Un-Grateful Thread - What Are You Listening to Instead of the Dead?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Tom H, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. BurtThomasWard

    BurtThomasWard Guided by Loke In Memoriam

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    Yeah, I've listened to the whole thing three times in the last 24 hours, just to break up the Milesathon a little. Giants walked this earth not long ago!
     
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  2. budwhite

    budwhite Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

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    Sittin on the balcony sippin coffee in the sun. A bit chilly at 8C. Miles Smiles is coming from the other room.
    Enjoy every sandwich like the good Zevon said. Bless him
     
  3. adamos

    adamos Forum Resident

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    Nice fit this morning.
     
  4. Archtop

    Archtop Infinity goes up on trial!

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    Silly man...I dig his material even if I don't always dig the way he played his horn.

    Mingus is complicated yet simple. All of it is good, but there are nuances.

    Essential:

    Mingus Ah Um
    Jazz Portraits: Mingus in Wonderland
    Blues & Roots (noted that you've heard this, but for everyone else's posterity...)
    Mingus Dynasty
    Mingus Revisited
    Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (Candid)
    Mingus (Candid)
    Tijuana Moods
    Money Jungle
    The Black Saint...(again, for posterity)
    Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
    Mingus at Antibes
    Let My Children Hear Music

    My advice would be to get Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus and see what you think. If you like that (and if you like Dolphy) then you're likely to just go crazy and get it all.
     
  5. BurtThomasWard

    BurtThomasWard Guided by Loke In Memoriam

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    One of my many wonderful qualities :winkgrin:

    Thank you! I think I'll get the Mingi one per your advice and add this here because the price is nice and it covers a lot of ground in one fell swoop:

    Charles Mingus - Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1956-1961

    And what I really like about the (admittedly much too little) Mingus I've heard is the earthiness of it. The groove and the connection to slightly older traditions, if you will. And of course his playing wasn't too bad either. That often helps ;)
     
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  6. Archtop

    Archtop Infinity goes up on trial!

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    You'll get some repetition of some of what you have, (and it's still missing some later Atlantic stuff he did, such as Changes I and II and Mingus Moves, all with Don Pullen), but no doubt a good choice.

    But I forgot an important one (you like fusion, right?): Three or Four Shades of Blues with George Coleman(!), Ron Carter, George Mraz as well as Philip Catherine, Larry Coryell, and John Scofield in addition to the usual bevy of horn blasters and the like.
     
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  7. Jim Walker

    Jim Walker Forum Resident

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    The first time I ever heard Mingus' Ah Um, the music handled me, put
    me down in the chair to marvel at it's sound. I was not expecting it, and
    had listened to some of his more complex pieces. Black Saint is an
    unbelievable listening experience, exhilarating really, but it can be a
    workout. I'll reference the above list as well, and add that Oh Yeah is
    worth getting too, thanks Archtop and good listening ahead BurtThomasWard.



    Giving this one another go. After soaking in Surprise for several years,
    among older classics, SBSW was not hitting the note. Since I've had
    a break from those (did play Surprise last night), for whatever reason,
    I'm more receptive this time around. With an introspective even air
    overall, and not quite as lively and adventurous as Surprise, it moves
    and grooves in the only way a Paul Simon record can do: street, world,
    chant streams, folk, funk and a lot of happiness and celebration. Not
    having played it early before, it works as great morning music too.


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  8. BurtThomasWard

    BurtThomasWard Guided by Loke In Memoriam

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    Yes indeed.

    Oh, Coleman. I love his playing with Miles. I've added that album to the list in my little black book of must-have records. This is of course gonna get costly. Again.

    And as for buying that box set I'm as usual a bit opposite of perhaps more 'normal' folks. Rather than obsessing over one album when I start out, I like to get a rather substansial amount of music at first (within reasons, 4-8 albums) and just dive into it. To see different aspects of the artist's approach, if you will. Then later I will get more of an overview and find favorites.
     
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  9. Rne

    Rne Sufferin' succotash!

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    Raw desperate beauty.
     
  10. JNTEX

    JNTEX Lava Police

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    That is an excellent LP. When I purchased a new TT and committed myself to actually getting a decent sounding system, that LP was in my first retail order.

    Being from south of Lake Charles, there is a ton of music from that area that I think is really under appreciated or mis-classified.
     
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  11. Jim Walker

    Jim Walker Forum Resident

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    Some morning maniac music to assist with the java journey
    ongoing...


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  12. Rne

    Rne Sufferin' succotash!

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    The beginning of the second quintet.
     
