Art Blakey - Paris Jam Session: the first side of this album features Bud Powell on two standards of his ("Dance of the Infidels" and "Bouncing with Bud"). Not a profound statement, this record, though it's very enjoyable and Bud lets it rip.
"The Quintet" - Jazz at Massey Hall: Listened to this paying particular attention to the pianist Powell, whom I had neglected in past listens, mostly in deference to Bird and Diz. The other Bud Powell I have is a performance of "I'll Remember April" on Mingus at Antibes which I haven't reheard.
Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard, Waltz for Debby: a revelation. When I first bought these years ago I listened with headphones on but on the several times I've relistened since I've just had them on my clock radio. Now that I'm using my iPod -- that is, with headphones -- and I'm more familiar with the material it's like I'm hearing them for the first time again (or, really, ever, unfamiliar with the music as I was when I first spun them). The performances are great and the trio... defies words, really; on the clock radio really most of what you hear is piano, which shortchanges LaFaro and Motian and the telepathy. Before I liked the albums but now I see why they're lauded as among the best ever.
Lee Morgan - Search for the New Land: search for the quality I heard the first time I spun this. The first side is great but the second -- the one time I've played it -- pales in comparison. I'll listen to it first in its session when I listen next; I could have just been tiring of music.
PResented without comment:
Miles Davis - Walkin'
Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles
Once all of my new CDs come I'll start on them. The reason is that I'd rather load them all onto my iPod at once, and I'm having a good time relistening anyway.
Xenophon - Anabasis: the end is in sight; we've just started the fourth and final book. Having a reading partner can slow your progress as you reinforce each others' bad habits (like procrastination) but also when you get a fire lit under your ass you share it. The Greek is getting more natura and easier (really the point of using this work; it's probably really really dull in translation); there's an adage that Latin starts easy and gets harder while Greek starts hard and gets easier, but the only way it makes sense really is that Latin literature is more difficult than the introductory textbook would have you believe while Greek is the opposite.
Gesta Romanorum: for the most part pretty easy. I've found that opening the book (the Anabasis right now) is half the battle; when I use this book as a warmup (short and simple stories) I can go right to the Greek easily, though it's in the other language.
Hans ∅rberg - Familia Romana: an introductory textbook that I'm using to solidify my grasp of Latin and knock out bad habits/improve my fluency. Obviously very, very easy.