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Music Ward => Music Discussion => Topic started by: S Clark on October 04, 2019, 02:23:37 PM

Title: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on October 04, 2019, 02:23:37 PM
The standard "What are you Listening to? threads don't tell us enough.  It needs to be What and Why to give value. 

Why do I listen to Erik Satie?  Because he puts my soul at rest.  There are so many versions since every one above beginner status can hit the notes... so discover you own favorites. 
A YouTube introductions is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9WKC5sT9Z4

My favorite performer is Aldo Ciccolini.  He did a library of Satie's work for Columbia and EMI/Pathe Marconi that are available and affordable. 

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Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on October 04, 2019, 02:38:10 PM
Thanks.  I do kind of get in a rut and listen to the same stuff. Time for me to explore a bit.
Nick
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on October 06, 2019, 08:29:24 PM
"Gaspard de la Nuit" by Maurice Ravel on Deutsche Grammophone  2530 540
The artist is Martha Argerich and the piece is one of the most difficult in the entire catalogue of piano pieces.  It shimmers, it pounds, it takes flight in unexpected ways that grabs your attention.  AND it's an excellent pressing and recording... the upper range sparkles and the low end has real weight.
First movement-   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj8cBmWZhP0

(https://img.cdandlp.com/2017/08/imgL/118906125.jpg)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on October 08, 2019, 07:20:46 PM
My Fatherland (Ma Vlast)  by Smetana conducted by Vaclav Neumann and the Leipzig Gevandhaus Orchestra on London vinyl 
A two record box CSA 2222.  Recorded in 1968. 
Why, because I just picked it up today, NM,  and I find these older London LP's have excellent sound. Just when RCA and Columbia were in decline, London/Decca kept high standards. 
This double album has all six tone poems of the complete work. This is one of the great warhorses of the Nationalistic movement written in the late 1870's.  If you don't have a copy find both the poems Ma Vlast and the Moldau on whatever streamer/Youtube you have available.  If you can't find a copy, I'll look through my collection and find an extra to send you.  Every classical lover needs this work. 

(https://auctions.c.yimg.jp/images.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/image/dr000/auc0503/users/c237e2080a7056b7705af869e53427f4219be155/i-img1200x797-1551522191tq5fwo221187.jpg)
Title: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on October 09, 2019, 03:28:58 AM

Hi all.
I already mentionned that I am not a big fan of vocal singer (male or female)
but yesterday I saw on You Tube a video of Elvis Presley.
I love his song and voice, so smooth...
Even in the song : Jailhouse Rock.
he doesn't shout - screem.

Guy 13
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Folsom on October 09, 2019, 11:46:50 AM
Guy, stay on topic or keep it short and sweet. This isn't the place for random thoughts on YouTube.
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: James Edward on October 09, 2019, 11:56:36 AM
Guy, stay on topic or keep it short and sweet. This isn't the place for random thoughts on YouTube.

This is a joke, right?
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: rollo on October 09, 2019, 01:45:43 PM
  Sooth the soul is my gig. Country meaning real Country sooths my soul lately R&B Soul music from the 60s 70s also sooths. For demo or testing I play Violin,piano, cello and solo acoustic guitar. Chamber music works well for testing. When feeling down a big Mahler piece or Organ makes ya feel like Captain Nemo steering that Sub.
 
charles
 
Title: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on October 09, 2019, 02:34:22 PM
Guy, stay on topic or keep it short and sweet. This isn't the place for random thoughts on YouTube.
Title: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on October 09, 2019, 02:46:49 PM
Guy, stay on topic or keep it short and sweet. This isn't the place for random thoughts on YouTube.



Hi Folsom.
Sorry if I was off topic, I thought the topic was about '' WHY '' and '' WHAT ''
I didn't know it was only about vinyl or CD music.
Sooooo.... Sorry about my mistake,
you can be sure this will never happen again,
because I will not share '' WHY and '' WHAT I like about music,
You Tube, vinyl or CD.
Period.

Guy 13
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: tmazz on October 09, 2019, 03:43:54 PM
Sorry, but I don't think guy's comment was off topic in the least.

He was talking about what he liked about some music that he recently found.

What I took as the point of his post, was that in spite of his usual shying away from vocal music he came across some that he found enjoyable. The fact that he came across it on youtube seem to me to be a minor side comment.  He could have just said yesterday I came across some Elvis Presley music without mentioning where he found it and the core message of the post would have been unchanged.
Title: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on October 09, 2019, 05:32:25 PM
Sorry, but I don't think guy's comment was off topic in the least.

He was talking about what he liked about some music that he recently found.

What I took as the point of his post, was that in spite of his usual shying away from vocal music he came across some that he found enjoyable. The fact that he came across it on youtube seem to me to be a minor side comment.  He could have just said yesterday I came across some Elvis Presley music without mentioning where he found it and the core message of the post would have been unchanged.


Hi all.
I don't want to rant,
however you have to keep in mind that right now,
all my vinyl + turntable(s) as well as all my CD and all my CD players
are carefully packed and well protected and ready to go.
Therefore my only source of music is the Internet (You Tube is one).
Soooo.... I will come back on this topic with comments
when I am all set up in Canada.
Thanks for understanding this situation that is not fun for me.
See you (For this topic only) middle of 2020.

Guy 13

Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: James Edward on October 09, 2019, 05:40:54 PM
Did I miss something here? I didn't see anything in the original post either excluding youtube or limiting this thread to CD/vinyl, etc., etc., etc. Done hijacking what I believe is a great idea for discussion.
Title: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on October 09, 2019, 06:34:36 PM
Did I miss something here? I didn't see anything in the original post either excluding youtube or limiting this thread to CD/vinyl, etc., etc., etc. Done hijacking what I believe is a great idea for discussion.


James,
that's why I was refering to my only source of music.
Thanks.

Guy 13
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on October 09, 2019, 08:33:37 PM
You Tube is a great source to listen to music, even if it's not the best reproduction.  Posting about You Tube fits in fine here. 

But what I had hoped for out of this thread is that you add more than just a narcissistic "I'm listening to XYZ" - which is of limited interest to others.   If you add something, why you like it, what's special about it, how it fits your mood, etc...
then you have a post worth reading.  Please take the time to tell us why it's what you're listening to. Don't just post a link. 
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on October 09, 2019, 10:31:25 PM
You Tube is a great source to listen to music, even if it's not the best reproduction.  Posting about You Tube fits in fine here. 

