Ron Carter - Where?: decent. It's been a while since I've spun this one but I remember "Bass Duet" being my favorite on the disc; perhaps it's just because it's a gimmick. "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise" is awfully ominous-sounding, which threw me at first, but then I listened to the Sonny Rollins recordings on Village Vanguard and yep, it's just a dark-sounding track, despite the title. (Maybe there's just something wrong with my impression?). Looking at the tracklist (what I remember of those tracks) I liked "Yes, Indeed" quite a bit; I can't tell you why. Obviously needs a fresh listen.
Miles Davis - Live in Europe 1967: I've only begun to explore this one as much as it demands. I've only heard the first two shows and the playing is phenomenal, needless to say; the sound quality is also very good. I'll get around to the third show sometime soon but that's the one that stretches over two discs. Even though it's easy to switch between them on an iPod the prospect of 80-90min of this is somewhat daunting. I'll probably never watch the DVD as the only DVD player I have is the one on my computer.
Dizzy Gillespie/Sonny Rollins/Sonny Stitt - Sonny Side Up: really enjoyable! Yeah, there's nothing profound but the first side is a consistent joy although the second is a letdown in comparison. I remember "After Hours" being a generic blues and I remember "You Know That I Know"... really, not at all. It left no impression on me; "After Hours" though it enjoyable through its soloing though it's obviously more laid-back than "The Eternal Triangle". I was easily able to tell Rollins from Stitt so that's not a problem; I think I need to hear more J.J. Johnson to be able to distinguish him from Kai Winding if I ever get into them.
J.J. Johnson - Blue Trombone: took a bit to get into this. At first I just had it on in the background and thought that the trombone was awfully dark-hued to carry a whole album; the second -- I was tired -- I thought that the ballads and the tracks where Johnson stays close to the melody were best; the third, I've come to like the whole thing except that it trails off towards the end with "Gone With The Wind" and "100 Proof". Maybe half of the (all non-album) bonus tracks are really good, though they're all 3-4 minute tracks and mostly mono and so really clash with the rest of the album. I gave this link below but in case you didn't see it, I'll post it here as well. The Max Roach solo is maybe the most melodic I've ever heard and comes at the climax.
Yusef Lateef - The Three Faces of Yusef Lateef: very good. On first listen it seemed that the oboe really is a poor fit for jazz but then "I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So" really grew on me. Not big on "Quarantine"; I didn't like the longish boppy tracks on a lot of what I've heard from this HAUL. I don't think they're objectively not as good; perhaps I'm just tiring of them for now (two of the three discs remaining are all early-'50s bop with 3-4min tracks so that's fortunate). Ron Carter is halfway wasted; he plays arco on I believe only one track. Mostly he just plays pizzicato as if he were playing bass and timbrally the two instruments are a bit too close together, even if their characters are different. "Lateef Minor 7th" has easily the best melody of the album and probably is my favorite cut ("From Within" is also strikingly good). Least favorite maybe is "Salt Water Blues" or the closer, which fades out which I don't like jazz unless it represents the groove stetching into infinity à la Kind of Blue.
Still to go:
Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1
Wayne Shorter - Juju
Sonny Stitt - Sonny Stitt/J.J. Johnson/Bud Powell