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    New Jazz: tradition or technology?

    Courtney Pine: "Back in the day", 2000, Verve EU, 543 580-1.
    Perfect dynamics/pressing.
    With Acid Jazz back in the new week. With a swing.
    Listen to Curtis Mayfield's "Hardtimes" A3.
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    Slickaphonics, Modern Life, 1984, Enja Germany, 4062

    Witty and bold compositions. Tradition, technics and prowess. Direct metal mastering by TELDEC. Listen to guitar solo by Allan Jaffe in "Slickaphonic Stomp" B4. Modern jazz from NYC. But is it new? At least it's all good clean fun!
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    Schildpatt, Same, 1984, Unit Switzerland, UTR 4006

    Swiss Ethno-Jazz. Why not? Anybody knows the Swiss music instrument "Hackbrett"? It's a hammered dulcimer from the Kanton Appenzell. It awakens associations to gypsy and Persian music. "Da pfeift der Wind, rumpelt der Berg, dann wieder reitet die letzte Hexe Europas auf einer Kuhherde zur Walpurgisnacht, bis zuweilen ein Gletscher durch die Gegend schlafwandelt.= The wind whistles, the mountain grumbles, and then, the last of Europe's witches rides on a cattle herd to the walpurgis night while a glacier sleep-walks around sometimes." (liner notes on inner sheet) Na, ja...
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    The New York Jazz Quartet, Oasis, 1981, Enja Germany, 3083

    Listen to the Jazz-suite "The patient prince" B1: all acoustic, but very funky part "First sight". Great dynamics. Listen to the acoustic bass played by George Mraz. Sir Roland Hanna, piano. Gottseidank, welche Wohltat: keine Synthesizer!
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    Pat Metheny, Secret Story, 1992, Geffen Germany, GEF 24 468, 2 LP

    The first problem is there's not much guitar. But the other problems are weightier: the album is dominated by dated drum machines, synthesizers and cheesy keyboards. The synthesizers pretend to be orchestras. Too much technology. No soul at all. No personality. Just MOR jazz.
    P.S.: look at the prices for this German pressing at discogs. Unbelievable! (The price is just a sign of supply/demand for an artificial market. So forget discogs' pricing!)
    P.P.S: Am i too critical of the US music business?
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    Eric Gale, Let's Stay Together, 1988, Artful Balance USA, ABI 7215

    He was one of the best studio guitar players. But what crap did he produce on this one?! Too much dumb technology. "Stuff" was an inspired band of superb musicians. But this one has no soul at all. Don't listen to "I heard it through the grapevine" B2: it's the ultimate sin....
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    Nordub, Sly & Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvaer, 2018, Okeh EU, 89854 0634 1, 2 LP

    2LP special edition. Grammy winning reggae legends Sly & Robbie (Black Uhuru) feat. Norwegian Jazz innovator Nil Petter Molvaer. Beyond all boundaries! Blooming meditative sound landscapes...
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    Lenny Mac Dowell, Airplay, 1980, Spiegelei Germany, INT 145.622

    Flutist Friedemann Leinert is Lenny Mac Dowell. No chance with a German name? In fact this album had no chance at all in Germany in 1980 . In 1980 the "NDW"= "Neue Deutsche Welle" was rampant like an epidemic disease. After 40 years we may find this a delectable playful psychedelic jazzrock album. Dumb NDW is (nearly) forgotten, but this one is somehow ageless. No dull minute.
    PS: anybody owns the "direct-to-disc-cut" vinyl version?
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    Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia, A Cry From The Heart, 1988, VeraBra, 21/22, 2LP

    Recorded live by Martyn Webster with the Pumacrest Mobile, 7. & 8. Nov. 1987, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London.
    Jon Hiseman dr, Phil Mulford b, Peter Lemer kb and striking guitar playing by Paul Dunne.
    Barbara Thompson: fantastic compositions and performance! "Member Of The British Empire" since 1995. Stopped her career because of Parkinson disease: https://www.melodiva.de/reports/buhn...a-thompson-gb/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz The Cat View Post
    Recorded live by Martyn Webster with the Pumacrest Mobile, 7. & 8. Nov. 1987, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London.
    Jon Hiseman dr, Phil Mulford b, Peter Lemer kb and striking guitar playing by Paul Dunne.
    Barbara Thompson: fantastic compositions and performance! "Member Of The British Empire" since 1995. Stopped her career because of Parkinson disease: https://www.melodiva.de/reports/buhn...a-thompson-gb/
    Superb
    live recording conditions.

    There is more. In 2003 she returned to performing and recorded at least through 2013. She is 77 now.

    Thank you for the tip. I have been streaming her on Amazon Music and she is a very interesting player and composer.
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    Barbara Thompson

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducatista47 View Post
    There is more. In 2003 she returned to performing and recorded at least through 2013. She is 77 now.

    Thank you for the tip. I have been streaming her on Amazon Music and she is a very interesting player and composer.
    My (yesterday) link to a crispy solo by Barbara Thompson here: http://www.audioheritage.org/vbullet...l=1#post440677

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