But what I had hoped for out of this thread is that you add more than just a narcissistic "I'm listening to XYZ" - which is of limited interest to others.   If you add something, why you like it, what's special about it, how it fits your mood, etc...
then you have a post worth reading.  Please take the time to tell us why it's what you're listening to. Don't just post a link.


Hi S Clark.
In my post, I didn't write everything you mentionned,
however, I did mention that I like Elvis smooth voice.
What I can add to justified '' WHY '' I like Elvis Presley singing is :
The tyrics, words of his song,
in addition I like all the type of songs has has recored
it got some magic in it, don't you agree ?
I am sure I am not the only one that like his style of music,
he sold millions of vinyl, so many other Elvis fans think like me.
What's more is that with '' You Tube '' in addition to the music,
you can see how he moves, dance
and how handsome he is
and I am not gay the appreciate the good looking of a man like him.
Paul Newman and Richard Gere were also nice looking.
Because I don't have any vinyl of Elvis,
I thought it was a good idea to post a link of one of his most memorable song.
Did I forget something ?
Is this better ? ? ?
Look like this topic is a bit too difficult for me to fullfil all the requirements.

Guy 13
 
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: tmazz on October 09, 2019, 11:09:35 PM
Here is something that is a particular fav of mine:

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons -  Societa Corelli

(https://www.popsike.com/pix/20120211/230745124642.jpg)

RCA Living Stereo LP (Shaded Dog)

This relatively unknown Living Stereo LP (LSC-2424) is one of my favorites from the RCA  Shaded Dog era.

Most classical recordings are done in a full size concert hall and strive to replicate  the experience of being there. We often hear them reviewed in terms of how when you can get a sense of the hall in terms of hearing the walls  and getting a feel of the space they are playing in. This even applies to small groups like a string quartets who although they are small groups usually perform in large venues if for not reason than they can get more paying customers into them.

But chamber music back when it was written was originally meant to be played in the homes of the rich patrons who commissioned the works, or at least supported the artists. What intrigues me so much about this recording is that it replicates that original intent in my listening room. The image it portrays is not one of a group playing on a stage, but rather four musicians entertaining me in my own living room. The size of the instruments and their spacing across the soundstage is exactly what I would expect to hear if they were sitting in four chairs right across from me. Instead of a "you are there" presentation, this album gives you a clearer sense of "they are here." If I close my eyes it is almost kind of spooky.

My copy is an original first pressing of this album (1S/1S for those familiar with the matrix codes on this series), but I was very excited to ear that Analogue Productions has this one slated as one of their next series of reissues from the RCA vaults. I will be very interested to see how a new modern mastering and pressing compares to the image I get from the original.
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Folsom on October 10, 2019, 02:22:56 AM
You Tube is a great source to listen to music, even if it's not the best reproduction.  Posting about You Tube fits in fine here. 

But what I had hoped for out of this thread is that you add more than just a narcissistic "I'm listening to XYZ" - which is of limited interest to others.   If you add something, why you like it, what's special about it, how it fits your mood, etc...
then you have a post worth reading.  Please take the time to tell us why it's what you're listening to. Don't just post a link.


Hi S Clark.
In my post, I didn't write everything you mentionned,
however, I did mention that I like Elvis smooth voice.
What I can add to justified '' WHY '' I like Elvis Presley singing is :
The tyrics, words of his song,
in addition I like all the type of songs has has recored
it got some magic in it, don't you agree ?
I am sure I am not the only one that like his style of music,
he sold millions of vinyl, so many other Elvis fans think like me.
What's more is that with '' You Tube '' in addition to the music,
you can see how he moves, dance
and how handsome he is
and I am not gay the appreciate the good looking of a man like him.
Paul Newman and Richard Gere were also nice looking.
Because I don't have any vinyl of Elvis,
I thought it was a good idea to post a link of one of his most memorable song.
Did I forget something ?
Is this better ? ? ?
Look like this topic is a bit too difficult for me to fullfil all the requirements.

Guy 13

Now that's on topic, it's not just like a FaceBook update that says so and so listened to X band and song Y. Scott made the topic so we'll elaborate some on what the music means to us, what we find interesting.
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on October 10, 2019, 07:44:30 AM
Here is something that is a particular fav of mine:

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons -  Societa Corelli

(https://www.popsike.com/pix/20120211/230745124642.jpg)

RCA Living Stereo LP (Shaded Dog)

This relatively unknown Living Stereo LP (LSC-2424) is one of my favorites from the RCA  Shaded Dog era.

Most classical recordings are done in a full size concert hall and strive to replicate  the experience of being there. We often hear them reviewed in terms of how when you can get a sense of the hall in terms of hearing the walls  and getting a feel of the space they are playing in. This even applies to small groups like a string quartets who although they are small groups usually perform in large venues if for not reason than they can get more paying customers into them.

But chamber music back when it was written was originally meant to be played in the homes of the rich patrons who commissioned the works, or at least supported the artists. What intrigues me so much about this recording is that it replicates that original intent in my listening room. The image it portrays is not one of a group playing on a stage, but rather four musicians entertaining me in my own living room. The size of the instruments and their spacing across the soundstage is exactly what I would expect to hear if they were sitting in four chairs right across from me. Instead of a "you are there" presentation, this album gives you a clearer sense of "they are here." If I close my eyes it is almost kind of spooky.

My copy is an original first pressing of this album (1S/1S for those familiar with the matrix codes on this series), but I was very excited to ear that Analogue Productions has this one slated as one of their next series of reissues from the RCA vaults. I will be very interested to see how a new modern mastering and pressing compares to the image I get from the original.

Thanks, Tom. Very interesting...great post
Nick
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on October 10, 2019, 03:15:24 PM
That 4 seasons is one of the best.  RCA LSC 2424 is rated at the top by James Mitchell (probably THE authority on the great RCA years).  A 1s1s copy... those are hard to come by.  I've got NM 1s3s copy that I'll put on this evening and listen for hall ambience.  I can't find the recording engineer or the performance venue.  My notes say "TAS worthy".  This lp is kind of an overlooked gem.  There's a NM 1s3s on Discogs right now for $16+5 shipping.  For a high quality original, that's a steal. 
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: James Edward on October 10, 2019, 03:36:31 PM
You Tube is a great source to listen to music, even if it's not the best reproduction.  Posting about You Tube fits in fine here. 

