Daily Archives: July 27, 2010

“IN AN ACTUAL TRUMPET CASE”!

Introducing – The Genius of Miles Davis

Housed in an actual trumpet case!

43- CD Collection assembles all eight multi-CD, Grammy award winning box sets

 The consummate artistry of Miles Davis and the scope of his musical vision at Columbia Records is paid the ultimate tribute on THE GENIUS OF MILES DAVIS. Weighing in at 21 pounds and individually numbered to 2000, THE GENIUS OF MILES DAVIS is destined to be a treasure in the hands of true Miles Davis aficionados. A Direct to Consumer exclusive, this set is only available via GeniusOfMilesDavis.com, it is now available for pre-order at $1199.99 in advance of its September 14th release.

 The Genius of Miles Davis includes:

First and foremost there is, of course, the music, which is showcased as follows:

Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (6 CDs)

Miles Davis Quintet 1965-1968 (6 CDs)

The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (4 CDs)

Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Complete Columbia Recordings, 1955-1961 (6 CDs)

The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions (3 CDs)

The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (5 CDs)

Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings Of Miles Davis, 1963-1964 (7 CDs)

The Complete On The Corner Sessions (6 CDs)

Then comes the treasure of wonderful extras within the case:

A mouthpiece replica of exactly the ‘Gustat’ Heim 2 model used by Davis especially created by Kanstul.

A previously unseen and unavailable fine art lithograph by Davis, who was a dedicated and talented artist

A boutique-worthy T-shirt manufactured exclusively for this package by Trunk Ltd. showcasing the image of Davis playing his horn.

Images of each item included in the set as well as additional information and pre-order link can be found at MilesDavis.com

 Should anyone wish to write that I am insufficiently respectful of Miles Davis’s contributions to jazz, I would beg to differ.  However, this Sony enterprise leaves me feeling that the only appropriate thing to say is “No comment,” except when I tell people I spend my life thinking about and listening to jazz, a good many of them come up with Miles as the only name they can think of.  Products like this one — with an actual facsimile trumpet mouthpiece and trumpet case — seem fetishistic rather than musical.  Turning artists into commodities is sure to keep jazz alive!  Alas. . . .

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“I GIVE UP!” SAID VERY LOUDLY

When I’ve been faced with something that’s annoying and frustrating — trying to find a parking space in Manhattan in an unwelcoming hour — after attempting everything plausible and reasonable, I have been known to say I GIVE UP! at high volume several times.  More often than not, just the dramatic pretense of a man ready to do the desperate act of overpaying for parking helps . . . a spot opens up.  The loud enactment of theatrical despair seems to help. 

So I am trying it here:

I GIVE UP!

“What is he complaining about?” you might ask.  It’s a technical problem.  I came back from the 2010 Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival with a new Panasonic HD video camera full of jazz videos — over one hundred fine performances.  And I began to download (or upload) them to YouTube, thence to this blog for all to see.  This worked wonderfully well in the US, and it worked — poorly and painfully slowly — in the UK.  It took something like three days to download four clips by the Hot Antic Jazz Band.  Then, here in Oxford, where the wireless broadband seems swift, nothing . . . either YouTube takes twelve hours to load a five-minute clip and then tells me (in my favorite new redundant phrase) “length of clip is too long” or it loads a clip in eight hours and then the video is out of synch with the audio, creating an impossible-to-watch spectacle.

If this latest batch of clips doesn’t load, I’m taking my clips and going off to do something else.  I’m going on strike.  You’ll see the Whitley Bay performances — starting in September. 

I will be grateful for any technical suggestions, but must say that I am hopeless at this: my dear friend Elin Smith tried to explain it to me, but her clear email had me converting formats back and forth until I was dizzy.  Pretend you’re writing to someone who hasn’t converted video files before . . . and sorry for the delay!

REMEMBERING KARL WATT

One of the many delights of having a blog is meeting people — not always in person — who enrich your life with their presence, their music, their stories.  One such person is banjo player Candace Brown, who’s a member of Chris Tyle’s Silver Leaf Jazz Band.  I had posted a clip of that band in full flower, playing the hot jazz we live for. 

Candace told me a little bit about the jazz drummer Karl Watt — much beloved and a swinging presence — who is no longer with us.  I urge you to read Candace’s story: http://goodlifenw.blogspot.com/2010/07/remembering-karl-watt.html.  And even though I don’t live near the Pacific Northwest (a lovely area of the US) her blog, Good Life Northwest, seems to be a renewing delight, and I plan to visit it often.