Miles Davis: ‘Round About Midnight (1956) Columbia “essential”

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  (Previously blogged as the UK Philips release, with a blue cover and photographically enhanced trumpet, now “upgraded” to the original Columbia CL949) Selection: ‘Round About Midnight 320kbps MP3 Columbia six-eye mono Artists Miles Davis (trumpet) John Coltrane (tenor saxophone) Red … Continue reading

Herbie Hancock Trio (1977) CBS/Sony Japan

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  Selection: Speak Like a Child (1977) 320 kbps MP3 (warning – long, but nice) Artists Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Tony Williams (drums) recorded & mixed at the Automatt studios , San Francisco, July 13, 1977, engineer Fred … Continue reading

Archie Shepp: Attica Blues (1972) Impulse

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  Selection 1: Attica Blues (A Shepp/ W. Harris) 320 kbps MP3 Selection 2: Blues for Brother George Jackson (A Shepp) 320 kbps MP3 Artists Clifford Thornton (cornet) Roy Burrowes, Charles McGhee, Michael Ridley (trumpet) Charles Greenlee, Charles Stephens, Kiane … Continue reading

Blue Note Missing Over Fifty Years Discovered

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Selection: Bonus Track not included on the original vinyl – Brilliant Corners, in which Elvis vocalises the part of Sonny Rollins tenor. Breaking News The record collecting community was today rocked by the announcement on a popular jazz collecting blog … Continue reading

Art Blakey: A Night in Tunisia (1957) mono test pressing vs commercial release “stereo”

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 Shoot out with a twist. What was intended to be a two-way shoot out – test press vs  commercial release and mono vs stereo, quickly unravelled when the stereo turned out not to be quite what it said on the cover. … Continue reading

Sam Rivers: Fuchsia Swing Song (1964) Blue Note

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Selections : 1. Fuchsia Swing Song (320kbps mp3) 2. Cyclic Episode (320kbps mp3) Artists Sam Rivers (tenor saxophone) Jaki Byard (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Anthony Williams (drums) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 11, 1964 Music: the Critics … Continue reading

Gary McFarland Orchestra/ Bill Evans (1963) Verve UK

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Selection: Misplaced Cowpoke (320kbps mp3)  Artists Phil Woods (clarinet) Spencer Sinatra (alto saxophone, flute) Julian Barber, Allan Goldberg (viola) Aaron Juvelier, Joseph Tekula (cello) Gary McFarland (vibraphone, arranger, conductor) Bill Evans (piano) Jim Hall (guitar) Richard Davis (bass) Ed Shaughnessy … Continue reading

Modern Vinyl Jazz Reissues

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LJC BREAKING NEWS: Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative “Two years ago, we decided to begin remastering the jewels of the Blue Note catalog in hi-def resolutions of 96k and 192k. In order to develop a guiding artistic philosophy … Continue reading

Bill Dixon: Intents and Purposes (1967) RCA Victor CD reissue (Updated – bonus vinyl rip)

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is an Evil Silver Disc   Selection: Voices (CD to MP3 lame 160kbps conversion) Bonus! Voices – original 1967 stereo vinyl rip! (160kbps mp3) courtesy of LJC reader Finsen Artists On Voices: … Continue reading

Brew Moore: Quintet and Quartet (1956) Fantasy

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Selection 1: Fools rush in (320 kbps MP3) Recorded live in concert:  Quintet: Brew Moore (tenor saxophone) Cal Tjader (vibes) Vince Guaraldi (piano) Eddie Duran (guitar) Dean Reilly (bass) Bobby White (drums)  Concert, University of California, Berkeley, California, August 1955 Selection … Continue reading

Andrew Hill: Invitation (1974) Steeplechase

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Selection: Morning Flower (320 kbps MP3) Artists Andrew Hill (piano) Chris White (bass) Art Lewis (drums) recorded October 17, 1974, Minot Studio Copenhagen Denmark , engineer Ron Caran Music Whatever happened to Andrew Hill? ask the liner notes to this Steeplechase … Continue reading

