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    Mosaic is planning to release a multi disc (maybe six or seven) collection of live performances by Paul Desmond and his Canadian Quartet in Toronto.
    The quartet consisted of Bickert, the great Don Thompson (who used to record most of his gigs with pro level recording equipment), and either Jerry
    Fuller or Terry Clarke on drums. One gig has Rob McConnel (Valve trombone) sitting in for Bickert (because he had to go to his father's funeral), so it's like the piano-less quartets of Mulligan in the 50s
    I also found this appearance of the group on a Canadian TV show, and has a short interview with Desmond They play their version of Take 5, where they go into the Parallel Major key for the solos, and come up with a Middle Eastern sound on it. They also play Wendy and Just Squeeze Me.
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    Paul Desmond Take 30 - YouTube

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    That Mosaic set sounds interesting. Where did you hear about that? I can't find any mention of it on their website.

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    Well Merry Christmas to ME!
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    That Mosaic set sounds interesting. Where did you hear about that? I can't find any mention of it on their website.
    Michael Cuscuna mentioned it:
    http://www.mosaicrecords.com

    Top paragraph. One thing that's interesting about Ed's Tele on the TV show is that he still has the original single coil pickup on it, so it's before he switched it out for the humbucker.

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    "New" Ed. Wow. "Take Five" was great in particular!

    I like Ed's sound just an eensy bit better with the single coil neck pickup, but that's like saying I like Caol Ila an eensy bit better than Lagavullin. Both are superb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgcim View Post
    Michael Cuscuna mentioned it:
    http://www.mosaicrecords.com

    Top paragraph. One thing that's interesting about Ed's Tele on the TV show is that he still has the original single coil pickup on it, so it's before he switched it out for the humbucker.
    Lorne Lofesky, another Canadian who played single coil pickups played an Ibanez Strat then a Fender Strat. Amongst others, he played with Oscar Peterson.

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    thanks for posting that sgcim, I had seen the interview before but not the performances.
    man, what a treat.
    gotta admit that some of the Brubeck records w/Dave banging away kind of wore on me after awhile, but I always loved Paul, he always swung.
    it was cool hearing him w/Ed instead of Jim Hall on the live lps, though they're sort of rooted in the same school of playing [whatever that is].

    At the end Paul got a rise out of Ed @ 6:00, and then Paul was amused by their little tag @ the end.
    I love Paul to death and Ed is just too good to be true, swings so hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug B View Post
    Lorne Lofesky, another Canadian who played single coil pickups played an Ibanez Strat then a Fender Strat. Amongst others, he played with Oscar Peterson.
    Lorne (Lofsky) still performs with his Ibanez. He is seen playing a borrowed Fender Strat on an instructional video produced in the US because, he told me, he didn’t want the hassle of taking his guitar across the border. I saw his trio perform an informal tribute to Ed Bickert a couple of weeks ago, still going strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcjazz View Post
    Lorne (Lofsky) still performs with his Ibanez. He is seen playing a borrowed Fender Strat on an instructional video produced in the US because, he told me, he didn’t want the hassle of taking his guitar across the border. I saw his trio perform an informal tribute to Ed Bickert a couple of weeks ago, still going strong.

    Good to hear. Unfortunately LL doesn't get out to Vancouver very much!

    Wish he would do some more recording.

    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcjazz View Post
    Lorne (Lofsky) still performs with his Ibanez. He is seen playing a borrowed Fender Strat on an instructional video produced in the US because, he told me, he didn’t want the hassle of taking his guitar across the border. I saw his trio perform an informal tribute to Ed Bickert a couple of weeks ago, still going strong.
    Lorne’s Ibanez sports rail style humbuckers on it. I believe it’s a Roadstar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug B View Post
    Lorne Lofesky, another Canadian who played single coil pickups played an Ibanez Strat then a Fender Strat. Amongst others, he played with Oscar Peterson.
    I saw him playing this Roadstar last year...
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    Here's another Bickert treat, playing a 175 on a great arrangement of a nice tune:
    Ed Bickert On Second Thought - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by GodinFan View Post
    Lorne’s Ibanez sports rail style humbuckers on it. I believe it’s a Roadstar.

    Good News for Bickert/Desmond Lovers-31ffdd05-d2dd-4c52-87d6-0dfca73acd3c-jpg
    We posted at about the same time.
    Yes, the pickups had been changed to the humbuckers as seen in your pic.

