Today's Jazz Playlist

Olson_jr

Active Member


Diggin' some George Russell! Really cool stuff.


Figures that you would suggest something I don't have and is not on Tidal or Qubuz, even though it appears to have been released on CD on OJC?

Will have to settle for this which appears to be the same group.

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Wntrmute2

Not So Mediocre Member
In 1964, Russell, who as a half black man was dismayed by race relations in the United States, moved to Scandinavia. He toured Europe with his sextet and lived in Scandinavia for five years. Through the early 1970s, Russell did most of his work in Norway and Sweden. He played there with young musicians who would go on to international fame: guitarist Terje Rypdal, saxophonist Jan Garbarek and drummer Jon Christensen.

This Scandinavian period also provided opportunities to write for larger groupings, and Russell's larger-scale compositions of this time pursue his idea of "vertical form", which he described as "layers or strata of divergent modes of rhythmic behaviour". The Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature, commissioned by Bosse Broberg of Swedish Radio for the Radio Orchestra, was first recorded in 1968, as an extended work recorded with electronic tape. It continued Russell's continuing exploration of new approaches and new instrumentation.

Russell returned to America in 1969, when Gunther Schuller assumed the presidency of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and appointed Russell to teach the Lydian Concept in the newly created jazz studies department, a position he held for many years.
Great information.
 

Olson_jr

Active Member
Another Land ~ Dave Holland, featuring guitarist Kevin Eubanks and drummer Obed Calvaire.

Enjoying the recording thus far, but it does seem as it was recorded with no upper end. It's like someone put a thick veil on my speakers, compared to the last recording I listened to? 24/96 from Qubuz so I can't blame MQA.




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Charles Mingus - Mingus At Carnegie Hall (Deluxe Edition [2021 Remaster]
Rhino Atlantic, 16/44 Qobuz via roon, Released 2021

Checking out some new jazz releases via Qobuz. If you are into Mingus you might want to check out this live recording. It was worth it for the drum solo on Fables of Faubus.

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Olson_jr

Active Member
How could I not purchase after reading this blurb?

Gnosis: The Inner Light​

John Zorn

A sublime and transcendent memorial to one of Zorn’s earliest mentors—Ennio Morricone. Featuring the soulful guitar of Bill Frisell set within the magical sonorities of vibraphone, harp, and bells the music takes on an epic orchestral sweep with the added presence of special guest keyboard wizard John Medeski on organ and piano. Filled with beautiful harmonies, a driving rhythmic pulse, and stunning lyricism, this is some of the lushest and spiritual music Zorn has ever written. Truly music of the Angels—intimate chamber music to heal an aching heart performed by one of the world's most ethereal ensembles.


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One of my great experiences in my "jazz history" was when I saw Mingus in Norrköping-Sweden 28 Aug 1976
The Mingus Quartet consisted of Mr. Mingus himself a young Jon Faddis, Charlie McPherson and Danny Richmond.
After the show, the Association of Swedish Jazz Musicians (I was with the A of SJM chairman at this concert) invited the quartet to dinner at the city hotel.
After dinner I went out to have a smoke and to my surprise
I ended up side by side with Mr. Mingus who was flaring on a very fat cigar I thanked for the concert and tried to start a chat with the legend but Mr. Mingus mumbled something inaudible to me and then remained silent ,after a few minutes Mr Mingus killed the cigar and returned into the hotel so that chat was over very fast!
@gegge Wow! To be that close to a jazz legend. What a memorable experience.
 
Another Land ~ Dave Holland, featuring guitarist Kevin Eubanks and drummer Obed Calvaire.

Enjoying the recording thus far, but it does seem as it was recorded with no upper end. It's like someone put a thick veil on my speakers, compared to the last recording I listened to? 24/96 from Qubuz so I can't blame MQA.




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@Olson_jr. This recording is difficult to listen to from the first note played on track one. I was going to buy the vinyl on faith but will hold off doing so. Not sure I understand if this was engineered this way or master to have this thick sound that doesn't let the recorded material prevail.
 

Olson_jr

Active Member
@Olson_jr. This recording is difficult to listen to from the first note played on track one. I was going to buy the vinyl on faith but will hold off doing so. Not sure I understand if this was engineered this way or master to have this thick sound that doesn't let the recorded material prevail.

It certainly sounds 'off' to me when listening to Qobuz. None of the reviews mention the sound quality & some folks at the Steve Hoffman think it sounds fine?

I just put it on my FiiO to have a listen in the car while I run some errands.
 
It certainly sounds 'off' to me when listening to Qobuz. None of the reviews mention the sound quality & some folks at the Steve Hoffman think it sounds fine?

I just put it on my FiiO to have a listen in the car while I run some errands.
Also listening to qobuz via roon. Feel like I need to turn the treble all the way up. This doesn't sound like Greg Calbi's other mastered work. Even the cymbals on the drum kit sound veiled.
 

airdronian

Radar Member
On Tidal, a 1994 release from Ellis Marsalis.

From the AllMusic review by Scott Yanow:

"For this CD, veteran pianist Ellis Marsalis performs songs composed by some of the top modern New Orleans players of the 1960s, including drummer James Black, tenor saxophonist Nat Perrilliat, clarinetist Alvin Batiste, saxophonist Harold Battiste, and himself. With the exception of Alvin Batiste's tunes (based on "Cherokee" and a Dixieland-ish blues), the originals have strong melodies, slightly tricky chord structures, and sound quite fresh. Marsalis utilizes his son, Branford, on tenor and soprano; bassist Robert Hurst; and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts; the young Jason Marsalis sits in on drums during two numbers. Ellis Marsalis is in particularly inventive form on this unusually obscure material."

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