The Jazz Beat

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Ken_McAlinden, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. DrJ

    DrJ Forum Resident

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    I'm gonna have to now go back just a little on what I said earlier...I'm listening right now to the entry below in this series, and it sounds better than I remembered. It is still a bit "flatter" than I think music of this vintage should be, would prefer more midrange bloom, but certainly very listenable:
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    Musically, this has always been one of my favorites of the era, a great all-star assembly, very relaxed yet profound blowing: Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Vic Dickenson, Teddy Wilson, Freddie Green, Gene Ramey, and Jo Jones, can't beat that team. One of the finest of Lester's later recordings, he really nailed it during an unfortunately erratic period. The original Verve/Polygram CD remastered by Dennis Drake is nice sounding too, probably a slight edge over the LP in my book - looks like this:
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  2. DrJ

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    One more for the evening:
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    Carmen McRae, AT THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL (Toshiba Japan "Blue Note Works" series double CD resissue, TOCJ-5880-81). I have had the original 2 LP Blue Note release from 1977 for some time, but despite looking good visually, it is rice krispies time - snap, crackle, and pop. I guess a casualty of the post-oil embargo, cheap vinyl mix era, a truly crap pressing. Very disappointing.

    So I paid a premium for this CD issue, and I'm not a bit disappointed. Great sounding release overall. The original recording was done with the Wally Heider remote and is a good one. The CD issue may be lacking a bit of the midrange warmth of the LP, but more than makes up for it with the lack of surface noise, and has great dynamic range and detail and top end extension (without brightness), consistent with all of these early 1990s BN Works Toshiba Japan reissues, a quality series.

    Musically this is one of McRae's graetest achievements, riding a late career prime, holding the audience in the palm of her hand start to finish. It is simply mystifying to me that it was never reissued on CD in the U.S. What was BN thinking? Her working band of the time - pianist Marshall Otwell (who I got to see in a small hotel lounge a few years ago in Monterey, still swinging!), bassist Ed Bennett, and a very young Joey Baron on drums - were a well-oiled machine. They're joined on several tracks by trumpet great Dizzy Gillespie, who'd lost a few steps but fits the "add some variety and serve as a foil" role he's called to play just fine here. Lots of variety in the tune selections here too, with plenty of old standards, some bossa nova ("Dindi" and "No More Blues"), plus less commonly tackled stuff for a jazz artist of McRae's vintage - Leon Russell's "A Song For You," and "I'm Always Drunk in San Francisco," even "Only Women Bleed" (maybe the only misstep in my opinion, but then again I never could stand this song). The reading of "Old Folks" here is just about the best I've ever heard, spellbinding - by turns sly, affectionate, laugh out loud funny, and devastatingly sad, turning the mood on a dime literally from line to line and making it all flow organically. Great stuff.
     
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  3. Voltaire

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  5. jerrygene

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    :wiggle: Mulligan Meets Monk. The CD is very nice ....
     
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  6. alankin1

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    Eliane EliasFantasia (Blue Note Records / Somethin'else Records—Toshiba EMI)
    — Eliane Elias (piano, vocals), Eddie Gomez (bass) & Jack DeJohnette (drums) or Marc Johnson (bass) & Peter Erksine (drums) + Nana Vasconcelos (percussion, vocals) and Ivan Lins (vocals, 1 track)

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  7. Voltaire

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  9. noname74

    noname74 We The North.

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    Sorry to bump this old post but I am wondering how this 5 CD Japanese exclusive set sounds compared to the normal version we can get domestically?
     
  10. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    The image is gone :)
     
  11. caupina

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    Is she the same Marta Sanchez of Ole Ole, an 80s Spanish pop group???? She could sing but above all she was very good looking ;).
     
  12. noname74

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    Thanks Hans... it's this one:

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    or the original version from 2011:

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  13. DrJ

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    No - different person definitely (though I think quite attractive in her own way).
     
  14. Pants Party

    Pants Party Lunch

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    Miles Davis
    Get Up With It

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    This album is just bada55. Focusing on the cuts from '72 tonight. Red China Blues, Rated X, Billy Preston. Bad to the bone, someone get me the telephone
     
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  15. Lonson

    Lonson An Old Disestablishmentarianismist

    Not THAT different.
     
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  16. Jackie P

    Jackie P Music Is My Occupation

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    Stanley Clarke - Stanley Clarke (Epic/Legacy) CD
    with basic personnel
    Stanley Clarke (electric & acoustic bass, vocals), Jan Hammer (moog synthesizer, electric & acoustic piano, organ), Bill Connors (electric & acoustic guitar), Tony Williams (drums) + Brass & String Orchestration

    Recorded 1974 | CD Legacy edition mastered by Mark Wilder
     
  17. Jackie P

    Jackie P Music Is My Occupation

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    and another from Mr Bassman....

