by the outstanding Charlie Hunter, in concert. Charlie Hunter has a unique style and guitar which allows him to play bass lines and the normal guitar bits simultaneously. TJ Kirk were funky and jazzy in fairly equal amounts. They got their name from the famous captain of the starship USS Enterprise but had to change it for legal reasons.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2010 14:22:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 May 2010 14:34:45 BDT
Just took delivery of an old classic, Bags and trane, really good vibe to this one!

Saw something below few people going on about Polar Bear. Is this the group or an album of that name.
Search through up Acoustic ladyland which had also got a mention, as fates were obviously trying to tell me something, opened up Spotty for an extended listen - niiiiiiiice!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2010 14:42:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 May 2010 14:50:38 BDT
Carradale says:
Thanks, Peter. Inspired me to dig out Lou Donaldson - The Complete 1952 Blue Note Sessions some of which feature Milt Jackson . Also great work with Horace Silver.

Lou is still with us and performing in The Hague in June

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2010 19:25:01 BDT
Nikica Gilic says:
M. L.,
thanks for the info on Miller...

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2010 19:52:43 BDT
wobbles says:
wow no disrespect are you people 4 real respect

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2010 20:38:53 BDT
Polar Bear the album is by Polar Bear the band and is a delicious listen.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2010 20:39:40 BDT
More respect please, JH. Respect is most welcome! Respect.
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