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By: khyati

Mon, 28 May 2012 17:12:41 +0000

Real Quiet storm, though convincingly on the ‘in’ side of his repertoire, is a great disc. and his first one, JC on the set is one of his best of the decade. Recently, he’s still touring with his organ trio – and the live disc Out Of Nowhere (as previously mentioned, on Half Note) is a great, wild disc with Bluiett and Blood Ulmer and a complete ripping apart of Along Came Betty.

By: The shape of jazz gone by « Dance4

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 23:26:12 +0000

[...] Destination: Out had some pricklier suggestions—see also their best of the 90s list (and their own nominations). Some related reading: An interview with Henry Threadgill. (Some tracks from his new album.) An [...]

By: antonio

Sun, 21 Jun 2009 09:32:43 +0000

these lists are very useful, thank you. Why don't you make also a "best jazz of the 1970s"?

By: j

Sat, 09 Feb 2008 02:14:25 +0000

while people speak about james carter, i want everybody to know that john carter was one of the greatest clarinetists to ever have lived. most of his life in los angeles, mr. john carter was absolutely phenomenal. he was able to combine astonishing virtuosity on the Bb clarinet, particularly in the very high register, with an ability to truly communicate from the soul. this is a quality that many of the youngsters after 1980 haven't yet grasped. i saw john carter perform on many occasions and he's recorded several cds. he is also on film. a soft spoken man who taught children music during the day, he was truly a virtuouso of astounding skill and creativity and feeling. G-d bless john carter!!

By: R Gelling

Sat, 28 Jul 2007 05:39:40 +0000

Obviously a little late to the party on this one but I'd recommend James Carter's debut: JC on the Set. I think he is a great player.

By: peter breslin

Fri, 08 Jun 2007 03:03:13 +0000

hey, I bet you didn't do Mudvayne a disservice. I had not heard Slipknot and still am not too familiar with them so I missed the ripoff factor no doubt. PB

By: Steve Smith

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 14:57:26 +0000

MW, I did mention a Gerry Hemingway Quintet disc -- Perfect World, on Random Acoustics. I agree with you, that band was amazing (and amazingly consistent); I chose the live set Perfect World over the Hat Hut releases because it's got an extra ounce of sumthin' sumthin' I find incredibly compelling. That one, and the GM set Waltzes, Two-Steps, and Other Matters of the Heart, strike me as the best introductions to Hemingway's "European" quintet. But yeah, that's all really vital and under-appreciated music.

By: centrifuge

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 13:19:18 +0000

mm, nope, haven't heard those... but the first die like a dog was in my top ten, published here on the first day... i'm sure at least one other person mentioned it too, but maybe not...

By: Massimo Magee

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 12:56:15 +0000

centrifuge - did y'all now? Must have missed that..... but did you mention the solos?

By: centrifuge

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 22:40:14 +0000

mm, well - i did... one of the entries on my eventual list would very possibly be the vade mecum session(s)... or so i suspect - so there you have SOME evidence of euro players (oxley and barry guy), albeit under american auspices... p. breslin, that mudvayne album... having only come across it very recently and removed from its original context, i nailed it right off as a slipknot carbon-copy... did i do it a disservice do you think?

By: Penrose Feast

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 21:55:02 +0000

Re: John Zorn & Naked City I bought this on good old fashioned 12" vinyl when it came without really knowing what I was in for. A casual acquaintence had bought it and told me how horrible and noisy it was, and I thought, "Uhm, that sounds dangerous, I like the sound of that." I really liked it, it really was like nothing I had ever heard before. My friend was right, it was noisy and the band had a really distictive and strange sound. About 3 months later I heard a track from the album â?? the one about the Jazz critics eating habits - on BBC Radio1's John Peel Show and thought, "That doesn't sound right, what's going on." I had a proper look at the label, and with mounting horror, realised I had been playing it at 33rpm rather than the correct 45rpm. I got to discover the whole album again - 2 for the price of one! I still sometimes play it at the wrong speed to people who don't know Zorn's work, just for a laff, and to remind me what a dolt I was - and probably still am!! *** Zorn is a genius, someone who has changed music forever, a fact recognised by the MacArthur Foundation in 2006, much to the chagrin of moderate American opinion as typified here: MacArthur Foundation honours JOHN ZORN:{4A099024-6AC9-4CAE-AAD3-B5A64B241DD1}¬oc=1

By: Massimo Magee

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 03:27:35 +0000

speaking of Brötzmann, I'm surprised no-one mentioned Die Like a Dog, or the two solos 'No Nothing' and 'Nothing to Say'. Those are some great records.

By: Jon Turney

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 10:42:36 +0000

Blimey - I forgot to check in for a couple of weeks. Big mistake, and still digesting all this fascinating comment. The tracks you've highlighted certainly convince me I missed some essential stuff. Thanks! This remains the most worthwhile music blog I niow by a long way. Have now hunted down a copy of the Dave Douglas and delivery is eagerly awaited...

By: godoggo

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 06:31:55 +0000 "I much prefer the latter," I mean, of course, "I much prefer the former." ...and one more not-really jazz thing: my best '90s musical memories were, as I mentioned, those Nels Cline New Music Monday gigs (memorable opening acts: Bobby Bradford quintet, Leo Smith/Sonship Theus Duo, Charles Gayle, Doug Webb 3 John Coltrane tribute followed by NC3 Stuart Whitman tribue, Wayne Kramer, Joe Baiza and the Mecolodiacs), but wait, there's more, I recently realized how much I missed by being out of country out of country while Nels was in the Geraldine Fibbers, when I saw this video:

By: godoggo

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 06:01:11 +0000

OK, must post a response to the response about Mano Negra; I'm afraid that Casa Babylon is the only album I'm heard, and Clandestino is the only Manu Chao, but I much prefer the latter, and it seems to me that I've read that it has better production than their other albums; it's an excellent listen, but you can tell they're the sort of band you really have to experience live... ...much like oZomotli, who always struck me as kind of he American Mano Negra, at least in the old days; first time I saw them, it was about the most explosive thing I'd seen since D. Boone's girlfriend fell asleep at the wheel, though last time I saw them, they seemed alarmingly professional; we'll see how they are next Sunday; the studio recordings I've heard have left me kind of cold, though there used to be some ferocious live stuff on their website, long gone alas... Actually, my favorite non-jazz album of the '90s was Beyond and Back: The X Anthology, which wasn't actually recorded during the decade for the most part, of course, but disk one was something very close to the X album I'd long dreamed of.