Today's Jazz Playlist

S0und Dragon

Junior Member
Some long awaited albums arrived this weekend. Time for some spinnin'.

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This one isn't as immaculate a pressing as I am used to from Tone Poets. There's a few ticks which aren't a big deal, but there's a couple of loud pops at the end of side 2 which kind of ruins the finish. Will think about a replacement. The musicians are fabulous.

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This one's the Acoustic Sounds Series from Verve. Excellent pressing. I am really looking forward to the Bill Evans releases that are forthcoming.

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Gotta have some Mr. T.
I would definitely return it for another copy! I thought Ihad an issue withMy copy of Jackie McLean’s It’s Time. It had something in the groove on side 2 that caused a skip. I did a cursory clean and it got it out. I never felt the need to pre clean any of these titles until that one. I will be running them through the US cycle of my Kirmuss the next time the record cleaning big bites me. But that has been the only one in all 30 or so titles that I have scooped up. Oh and I am keeping the replacement also as a spare.
 

airdronian

Junior Member
I would definitely return it for another copy! I thought Ihad an issue withMy copy of Jackie McLean’s It’s Time. It had something in the groove on side 2 that caused a skip. I did a cursory clean and it got it out. I never felt the need to pre clean any of these titles until that one. I will be running them through the US cycle of my Kirmuss the next time the record cleaning big bites me. But that has been the only one in all 30 or so titles that I have scooped up.
I will give it one more try. All rekkids get cleaned before first play here. The ticks aren't an issue, but those pops really kill the mood. It's a great set by some great musicians. Joe is incredible here.
 

S0und Dragon

Junior Member
I will give it one more try. All rekkids get cleaned before first play here. The ticks aren't an issue, but those pops really kill the mood. It's a great set by some great musicians. Joe is incredible here.
To be clear. I do a wipe with some Distilled water/Alcohol with a wipe with a parastatic brush before play. But this was the first record in the series with an issue.
 

Wntrmute2

Junior Member
Self serving I know, but as the number of all analog new jazz recordings released on LP are few and far between I think it's worth mentioning in this thread. Soul Journey, a limited edition double LP set of 500 copies (250 numbered) was released in July. The pressings are dead quiet (Gary Salstrom at QRP). The mastering was masterful by Bernie Grundman. The recording and mixing was by the legendary Joe Ferla at Avatar Studios. The compositions and performance speak for themselves although a number of professional opinions have been rendered thus far:
Michael Fremer/Analog Planet
Jazzwax

Soul Journey is available for sale here: michaelweiss.info/recordings.htm
Three songs can be sampled at soundcloud.com/michaelweisspiano

“a rich, full-bodied, expressive jazz statement. "Soul Journey" is downright terrific.” – Boston Herald
“Weiss has a rich palette of composing devices at his command, and his ebullient piano constantly buoys this recording.” – Downbeat
“This music lives and breathes freshness and exhilarating originality. The individual selections are strong enough and attractive enough to still be played as jazz vehicles in 10, 20, or even 50 year’s time.” – Jazz Journal
“His ambitious new album, “Soul Journey,” keeps Weiss’ shrewd writing and arranging skills as clearly in view as his sleek piano work.” – The New Yorker
“Soul Journey shows contemporary writers and players can play jazz that’s forceful, distinctive and exciting. The music on Soul Journey has warmth, integrity and above all, originality.” – JazzTimes
“...the songs simply smoke.” – Detroit Free Press

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I bought this a little while ago and have been spinning it on and off since. Nicely done!
 

RoadDawgWest

Senior Member
Gareth Williams Power Trio - Shock!
Linn Records, DSD64, Released 2009
Some rock influences with great bass lines, drumming, and piano, keyboard, and Fender Rhodes solos.

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Tedrick

Junior Member
I'd relish a review of this. I'm a big CT fan. He played at the Detroit Jazz Festival a few years back and cooked!
I have to admit this is the first Charles Tolliver album that I've heard. What I heard, I liked very much, and I will for sure be seeking out other albums in his catalog.

This album has 4 tracks, 3 of them more than 9 minutes long. The playing throughout is superb, and I really liked the piano and bass performances.

The first track really set's the stage for this album. It draws you in with its medium tempo, slightly muted treble, and nice piano, trumpet, and sax solos.

The 2nd track on this album is my favorite. It's long at 13:32, but the playing is superb, each musician gets plenty of opportunities to shine, and the song never sounds monotonous our repetitive.

The third track starts off in at a medium pace, then goes through several tempo changes. The solo playing is again excellent.

The 4th track was probably my least favorite on this album. It features contrasting rather than complementary tones in many parts of the tack, and has some frenetic staccato playing at times. The contrasting tones are not generally to my tastes, but I can still appreciate the skill of the musicians to pull off the fast-paced sections and make it all sound as a whole.
 

Wntrmute2

Junior Member
I have to admit this is the first Charles Tolliver album that I've heard. What I heard, I liked very much, and I will for sure be seeking out other albums in his catalog.

This album has 4 tracks, 3 of them more than 9 minutes long. The playing throughout is superb, and I really liked the piano and bass performances.

The first track really set's the stage for this album. It draws you in with its medium tempo, slightly muted treble, and nice piano, trumpet, and sax solos.

The 2nd track on this album is my favorite. It's long at 13:32, but the playing is superb, each musician gets plenty of opportunities to shine, and the song never sounds monotonous our repetitive.

The third track starts off in at a medium pace, then goes through several tempo changes. The solo playing is again excellent.

The 4th track was probably my least favorite on this album. It features contrasting rather than complementary tones in many parts of the tack, and has some frenetic staccato playing at times. The contrasting tones are not generally to my tastes, but I can still appreciate the skill of the musicians to pull off the fast-paced sections and make it all sound as a whole.
I'm a big fan of The Ringer and Paper Man.

Thanks for the excellent review I'm searching for a copy now!
 
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