  13. bzfgt

    bzfgt Interesting and Copacetic Denizen

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    In Zaire White Sun Black Sun
     
  14. ducksdeluxe

    ducksdeluxe Not my cat!

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    Anyone want to caption that ESP cover? The look on Miles' face is interesting, to say the least.

    That is awesome.

    I don't listen to these guys any more, but this one was my favorite.

    @BurtThomasWard I can help you with Duke. I would steer you to Archtop's recommendations, but also to the albums he made with Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane in 1962. The Hawkins one is a desert island disc for me. I'm not as big a Trane fan as most of you here, but that one is excellent, too. The Newport '56 album which put him back on the map is overrated but essential just for the famous 27 chorus tenor sax solo by Paul Gonsalves in "Diminuendo and Crescendo In Blue". There are also DVDs out there with concert performances from the early '60s. European TV broadcasts.

    Of course he also created amazing stuff in the 30s and 40s but the sound quality is inferior and some of the re-mastering efforts have been criticized on this very forum, so caveat emptor.

    As for me I've been plowing through the 34 disc Herbie Hancock box, listening to albums that I never knew existed. Headhunters was familiar, but everything else was new to me, and after 6 or 7 albums in a row, I need something else. First time I've listened to any fusion in a while. Some of it's great, and some of it isn't, but 34 CDs for $75 means that not all of it has to be great. I am looking forward to getting to his robot music. That was fun stuff back in the 80s. But I think I need an acoustic guitar after all those synthesizers.
     
  15. Archtop

    Archtop Infinity goes up on trial!

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    That 'Trane record with Duke is one I forgot, which is odd because every time I go to Newbury Comics there's a copy or three in the meager jazz LP bin. On a related note, Monk recorded "Plays Duke Ellington" in 1955 with Oscar Pettiford and Kenny Clarke and while Duke ain't on it, it's a good 'un.
     
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  16. BurtThomasWard

    BurtThomasWard Guided by Loke In Memoriam

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    Now Herbie I do know. It can be a bit, how should I put it, too much with the robotics. And I'm usually really fond of that era in music.

    I've never let sound quality get in the way of enjoying some good music. In fact, I haven't even filled what is my prefered listening equipment, so I'm breaking forum rules just by writing those two words in a sentence.

    Thank you, I've added your suggestions to my list. Duke was such a fascinating character, I've always meant to get more into his music and now seems like as good a time as any.

    Perhaps this is a sign that I'm finally growing up... ;)
     
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  17. Jim Walker

    Jim Walker Forum Resident

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    That'll cost you, uhhh how bout 2-3 of those Herbie discs out of the big
    box? I'll talk to the forum guys about your outburst. LOL


    Now playing... I do love this record.


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  18. budwhite

    budwhite Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

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    Locked and Loaded
    Groovy!
     
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  19. Jim Walker

    Jim Walker Forum Resident

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    Old human heaven, just sent my daughter off on her first cruise for
    a week. She'll have a blast in the Bahamas and I will t00... right
    here in the homestead. No company either, time to celebrate.
    Hit it Daniel...


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  20. BurtThomasWard

    BurtThomasWard Guided by Loke In Memoriam

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    Hey, maaan. Not kewl. They are already on my case ;)
     
  21. Crispy Rob

    Crispy Rob Cat Juggler

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    [QUOTE="ducksdeluxe, post: 18498225, member: 2089]

    As for me I've been plowing through the 34 disc Herbie Hancock box, listening to albums that I never knew existed. Headhunters was familiar, but everything else was new to me, and after 6 or 7 albums in a row, I need something else. First time I've listened to any fusion in a while. Some of it's great, and some of it isn't, but 34 CDs for $75 means that not all of it has to be great. I am looking forward to getting to his robot music. That was fun stuff back in the 80s. But I think I need an acoustic guitar after all those synthesizers.[/QUOTE]

    That Herbie box is great, I bought it at a deep discount 2 or 3 years ago and although not all of it’s great, much of the rest is and it’s and enjoyable ride overall. I’d also highly recommend the much smaller box of the Mwandishi period albums, which I’d say are essential.
     
  22. BurtThomasWard

    BurtThomasWard Guided by Loke In Memoriam

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    Ah, I forgot about this one. Disc 2:

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  23. budwhite

    budwhite Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

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    Ryan Adams and The Infamous Stringdusters at Newport Festival 2016. They opened with a Slayer cover and closed with Sabbath. I must get the complete set. Love this!
     
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  24. Rne

    Rne Sufferin' succotash!

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    Second studio album by the Davis/Williams/Carter/Hancock/Shorter quintet.
     
  25. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

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    Manassas - Song of Love.

     

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