That's interesting, that means you're younger than me when I would have picked you as older (I guess because your travel and concertgoing suggests a retired man of leisure).
The Turner was fine and polished but didn't leave me wanting more. The Dexter Gordon I thought was particularly interesting as it covered some of the same material he performed in Round Midnight (a film I adore) a few years later and you can really hear how personal some of these tunes are for him. And the end section of "Body and Soul" is note for note across the whole band exactly the way its played in the film. Also a live version of "Tanya"! (though of course nothing can better the version on One Flight Up).
Thanks for sharing your impressions on those two! Guess I can live on happily without that Turner. I have the two "Fly, Fly, Fly" discs and a couple of others by/with him on ECM on the piles but it's unlikely I'll search for more of his early releases. I remember reading that he had to totally re-learn playing after an accident a few years ago ... maybe that changed him into what I consider a more interesting player - though maybe that's just natural development/growth.
I'm approaching 40, but having no kids and an okay job with some flexibility, I have some budget for traveling/concerts/vacation and about two years ago I started making use of this situation more actively. And as I enjoy it so much, I have no plans to change this at this time; from Easter Sunday on, I'll be in London to catch the first half of Intakt in London
, in early June I'll catch two nights of Louis Moholo (who'll play in London as well) in Novara - not yet on their website
-, and in August I will likely have a combined with concerts at Lucerne festival (Sun/Tues/Sun) and in between (Wed-Sat, hop on a train to Lucerne on Sunday morning) my second year at the great Festival Météo
in Mulhouse (programme is out in early May) ... so yeah, enjoying it bigtime! But if you look at my complete concert listing, you'll find that most of it is still in Zurich, where we are indeed pretty spoilt actually, but - in jazz at least - there are some musicians that never seem to play Zurich at all (to hear Henry Threadgill, I went to Amsterdam a few years ago - and that was a combined vacation/concert trip as well, that included concerts in Cologne by Craig Taborn and Sex Mob):http://ubus-notizen.blogspot.ch/2016/05/konzerte-jahresrankings-seit-2010.html
Actually I continue writing about most of those concerts, but usually only in German - would be too much work to do everything in two languages, and actually my writing does work differently when I switch to English (translating isn't much easier anyway) ...