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    Journey To Love - Stanley Clarke (Epic/Legacy) CD
    with basic personnel
    Stanley Clarke (alembric electric bass, acoustic, piccolo bass, vocals, bells, organ, gong),
    George Duke
    (moog synthesizer, arp odyssey organ, arp string ensemble, clavinet, electric & acoustic piano, bells, vocal),
    David Sancious
    (electric & 12 string guitar), Stephen Gadd (drums)
    +
    Jeff Beck (electric guitar / 2 tracks), Lenny White (drums / 1 track), Chick Corea (acoustic piano / 1 track), Mahavishnu John McLaughlin (acoustic guitar / 1 track)
    + Brass section (1 track)

    Recorded 1975 | CD Legacy edition mastered by Mark Wilder
     
  18. fingerpoppin

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    McCoy Tyner - Asante
    From disc 3 session (F) of Mosaic Select: McCoy Tyner
    McCoy Tyner, piano & wooden flute; Andrew White, alto sax; Ted Dunbar, guitar; Buster Williams, bass;
    Billy Hart, drums / African percussion; Mtume, congas/ percussion; Songai Sandra Smith, vocals.
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  19. alankin1

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    Miles DavisNewport Jazz Festival 1967 [(CD 2b) from The Bootleg Series Vol. 4, At Newport 1955-75] (Columbia/Legacy)
    — With Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams; recorded live at Festival Field, Newport, RI.


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  20. btf1980

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    “I believe there is no need for album notes. Miles’ brilliant music in this live recording at Philharmonic Hall in Berlin speaks for itself.” - Rudy Wolpert‬

    Miles in Berlin

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  21. jiffypopinski

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    The 2nd one is the version I have. I no longer have the domestic release but, as Lon said, there isn't a huge difference in sound quality.... I doubt this will ever sound great anyway!
     
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  22. jerrygene

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  23. Morbius

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    My vinyl is sounding especially good lately. I don't know if its because of the low humidity do to the frigging cold temperatures outside or if its been that I'm really into what I've been listening to. Yesterday it was Freddie Hubbard's Hub-Tones and Lee Morgan's Lee-Way both of which were stunning leaving me to want to play more but I had things to do. Today its Stanley Turrentine and Jim Hall. Sugar, despite all the sound processing Van Gelder could muster for 1970 was engrossing and Concierto just so rich and inviting I just got carried away.

    Stanley Turrentine - Sugar
    Stanley Turrentine, tenor saxophone; Billy Kaye, drums; Butch Cornell, organ; Lonnie Smith, Jr., electric piano; George Benson, guitar; Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Ron Carter, bass; Richard "Pablo" Landrum.

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    Jim Hall - Concierto
    Jim Hall, guitar; Roland Hanna, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Steve Gadd, drums; Chet Baker, trumpet; Paul Desmond, alto saxophone.
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  24. Jackie P

    Jackie P Music Is My Occupation

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    School Days - Stanley Clarke (Epic/Legacy) CD
    with
    Stanley Clarke (electric / acoustic bass, piccolo bass guitar, acoustic piano, vocals +)
    David Sancious (keyboards, moog synthesizer), Raymond Gomez (guitar), Gerry Brown / Stephen Gadd (drums), Milt Holland (percussion, conga, triangle), John McLaughlin (acoustic guitar - 1 track), George Duke (keyboards - 1 track), Billy Cobham (drums - 1 track) + brass section (1 track).

    Recorded 1976 | CD Legacy edition mastered by Mark Wilder

    *I previously dismissed Stanley Clarke (albums) without giving any of them any real attention but I am pleased to discover the three I have played in the last day or two have been turned out to be a very refreshing listens.
     
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  25. Jackie P

    Jackie P Music Is My Occupation

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    Another one from Mr Clarke!

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    Modern Man - Stanley Clarke (Epic/Legacy) CD
    with
    musicians & singers, too numerous to mention.

    Recorded 1978 | CD Legacy edition mastered by Mark Wilder

    I have heard this twice now (and in as many days) and am not too sure what to make of it. This album may be one of the reasons I passed on Stanley Clarke albums back in the 1970s. There maybe too many musical directions here for my liking (albeit some sounding very tasty sounding pieces), and more vocal tracks than I had expected. Out of the 4 Stanley Clarke I have played this is the one that should not really be listed in this 'Jazz Beat' thread.
     
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