Booker Little: Out Front (1961) Barnaby/Candid

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Selection 1:  Man of Words (320kbps MP3) Selection 2: We Speak (320kbps MP3) Artists: Booker Little (trumpet) Julian Priester (trombone) Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute) Don Friedman (piano) Art Davis (bass) Max Roach (drums, timpani, vibraphone) Nat Hentoff … Continue reading

Larry Young: Of Love and Peace (1966) Liberty Blue Note

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Selection: Of Love and Peace (320 kbps MP3) Artists Eddie Gale (trumpet) James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute) Herbert Morgan (tenor saxophone) Larry Young (organ) Wilson Moorman III, Jerry Thomas (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 28, … Continue reading

Von Freeman: Have No Fear (1975) Nessa

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Selection: Polka Dots and Moonbeams  (Van Heusen / Burke) 320 kbps MP3 Artists David Shipp (bass), Wilbur Campbell (drums), John Young (piano),  Von Freeman (tenor saxophone) Recorded June 11, 1975, engineer Stu Black Music Finding myself owner of this record, but knowing nothing about the artist, the … Continue reading

Archie Shepp: Fire Music (1965) Impulse!

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Selection:Impossible to choose one selection so I will go with two: Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington) Girl from Ipanema (Antonio Carlos Jobim / Vinícius de Moraes) Artists Ted Curson (trumpet) Joseph Orange (trombone) Marion Brown (alto saxophone) Archie Shepp (tenor saxophone) Reggie … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk: Black Lion Sessions (1971) Vinyl Shoot Out

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Black Lion Shoot Out One chilly November day in 1971, Monk found himself in  LJC’s home town, London, accompanied by another jazz-elder, Art Blakey, and Al McKibbon on bass, to record a session for Alan Bates’ Black Lion label. In the Chappell Studios he … Continue reading

New hifi pre-amp: Less is now More (more or less)

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Another instalment in the never-ending search for sound improvement Welcoming a new addition to the LJC family: the custom built World Designs Pre 3 valve pre-amplifier Evolution of a system My music system has been built on Linn for over 25 … Continue reading

Blue Note and Electronically Rechanneled Stereo

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 Blue Note Fake Stereo ’70s reissues: a public-interest post. For the Blue Note collector with a limited budget, and that is most of us I guess, reissues are an inevitable fact of life. It is also inevitable they will come across reissues which claim … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Plus Four (1956) Esquire

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Selection 1: Pent Up House Selection 2: Kiss and Run Artists: Clifford Brown (trumpet) Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Richie Powell (piano) George Morrow (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded NYC, March 22, 1956 Music: The attraction (and high price) of this … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Tour de Force (1956) Esquire (updated)

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Selection: B Quick (Rollins) (Update: Bonus track –  featuring Earl Coleman vocals) My Ideal (Whiting) Artists: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Kenny Drew (piano) George Morrow (bass) Max Roach (drums) Earl Coleman (vocals) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, December 7, … Continue reading

Andrew Hill: One for One (1965/70) Blue Note “Reissue Series”

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Selection: One for One (Numark tt rip) (Next week the laptop returns from the menders, and hopefully it is back to experiments with a direct feed from the big system, a more sound basis for some  new shoot-outs) Artists 1965 sessions: Freddie … Continue reading

Dilemas of the Modern Age – an occasional series

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Occasional series highlighting Dilemas of the Modern Age. No 1 What’s an aesthetically-sensitive serious HiFi and modern jazz  buff supposed to do? It’s been a mixed few days. A vintage shrink-wrapped sealed record bought on ebay turns out to be damaged, concealed … Continue reading

Shoot Out 2: US Impulse v. UK HMV – Mingus Five (1963)

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It is an article of faith with LJC that,apart from the odd exception, original is best. However it is a counsel of perfection to say to collectors, go get ‘em. Originals of desirable titles are not often encountered in the wild, and when … Continue reading