But what I had hoped for out of this thread is that you add more than just a narcissistic "I'm listening to XYZ" - which is of limited interest to others.   If you add something, why you like it, what's special about it, how it fits your mood, etc...
then you have a post worth reading.  Please take the time to tell us why it's what you're listening to. Don't just post a link.


Hi S Clark.
In my post, I didn't write everything you mentionned,
however, I did mention that I like Elvis smooth voice.
What I can add to justified '' WHY '' I like Elvis Presley singing is :
The tyrics, words of his song,
in addition I like all the type of songs has has recored
it got some magic in it, don't you agree ?
I am sure I am not the only one that like his style of music,
he sold millions of vinyl, so many other Elvis fans think like me.
What's more is that with '' You Tube '' in addition to the music,
you can see how he moves, dance
and how handsome he is
and I am not gay the appreciate the good looking of a man like him.
Paul Newman and Richard Gere were also nice looking.
Because I don't have any vinyl of Elvis,
I thought it was a good idea to post a link of one of his most memorable song.
Did I forget something ?
Is this better ? ? ?
Look like this topic is a bit too difficult for me to fullfil all the requirements.

Guy 13
I agree Guy. I'll stick to the more freeform threads.
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on October 10, 2019, 05:00:39 PM
Good grief.  All I asked is that you put something more interesting than"  I'm listening to ABBA.  Here's the album cover."
As far as I'm concerned, Guy's post was fine, he told how he liked the tone of Presley's voice.  That's enough. 
Title: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on October 10, 2019, 05:02:42 PM
You Tube is a great source to listen to music, even if it's not the best reproduction.  Posting about You Tube fits in fine here. 

But what I had hoped for out of this thread is that you add more than just a narcissistic "I'm listening to XYZ" - which is of limited interest to others.   If you add something, why you like it, what's special about it, how it fits your mood, etc...
then you have a post worth reading.  Please take the time to tell us why it's what you're listening to. Don't just post a link.


Hi S Clark.
In my post, I didn't write everything you mentionned,
however, I did mention that I like Elvis smooth voice.
What I can add to justified '' WHY '' I like Elvis Presley singing is :
The tyrics, words of his song,
in addition I like all the type of songs has has recored
it got some magic in it, don't you agree ?
I am sure I am not the only one that like his style of music,
he sold millions of vinyl, so many other Elvis fans think like me.
What's more is that with '' You Tube '' in addition to the music,
you can see how he moves, dance
and how handsome he is
and I am not gay the appreciate the good looking of a man like him.
Paul Newman and Richard Gere were also nice looking.
Because I don't have any vinyl of Elvis,
I thought it was a good idea to post a link of one of his most memorable song.
Did I forget something ?
Is this better ? ? ?
Look like this topic is a bit too difficult for me to fullfil all the requirements.

Guy 13
I agree Guy. I'll stick to the more freeform threads.


Thanks James.
... and S. Clark, tmazz and other for their support.
I was knock out of my computer's chair reading one comment,
(Yes, I do exagerate... with words)
now I am trying to get back on it, will take a few days,
before I come back here to cruising speed.

Guy 13.
 
Title: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on October 10, 2019, 05:08:19 PM
Hi all.
I am relatively new here on Audio Nervosa,
I sure don't want to start a third world war with my posts.
I will wait a little for the dust to settle down,
then if you still want me to post,
I will do it with upmost pleasure.
I sure don't want to be a pain in the neck for all of you nice guys.

Guy 13.

In the future, I will try to avoid comments on topics that ca generate tsunami.
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on October 10, 2019, 09:20:03 PM
Guy,
Iím glad you are here and I enjoy your posts and pictures! This forum usually is a fun and peaceful place. Sometimes things happen and I hope we can all go on as usual.
Nick
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on October 10, 2019, 11:06:03 PM
(https://www.shadeddog.com/images/rca_lsc-2424_label_s1.jpg)

I'll add a few observations.  First, just about everyone knows Vivaldi's 4 Seasons.  Like Tmazz said, this is not the full orchestra, but a 13 string ensemble, the Societa Corelli.  These recordings are great for having an instrument appear and hang in space.  Detail is stunning, and the attack of each note of a trill is precise and clean. Violins have weight as well as just singing a line.  Cellos and Bass reverberate as only wood can. The performance is personal, as perhaps in a larger room with a number of dinner guest.  Occasional hints of depth indicate something of ball room size, but certainly no symphony hall. 
Main thing-  these instruments just jump out in their realism. 
As to Analogue Productions reissue, I have high hopes.  However, I have several Classic Recording reissues of some of the great shaded dogs, and although the vinyl is cleaner, their engineers don't capture the magic that the top three RCA engineers of the late 50's and 60's.  The bar is high for AP to match the brilliance of this original pressing.   
Title: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on October 11, 2019, 05:27:56 AM
Hi all.
Today I've listen to a CD of '' Animusic '' the track is called : Pipe dream.
What I like about that kind of electronic - computer generated music
is what I call '' High resolution '' even instruments and sound is so clear.
Bass is deep and sound real.
All the instruments can be clearly heard, well seperated.
It's like you want, while listening to the music, to discover (New) sounds,
each sound of instrument is a joy for the ears.
Of course, you have to like that kind of music to appreciate it,
if you are looking for sound of real instruments, then don't loose you time there.
One other thing that you might like is the power of the music,
like it can fill a opera house.
Have a listen and share what you think.
(Sorry no picture, I put the CD in blank sleeve.
I have three or four of their music CD.

Guy 13

Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: malloy on October 16, 2019, 06:53:21 PM
What: A Decade of Steely Dan

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91SvPHXJ4tL._SY355_.jpg)

A great intro to their singles. Granted, it does not contain all their best songs, but it serves as a great introduction to their music.

Why:  The outstanding musicianship on the album.  The liner notes is like a who's who of musicians: Porcaro, Purdie, Wayne Shorter, Tom Scott, Carlton, Patti Austin..!!

