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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    John McLaughlin is 75 today! Born Jan 4th 1942 Yorkshire England
    Happy birthday, Mr. McLaughlin.

    My wife and I listened to a couple of cuts from Birds of Fire last night. My Lord, Billy Cobham is a monster on that album. I saw that band warm up for King Crimson some time around 1973. My ears were ringing for three days afterward. But it was worth it.

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    ^^ (reply to tortkis)

    In my opinion yes because of the folk roots of this music. The most obvious reason being that a large part of Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Greece, Rumania, Yugoslavia and Hungary) was part of the Ottoman (Turkish) empire which has influenced culture and (folk) music. Hungary itself was part of the Ottoman empire for 150 years but adjacent parts in Eastern Europe for a much longer period. Although the Hungarians have always been a somewhat separate people (because of their Finno-Ugric origin and language amongst mainly Slav peoples) Bartok and Kodaly primarily went out in search of folk music they connected with in southeastern direction (including Turkey where Bartok worked with the Turkish composer Saygun) so they must have felt a connection to the music of those parts.

    Personally I have always felt that Hungarian (folk-influenced) and other Southeastern European music is somehow 'central' between Western and Eastern music which might explain my fascination.
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    ^ Thanks for your informative post, Casebearer. It aroused my interest in Hungarian music, since I recently listened to some Iranian classic music and liked it. I recalled reading a book about Bartók's study on Hungarian folk music (not about his compositions) but forgot most of the contents. I want to read it again.

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    I love Iranian (classical) music myself also. I've still got three cassette tapes somewhere of a Dutch radio documentary on Iranian music I found very interesting at the time.

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    James Brandon Lewis...........


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    I'll be seeing him in concert in two months!

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    R.I.P. (except for jazz) Nat Hentoff (91). His Down Beat writings were singularly responsible for whetting my interest in jazz.



    https://twitter.com/Nick_Hentoff/sta...776320?lang=en

    http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/ny...dead.html?_r=0

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_Hentoff

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    I just received this SACD--wow, the musicians are practically in the room with me!

    "Muß es sein?"
    "Es muß sein!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    R.I.P. (except for jazz) Nat Hentoff (91). His Down Beat writings were singularly responsible for whetting my interest in jazz.
    I have his book The Jazz Life. Today I reread the chapter about the Sketches of Spain session, a vivid description of the historical studio recording. (Conversations about the drum set location and the horn player's radio were so funny.)

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    Another great piece by the master of Hungarian folk influenced jazz. Hajnal means Dawn.


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    I got some older vinyl from a friend lately. One of them is Louis Jordan's - Remember Louis Jordan (Fontana 6430 114).

    I had completely the wrong associations beforehand. It's nice lighthearted and sometimes humorous rhythm & blues with calypso and southamerican vibes and jazzy accompaniment. Not completely my style but quality music and okay for a change.

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    Continuing with my friends vinyl I've been listening to Jimmy Smiths' - The History of Jimmy Smith (a double album).

    Jimmy Smith has been called the father of acid jazz playing his Hammond B-3 organ both in hard bop and jazz funk/fusion style.
    Not my absolute favorite but always a pleasure to hear a good Hammond organ.

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    Hi All. I'm New Here. I've Been Listening To Esbjörn Svensson trio's Live In Hamburg Lately. Genre : Contemporary Jazz
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    Listening now to Art Blakey's Theory of Art. This is a digitally remastered compilation cd that essentially is Night in Tunesia from 1957 by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers with two bonus tracks by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Plus Four (including Wynton Kelly, Lee Morgan and Cecil Payne).

    Superb hard bop with great playing by Jackie McLean and Johnny Griffin on alto and tenor sax and Bill Hardman on trumpet. But it's really outstanding in the hard bop repertoire because of the great percussive intros by Art.

    His theory works with me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casebearer View Post
    Listening now to Art Blakey's Theory of Art. This is a digitally remastered compilation cd that essentially is Night in Tunesia from 1957 by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers with two bonus tracks by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Plus Four (including Wynton Kelly, Lee Morgan and Cecil Payne).

    Superb hard bop with great playing by Jackie McLean and Johnny Griffin on alto and tenor sax and Bill Hardman on trumpet. But it's really outstanding in the hard bop repertoire because of the great percussive intros by Art.

    His theory works with me!

    Art Blakey Theory of Art.jpg
    There isn' t a bad moment in Blakey's and his fellows recordings. Everything is top notch.

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