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I have been listening to Johnny Costa's recording "Fleet Fingers." I know it's sacrilegious (so I'm told) to mention anyone in the same breath as Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson, but Tatum himself called Johnny the "White Tatum." That's pretty fair company to keep. I grieved when Johnny passed away a few years ago. Of course, like many, I grew up listening to him on "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood," and Johnny was right--he was actually exposing kids to a higher form of music. I do believe that show was as educational regarding music as anything else they did.
Hugh Poland 1924 Knabe 6'4" Grand
What a great thread -- I'm always looking for new listening, and PW posts have turned me on to many recordings. I learned about three that are currently on my iPod at the moment, in fact, from PW posts: Bill Evans on Mariane McPartland's Piano Jazz -- for Bill's insights and to hear how two great pianists make room for each other during duets Mark Copland (tracks from Night Whispers and Alone) -- compelling harmony and the Alan Broadbent Trio (Pacific Standard Time) -- strong swing and clever and assured piano playing. I look forward to discovering more wonderful music through this thread.
I'm also listening to Joshua Redman on James Farm -- something that makes me feel tuned in to the modern jazz scene and various tracks from Bud Powell, who I can never seem to get enough of. Hearing his lines is like scratching the itch that I thought I couldn't reach.
McCoy Tyner - Blue Bossa. A recent purchase, and now one of my favorite McCoy CDs. Claudio Roditti plays a very lyrical trumpet/fluglehorn on several tracks, and McCoy also uses a conga player on several tracks. I really like the piano conga combination, which is best heard on Michel Camilo's Mano a Mano. Camilo, one of the best Latin players on the scene today, uses a trio that has bass (the recently deceased Flores) and conga (Giovani Hidalgo) instead of drums.
Are you aware that this Keane character sings FLAT on every, single piece? (Well, all that I could stand to listen to . . .) At first I thought it was just the digital delay that was set "too wide", but that would make him sound sharp an equal amount of the time. On another, I thought he might be having trouble hearing in that particular hall. Then I ran out of excuses for him . . .
Apologies to Steve: I know that critique was not your intent.
If really listening is the goal, then we need to choose carefully. Ed
In music, everything one does correctly helps everything else.
Loc: South Carolina
I've been falling-in love-all-over-again with the Duke Ellington Blanton-Webster band - thanks to the Never no lament 3-cd package.
These are recordings from the early 1940's in a remastering job that was probably done about 10 years ago. I've owned the previous cd incarnation from the 1980's - and before that, many of the tracks on LP. But this more recent set sounds unmuffled and revelatory. I get goosebumps.
I'm also really enjoying the new Ravi Coltrane disc - one of the few instances where I agree with the 'critics.' And on the pop side, I like Mumford and Sons - they're kind of like a cross between The Pogues and Arcade Fire.
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Loc: Santa Clara, CA
I am a big fan of the Blue Note catalog, so you can put me down for just about anything recorded around 50 years ago. I especially love the hard bop sound.
However, lately I've been listening a lot to something else... I've had the 5 disc set of Shelley Manne and His Men at the Black Hawk on shuffle and never grow tired. Victor Feldman, Richie Kamuca, Joe Gordon, all of these musicians are in top form. A very enjoyable recording.