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    Unless it's Staffordshire oatcakes (it isn't)

    Unless it's Staffordshire oatcakes (it isn't)
  2. Thread: Elephant9

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    I love the first two albums. They seemed to me...

    I love the first two albums. They seemed to me like an almost perfect amalgm of Emerson doing the Barbarian with deep groove psyched out space rock. It's a fairly recondite musical seam, but they...
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    I've always thought the solo on Tormato bore a...

    I've always thought the solo on Tormato bore a passing resemblance to the sort of sounds Dave Greenfield was making with the Stranglers at that time. I think the track pretty much stands comparison...
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    It was the Friday Night Connection that got me...

    It was the Friday Night Connection that got me into VdGG - he played Theme 1 as the backing music. I bought any number of VdGG records, trying to track that tune down - never realising that it wasn't...
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    I will be in Leuven & Brussels for 5 days next...

    I will be in Leuven & Brussels for 5 days next week. Two days for work. 3 days for drinking beer.

    I am already looking forward to renewing acquaintance with Flanders red beers such as Vichtenaar,...
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    Guitar Geek wrote "Wakeman said once that there...

    Guitar Geek wrote "Wakeman said once that there were lots of good melodies on Tales that got "bled to death" by the padding. To me, I can sort of hear what he's talking about. I can hear where...
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    ^^^ "I would definitely settle for an earlier gig...

    ^^^ "I would definitely settle for an earlier gig to hear more from Poseidon and Lizard albums (like Mars, Cirkus and Lady), like Live At Plymouth Guildhall, May 11"

    Trane, you might want to track...
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    Partly inspired by this post, I have been...

    Partly inspired by this post, I have been listening again to this show. I agree, the long Wakeman section towards the end of the Remembering is remarkable. He seems to be perpetually on the verge of...
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    https://youtu.be/FMbGZ3o1qik Kokoroko are part...

    https://youtu.be/FMbGZ3o1qik

    Kokoroko are part of the really exciting & vibrant new jazz scene in South London.
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    A not unpleasant half-baked demo,...

    A not unpleasant half-baked demo, nevertheless...& a little bit better than the majority of the bland pop-rock that Asia went on to produce.
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    Yes, a very disappointing decision, for two...

    Yes, a very disappointing decision, for two reasons, looking forwards:

    1. It's clear the the whole "hands/arms in unnatural position" criterion has been worked out by people who have little or no...
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    https://youtu.be/yaxb70VaEZs "Tanya",...

    https://youtu.be/yaxb70VaEZs

    "Tanya", performed by Dexter Gordon (tenor), with Donald Byrd (trumpet) Art Taylor (drums) Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass), & Kenny Drew (piano), from the lp One...
  13. Yep. Worked for me too. Thanks!

    Yep. Worked for me too. Thanks!
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    Sartre's Nausea.

    Sartre's Nausea.
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    https://youtu.be/FKcV2FQcIfk A Boiler Room...

    https://youtu.be/FKcV2FQcIfk

    A Boiler Room session from The Comet is Coming, from a couple of years ago. The tenor sax player is Shabaka Hutchings, who also leads Sons of Kemet.
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    In my favourite old pub in town last night, a...

    In my favourite old pub in town last night, a wonderful jazz track came on, which had influences of Pharaoh & Alice, with a beautiful searching soprano sax lead over an Indian style drone that also...
  17. Count me in amongst those who are really enjoying...

    Count me in amongst those who are really enjoying this record. It channels the best of Flying Teapot Gong, has distinct echoes of late 70s Hillage, taps into a rich seam of space rock, whilst...
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    Thanks for the heads up for this Ian. I took a...

    Thanks for the heads up for this Ian. I took a listen on Bandcamp, & immediately bought Molecules as well as Depart - & I'm really liking what I'm hearing!

    I like the production on these records...
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    Ok maybe not... £150 :O Plus, it's a blend...

    Ok maybe not... £150 :O

    Plus, it's a blend :O:O

    If I learned one thing from my PhD, it's to think twice about spending £150 on a hyped up blend!!! ;)
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    Oh, for goodness sake. I'm going to have to try...

    Oh, for goodness sake. I'm going to have to try this... I wrote my PhD thesis on phenomenology!!
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    The new (VIth) album from Papir has just been...

