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  1. John Kelman Interviewed About ECM Fecords by Brian Imig for WZRD Radio

    My interview with Brian Imig on WZRD radio last weekend is now available, for those interested. The focus is on ECM Records, with some anecdotes, some larfs...just a whole lotta fun!

    About an...
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    I think they're great. Here are some reviews of...

    I think they're great. Here are some reviews of Steven's remixes:

    https://www.allaboutjazz.com/the-yes-album-definitive-edition-cd-blu-ray-by-john-kelman.php...
  3. Just to repeat, from the time, why Orpheum was so...

    Just to repeat, from the time, why Orpheum was so short. Jakko had the (unenviable) task of going through every multi-track from every show (there were, I believe something like 100 microphones on...
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    While I agree both live sets are, indeed, great...

    While I agree both live sets are, indeed, great (though one is with Holdsworth, the other Etheridge, and you forgot to mention Cuneiform's Switzerland 1974 live CD/DVD album with AH), I can't agree...
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    Weird, as price at Burning Shed was (and still...

    Weird, as price at Burning Shed was (and still is) £14.99, excl. VAT, so total w/ shipping is £20.93, so about $34 CAD, vs Amazon.ca, which is listed at $48.05 CAD, but then, even with free shipping...
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    Unusually for us North Americans, in Europe...

    Unusually for us North Americans, in Europe prices usually include VAT (taxes), and sites like Amazon UK/UK/FR/DE and (thankfully) even indie sites like Burning Shed remove the tax if you're ordering...
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    The Rendell Carr albums are also available, for...

    The Rendell Carr albums are also available, for those interested, in high res at HDTracks and ProStudioMasters. The sound great!
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    I don't agree. I think Solar Plexus and...

    I don't agree. I think Solar Plexus and Belladonna sure superb, as is Labyrinth. Roots is very good too, just not quite as...after those, the albums are good but not exceptional.

    If you check out...
  9. Actually, there's 90 tracks never before released...

    Actually, there's 90 tracks never before released commercially, making it plenty worthwhile, at least IMO. Add significantly upgraded mixes and masters, and then really our older releases to shame,...
  10. They're already there...for 3-4x the original...

    They're already there...for 3-4x the original sticker price, and I expect that to only rise as time goes on....
  11. Indeed...though you might be surprised to learn...

    Indeed...though you might be surprised to learn that there were still copies available in the week leading up to street, and it only sold out a couple days before it was released.
  12. Thank you for the kind words and for taking the...

    Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to read it!

    I'd have loved the big box, too...but I couldn't afford the 38-disc version and there weren't any promos available (though this was...
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    Yes, I do. The sound, in its price range is top...

    Yes, I do. The sound, in its price range is top notch. Having two microSD card s,Otis means you can have a collection of cards, as I do, that you can swap out/in as you wish; it has both balanced...
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    Nope. While rare, there are still some who use...

    Nope. While rare, there are still some who use reel-to-reel: heck, online audiophile stores like Elusivedisc.com actually sell 1/4" reel versions of some titles, though the same "buyer beware" still...
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    I use a CAYIN n5iis, which supports two 400gb...

    I use a CAYIN n5iis, which supports two 400gb cards in addition to 64mb on-board memory, of which I can use most to store additional music files. So I can have close to 1TB available to me at any...
  16. Good question! But, of course, the 50th...

    Good question! But, of course, the 50th Anniversary series can't answer that question, given its audio-only ;)

    Thanks for investing even just some of your time to scan the review...I do hope, if...
  17. Indeed. I did mention this one because it was not...

    Indeed. I did mention this one because it was not declined, at least, without the reason I've mentioned before:



    Not that it hurt their burgeoning success, but still, Graham was a real bastard...
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    Well, these days, if you've got a good home...

    Well, these days, if you've got a good home system, you can mirror it to some degree with higher end portable players, ranging from a few hundred bucks (my range) to some in the thousands of dollars....
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    Sorry. I'm not a particularly PC guy but I AM...

    Sorry. I'm not a particularly PC guy but I AM Jewish, and I'm today's climate, I'm quite a bit more sensitive than I was before 2016. That said, there is some truth that terms like Nazi,...
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    Good point! Thanks for that! food for thought.......

