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  1. Turned out we were pretty much right, Ian. Root...

    Turned out we were pretty much right, Ian. Root has had a middling to poor series. Smith has been transcendent. Take Smith out of Australia's team, & they're not taking the Ashes back home with them.
  2. Hah! - good point. In their (although I think...

    Hah! - good point. In their (although I think Wynton is more guilty of this than Branford) attempts to (re-)kindle the authentic spirit of jazz, they have actually performed in more or less direct...
  3. And another one

    And another one
  4. Pretty much this! Absent Lovers is definitive. ...

    Pretty much this! Absent Lovers is definitive.

    Meltdown is superb, & the band clearly feed off the enthusiasm of the audience. But Chicago is just a wee notch higher for me - the sheer power of...
  5. Thanks, Jim, for taking the time to share this...

    Thanks, Jim, for taking the time to share this fascinating (if, indeed, nerdy!) story. It really transports us back to a time (at the "birth of prog") when things were very, very, different!
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    Thanks for sharing this video - obviously, it's...

    Thanks for sharing this video - obviously, it's hard to make comparisons & relative judgements based on camera phone captures of live performances - but this strikes me as being on a whole different...
  7. Apparently, ball tracking didn't detect the flick...

    Apparently, ball tracking didn't detect the flick on the front pad, & read it as spin when it went on to hit the back pad - so, it's possible the umpire's decision was more accurate than...
  8. For me, what sets Stokes' innings on a different...

    For me, what sets Stokes' innings on a different level from Botham at Headingly in 81, & Flintoff at Edgbaston in 05, was the context.

    Botham & Flintoff swung momentum in games, deliriously so....
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    In the Ship Inn, Porthleven... 13307...

    In the Ship Inn, Porthleven...
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    ...drinking Porthleven, from the Skinners Brewery:
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    Nothing quite like drinking a truly great beer, in the place for which it is brewed.
  10. Stokes is on another level to both Flintoff &...

    Stokes is on another level to both Flintoff & Botham. Some of the shots he played defied belief. But, ultimately, his sheer will to win, & the way he channeled it across the whole course of that...
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    Thanks for this, Steve (& for supporting GR!)....

    Thanks for this, Steve (& for supporting GR!). I'm in that part of Europe which, for reasons unknown to itself, no longer wants to be part of Europe.

    (In fact, at this very moment, I'm about as...
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    More "new" Coltrane. Oh yes!

    More "new" Coltrane.

    Oh yes!
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    Xavier - will this recording be available to buy...

    Xavier - will this recording be available to buy as a cd within the EU? (of course, we may not be available in the EU, but perhaps the music will be...)

    I went through the ordering process on the...
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    And new Ghost Rhythms around the same time,...

    And new Ghost Rhythms around the same time, courtesy of Cuneiform...
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    So, this thread sent me back to the Symphonic...

    So, this thread sent me back to the Symphonic dvd.

    Things that stood out for me: how much joy there was on stage (band & orchestra); just how much "soul" there is in the "playing" of, in...
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    The five-fer box-set is still available:...

    The five-fer box-set is still available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/5-Original-Albums-Wayne-Shorter/dp/B01KL0L9CQ/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_2, as is JuJu...
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    If you like Hammond organ driven prog, you might...

    If you like Hammond organ driven prog, you might want to explore the niche that contains a number of bands that were playing in the UK in the early 70s, & between whom a number of band members moved,...
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    Funnily enough, it was Footprints Live! that was...

    Funnily enough, it was Footprints Live! that was my "gateway" into Shorter. I caught the Quartet at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, back around 2001/2002, & knew little or nothing about them, other...
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    From Rafa to perennially not quite good enough...

    From Rafa to perennially not quite good enough Bruce is a big step down, Ian, for a club the is really beginning to feel like it could soon be following its North East "rivals" Sunderland &, erm,...
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    It's really hard to credit - in what amounted to...

