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  1. Jeez @progladyte, I thought you said that this thread was moribund. Perhaps it's a little bit like King Crimson; when the music is there King Crimson reforms to play it. Wheras on this thread, when there are things to be said about prog, someone turns up to say it.
  2. Can't disagree. He, and Stolt, seem to instill some discipline lacking in the output of the other two. In Australian terms, it's like how Jimmy Barnes has to SING when fronting Cold Chisel, yet gets away without having that discipline enforced upon him when he's fronting his own band.
  3. I have only recently started listening to Transatlantic and I have to say that I am impressed. So far I have listened to the SMPT:e, The Whirlwind and both versions of The Absolute Universe. Not really being a fan of Dream Theater or Spock's Beard kept me at arms length for a while, I just couldn't cope with what I consider to be the all style and no content (even if it's played very well) majority of the music on their albums that I have heard, so I was very surprised that hasn't turned out to be the case with Transatlantic. Perhaps it's a case of the European half of the band restraining the excesses of the American members? Whatever it is, I will listen to Transatlantic over DT/Spock's Beard any day of the week.
  4. Can we all agree to call it Bit-ches Brew from now on, please? The auto censor embedded here pee's me off when it changes it to ******* Brew.
  5. If nothiong else, this weekly series of lunacies from Fripp and Wilcox has destroyed the decades long image of Fripp as a curmudgeon. He's a hoot!
  6. You need a VPN to make it appear that your located in the USA. I think they can differentiate where credit cards are issued as well, so PayPal is advised. Let me know how you get on.
  7. Just had an email from HDTracks drop into my inbox. Bug-ger! Bankruptcy and/or penury beckon. Currently 20% off. DSOtM, WYWH, DG, & AF, AU$105 after discount.
  8. I'm still trying to work out what brand/model they are.
  9. Gods, where to start? Number 1, you're not alone. Like you, I began with a limited understanding of Jazz, still have in fact, but I have found stuff around the edges and in other places that at least allow me to enjoy the feeling. And it's such a broad church too, everything from the smoothest of cocktail bar/shopping-centre vibed, laid back until you're horizontal cool stuff, through to what can only be described as a lot of atonal honking that not even the musicians mothers could love. It's played by single musicians/duos/trios/all the way up to swing bands and orchestras (some of which have barely a human or two as members). Unlike some of the most basic rock music it's usually (though not necessarily always) more sophisticated in its structure and requires a higher degree of ability to play/sing (though, again, not always). If, like me, it's not a natural attraction but something you have to work at then you need to find your own pathways to its enjoyment. My starting points were hearing things like Dave Brubeck's track Take Five, and Glenn Miller's In the Mood on the radio when I was a kid. Not forgetting that back in those days of black and white TV there were plenty of old films (and no such thing as recent movies) from the 30's, 40's and 50's that featured jazz bands and orchestras. Not so much from the 60's though, wholesome bikini clad girls and boys who thought surfing and beaches and twangy guitars ruled that particular time period. And then along came The Beatles. In the early 70's Jazz Fusion (i.e. Jazz/Rock Fusion) sort of appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, at least that's how it seemed when you lived in Perth. All of a sudden the likes of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever and the individual musicians who made up those bands were all the rage. Into this arena also stepped Weather Report, a less frenetic, less virtuosi-centred (and ever changing) ensemble who, after getting a lot of their mainstream jazz predilections out of their system in their first couple of albums, released Sweetnighter, and then Mysterious Traveler, and a while later, Heavy Weather. These and the rest of their repertoire (bar one or two) were genre-leading displays of musical delight. I have to admit that Weather Report are where I usually turn to when I'm in the mood for Jazz. I also have a few Miles Davis albums, much preferring B(itches) Brew over something like Kind of Blue. There's also Pat Metheny, Stanley Clarke, Ben Sidran and a few others among my collection. Some of the greats, John Coltrane, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Louis Armstrong and many, many more who are essential listening don't even get a look in, and in these days of streaming services where you can vitually listen to anything by anyone, they still barely ever get heard. What can I say? It's simply not possible to listen to, let alone appreciate, everything. When you're finding gold in easy abundance elsewhere (Prog, anyone?) you don't often put down your shovel to scratch away at the less appealing stuff on a hill way, way over there, do you? There's plenty of well respected mainstream rock artists who have used Jazz and Jazz players as a way of broadening their own horizons whilst opening up "Jazz" to the uninitiated. Two that immediately spring to mind; Joni Mitchell's Hejira and Mingus albums are good starters, as are Joe Jackson's Body and Soul and Night and Day, though they're chalk and cheese to each other. "But they're not really Jazz", I can hear the purists wailing, as they gnash their teeth whilst they recoil in horror. No, they're not, but there's a certain flavouring on them that can be considered a sort of gateway drug. Don't forget, back when it was being made The Doors' Riders on the Storm was derided by their former producer as "cocktail lounge music". You just have to recognise what you like so that once you hear it you can choose to follow/not follow up on it. I could go on, but I won't.
  10. Have to say that with repeated listening The Quest is beginning to grow on me.
  11. The new Yes album, The Quest, was released yesterday and I downloaded a copy. Listening to it right now for the very first time. Certainly sounds much more fun than Heaven & Earth, but it's still sort of colour by numbers Yes, if you get my drift, which is a pity. Until they decide that whoever is their singer doesn't have to be a Jon Anderson clone I can't see the situation changing. I seem to recall Anderson saying that he feels that he has one last Yes album in him. For everyone's sake I wish Steve Howe (who is the driving force of the band nowadays) would pull his inflated ego into gear and welcome Anderson back into the fold. Surely one last good album would be better than a series of disappointments? After that he can take what in effect is a self tribute band back on the road. Either that or get a singer who isn't a clone.
  12. The cabinet work is unlike any Mission speaker that I have ever seen. The inverted driver array is very Mission though, so I can see where you're coming from.
  13. I have got to the point where I know that this is as good as it's going to get forever (or until I win the lottery big time). To upgrade would really mean a whole system overhaul and the expenditure of a vast sum of money, a VAST sum of money. Not going to happen. That might be part of the reason that I have over a year's worth of Stereophile stacked up, unopened; the search has been suspended. I'm totally happy with what I have. Blasphemy, I know.
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