    Good point! Thanks for that! food for thought....


    Yup. The bottom line is: it doesn't matter what the medium is. If it's poorly mastered it's gonna sound like shite, no matter what the...
  21. I repeat, so worth it I'll do it twice: :D :D

    I repeat, so worth it I'll do it twice: :D :D
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    I look at it from purely technical perspectives....

    I look at it from purely technical perspectives. So, amongst the issues that render this current lineup problematic for me, and fairly consistently, so just pick any more uptempo tune as an...
  23. :D

    :D
  24. Yes, it was god-awful from the perspective of...

    Yes, it was god-awful from the perspective of nearly half a million people doing what people must do in a field that became a muddy mess with three rainstorms. Still, that it was largely an audience...
  25. They had plenty of film ... as per my review: ...

    They had plenty of film ... as per my review:



    And



    You can read more in the review, in the chapter titled 'The Challenge Of Creating WoodstockóBack To The Garden"
  26. Yes. The 18 minute Halfbreed Medley is in the...

    Yes. The 18 minute Halfbreed Medley is in the 10CD box, the entire set in the 38...(as I mention in my review ;) )...
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    There's no doubt that every musician has good,...

    There's no doubt that every musician has good, better and best nights, along with some they feel don't really meet their personal expectations. That said, of groups/artists at this level, I expect a...
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    This is nothing but opinion, but I'd wager Howe...

    This is nothing but opinion, but I'd wager Howe is fully aware of his deficiencies (Most people are their own worst critics), but I think two things may contribute to why he still does it: one, the...
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    Many labels these days are not intimately (or...

    Many labels these days are not intimately (or even generally) involved in production; instead, with the artists assuming all financial risk when it comes to recording and pre/post-production, the...
  30. Thanks, man! Re: Rhino? I tried but no dice. That...

    Thanks, man! Re: Rhino? I tried but no dice. That was, of course, before the publicist read it (or will read it), so hope springs eternal that he'll reconsider. This was a challenge as (a: there was...
  31. You bought the 38 disc box? I'm so jealous!! (But...

    You bought the 38 disc box? I'm so jealous!! (But thanks for the kind words!)....
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    I don't see why all formats should be created...

    I don't see why all formats should be created (and priced) equally. Hard high res media like SACD takes more to master and produce. As for high res downloads? Sure (though if you get on high res...
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    I agree completely. Norway adopted (well,...

    I agree completely. Norway adopted (well, re-adopted!) vinyl more than seven years ago. In 2012 I wrote liners for Arve Henriksen's reissue of his (then) Complete Rune Grammofon discography, with...
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    I Yup. ECM has begun, in the past few weeks, to...

    I
    Yup. ECM has begun, in the past few weeks, to release as high res downloads and streams only, something like 40 regular and JAPO albums that have never been available in any format since their...
  35. Me too, but the 10-disc box is terrific, and it...

    Me too, but the 10-disc box is terrific, and it looks like full sets are being released, one or two a week. I've already picked up BS&T and Tim Hardin.
  36. AAJ Review: WoodstockóBack To The Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience

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    My review of Woodstock—Back To The Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience, today at All About Jazz.

    First...
  37. AAJ Review: WoodstockóBack To The Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience

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    My review of WoodstockóBack To The Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience, today at All About Jazz.

    First...
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    I also love the Ottawa, 1969 show included, in...

    I also love the Ottawa, 1969 show included, in part, in the most recent Tommy Deluxe (:roll), because...

    I was at the show. It was the first rock show my parents would allow me to attend...and...
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    He truly was loved by many...especially in Norway.

    He truly was loved by many...especially in Norway.
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    Thanks for sharing, Jake! For me, knowing Paolo...

    Thanks for sharing, Jake! For me, knowing Paolo (met a number of times, kept in touch fairly regularly), this was a particularly hard one. But he was the most positive guy in the world, and while...
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    I'm glad you said "sometimes," because if this is...

