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Tuesday, 11 August 2009

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Excellent album! I'm going to listen to it now. It's a pleasure to read that you love it too. Seriously...makes me smile!-)...

Ah yes, ink and paper costs have been on the rise. Oh hang on, that was because the $CAD was doing so badly against the USD for a while. Perhaps True Blue is Canadian too? Still, I expect ink and paper prices have been on the rise in the USA as well. I should think materials costs on a letter size print must run to nearly two dollars by now, assuming they use really really good paper.

"Excellent album! I'm going to listen to it now. It's a pleasure to read that you love it too. Seriously...makes me smile!-)..."

nicomine,
An album I've been enjoying recently is "Consenting Adults" by MTB (Brad Mehldau, Mark Turner, and Peter Bernstein). It's a new record, and a bit smooth-y and lounge-y compared to the '60s hardbop that purportedly inspired it, but you might like that one too.

Mike

Mark Turner's consenting adults was recorded in 1994... 15 years ago, not exactly "new". Good record nevertheless...

"Mark Turner's consenting adults was recorded in 1994...15 years ago, not exactly 'new.'"

Sorry...I meant new relative to Cool Struttin', which was recorded in 1958. I guess compared to most of the music I listen to, 1994 is new....

Mike

Many thanks for the advice. I'll make a pleasant listening this evening. Do not hesitate to review some albums sometimes if you like. It's interesting to share. So many interest and time passes so fast...

Nicolas

exactly what I thought. Hey, as I have never heard of Sonny Clark until reading your post here, I started to look him up. Managed to download an album called Blues Mambo (I think it was initially released as Jazz Trio or something like that). I can't stop listening to it since yesterday...
Anyway, while looking up Sonny Clark I stumbled upon this very nice jazz blog jazzwax.com; I'd thought I should signal it to you as it has a lot of good jazz photography, including lots of interesting album covers.

I agree with James. Material costs for a print that size can't be more than $2. There's nothing wrong with raising prices to what the market will bear, but don't insult our intelligence by claiming that it's due to cost of meterials.

With Mike's knowledge of all things musical, I've always felt a column called "10 Great Jazz Albums for People Who Don't Like Jazz" would be fun and insightful. Might even help some of us jump-start our collections.

"I've always felt a column called "10 Great Jazz Albums for People Who Don't Like Jazz" would be fun and insightful. Might even help some of us jump-start our collections."

Mark,
I've actually been working, on and off again, on a post called "A Jazz Starter Kit." I feel pretty strongly that people often start out with masterpieces that really require a deep level of initiation to really appreciate--and as a result they don't really see the point, don't really enjoy the music, and get turned off of jazz. People getting into it should listen to different music than the standard "masterpieces"--not less good, just different and easier to get. You've got to develop the "jazz feeling" first, and that takes some time for people who basically only know backbeat rock.

Despite your compliment I really don't know anything about music, despite being a dedicated and enthusiastic listener. But I'll keep working on that post and maybe it will be okay anyway.

Mike

Mike, I think you would be surprised at how many readers enjoy your comments on music. There's not many people who can appreciate Sonny Clark in one post and Throwing Muses in another. Looking forward to "A Jazz Starter Kit."

Ah, but jazz is such a huge thing, how could you possibly compile a starter kit?

Me, I live in an environment that's absolutely nuts for free jazz. And I hate most of it, although some of it, in the right setting, is phenomenal. But it has to be live, not recorded.

Take Ken Vandermark, for instance. He received the MacArthur Fellowship, which is apparently a big deal in the US, but the first concert I listened to left me completely cold. Still, the pictures I took of that were OK.

The second concert, same setting (a small bar in the middle of nowhere in the northern Balkans, maybe 50 people in the audience) was pure magic.

Then again, Renaud Garcia Fons, who is pretty much the opposite of free jazz, well, I listened to his CDs for hours on end, and I was completely absorbed. And then he came to the same little bar and played the absolutely worst set I ever heard.

What I'm trying to say is, any starter kit you assemble would be flawed by design. There's music that has to be experienced live and there's music that sounds better on a record. And, sad as that is, there is some great music that has been lost forever because nobody recorded it.

(If I could be forgiven a bit of shameless self-promotion, here are the pictures from the second Vandermark concert, which I consider to be reasonably good. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=17166&id=1485465041&l=d9ab30ebd5 )

Juze,
Those are more than reasonably good. I love #14.

Mike

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