Of course I also listen just for the sheer irreverence of everything they do!

Paul
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: P.I. on October 16, 2019, 09:00:01 PM
Hi all.
Today I've listen to a CD of '' Animusic '' the track is called : Pipe dream.
What I like about that kind of electronic - computer generated music
is what I call '' High resolution '' even instruments and sound is so clear.
Bass is deep and sound real.
All the instruments can be clearly heard, well seperated.
It's like you want, while listening to the music, to discover (New) sounds,
each sound of instrument is a joy for the ears.
Of course, you have to like that kind of music to appreciate it,
if you are looking for sound of real instruments, then don't loose you time there.
One other thing that you might like is the power of the music,
like it can fill a opera house.
Have a listen and share what you think.
(Sorry no picture, I put the CD in blank sleeve.
I have three or four of their music CD.

Guy 13
You really need to see the DVD or videos to fully appreciate it. 

Here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyCIpKAIFyo

Resonant Chamber is one of my favorites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toXNVbvFXyk

Enjoy!
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: tmazz on October 17, 2019, 02:32:28 PM
What: A Decade of Steely Dan

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91SvPHXJ4tL._SY355_.jpg)

A great intro to their singles. Granted, it does not contain all their best songs, but it serves as a great introduction to their music.

Why:  The outstanding musicianship on the album.  The liner notes is like a who's who of musicians: Porcaro, Purdie, Wayne Shorter, Tom Scott, Carlton, Patti Austin..!!

Of course I also listen just for the sheer irreverence of everything they do!

Paul

Absolutely a great album. I have the MCA Masterdisc Gold version. Unfortunately it has developed a severe case of laser rot and will no long play all the way through even though there is not a single scratch on the disc. (https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/emojione/assets/png/1f621.png)

The gold copies are not easy yo come by, especially at a reasonable price, so I will just have to be patient and my eyes open for one.

Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on October 17, 2019, 03:37:58 PM
Hi all.
Today I've listen to a CD of '' Animusic '' the track is called : Pipe dream.
What I like about that kind of electronic - computer generated music
is what I call '' High resolution '' even instruments and sound is so clear.
Bass is deep and sound real.
All the instruments can be clearly heard, well seperated.
It's like you want, while listening to the music, to discover (New) sounds,
each sound of instrument is a joy for the ears.
Of course, you have to like that kind of music to appreciate it,
if you are looking for sound of real instruments, then don't loose you time there.
One other thing that you might like is the power of the music,
like it can fill a opera house.
Have a listen and share what you think.
(Sorry no picture, I put the CD in blank sleeve.
I have three or four of their music CD.

Guy 13
You really need to see the DVD or videos to fully appreciate it. 

Here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyCIpKAIFyo

Resonant Chamber is one of my favorites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toXNVbvFXyk

Enjoy!


Hi.
I have two CD and two DVD of Animusic.
Must be listened with good system or headphones to really appreciate it.

Guy 13
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: malloy on October 19, 2019, 01:14:10 AM
What: A Decade of Steely Dan

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91SvPHXJ4tL._SY355_.jpg)

A great intro to their singles. Granted, it does not contain all their best songs, but it serves as a great introduction to their music.

Why:  The outstanding musicianship on the album.  The liner notes is like a who's who of musicians: Porcaro, Purdie, Wayne Shorter, Tom Scott, Carlton, Patti Austin..!!

Of course I also listen just for the sheer irreverence of everything they do!

Paul

Absolutely a great album. I have the MCA Masterdisc Gold version. Unfortunately it has developed a severe case of laser rot and will no long play all the way through even though there is not a single scratch on the disc. (https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/emojione/assets/png/1f621.png)

The gold copies are not easy yo come by, especially at a reasonable price, so I will just have to be patient and my eyes open for one.

Laser rot! That is unfortunate. And I thought making the disc gold was supposed to prevent disc rot. Haven't heard the gold version. Is the sound a step up from the regular one? I used to have most of the original individual albums. But I can't remember how they sounded.

There's a gold version on Amazon for $6 right now.  Weren't the gold versions quite pricey when first released?
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on October 19, 2019, 10:33:39 AM
I was at the record store going through some stuff the owner had just bought and ran across "True Blue" by Hank Crawford. 
Neither of us had heard of him, but reading that he was Ray Charles' primary sax guy, I decided to take a chance.
This guy is soul/jazz/blues from 1964.. definitely a Ray Charles style but with a septet instead of vocals.  He aims to seduce, not to stimulate.  Smooth, rather than edgy. 
It's a nice change from my usual Dexter Gordon/Horace Silver/ Miles/Brubeck selections.
Atlantic  1423

(https://e.snmc.io/i/300/w/8a658ef00e4b33d34fe3c204988cff69/3253008)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: tmazz on October 19, 2019, 04:03:08 PM
What: A Decade of Steely Dan

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91SvPHXJ4tL._SY355_.jpg)

A great intro to their singles. Granted, it does not contain all their best songs, but it serves as a great introduction to their music.

Why:  The outstanding musicianship on the album.  The liner notes is like a who's who of musicians: Porcaro, Purdie, Wayne Shorter, Tom Scott, Carlton, Patti Austin..!!

Of course I also listen just for the sheer irreverence of everything they do!

Paul

Absolutely a great album. I have the MCA Masterdisc Gold version. Unfortunately it has developed a severe case of laser rot and will no long play all the way through even though there is not a single scratch on the disc. (https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/emojione/assets/png/1f621.png)

The gold copies are not easy yo come by, especially at a reasonable price, so I will just have to be patient and my eyes open for one.

Laser rot! That is unfortunate. And I thought making the disc gold was supposed to prevent disc rot. Haven't heard the gold version. Is the sound a step up from the regular one? I used to have most of the original individual albums. But I can't remember how they sounded.

There's a gold version on Amazon for $6 right now.  Weren't the gold versions quite pricey when first released?

I thought gold CDs were not susceptible to Laser Rot as well, but there is not a single scratch on the CD and all of a sudden it started skipping and hanging up in the middle of the disc,  I cannot imagine what else it could be other than a breakdown of the internal substrate. And yes, I did feel the gold version sounded better than the standard CD.