    The new (VIth) album from Papir has just been released - first impressions are that this is as good as anything they've released!

    https://papir.bandcamp.com/album/vi
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    I'm just starting on a limited edition bottling...

    I'm just starting on a limited edition bottling of a 2001 vintage Bowmore - aged for 13 years in sherry butt cask, with no chill filtration. It's the 639th bottle of a total of 787.

    First...
  23. I've been giving this cd pretty regular spins...

    I've been giving this cd pretty regular spins over the last few days, & the more I listen, the better it gets. The improvisations are really impressive, so organic & coherent & inventive. I'm...
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    I agree that the Eredivisie is week. I went to...

    I agree that the Eredivisie is week. I went to see Ajax playing Excelsior last season at the Amsterdam Arena, & to be honest, was pretty disappointed with the game - it was slow, lacked pace &...
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    I don't think this analysis stacks up. It doesn't...

    I don't think this analysis stacks up. It doesn't tally with what Ajax achieved in the second legs of each of the previous rounds. Nor does it fit with the fact that they hit the post in the final...
  26. Well John, you did it again with another...

    Well John, you did it again with another excellent review. I finished reading, hopped straight over to Burning Shed, & placed my order there & then!

    So, the sound is certainly a bit rough, mostly...
  27. I liked this, very much: "Beginnen wir mit Peter...

    I liked this, very much: "Beginnen wir mit Peter Hammill....Sind das überhaupt wirkliche Melodien? Es sind Hammillodien. Melodischer Sprechgesang."

    Hammillodien is even more pleasing than...
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    Yes, there are very explicit echoes of Coltrane...

    Yes, there are very explicit echoes of Coltrane in his playing & compositions, but also of Pharaoh Sanders - especially on Akhenaten & Guiding Spirit. Creation & Sacred Dimension are closer to Alice...
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    Thanks for the links to RubyRushton (in...

    Thanks for the links to RubyRushton (in particular) & Collocutor - both of which I bought pretty much immediately having had a listen!
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    It's possibly a hop, skip or a jump too far from...

    It's possibly a hop, skip or a jump too far from B.A.D. for you, but more or less anything that Adrian Sherwood produced for the On-U Sound label is worth checking out. The earlier On-U house band...
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    Hah! - well, the Grecians have been playing at St...

    Hah! - well, the Grecians have been playing at St James Park since 1904 - but prior to that, Exeter Utd & St Sidwell's Utd both played on land on the site which was also used for pigs (which were...
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    You mean "not the original one"?!! (you have...

    You mean "not the original one"?!!

    (you have to remember - this is 4th Division football - we are not regularly spoiled by this sort of quality!!!)
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    It's not the Prem - in fact, it's League 2...

    It's not the Prem - in fact, it's League 2 (Division 4 in old money) - but I thought you might like to watch this goal for the Grecians by Hiram Boateng from yesterday afternoon:

    ...
  34. ^^^ I'm guessing that part of what makes the...

    ^^^
    I'm guessing that part of what makes the vocals "strange" is that Morrison is singing in a kind of (Vegas-style) "lounge" fashion - almost like Tony Bennett. Whilst this fits with the big/swing...
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    I have recently discovered the Manchester-based...

    I have recently discovered the Manchester-based tenor sax player Nat Birchall. Sounds Almighty was an inspiring confluence of post-bop blowing with the deep grooves of roots & dub reggae.

    In the...
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    Really pleased to have been able to take this...

    Really pleased to have been able to take this opportunity to buy Tranzition, which is absolutely as good as advertised!
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    I've just bought Tranzition in the last few days,...

    I've just bought Tranzition in the last few days, & I absolutely concur with your high estimation of it - an outstanding album.
    For some reason, I don't have Desolation Row, so I'm off to hunt that...
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    Really, really, excited by the prospect of this...

    Really, really, excited by the prospect of this record, Xavier, & very happy that you're working with Steve & Cuneiform. You guys deserve each other!
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    If you like the Pearlfishers, I'd really urge you...

    If you like the Pearlfishers, I'd really urge you to check out Scottish trumpeter Colin Steele's album of exquisite jazz reimaginings of music from their back catalogue, "Diving for Pearls". He & his...
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    "It's also weird being at a jazz concert (well...

