Clifford Jordan: Glass Bead Games (1974) Strata East

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Selection: John Coltrane (Lee) A two record set deserves a second selection: Eddie Harris (Lee) .  .  . Artists Billy Higgins drums, percussion; Cedar Walton, Stanley Cowell, piano; Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone; Bill Lee, Sam Jones, bass. Quartet I: C. … Continue reading

It’s as easy as A, B, C… or perhaps not! All aboard the RVG Prestige mystery train.

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(Updated June 12, 2018 – see foot of post) Saxophone Colossus overlooked (and that’s a tall order!) The mystery of RVG/ Prestige alphabetic stamp codes. Followers of The Evil Silver Disc might want to sit this one out. It’s deep vinyl. … Continue reading

Cecil Payne: Zodiac (1968) Strata East ’73

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Selection: Girl You Got A Home (Bill Lee) .   .   . Artists Cecil Payne, baritone, alto saxophone; Kenny Dorham, trumpet; Wynton Kelly, piano, organ; Wilbur Ware, bass; Albert Heath, drums. Recorded December 16, 1968, at Town Sound Studios, Englewood, NJ.  … Continue reading

Paul Gonsalves: Gettin’ Together (Jazzland) 1960

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Selection: I Surrender Dear (Barris -Gordon) .   .   . History of a “Jazz Standard”: I Surrender Dear. Bing Crosby first recorded “I Surrender Dear” in January, 1931, with Gus Arnheim’s Cocoanut Grove Orchestra. Written by Harry Barris (not to be … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Delightfulee (1966) Liberty/Blue Note

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LJC Special Selection: Albums I initially avoided due to presence of turkeys, but which also contain prime cuts: BST 84243 Lee Morgan’s Delightfulee. Apologies in advance to lovers of  the Fab Four, and cranberry sauce. Selection: Nite Flite (Morgan) .  … Continue reading

Barry Harris: Newer Than New (Riverside) 1961

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Selection: I didn’t Know What Time It Was ( Rogers & Hart) .  .  . Artists Lonnie Hillyer, trumpet; Charles McPherson, alto sax; Barry Harris, piano; Ernie Farrow, bass; Clifford Jarvis, drums; recorded Plaza Sound Studios, NYC, September 28, 1961, … Continue reading

Sonny Fortune: Long Before Our Mothers Cried (1974) Strata East

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An uncommercial island, Stanley Cowell and Charles Tolliver’s Strata East Records, stubbornly surrounded by increasingly commercial waters, making music to satisfy its core listening audience rather college boys and the bachelor demographic, who had moved on elsewhere. Venturing further into … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: Lights Out (1956) Prestige

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Van Gelder fakes fake stereo: it’s all good! Selection: Kerplunk (Byrd) .  .  . Selection chosen for the scarce recording presence of Elmo Hope, and the young Byrd and McLean strutting their stuff backwards and forwards running the changes double … Continue reading

Art Blakey &The Jazz Messengers: Africaine (1959) Blue Note

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Selection: Lester Left Town (Shorter) .  .  .   Artists: Lee Morgan, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, tenor sax; Walter Davis Jr., piano; Jymie Merritt, bass; Art Blakey, drums; Dizzy Reece, congas, recorded Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 10, 1959. … Continue reading

The Ultimate Audiophile Upgrade

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The design of the human ear preceded the creation of the home hi-fidelity listening by somewhere around a half million years. In that time and until recently, the only way to improve your sound quality experience was through expensive equipment upgrades. … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan: Night of The Mark VII (Muse) 1975

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Selection: John Coltrane ( Bill Lee) 7:45 .  .  . Artists Clifford Jordan, tenor sax; Cedar Walton, piano; Sam Jones, bass; Billy Higgins, drums.  Recorded live in Paris, France, March 26, 1975, Muse album not released until 1978, issued in … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: 1558 – Volume 2 (Blue Note) 1957 (updated)

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(Updated March 24: matrixes of 1st edition) Records inexplicably not previously posted. I had occasion to want to check something regarding 1558, went to my pages, only to find it not there. No there there at all. No longer overlooked, … Continue reading

Another Blue Note puzzle, 1st Edition, 2nd Edition, 3rd Edition…

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We like puzzles here at LJC, especially Blue Note ones, they stretch what you know, sometimes force you to rearrange what you think you know, but isn’t right. It’s good to be smart, but better to be even smarter.  A … Continue reading

Hey, Guttenberg, we like your Type! Liberty Part III

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(UPDATED March  12, 2018: Linotype Erbar meets Kind of Blue)) Blue Note record covers showcase the wonderful graphic elements of photography, design and typography brought together by Reid Miles. The array of fonts Miles selected changed from title to title, … Continue reading

Ernie Henry: Last Chorus (1956) Riverside

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A break from the Boogaloo and later ’60s directions, back firmly in the ’50s mainstream when music giants roamed the earth,  mono  ruled absolutely, and for some, life was but  a short, temporary gift. Selection: Autumn Leaves (Kosma/ Prevert) . … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: The Flip (1969) Liberty Blue Note

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LJC thought for the day: you don’t judge a book by its cover, but by its contents. However, some covers just shout “No!” Fortunately in this case the contents say “Yes!” Selection: Feelin’ Folksy (Mobley) . .  .  . Artists: … Continue reading

The Many Faces of Blue Note: “A Division of Liberty Records”

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Postscript: Post done, now the test, anyone have anomalies, copies that don’t fit? Send them in,  two added to foot of post already.  Discogs needs to up its game from sometimes maybe a mention Van Gelder, or no mention, , … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Blue Spirits (1965) Blue Note/Liberty

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  The Vinyl Detective calls. When is a Blue Note not a Blue Note? Freddy’s last studio album for the label, a magnificent beast, Blue Spirits, a four-horn line-up, with a twist. The curious case of the Blue Note that … Continue reading