    It's really hard to credit - in what amounted to four years, Shorter recorded for Blue Note: Night Dreamer, JuJu (1964); Speak No Evil, The Soothsayer, Et Cetera, & The All Seeing Eye (1965); Adam's...
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    I really like this period of Shorter's work. He...

    I really like this period of Shorter's work. He recorded seven sessions for Blue Note in a short period in the mid-60s, around the time he was also settling in with Miles' Quintet. In these, he's...
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    https://youtu.be/xe7l9Kt4TG0 There are times,...

    https://youtu.be/xe7l9Kt4TG0

    There are times, listening to music, when you find yourself brought up short - by a beautiful melody, a special moment of musicianship...

    Today, listening to Wayne...
  23. A snapshot of the strengths & weaknesses of both...

    A snapshot of the strengths & weaknesses of both teams: Take Smith out of the lineup, & Aus could go home now. He is a phenomenon - his technique breaks more or less every rule; but he has a superb...
  24. But, sharing also wasn't in the rules. Both...

    But, sharing also wasn't in the rules.

    Both teams knew the rules in advance of the final over(s). On that criterion, & that criterion alone, it was a fair outcome.

    Now, whether or not you...
  25. Just got hold of this. It really is wonderful, &...

    Just got hold of this. It really is wonderful, & Eno's accompanying words are powerful & moving.

    For All Mankind may be a slight step down from Apollo - but only because the latter is such a...
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    Frank - I'm so glad that you had such a good...

    Frank - I'm so glad that you had such a good time.

    But, I can't believe it - I was in Edinburgh for my daughter's graduation two weeks ago. If only I'd figured out the dates, I'd have considered...
  27. This one is almost impossible to understand if...

    This one is almost impossible to understand if you're a diehard cricket fan. How do you even begin to explain what happened to anyone else?

    New Zealand got virtually no luck today - alongside the...
  28. Thread: Elephant9

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    Wtf are you doing, frittering away your time...

    Wtf are you doing, frittering away your time texting, Scrot, when you should be focusing on the matters at hand?

    As to the thready matters at hand, I think I prefer Part 1 to Part 2. I think the...
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    This is very sad news indeed. I did not know that...

    This is very sad news indeed. I did not know that he had been dealing with cancer.

    Despite my reservations about Tommy Smith (with whom I played once, when he was still a young teenager), I...
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    Hah! This characterisation is spot on! Nice one :)

    Hah! This characterisation is spot on! Nice one :)
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    Time to get cranking all over again: ...

    Time to get cranking all over again:

    https://lamagaia.bandcamp.com/album/garage-space-vol-1

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    ("garage"; "space"; & "vol 1"!!!!)

    (Alabamian Horologists clocks in, so to speak, at over...
  32. Thread: Elephant9

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    Listening to Vol 1 right now. Absolutely loving...

    Listening to Vol 1 right now. Absolutely loving it. Take a Hammond grunge groove, then drive the pulse to ever higher degrees of warped intensity. Magic!
  33. Thread: MLB 2019

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    So, some impressions from the London Series... ...

    So, some impressions from the London Series...

    The balance was around 70%/30%, maybe even 75%/25% US to UK fans. Most of the UK fans were already Red Sox or Yankees fans. I suspect there will...
  34. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Travelling from Bruxelles to London on Saturday...

    Travelling from Bruxelles to London on Saturday with my eldest - she is popping for her first ever Red Sox game (one day, I'll be able to to go to Fenway with her).

    I have my old Wade Boggs...
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    In Leuven, the Rodenbach Alexander - on tap....

    In Leuven, the Rodenbach Alexander - on tap. Stunning. Signature Oude Bruin, macerated with sour cherries. One of the best beers I've ever tasted.

    Also - Geuze Marriage Parfait (2014) — in any...
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    Unless it's Staffordshire oatcakes (it isn't)

    Unless it's Staffordshire oatcakes (it isn't)
  37. 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...
  48. 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...
  52. 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...
  58. 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...
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