    "It's also weird being at a jazz concert (well it's not pure jazz) and being the oldest one (or almost) around ... generally, I'm amongst the younger ones."

    Haha! - this was exactly my experience...
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    https://youtu.be/_QsNoC4Xyv4 This is the title...

    https://youtu.be/_QsNoC4Xyv4

    This is the title track from the first full album by Graham Costello's Strata. This has quickly become my favourite release from 2019.
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    They're part of a really exciting scene in south...

    They're part of a really exciting scene in south London today - Ezra Collective, Maisha, Nubya Garcia, Kokoroko, Sarah Tandy, Rosie Turton, Theon Cross, Binker & Moses, Seed Ensemble, Nérija - many...
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    The idiot was me - man, I just love that line! (and the story!)

    I am totally on the opposite end of the "spectrum" - on the edge of my seat, part of me *silently* crying out for my favourites,...
  44. I wasn't having a snark because the thread had...

    I wasn't having a snark because the thread had wandered off topic. I was just trying to provide some context for why I was writing the post in the way that I did (rather than responding directly to...
  45. The OPer asked an interesting question, which...

    The OPer asked an interesting question, which hasn't really been answered by (m)any posters since - which was about how you remembered things back in 1978. I think he's right to highlight the fact...
  46. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Terribly sad news about Nick Cafardo. He was the...

    Terribly sad news about Nick Cafardo. He was the Red Sox beat reporter for whom I had the most respect. I like that he was both the very epitome of the newspaper man, but also a gentle soul who was...
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    He did more, singlehandedly, to give prog a bad...

    He did more, singlehandedly, to give prog a bad name than any other person ((at least old Rick Wakeman had a sense of humour). It wasn't whispering - it was a kind of insiders' club self-importance....
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    I absolutely agree that there is an attempt to...

    I absolutely agree that there is an attempt to produce whiskies that can appeal to a customer base brought up on "alcopops", who drink "fruit" ciders, or "fruit" gins - & for whom the appeal is the...
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    In reply to Cozy & Trane, I think that the...

    In reply to Cozy & Trane, I think that the Auchentoshan is something of an underrated malt (possibly because of the "lightness" typical of Lowland malts, which struggles to compete with, for...
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    In fact, the Scottish distillers have always used...

    In fact, the Scottish distillers have always used old casks for the maturation of their malts. In the past, they would buy up old casks that had been used by Spanish sherry producers - frequently,...
  51. As pop music, it is better than just "good",...

    As pop music, it is better than just "good", Henry! - plus, he has always been a magnificent performer.

    Whilst not to everyone's tastes, & certainly not those of the purists, his Swing When You're...
  52. Apologies, Top Cat, if you already know this -...

    Apologies, Top Cat, if you already know this - but you might want to check out the work Horn did with the ZTT label in the early/mid-80s - the most well-known act was Frankie Goes to Hollywood, but...
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    Irmin Schmidt's musical pretensions are so...

    Irmin Schmidt's musical pretensions are so totally put into perspective by Bez.

    At first glance, the loping, loose, groove of Halleluwah seems to be more or less the polar opposite of the tight,...
  54. With regards to broadcast repeats, the original...

    With regards to broadcast repeats, the original broadcasts would typically be four episodes per series. Episodes were, essentially, 25 minutes. If the series were to be edited into a continuous...
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    Tender is the Night, by Scott Fitzgerald.

    Tender is the Night, by Scott Fitzgerald.
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    Really interested to hear what you make of it! I...

    Really interested to hear what you make of it! I like Pynchon a lot, but I think M&D is his crowning achievement.
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    And they might well be right.

    And they might well be right.
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    Haha! - not aiming for the insult, Duncan - but...

    Haha! - not aiming for the insult, Duncan - but trying to capture the Talisker's very distinctive nose. I'd add iodine & brine to flavours/scents that you can pick up on the nose.

    I recall many,...
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    I'd add John Kelman to your list, Ian. I have...

    I'd add John Kelman to your list, Ian. I have learnt so much from his writing for All About Jazz, & from the follow-up discussions that he contributes to so generously.
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    Ok, so that thread about Urban is now my new...

    Ok, so that thread about Urban is now my new favourite memory!

    Similar to your connection with Kavus, I have been privileged to find friendship with Xavier from Ghost Rhythms. Not only do I...
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