Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1: excellent stuff, maybe my favorite of this HAUL (if I had to choose -- it's very different from some of the other really good ones); it's a bunch of short bebop tracks from two different sessions (a quintet and a trio, one from 1949 and one 1951 -- not necessarily respectively; I don't remember which is which). I was already familiar with most of the tracks on this album so maybe that's part of why I like it so much. Good stuff for anyone.
Wayne Shorter - Juju: took a long time and a lot of goodwill to get into this one. First impressions were that the tracks were hard to get into and for the most part long and repetitive, and that Shorter's tone struck me as being halfway between Coltrane and smooth jazz. Eventually I've come to really like about half of this and kind of dislike the other half mostly for those objections, but on the whole I'd give it three-and-a-half stars of five. Enjoyable but I don't see myself listening to it very often.
Sonny St ITT - Sonny Stitt/Bud Powell/J.J. Johnson: I guess it would be for the worse to cut out the J.J. Johnson tracks out entirely, but it's almost false advertising: there are only four of them, each with one alternate take; for some reason the alternate takes have good sound quality and the album cuts sound terrible. You can't even hear the drums most of the time. Thankfully the Powell part is worthy and this seems all of a piece with The Amazing Bud Powell. It's not as consistent as that album obviously but I'd recommend buying the two together.
I accidentally closed this tab but somehow the text got saved when I did so I pulled the post out of my history and it's all good. I would have given up on the post otherwise! Whew.
I got this:
It makes my iPod sound *amazing* with my Sennheiser HD600s where the iPod is usually too underpowered to play them well (low volume, reduced dynamics, thin sound). I listened to a whole bunch of albums while the novelty was still high but I didn't keep track of which ones and it'd just be a list of albums anyway. I had never known how good a bass (the instrument) can sound.
Reading: still into the Gesta Romanorum and I'm fairly committed to reading one story a day. It usually takes maybe five minutes to read one so maybe I'm skimping on Latin in favor of Greek (I'm trying to read two chapters in the Familia Romana a week but, being introductory lessons, thry're easy, too). Back-to-basics is already paying off, though; I'm shedding some bad habits and actually learning some stuff along the way. I'm halfway through the last chapter of Xenophon's Anabasis. My reading partner needed a break so I'm going to start up again (with him) on Monday. The end is in sight! Then on to Plato's Apology.