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    Does anybody know how to find the full version of this Ed Bickert performance?

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    Thanks so much for posting this sublime Desmond/Bickert pairing. The interview with Desmond is fascinating and amusing - from the naivete of the interviewer and how flummoxed Paul is to be interviewed by this beautiful woman. Musically, he's slightly off his game as there's a bit of nervousness to his normally gorgeous round tone. Bickert paints musical colors like nobody before or since. His playing doesn't necessarily have the intellectual depth and dynamic range of Jim Hall's playing or the compositional arch but Ed's voice-led chordal playing is so natural, rich and amazing. For my money, its one of the most beautiful styles in the entire history of jazz guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyV View Post
    Thanks so much for posting this sublime Desmond/Bickert pairing. The interview with Desmond is fascinating and amusing - from the naivete of the interviewer and how flummoxed Paul is to be interviewed by this beautiful woman. Musically, he's slightly off his game as there's a bit of nervousness to his normally gorgeous round tone. Bickert paints musical colors like nobody before or since. His playing doesn't necessarily have the intellectual depth and dynamic range of Jim Hall's playing or the compositional arch but Ed's voice-led chordal playing is so natural, rich and amazing. For my money, its one of the most beautiful styles in the entire history of jazz guitar.
    Desmond had more experience with beautiful women than this entire board! He just went from one to the next...

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    Trivia: the male host there on Take Thirty (which really was the name of the show -- they didn't concoct it for Desmond) is Paul Soles, who did the voices of the misfit elf (Hermy?) on Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Spider-man on the original TV cartoon series.
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    Latest word from Don Thompson is there are going to be 37 previously unreleased Desmond cuts on the Mosaic album. Fourteen of the 51 total tracks are going to be previously released material on A&M.

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    Great news!

    Does anybody know what humbuckers Loren has in his Ibanez strat?

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    Thread drift alert: Lorne Lofsky playing a solo gig:

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    This is such fantastic news, and Michael Cuscuna and Mosaic are the ones to do it. Because he chose not to tour as much as others, Ed Bickert is not as well known as the household names in the "Pantheon" of jazz guitar. Even worse, he often time gets the moniker "a guitar player's guitar player."

    Ed Bickert and Jim Hall had a great friendship. When Jim's wife, Jane, wanted to surprise Jim with a vocal album, she went to Toronto to record it with Bickert and Don Thompson. Here's a nice interview with Jane Hall where she tells the story: Jazz news: Jane Hall: Song in My Heart
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgcim View Post
    Latest word from Don Thompson is there are going to be 37 previously unreleased Desmond cuts on the Mosaic album. Fourteen of the 51 total tracks are going to be previously released material on A&M.
    Thanks again for the update man, 2/3 worth unissued? I'm in on this one

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    Thanks again for the update man, 2/3 worth unissued? I'm in on this one
    For an eagles fan, you got pretty good taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgcim View Post
    For an eagles fan, you got pretty good taste.
    Correct, now how do you know that? Guess I must've posted it somewhere along the way.

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    [QUOTE=wintermoon;977487]Correct, now how do you know that? Guess I must've posted it somewhere along the way.
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    I'm a Giants fan. We keep a record of each eagles fan...

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    Somehow I knew that.
    When you guys go in the toilet this yr, kindly send Saiquon down 95 to us.
    thanks in advance....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermoon View Post
    Somehow I knew that.
    When you guys go in the toilet this yr, kindly send Saiquon down 95 to us.
    thanks in advance....
    LOL! I try to be hopeful about them, but they still have no offensive line, after blowing their first round draft choices on defensive players that can't keep up with Dallas' receivers. Eli is too slow to get away from the pass rush, and the new guy has a history of ball control problems- a great trait for a quarterback.
    It looks like another long brutal year...

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    Can anyone on the Giants play Giant Steps?

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    That self titled "Ed Bickert" (Live in Toronto 1975) is still my favorite Bickert record.
    Trio setting.
    Here's a cut from that LP....


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    That was fantastic. Weird to see Ed w/o a Tele. Sounds wonderful with whatever he plays, though. Great stuff!

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    Fantastic! Desmond is my favorite horn player, period. Paired with Ed...just sublime.