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Sunday, 10 May 2020


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You locked yesterdays comments. No. Not GoPro.

If you want to have your mind blown, look at Lenovo Mirage. You take a photo, or video, in 180 degree, dual 4K, 3D virtual reality.

Viewing these (using a simple Google Cardboard box) over your mobile phone is like playing rewind with your mind. Cinéma vérité. You ARE there.

Currently under $100 USD on amazon.com.au. Yes, one hundred dollars, brand new.

Level 4, thank you very much. Giant steps. A Love Supreme. Kind of Blue. I'm so white bread...

Very sad about Lee Konitz. I confess I haven't listened to him as much as I would like but he's on The Birth Of The Cool sounding amazing and that would be enough.

Ethan Iverson has some great articles about and with Lee Konitz. This one is my favorite and has actually changed me as a musician a little bit.


I don't understand anything this guys saying but levels 2 (2:08) and 7 (8:58) sound almost the same to me. I like both. An occasional dash of habenero would be nice too.

thanks for pointing out "alone together". very delicious indeed.


Saw that Konitz had died a few weeks ago. Really long, distinguished career, and there's a good sampling on Spotify. I had him on a terrific album I had back in high school in the '70's (recorded in '68), "Alto Summit, with Pony Pindexter, Phil Woods and Leo Wright.

We've lost a bunch of jazz greats in this period.

So sad he had to die, especially of the virus. I played alto when young, professionally even for a while. My life might have been totally different if I had heard Lee Konitz play back then. Never heard him. Loved the sample you shared. Sad I never heard him. I will hear a lot of him now.

This is a really great recording Lee Konitz recording:


[An original vintage vinyl copy of that is one of the few genuine treasures in my record collection. Great record. --Mike]

That's an awesome tutorial (7 Levels of Jazz). Next time I'm singing in choir, I'll just point out that I'm doing 'non-functional harmony...'

Thanks Mike!

When the scribe at T.O.P. writes about music it is invariably the most lovely thing I will read that day. Thank you.


It's amazing to know how many great jazz musicians couldn't read music, let alone navigate through a course in music theory...geeeeez

Have you seen this? Thinking that you would have something to say about the photographer/audiophile connection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe5FP8k7nxU

[That kind of illustrates why I don't like videos. First of all I had to speed it up to 1.5X to make Dave sound normal speed, while Steve was talking like a chipmunk. Meanwhile, they spent 20 minutes saying things they really could have written down in 10 paragraphs, and which I could have read in 90 seconds. I don't know, maybe I'm just used to taking in information in written form, and more comfortable with it. Thanks though--I did watch it. --Mike]

"The Seven Levels of Jazz Harmony" is what happens when intellectualization overrides feeling. Same thing happened to classical in the late 19th Century, and to rock in the 1980s and 1990s. Same thing happened to visual art around the turn of the 20th Century.

Here's John's basic insight on music: "If women can't dance to it, it sucks."

Completely off-topic and with nothing to do with this post except that it involves music: I'm sitting at my computer and in the background my wife is listening to an enormously long Bruce Springsteen movie/video and I can hear violins and cellos, and was struck by the sudden realization that Springsteen is the Lawrence Welk of the rock generation. All he needs is a bubble machine.

I had a brilliant friend at my local bookshop/record store. When I expressed an interest in jazz, he pulled out 5 records and gave them to me and told me to go home and listen to them all for a while, then come in and give him my impressions. From those he sold me two of them and three new ones that fit my taste. From there he guided me through the music until I could choose my own. Thank you Hoon.

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