"A bittersweet listening experience if there ever was one. Just when I thought I'd heard all the tricks Clifford had up his sleeve, he bowls me over with his playing on this live set. I should have known better- most jazz greats seemed to be at their best live and Clifford was definitely one of the greats. His full range is on display- he could spin dizzying lines with the best of them but was also nearly untouchable when it came to ballads. To make it even better, Max seems energized by Clifford's great performance and also delivers one of *his* best performances- some truly jaw-dropping drum solos here. A nice reminder of why Clifford and Max are my favorite musicians on their respective instruments and absolutely essential for all fans of both."
Miles Davis - Miles Ahead
I'm generally not a fan of the Gil Evans period. In fact, the only album from this period I still listen to is "Sketches of Spain". "Ahead" is the one I remember the least (the other one I've heard is "Porgy & Bess" which is more memorable for obvious reasons)
Dexter Gordon - Go!
I'm not really into Gordon all that much. This album's ok but definitely not the classic it's often said to be. The only other one of his albums I've heard in full is "Our Man In Paris", which I prefer to this one (partly because of the inclusion of Bud Powell).
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Blacknuss
I've been obsessed with Kirk lately but this isn't one of my favorites. Like "The Case of the 3 Sided Dream", it's a self-conscious attempt on Kirk's part to be more accessible (a glance at the tracklisting should confirm this) and though his talent as a soloist keeps it relatively interesting, it seems pretty watered down, so I'm happy just having the highlights on the "Does Your House Have Lions?" comp.
If you're interested in becoming more acquainted with Kirk (and you should, as should all jazz fans- once you start digging deep, you really begin to appreciate his genius), here's how I'd rank his albums (last 3 aren't really recommended but the rest ranges from great to masterpiece and in addition to the "Does Your House Have Lions?" comp, the "Complete Mercury Recordings" box is also a nice gap-filler):
Rip, Rig & Panic
The Inflated Tear
The Copenhagen Concert
Gifts & Messages
I, Eye, Aye: Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, 1972
We Free Kings
Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle
Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith
Gifts & Messages: Live At Ronnie Scott's 1964
Here Comes The Whistleman
I Talk With The Spirits
The Return of the 5000 Pound Man
Reeds & Deeds
Compliments of the Mysterious Phantom
The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color