I saw the listings you are talking about and I have gotten burnt several times with listings of audiophile pressings that were price well below the going price and ended up being standard pressings. In each case it was a situation where the seller just clicked on a pre-made listing for the album based on the cover picture and did not realize that they picked the description for a premium pressing. In each case I got a refund and several of the sellers told ne tp just keep the disc, but to me it is just not worth the hassle. I would not choose any of the listings shown on Amazon that did not specially say gold CD or MasterDisc in the little description box on the page of sellers for the item. And by the time you went down the list and found one that had that information you were up in the $20 price range. I would be very leery of all of the sellers that were asking $6 (and there were a bunch of them.) I have a very strong suspicion that you would end up getting shipped a regular aluminum CD.

I will just keep my eyes peeled and one of these days I will come across a good deal on one. Since I already have the original jewel case with all of the inserts it would be no issue for me to buy just the CD alone, in a paper sleeve, which shows up every once in a while at a significantly lower price than they get for a full in tact package.
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: tmazz on October 19, 2019, 11:10:24 PM
OK, all of this talk about Steely Dan made me go down and pull out my MoFi LP of Aja.

(https://img.discogs.com/cJPAtRBvtoDmXtM7pcKa7IEw5Go=/fit-in/600x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-13791957-1561223301-9884.jpeg.jpg)

When Aja was released I was working as an broadcast engineer at WTHE radio we were a low power AM station that had to sign off the air at sundown because we did not have clear channel rights to the frequency. One night right after signoff the program director came into the studio with a package from ABC records which contained a pre-preview copy of Aja. We put it on the turntable and I can remember like it was yesterday, the two of us sitting there with our jaws hanging open, saying "This is going to be big." (https://groups.tapatalk-cdn.com/smilies/1733/1534579954.0401-smiley.gif)

And the quality of the performances was no accident Becker and Fagan reached into the jazz world and recruited some top shelf musicians for these sessions. People such as Joe Sample, Victor Feldman, Larry Carlton, Tom Scott, Steve Gadd, Wayne Shorter and Lee Ritenour. And vocal harmonies by Michael McDonald and Timothy B. Schmidt. It is no wonder that after 42 years this album still holds up like it does.

Below is a link to a short video about the making of "Peg":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waIBA6_0GQc
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on October 24, 2019, 12:48:48 PM
Thanks for the link about "Peg". 
Which is related to the why of this post.  I saw the biopic "Rocket Man" about the life of Sir Elton John.  Not quite on the level of "Bohemian Rhapsody", but interesting and entertaining with a very talented lead actor/singer.
So I pulled out my old copy of his breakout lp.  Some is very good, some hints at what is to come.

(https://thesoundofvinyl.us/media/catalog/product/cache/e4d64343b1bc593f1c5348fe05efa4a6/3/5/3544748.jpg)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on October 26, 2019, 08:21:50 PM
I was at the record store and ran across a NM J.S. Bach "Preludien/Fugue/Pastorale" on the Archiv Produktion label.  I knew it was part of Deutche Grammophone, but not much else.  These are period instrument recordings, and higher quality than the later DG's.  This 1974 recording of the church organ in Strassburg, in a big room and system, does a fine job or recreating the power and finesse of the grand pipe organ.

(https://img.discogs.com/k3sjY-BChUGlWi3DAAZFKdnW1K8=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(40)/discogs-images/R-4085900-1541199462-8205.jpeg.jpg)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on October 28, 2019, 02:22:32 PM
Herbie Hancock  BST 84195  French repressing from 1984
I like the Direct Metal Masters that collectors turn their collective noses up at.  I've got a first pressing to compare to, and the DMM is cleaner.
Herbie was a child prodigy, playing a Mozart Concerto with the Chicago Sym at age 11.  He left Grinnell College to learn jazz at the feet of Coleman Hawkins and Donald Byrd (later to return to get his twin degrees in EE and music).
This album is his fifth as leader, and after much time spent with Miles in his second great quintet. 
W/ Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, George Coleman, and Anthony Williams. 

(https://d1e9ycqe323hkh.cloudfront.net/items/312406513795.jpg)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on November 08, 2019, 08:32:53 PM
Grieg "Lyric Pieces" played by Walter Gieseking on late 50's Angel/EMI vinyl.
Several of these short pieces are familiar, but most by far are essentially unheard.  They aren't commonly recorded, so I had to hunt for good performances, and these old Angel records, Vol 1 and 2,  from 1957 and 59 are just what I wanted. 
These are like little poems about Grieg's Norwegian countryside... some simple nordic tuneful statements, others bits of beauty. 

(https://img.discogs.com/xAStGbJGOP-9pvlz_OpBzTRbhW4=/fit-in/600x599/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-12036886-1527015756-4962.jpeg.jpg)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on November 09, 2019, 11:44:48 AM
After opening a nice Spanish wine and doing a bit of cooking, I told Alexa to play Sketches of Spain by Miles. After dinner, I came in and put my mono copy on to compare.  I've been a fan of that lp since 1969, but listening to compare made me realize just how complex it is.  So many studio guys did really nice work... the tuba guy, the extra trumpets.  Pull out your copy to really listen to whats happening in the background.  Such a wonderful album. 

(https://www.sputnikmusic.com/images/albums/1440.jpg)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on November 09, 2019, 06:22:11 PM
After opening a nice Spanish wine and doing a bit of cooking, I told Alexa to play Sketches of Spain by Miles. After dinner, I came in and put my mono copy on to compare.  I've been a fan of that lp since 1969, but listening to compare made me realize just how complex it is.  So many studio guys did really nice work... the tuba guy, the extra trumpets.  Pull out your copy to really listen to whats happening in the background.  Such a wonderful album. 

(https://www.sputnikmusic.com/images/albums/1440.jpg)

When I saw your post, I opened up Tidal and found the album 👍 Will listen to it later on the ďbig rigĒ
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: tmazz on November 11, 2019, 06:53:53 PM
After opening a nice Spanish wine and doing a bit of cooking, I told Alexa to play Sketches of Spain by Miles. After dinner, I came in and put my mono copy on to compare.  I've been a fan of that lp since 1969, but listening to compare made me realize just how complex it is.  So many studio guys did really nice work... the tuba guy, the extra trumpets.  Pull out your copy to really listen to whats happening in the background.  Such a wonderful album. 

