Horace Parlan: Us Three (1960) Blue Note – MM33

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Selection: US Three (Parlan) . Artists: Horace Parlan (piano) George Tucker (bass) Al Harewood (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 20, 1960 Music: “Us Three’s title track  bristles with a funky wail that characterized Parlan’s forays … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: Poppin’ (1957) King Records

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Stereo that never was… Selection: Poppin’ – as published, in Stereo Or, as intended: Repeat Selection: Poppin’ – channels summed (50/50 “mono”) Artists: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) Art Farmer (trumpet) Sonny Clark (piano) Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone) Paul Chambers (bass) Philly Joe … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Lee-way (1960) Blue Note

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Selection: The Lion and the Wolff (tk.17) No need to guess the dedication, Alfred and Francis,  but it took a lot of takes to get it right, take seventeen. Who’s counting, the boss is paying. Artists: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Jackie … Continue reading

Collector’s Guide to Contemporary, Part II (more updates)

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UPDATE January 27th, 2016 – Final  Collectors Guide to Contemporary Records posted on the permanent pages of LJC, many revisions, corrections, expanded . UPDATE: Monday January 18, 2016 – more red and blue madness. And mystery unravelling.  This time it’s the … Continue reading

Collector’s Guide to Contemporary Records Part I (updated)

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SUNDAY UPDATE: Guide to Contemporary 3500 series back covers now added to permanent pages for Guide to the  Contemporary Records  label. (If you are able to provide better picture of original back cover with coloured text and frame, all contributions … Continue reading

Hottest Jazz LP Covers Ever. Poll included. Updated.

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HOTTEST COVERS More late entries! I’ve caved in under pressure, 18 late entries join the foot of the post and added to the Poll. It’s only a bit of Christmas fun isn’t it? No LJC, covers is serious. Nice blog. Shame if anything … Continue reading

Archie Shepp: The Magic of Ju-Ju (1967) Impulse!

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An outing to a place not often on the LJC jazz itinerary,” free jazz/  high energy genre”, and  nominations for The Ten Best Covers of a Jazz Record. (UPDATE: see reader nominations at end of post) Selection: Sorry ’bout that … Continue reading

Stan Tracey: We Love You Madly (1968) EMI /Columbia Magic Notes

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Allergy advice: this record contains no Steve Hoffman or Music Matters engineering, but may contain traces of British Jazz nuts. Selection: Lay By (Ellington/Strayhorn) from Suite Thursday.Tony Coe pulling off a passable impersonation of a Paul Gonsalves smeared-sax  solo. . Another selection: In … Continue reading

Frank Foster/Elmo Hope: Wail, Frank, Wail (1955) Prestige/Esquire

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Former phantom post, now ready. WordPress thinks this is only an update, so I have had to repost it afresh. Apologies. . Selection : Fosterity (Foster)     Christmas Bonus Selection: Shutout (Foster) . Artists Freeman Lee (trumpet) Frank Foster … Continue reading

Zoot Sims at Ronnie Scott’s: Cookin’ (1961) Fontana

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Mystery Post 8th December and 9th December –  wrong button pressed for a post still in Draft, not ready for publishing yet, apologies. Twice in two days, WordPress? LJC ———————————————————— Selection: Love For Sale (Porter) . Bonus track: Desperation* (Deuchar)   … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (1964) Blue Note – MM33

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Selection: Witch Hunt . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 24, 1964 Recorded Christmas Eve (rapidly approaching) , two tracks … Continue reading

Andrew Hill: Judgement! (1964) Blue Note

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Selection: Judgement (Hill) . Bonus selection (Countdown to Christmas!) : Yokada Yokada  (Hill) Hill showing he can play in the grand melodic/rhythmic piano manner, but with a subversive twist. Artists: Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone) Andrew Hill (piano) Richard Davis (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) … Continue reading

The Jazz Makers: (1959) Ember

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A short break from American Jazz and a brief excursion into the embryonic British Jazz Scene of the late ’50s with an unlikely American connection. On a British label called Ember, often found in thrift shops, but which on this occasion turns up … Continue reading

Clarke – Boland: The Golden 8 (1961) Blue Note MM33

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Some weeks ago, I reviewed BLP 4092 The Golden Eight (Toshiba 1991 re). In an unexpected turn of events, I find myself reviewing it again. But this time no jokes about lederhosen: the more serious business of modern audiophile reissues. I previously declared … Continue reading

Lou Donaldson: Hot Dog (1969) Blue Note – Liberty/UA

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We have recently dug deep into the 10″” jazz of the middle ’50s. Now it is 1969, time for a gear shift up into the soul-jazz era of the late ’60s. Change you can hear.   Track Selection: Hot Dog (Donaldson) . . … Continue reading

Stanley Turrentine with The 3 Sounds: Blue Hour (1960) Blue Note/ UA repress

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Selection: Since I fell For You (Johnson) . Artists: Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone) Gene Harris (piano) Andrew Simpkins (bass) Bill Dowdy (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 29, 1960 Music With fifteen albums in the Blue … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: A Fickle Sonance (1961) Blue Note/Toshiba (LNJ series) Test Pressing

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Selection: A Fickle Sonance (Mclean) . Artists: Tommy Turrentine (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) Sonny Clark (piano) Butch Warren (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 26, 1961 Music Amazon’s official review excels itself, so … Continue reading

Ebaywatch; Night of the Dealers?

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I expect some of you were watching the closing evening yesterday of the Danish Ebay seller  Cross_Road_Blues (Score 4279) auction. 234 superb vintage jazz LPs, including some of the most desirable Blue Notes, all in excellent or near mint condition Here’s … Continue reading

Shorty Rogers: Martians Come Back (1955) Atlantic

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Track Selection 1: Dickies Dream (Count Basie/ Lester Young) (audio warning: a few surface clicks along the way) Track Selection 2: Papouche (Rogers) . Artists Shorty Rogers and His Giants, including: Harry Edison, the Candoli brothers, Barney Kessel (guitar) Shorty Rogers … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt: with the New Yorkers (1957) UK Vogue

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Original US release on Roost Records: The more observant will have picked up that the Roost cover photo of Stitt is transposed left to right. The art decision by Vogue is correct in my view – the eye follows the direction … Continue reading

Chet Baker: Sextet (1954-5) 10″ Pacific Jazz/ Vogue

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Selection: Tommyhawk Artists Chet Baker (trumpet) Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone) Bud Shank (baritone saxophone) Russ Freeman (piano) Carson Smith (bass) Shelly Manne (drums) Radio Annex, Los Angeles, CA, September 9 & 15, 1954 Music: Tommyhawk or Tomahawk? Typical mid ’50s West Coast … Continue reading

The transition from 10″ to 12″ LP, and the lost recordings.

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I am delighted and honoured to present a piece of essential but almost undocumented history of jazz on vinyl: the transition in the mid-’50s from the 10-inch to the 12-inch LP. Esteemed jazz aficionado and collector Roudolf has put his … Continue reading