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thank god the switch has been flipped!

Dry spells hurt. Resurrections are good
(poetry doesn't want immortality but ressurection) or insurrection?

It's good to plug back in.

Listening to Jazz contemplating, dancing, and writing with IT.

I really dig Brian Parker's All That Jazz. Really gets me moving.

So, I have three quick questions, if anyone cares to answer:

1) What are some great jazz/bebop albums?

2) If you feel connected with the writings of the historical avant-garde, which term sits right with you:
a) innovative poetics
b) experimental poetics
c) post-avant
d) none of the above

So, I am off to clean the cat litter.

Damn, I love the surge. God, I hate it when leaves for a few weeks!


Chris Vitiello said…
Some oft-listened-to jazz albums in my house:

Miles Davis: Miles Smiles & Bitches Brew & Nefertiti
Roland Kirk: The Inflated Tear
Thelonious Monk: Misterioso
Ornette Coleman: Tomorrow Is the Question
John Zorn's Masada: pretty much anything (the 10 brown CDs are all great)
Sun Ra: Jazz in Silhouette
Cecil Taylor: Conquistador
Chris Vitiello said…
p.s. -- would be happy to burn you copies of these things

just don't tell the big record company execs
Michael Snider said…
What Chris said, and:

Money Jungle -- Duke Ellinton playing with Max Roasch and Charlie Mingus -- is marvelous fight between jazz traditions

Anything with Joe Pass

Billie Holiday w/ Lester Young

Earlier Miles Davie -- Kind of Blue, Birth of the Cool

Dave Brubeck's album Take Five

Kronos Quartet doing Duke anbd Monk tunes -- can't think of title right now

Dizzy Gillespie -- Mambo Caribe, adn anything he did with Charlie Parker

Stefan Grapelli and Slam Stewart together

Hot Club of Paris 1935 -- Django Reinhart(sp?) and Stefan Grappeli
Ken Rumble said…
Puccini's Turandot, La Boheme
Bizet's Carmen
Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Anything with Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Kathleen Battle, or Maria Callas.

And anything by Puccini or Rossini especially.

Gertrude Stein wrote a few librettos for some good operas, but I find that understanding the words (no matter how interestingly put together) lessens my enjoyment of opera.

Laura Carter said…
I'm a huge Lonnie Liston Smith fan. Try "Astral Traveling." Also Alice Coltrane---"Journey in Satchidananda" is extraordinary. She put out something new this past year, too, maybe a compilation of some kind? Can't remember.

And Pharaoh Sanders rocks my world pretty seriously. "Karma"'s his classic.

In answer to 2, either none or all---why not? Words are both beautiful & cumbersome.
Ken Rumble said…
PS: listen to the whole opera from start to finish as loud as possible/you can stand it.

I recommend ear phones -- they give that wonderful immersion experience.

postpran said…
Thanks you'all. I've got some great sounds to go hunting for.

Chris, I would be very very happy if you could burn some the jazz greats for me (I'll get you a nice cold you or two in exchange).
Jilly said…
Mingus Ah Um is one of my favorite be bop records. :)
Laura Carter said…
If you're into the classical singing stuff (opera &c.) I second Ken's Callas nomination!

Also check out Anne Sofie von Otter & Sylvia McNair,

& Puccini's *Gianni Schicci* (pronounced Johnny Skeeky) is a real treasure---a short opera with one of the best arias in all of romantic music: "Il mio babbino caro" (it was in Moonstruck, I think).

Kiri Te Kanawa is also good, & Renee Fleming.

I'll mail you von Otter's Schumann CD if you want. I'm that much of a proponent of hers. The Frauenliebe und Leben (a woman's life & love, text by Adelbert von Chamisso) is just glorious.
postpran said…

If your serious about mailing the von Otter's Schumann CD, I would love to give it a listen. Opera is a world I know nothing about.
Laura Carter said…
Send me your addy, & I'll make you a couple compilations.

It'll be fun!

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