(https://www.sputnikmusic.com/images/albums/1440.jpg)

When I saw your post, I opened up Tidal and found the album 👍 Will listen to it later on the ďbig rigĒ

You will not be disappointed.  :thumb:
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: tmazz on November 11, 2019, 07:21:47 PM
The LA 4: Going Home

(https://www.popsike.com/pix/20150427/221756461627.jpg)

EastWind Direct to Disc LP

Back in the late 70s and early 80s  a large percentage of the albums made specifically for the audiophile market had good sound, but featured second rate musicians playing mediocre music. This is definitely not one of those albums. it has not only excellent direct to disc sonics , but also top shelf music and musicianship. And for what it's worth I have never heard an EastWind D2D LP that didn't. I picked them up whenever I see one that is not already in my collection.
Title: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on November 11, 2019, 09:07:41 PM

Hi all.
I hope this is not off topic,
since my source is Internet Radio.
Relaxing music with instruments sound - timbre that I like.

By : Rene Aubry
Title : NoŽl aux balkans
and
Salento.

Guy 13

You probably can hear it on you Tube ?
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on November 11, 2019, 09:15:08 PM

Hi all.
I hope this is not off topic,
since my source is Internet Radio.
Relaxing music with instruments sound - timbre that I like.

By : Rene Aubry
Title : NoŽl aux balkans
and
Salento.

Guy 13

You probably can hear it on you Tube ?

Thanks, Guy. Found it on Tidal as well.
Nick
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on November 11, 2019, 09:51:26 PM

Hi all.
I hope this is not off topic,
since my source is Internet Radio.
Relaxing music with instruments sound - timbre that I like.

By : Rene Aubry
Title : NoŽl aux balkans
and
Salento.

Guy 13

You probably can hear it on you Tube ?

Thanks, Guy. Found it on Tidal as well.
Nick


Hi Nick.
Do you like it a little or a lot ?
Or, is it music to help you sleep or relax or what ? ? ?


Guy 13

Just want to compare my music liking with others...
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on November 11, 2019, 10:17:25 PM

Hi all.
I hope this is not off topic,
since my source is Internet Radio.
Relaxing music with instruments sound - timbre that I like.

By : Rene Aubry
Title : NoŽl aux balkans
and
Salento.

Guy 13

You probably can hear it on you Tube ?

Thanks, Guy. Found it on Tidal as well.
Nick


Hi Nick.
Do you like it a little or a lot ?
Or, is it music to help you sleep or relax or what ? ? ?


Guy 13

Just want to compare my music liking with others...

Guy,
I did enjoy it. I liked it mostly for the instrumentation. Iím guessing that I was hearing a guitar and mandolin.
Nick
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Guy 13 on November 11, 2019, 10:18:42 PM
Thanks Nick for your comments.

Guy 13
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on November 20, 2019, 06:15:59 PM
Alicia de Larrocha   Pianist    A collection of music of a dozen or so composers on London vinyl for some group called Classics Records Library
Apparently a Book of the Month club type thing... anyway, London quality and a great performer. 

Mozart Fantasia in D min  K.475 - very advanced piece that share lots in common with Chopin
Mozart Sonata in C major K545 - some of which was simple enough that I used to play it as a kid. 
Albeniz Cantos de Espana- just beautiful stuff. 

There are 4 lp's with much more.

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-G2RkLUIzr-g/TZRNv9bfzmI/AAAAAAAAAgY/VbWGRclrqGA/s1600/%2524%2528KGrHqEOKjME1sY0jC46BNi9sJJMlg%257E%257E0_12.jpg)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on January 09, 2020, 10:08:34 AM
Art Farmer  "Art"   on the Argo label.
 
Art Farmer is just easy to listen to, but with enough behind the notes to make it interesting.  A buddy loaned my his 1960 pressing, so it went to the head of the play list.  Farmer is kind of a can't miss guy, sorta like Bill Evans on piano. 

(https://s3.amazonaws.com/thisismyjam/i/4154ad6679a7174627f257f949a00703.jpg?1410639266)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: steve on January 10, 2020, 01:26:12 PM
I just received a link to Vltava (The Moldau). I had never heard of Smetana before, but this piece is riveting.
My understanding is Smetana was deaf when writing this piece. What a genius, like Beethoven.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6kqu2mk-Kw

cheers and great weekend to all.

steve
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on January 10, 2020, 02:00:40 PM
I just received a link to Vltava (The Moldau). I had never heard of Smetana before, but this piece is riveting.
My understanding is Smetana was deaf when writing this piece. What a genius, like Beethoven.

Smetana and Dvorak stand out as the great Czech late romantic composers.  If you liked The Moldau (and everyone should!), know that it's part of a greater work.  Check out Ma Vlast.
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on January 20, 2020, 03:29:20 PM
More Art Farmer this afternoon.  Just got this one unpacked.
Art and Benny Golson on an album named  "Here and Now"   Mercury MG 20698
Their rendition of "Ruby, My Dear" written by T. Monk, is one of those songs that will just stop you, lower your blood pressure, sooth your soul, and make you listen.   

(https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/1/0311/22/art-farmer-benny-golson-jazztet-now_1_f90e7f5b6aaeb24d637d1e26da3d72f2.jpg)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on January 20, 2020, 07:25:59 PM
More Art Farmer this afternoon.  Just got this one unpacked.
Art and Benny Golson on an album named  "Here and Now"   Mercury MG 20698
There rendition of "Ruby, My Dear" written by T. Monk, is one of those songs that will just stop you, lower your blood pressure, sooth your soul, and make you listen.   

