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That's All, Folks!

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After almost four years of researching and answering reader questions about hard to find CDs and LPs, along with discography inquiries, I've decided to end Ask Ken. Perhaps I was the victim of my own success; initially, I was replying to as many as 15 to 20 questions within one monthly column. But the questions grew enormously in volume and became much more time-consuming to answer, while other writing demands grew as well. So I hope everyone enjoyed the column ...

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June 2004

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Judith Holden of Encinitas, CA wrote:

What happened to Pinky Winters, a jazz singer during the late 1950s and early 1960s?

Judith:

From the gaps in her discography, I guess Pinky Winters likely left music to pursue another career or raise a family. After the 1950s, she evidently did not record again until making the LP Let's Be Buddies with pianist Lou Levy and bassist Monty Budwig for the Jacqueline label in 1986, followed by a CD for Verve (issued ...

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May 2004

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C. Bolling wrote:

My husband is trying to find an artist named Kenny Wagner. He used to be on the Sunnyside label. He was doing a song called East Meets West. He is having a heck of a time finding him or anything about him. Can you help? Thank you very much in advance for your help.

C. Bolling:

The artist your husband is looking for is pianist Kenny Werner, not Wagner. The Sunnyside CD he is seeking ...

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April 2004

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Ulf Sjogren wrote:

You can answer a question from one of our Scandinavian neighbors. Arto Repola: Where Fortune Smiles, can be found at: Sequel records, Castle music Ltd A29 Barwell Business Park, Leatherhead road Chessington Surrey KT9 2Ny. e-mail:info@castlemusic.com www.castlemusic.com.

Ulf:

Thanks for the update. It’s always harder for me to track European releases.

Cynthia wrote: ...

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March 2004

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Marty wrote:

Could you plese tell me if it is possible to buy a copy of 'The Complete Sam Rivers on Blue Note (Mosaic Records) set on cd or where I can get it. Thank you.

Marty:

Because of the high demand for Mosaic's limited edition boxed sets, which seems to increase exponentially once they are out of print, most of those offered for ...

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February 2004

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Thomas Stone wrote:

I hope you can help me. I am looking for, in any form, music by Richard Groove Holmes entitled ‘Onsaya Joy,’ which is the title cut on an album which was released between 1971-1973. It was released on the Flying Dutchman label, for which some of songs was recorded live. I have searched and searched but, no one has it. ...

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January 2004

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Several different readers, who didn’t always include their names, provided the following updates to earlier columns:

An unknown reader sent in this update:

In an answer to Jill Kotchon in your September column on the all about jazz website, you said that the Columbia recording Bob Brookmeyer and Friends was never released on CD. In fact it has been released in Europe on CD. ...

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December 2003

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Carlos Schvartzman of Paraguay wrote:

I am a pro jazz musician (guitarist, pianist, composer, arranger, educator, orchestrator and conductor) from Paraguay. I have a worn out LP called “Maiden Switzerland", with an European Big-Band and featuring Mike Barone on trombone and doing most of the composing and arranging.

I have not been able to locate a CD with the same recording searching the internet. Could you please see if you could find it?

Thanks a lot and ...

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November 2003

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Dr. Jeff Monroe from Italy wrote:

Ciao Ken. have written you some time ago. I am big fan of your column, us Jazz maniacs need a place to turn.

I am looking for Bud Powell's “Inner Fires" CD. I know it was released in the US by Discovery, but am looking for the Japanese versions (on Elektra/WEA,I beleive) with remastered (and much better, from what I hear) sound. Any ideas that won't cost me the farm or fattoria? ...


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