Amoeba SF's Holiday CD BOGO Blowout Sale, 12/20-12/22

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 13, 2019 07:55pm | Post a Comment

You've acquired the perfect presents, you found all the right festive foods...but what about your holiday soundtrack?! As far as joyous ambiance is concerned, it's more important than those snowman candles you bought. Fear not as there is still time to build up your merry collection!

Buy any red tag Holiday CD at Amoeba SF and get the 2nd one (of equal or lesser value) FREE, Friday 12/20 - Sunday 12/22! Make this year's celebrations one to remember.

Sale is valid in-store only at Amoeba SF.


Posted by Rick Frystak, December 13, 2019 12:50am | Post a Comment
 Gerry Teekens, the highly esteemed president, owner and producer of Criss Cross Records, one of the greatest straight-ahead jazz labels ever to mix straight-ahead burning with progressive composition passed away on October 31. He was one bad-ass producer who stuck to his love of swinging, creative, and up-and-coming music and musicians who never let go of that particular sound and style.

Through thick and thin and every trend you could think of, Gerry hung onto his love of that particular style and sound, which the major labels had forsaken unless they found a profitable aspect to it, and keep releasing it year after year. Many times I had thought Teekins would throw in the towel in this regard, but like many of Amoeba's customers who love the label, he hung in there, stayed loyal and kept doing what he loved, and it paid off musically, creatively, joyfully!

Thanks to those customers who continue to buy the near-$20 import CDs of Gerry's label, he discovered and released many new and unknown musicians' work with his own kind of blinders on, or he gave a chance to many seasoned players who normally wouldn 't have a record contract, and relentlessly released records by artists that had been kicked to the curb by other labels. Artists like Gary Smulyan, Warne Marsh, Peter Bernstein, and many many other first-class players from any style. ECM recently upped Chris Potter's output in recent days, and is consistently reviewed quite well. Chris Potter's first album is on Criss Cross, released in 1992, to give you an example of Teekens' ear. Gary Smulyan could be the torchbearer for the baritone saxophone for many years to come just based on what he's already done on Criss Cross, luscious tone and very creative ideas in his solos and composition. Here's Gary's hommage to Pepper Adams with Tommy Flanagan: 

Experiment in Twin Peaks

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2019 04:25pm | Post a Comment

Experiment In Terror

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

The next evening you are heading through the Yerba Buena Tunnel on your way over the Emperor Norton Bridge to Baghdad By The Bay be sure to play Henry Mancini's all time slow-creeper hit, "Experiment in Terror," which is the theme from Blake Edward's outstandingly suspenseful crime movie of the same name.

The lead of the film, played by Lee Remick, is under the spell of fear from a psychotic killer played by none other than Ross Martin, who many of you may remember as Artemus Gordon, "Inventor" and "Master of Disguise" on the TV show The WIld Wild West (1965-69). Lee's character asks for the help of the FBI and is helped by an agent played by Glenn Ford. One of my favorite movies with Glenn Ford is Lust for Gold (1949) where he plays Jacob Waltz, the famous Dutchman who hides his gold in the Superstition Mountains. You've heard of the Lost Dutchman's treasure right? How about the famous Peratla Stones? Another film that I really enjoy that also involves Glenn Ford and hidden treasure is the 1953 crime-adventure Plunder of the Sun.

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Top 10 Hip-Hop Vinyl LPs: Gang Starr, Blu & Damu The Fudgemunk, Nolan The Ninja, NAS, Benny The Butcher, Shadow, Showbiz & A.G.

Posted by Billyjam, December 9, 2019 11:34pm | Post a Comment
Gang Starr "Family & Loyalty (feat. J. Cole)" from One Of The Best Yet LP/vinyl  (also avail on CD)


#1 Gang Starr
One Of The Best Yet LP/vinyl  (also avail on CD )

#2 Blu & Damu The Fudgemunk Ground & Water LP/vinyl (Redefinition/Fat Beats)

#3: Nolan The Ninja Illphoria 2  LP/vinyl (Mello Music)

#4: Benny the Butcher  Plugs I Met LP/vinyl (Next Records)

#5: DJ Shadow  Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl (Mass Appeal)

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Rest In Peace Detroit Jazz Drummer Bobby Battle (1944 - 2019)

Posted by Billyjam, December 6, 2019 10:58pm | Post a Comment
  1980 Berlin Jazz Festival performance by Arthur Blythe Quartet with Bob Stewart (tuba), Abdul Wadud (cello) and Bobby Battle (who died today) on drums.

75 year old Detroit jazz musician Bobby Battle, known to many jazz fans as the longtime drummer with Arthur Blythe and frequent collaborator of Don Pullen's, passed away from heart failure today, as confirmed to the Amoeblog by his daughter Eboness Battle. Born on January 8th, 1944 Battle passed away at midday in Detroit’s Sinai-Grace Hospital where he’d been recuperating from surgery since last week. 

An ever active recording and performing jazz artist in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Battle had retired in the last decade. He leaves behind a rich legacy that includes his extensive work with Arthur Blythe spanning two decades.  As well as his collaborations with Blythe and Pullen the hard working drummer’s career also included recording and performing with numerous other artists dating back to his formative years in the 60's when he relocated from Michigan to New York City to soon after play with Pharoah Sanders and Roland Kirk. The numerous other artists he worked alongside during his career included Charles Mingus, Sun Ra and Sarah Vaughan. Battle's diverse career also included working with such non jazz artists as Brook Benton and The Mighty Sparrow.

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