(https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/1/0311/22/art-farmer-benny-golson-jazztet-now_1_f90e7f5b6aaeb24d637d1e26da3d72f2.jpg)

Found it on Tidal. Some nice listening after returning today from a trip. Thx
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on January 31, 2020, 10:41:25 PM
Eliminator by ZZ Top
streamed via Roon
much increased resolution with Uber Puertos

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=eliminator+cd&i=popular&crid=2X7QAEJGEMECD&sprefix=Eliminator%2Cpopular%2C219&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_10
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on February 05, 2020, 04:01:59 PM
Bill Evans  "Trio 64"  on Verve w/ Gary Peacock on bass and Paul Motian on drums. 
Why, because I just got a copy, VG+ 1964 pressing.
This is another lp that arrived a notch below as advertised, not the NM- that I paid for  :(
It has it moments, but mostly it's one of the weaker/ maybe weakest Bill Evans lp's I own.  Peacock on bass solos a lot without going anywhere interesting.  Motian does a nice job on drums.
(https://jacket.blob.core.windows.net/export/uccu-5584.jpg)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on February 13, 2020, 04:13:34 PM
What:  Bach Conc. for two Violins on blue label Angel s-36006   with Nathan Milstein and Erica Morini

Why: Although the Angel label his somewhat looked down upon, they would occasionally hit it out of the park.  I've found the blue angels of the 1960's to be about 50/50... and this one of the good ones, the really really good ones.  This is one you should look for over at Discogs and spend $20 for a clean copy.  Morini is such an accomplished violinist.  Heifetz reputedly asked her for tips on her trill technique, and couldn't reproduce it.  My mouse has died, and I am helpless to click and copy without it so no photo posted, but look it up. 

Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on February 13, 2020, 07:52:28 PM
What:  Bach Conc. for two Violins on blue label Angel s-36006   with Nathan Milstein and Erica Morini

Why: Although the Angel label his somewhat looked down upon, they would occasionally hit it out of the park.  I've found the blue angels of the 1960's to be about 50/50... and this one of the good ones, the really really good ones.  This is one you should look for over at Discogs and spend $20 for a clean copy.  Morini is such an accomplished violinist.  Heifetz reputedly asked her for tips on her trill technique, and couldn't reproduce it.  My mouse has died, and I am helpless to click and copy without it so no photo posted, but look it up.

Iíve searched both Tidal and Qobuz, but sadly canít find it. Will play some Morini. Hadnít heard of her, but I play very little classical music. Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: dBe on February 13, 2020, 11:37:01 PM
This:

https://www.facebook.com/philippe.saisse/videos/10157950145170006/UzpfSTEwNTIxODcxOTY6MTAyMTc4NDMzNDAxNjkxNTE/

Because they KILL it!

For a 22 year old (at the time or, uh, anytime) Senri is incredibly tasty.
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on February 14, 2020, 07:09:09 AM
That's good stuff, Dave!

Nick, Erica Morini does a version of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on the Westminster label that is top notch, and it's on you tube.  I don't think there is a stereo version, but it will give you an idea of what she can do (and give you a reason to put together a mono vinyl rig!)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on February 14, 2020, 10:05:14 AM
That's good stuff, Dave!

Nick, Erica Morini does a version of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on the Westminster label that is top notch, and it's on you tube.  I don't think there is a stereo version, but it will give you an idea of what she can do (and give you a reason to put together a mono vinyl rig!)

I did find it. Beautifully played and I looked up the word ďtrillĒ. It appears that the trill is a bit of artistic license by the performer and the music is not written that way. Is that correct?
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on February 14, 2020, 11:44:12 AM
A trill is often written into the score.  I remember my Bach preludes had lots of trills written in... it's a zig zag line, much like a resistor symbol.

(https://themusicworkshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/mordent.jpg)
The trill is the first zig zag, the mordent is the one with the line through it.
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on February 14, 2020, 05:09:41 PM
A trill is often written into the score.  I remember my Bach preludes had lots of trills written in... it's a zig zag line, much like a resistor symbol.

(https://themusicworkshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/mordent.jpg)
The trill is the first zig zag, the mordent is the one with the line through it.

Thanks, Scott. Iím getting quite an education on this site. I also just looked up the term mordent. It seems you may be a musician. If so, can you advise what instrument(s)? Also, if others are musicians, it would be fun to know that as well.
As to Moriniís trill technique, are you able to explain this or does one need to hear it to fully appreciate it? If true, itís fascinating that Heifetz couldnít reproduce her technique.
Nick
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Bob in St. Louis on February 14, 2020, 05:37:38 PM
Great thread Scott, thank you. Just ran across this.
I've been scarce with audio forums recently, but look forward to pursuing this thread.
No doubt I've got something to offer, based on the requirements on post #1, but let me catch up first.....
Love threads like these!
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: dBe on February 14, 2020, 05:39:12 PM
The result of polyticks these daze...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oL_pCjPgUg&list=RDKTHMXiTbssQ&index=13
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on February 14, 2020, 08:15:19 PM
A trill is often written into the score.  I remember my Bach preludes had lots of trills written in... it's a zig zag line, much like a resistor symbol.

(https://themusicworkshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/mordent.jpg)
The trill is the first zig zag, the mordent is the one with the line through it.

Thanks, Scott. Iím getting quite an education on this site. I also just looked up the term mordent. It seems you may be a musician. If so, can you advise what instrument(s)? Also, if others are musicians, it would be fun to know that as well.
As to Moriniís trill technique, are you able to explain this or does one need to hear it to fully appreciate it? If true, itís fascinating that Heifetz couldnít reproduce her technique.
Nick
If you look at the music, the note on the top line with the trill and mordent notation is what's on the sheet, but the notes in the bottom line is how it's played.  A trill plays the main note, the note above, and the main note again in the time allowed for the single note.  The mordent plays the main note, the note below, and the main note again in the time allowed for the single note.  If that doesn't make sense, see the video.
Yep, I played piano for several years before girls and football distracted me to other endeavors.   Here's a slightly verbose explanation of a mordent and a trill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM1Kzb1tmHQ

Dave, that's a great video... but anything with Keb Mo gets my approval.
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on February 14, 2020, 08:52:25 PM
A trill is often written into the score.  I remember my Bach preludes had lots of trills written in... it's a zig zag line, much like a resistor symbol.

(https://themusicworkshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/mordent.jpg)
The trill is the first zig zag, the mordent is the one with the line through it.

Thanks, Scott. Iím getting quite an education on this site. I also just looked up the term mordent. It seems you may be a musician. If so, can you advise what instrument(s)? Also, if others are musicians, it would be fun to know that as well.
As to Moriniís trill technique, are you able to explain this or does one need to hear it to fully appreciate it? If true, itís fascinating that Heifetz couldnít reproduce her technique.
Nick
Yep, I played piano for several years before girls and football distracted me to other endeavors.   Here's a slightly verbose explanation of a mordent and a trill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM1Kzb1tmHQ

Dave, that's a great video... but anything with Keb Mo gets my approval.