    I'm glad you said "sometimes," because if this is your general impression, I can tell you, not just from my own experience as a music journalist/writer (I hate the term critic, to be honest), but...
  42. My pleasure...truly. Though I am now paying for...

    My pleasure...truly. Though I am now paying for those five evenings in a very big way. Likely need a couple weeks to rest before I can get going again... :(
  43. Thread: Elephant9

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    I wasn't offended; I even commented positively on...

    I wasn't offended; I even commented positively on your observations in the first two paragraphs of your post. So no worries at all, man, truly.


    And, clearly, fair enough if that's what you were...
  44. AAJ Review: 2019 Festival International de Jazz de Montrťal

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    My review of the first five nights at this year's Festival International de Jazz de Montrťal, today at All...
  45. Thread: Elephant9

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    Thanks....and I'd love it, were it to happen,...

    Thanks....and I'd love it, were it to happen, also...but I'd not hold my breath!!
  46. Thread: Elephant9

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    Yeah...they sent me a DVD a few years back, with...

    Yeah...they sent me a DVD a few years back, with StŚle guesting. Really great stuff...and I wish I was still able to travel and see some of these bands...but, sadly, unless things change, it's not...
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    Honestly? While I enjoyed the experience...

    Honestly? While I enjoyed the experience curating, I've gotta tell you that the organization of the festival left a whole lot to be desired. So, I'm in Ireland with my wife, visiting her family after...
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    Deserved from whose perspective? Certainly not...

    Deserved from whose perspective? Certainly not ours. E9 is connected with the overall Norwegian scene, and I'm sure that if they wanted a more flamboyant guitarist they not only could have, but would...
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    Ivar would be great. I met him a few times back...

    Ivar would be great. I met him a few times back in my traveling days and, while it's definitely not his preferred wheelhouse, I got the impression he'd be just fine with E9.

    We hear a lot of...
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    Refine Fiske has been on earlier E9 albums, but...

    Refine Fiske has been on earlier E9 albums, but his style is not a "dominant" kinda guitar thing, so you're perspective is spot-on.

    Not to toot my horn, but I was actually partly responsible for...
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    My pleasure! Thank YOU for taking the time to...

    My pleasure! Thank YOU for taking the time to read it all. Yeah, I started and exchange with Pat as I thought we all (myself included) needed to know what went into reconstruKcting the...
  52. AAJ Review: Bill Bruford, Earthworks Complete

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    My review of Bill Bruford's Earthworks Complete Box set, today at All About Jazz.

    Since retiring as a...
  53. Thread: Weather Report

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    Just FYI, Jack's amazing take on "Donna Lee"...

    Just FYI, Jack's amazing take on "Donna Lee" isn't on any of Weather Report's original discography; it is the opening track on the bassist's 1976 eponymous Epic Records debut. It may be true that...
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    And, since I'm a pathological bitcher about...

    And, since I'm a pathological bitcher about Spotify, I just want to add (whether or not anyone cares, but just so it's clear I'm not hardlined on the subject): you are another one of the good guys....
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    My comment about "we all draw our own lines in...

    My comment about "we all draw our own lines in the sand"? Add this: we all pick our own battles.

    Just FYI, my first wife was a vegan when I met her (which is why I used that as an example). Which...
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    All good, and thanks. Only thing I will say, in...

    All good, and thanks. Only thing I will say, in my defence (and this is from memory...if I'm wrong, well, I'll apologize again!), is that I wasn't the first to raise the negative Spotify stuff...or...
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    I don't believe so...at least, not yet...

    I don't believe so...at least, not yet...
  58. Great to hear you help musicians with the...

    Great to hear you help musicians with the technical side of archiving their work in ways that are as secure as possible. I find this Radiohead story both upsetting and uplifting: upsetting, that...
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    I'm not sure if I keep putting my foot in my...

    I'm not sure if I keep putting my foot in my mouth with you :D.

    Frankly, with this additional clarification, I'd suggest, even further, that you are, at least for me, the perfect Spotify user -...
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    No, the thanks truly are all mine. Most...

    No, the thanks truly are all mine.


    Most professional musicians don't :)


    And I (as I'm sure everyone here would agree) am very happy that you do. But I also appreciate your saying that it...
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