Very helpful to actually hear demonstrated. Interesting also to learn about ornaments, upper and lower mordants, diatronic trills, etc. Thx
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on February 23, 2020, 02:59:39 PM
"The Jazz Messengers"   Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley, and Doug Watkins
This 1956 recording was usually named the second of the dozens of "Jazz Messenger" records.  The early groups were co led by Blakey and Silver and were active in searching out young talent on the way up.  On this lp, Hank Mobley and Don Byrd were the new guys just getting known. 
Byrd's trumpet and Blakey's drums are always upstage, but Mobley's mellow, smooth sax is what draws me in.  Silver shows he can be subdued and still be creative.  This is just great jazz.  Only recorded in mono for the purist, but available in fake stereo. 
When looking, I found I had two early copies of this.  I know I picked these up for about $5 or less... and it bizarre what this stuff goes for now.
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/ab/Jazzmessengerscolumbia1956.jpg)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on March 01, 2020, 05:46:00 PM
"Money Jungle"  Blue Note  85129  French pressing from the 80's
Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach
So much of the perception of Duke is his work as a big band leader, but this is a more intimate and modern sound.  Most are newly written by the Duke, and are just more modern than his swing work.  In a trio, no one gets to hide, no one gets to slack off... everyone gets heard.  But when your trio includes Mingus and Roach, that's just not a problem. 
If you think the Duke is just old school, listen to Fleurette Africaine.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vUHaSB1adI
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on March 01, 2020, 05:47:33 PM
"Money Jungle"  Blue Note  85129  French pressing from the 80's
Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach
So much of the perception of Duke is his work as a big band leader, but this is a more intimate and modern sound.  Most are newly written by the Duke, and are just more modern than his swing work.  In a trio, no one gets to hide, no one gets to slack off... everyone gets heard.  But when your trio includes Mingus and Roach, that's just not a problem. 
If you think the Duke is just old school, listen to Fleurette Africaine.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vUHaSB1adI

Oh, and I like the French DMM pressings.  Collectors turn up their noses, and I think the sonics are great.  Not going to shell out $300 for a first pressing. 

(https://img.discogs.com/NLmNkmOtBH6VTZaXCNEpITf7RMY=/fit-in/600x602/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-1956670-1328960246.jpeg.jpg)
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on March 01, 2020, 07:18:43 PM
Sting "A Touch of Jazz" 
I love Sting; I love jazz. 
I don't own this ...   yet.  But having just found it on youtube, I'll find a copy soon. 
Ok, he doesn't hit every song out of the park, but he bats at least as well as Ted Williams. 

Take a listen to Elton John's Come Down in Time at 36:43.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCFO8wLgZPo&t=56s
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on March 01, 2020, 07:36:28 PM
MORE STING! 
If you haven't heard or seen the musical "The Last Ship", it's Stings autobiographical tribute to growing up in the shipyards of England.  Some of it is good, some mediocre, some absolutely sublime. 
This has been taken off youtube for a good while, so take a listen while it's up again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbMY9lf58FA&t=2041s 
If your attention span begins to waver go to 28:10 for "Technical Arrangement" , a duet that can move me to tears when the mood is right.
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Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: Nick B on March 01, 2020, 10:36:58 PM
MORE STING! 
If you haven't heard or seen the musical "The Last Ship", it's Stings autobiographical tribute to growing up in the shipyards of England.  Some of it is good, some mediocre, some absolutely sublime. 
This has been taken off youtube for a good while, so take a listen while it's up again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbMY9lf58FA&t=2041s 
If your attention span begins to waver go to 28:10 for "Technical Arrangement" , a duet that can move me to tears when the mood is right.
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No, I wasnít aware and I did jump to 28:10. Some beautiful and meaningful tunes thereafter. Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on March 07, 2020, 05:56:31 AM
I'm sure many of you know we lost one of the greats yesterday, the jazz pianist McCoy Tyner.
He created so much beautiful music, both on his own, and with Coltrane.

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Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on April 02, 2020, 05:31:32 PM
Jackson Berkey "Ballade" on the American Grammaphone label.  Most know the label from the Mannheim Steamroller recordings (of which I'm not a fan), but they take the productions seriously and produce high quality recordings and pressings. 
This is a compilation of Debussey, Rachmaninoff, and Satie short pieces that very well recorded.  If you've got the speakers, you can put the concert grand convincingly in your living room.  It's hard to get the lower octaves and the reverb of a big grand right, the this recording does.
And on top of that, the performance is romantic and personal... enough to make you listen to music you may be very familiar with. 
AND..... vinyl copies are cheap.  Not often can you find quality for the price of a hamburger and fries. 

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Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: tmazz on April 02, 2020, 07:44:29 PM
Jackson Berkey did another classical album for American Gramaphone called Sunken Cathedral. If you like Ballade, you should check that one out as well.

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Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: S Clark on April 02, 2020, 07:51:49 PM
Yep, I've got it.  You're right, it's another good one. 
Title: Re: WHY and What are you Listening to?
Post by: allenzachary on April 29, 2020, 06:19:58 AM
This joyous cover of Yes' Close to The Edge, done by Richie Castellano and friends.  They are not pros, just interested fans and pretty talented musicians.  Yes themselves, in all of the various incarnations of the band, have not sounded this good in many, many years.  Love this.

https://youtu.be/aG-x1VbHRFg (https://youtu.be/aG-x1VbHRFg)
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Post by: S Clark on June 01, 2020, 08:22:57 PM
Junior Mance Trio at the Village Vanguard on Jazzland Records.  Jazzland was a side label for Riverside. 
This is a 1985 Original Jazz Classics (OJC) pressing.  One of the nice attributes of the OJC pressings is that they had access to all the mastertapes of Riverside, Prestige, and Contemporary... so their reissues are close to the source and not some BS cd knockoff. 

Junior Mance is one of the pianist that played with everyone in the '50s, and developed a busy, bluesy style... a love child of Fats Waller and Oscar Peterson.  Just got my copy in the mail.  This a big sounding trio of high quality jazz. 

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