What Rudy Did Next: Master By Van Gelder, ’80s

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Life after Blue Note, Impulse and Prestige – and before CD: “MASTER BY-  VAN GELDER”.  The continuing LJC mission to track down the affordable good stuff. What Rudy Did Blue Note, Prestige, and Impulse in the ’50s and ’60s: Rudy Van Gelder made clean, crisp, … Continue reading

Gary Bartz: Libra (1967) Another Earth (1968) Milestone

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 LJC “BILLY BUNTER” EDITION (For the uninitiated, Billy Bunter was the fat boy of British fictional “Greyfriars” private school) DOUBLE HELPING!! GARY BARTZ: LIBRA and ANOTHER EARTH !   Technical Note: all rips from here on are from a system now run entirely … Continue reading

Stanley Cowell: Brillant Circles (1969) Freedom

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Selection: Boo Ann’s Grand (Shaw) Artists: Woody Shaw (trumpet, maracas) Tyrone Washington (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet, maracas) Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone) Stanley Cowell (piano) Reggie Workman (bass, electric bass) Joe Chambers (drums) recorded Olmstead Sound Studios, NYC, September 25, 1969, produced for  Black … Continue reading

Freddie Redd: Lonely City (1985) Uptown Records

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 Selection: Bleeker St Blues Artists Freddie Redd (piano) Clarence “C” Sharpe (alto) Clifford Jordan (tenor) Gerry Cappuccio (baritone) Don Sickler (trumpet) George Duvivier (bass) Ben Riley (drums) recorded Englewood Cliffs NJ, January 18 &19, 1985 Music Pedigree line-up, some of … Continue reading

Jimmy Guiffre 3: 1961, Verve (ECM re 1992)

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From Fusion: Selection 1: Jesus Maria   Selection 2: Scootin’ about   From Thesis Selection 3: Carla  Artists Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet) Paul Bley (piano) Steve Swallow (bass): original releases on Verve: MGV 8397   The Jimmy Giuffre 3 – Fusion  … Continue reading

A Bass Oddity

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Selection: Cousin Mary (Coltrane) – Buddy deFranco   A Coltrane composition which appears on his Giant Steps album. What a great opportunity to set out how the master approached it. Mono, naturally, Decca New Malden pressing on London American (crimson … Continue reading

Art of The Saxophone, Two for One.

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On occasional post, about music, of all things. Music. Who’d have thought it? LJC, LJC, it’s always the same: always something different… Enough of comparing vinyl reissues, all that commercial  competitive chest-beating stuff,  lets get “musical” and what could be more … Continue reading

Rare Blue Note: what’s the collector alternative? UPDATED extra sample and poll added

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Audiophile Alternatives: USA and Tokyo go head-to-head Record Test:  BLP 4059 Kenny Drew title “Undercurrent” (1960) Contestants: Music Matters 33  edition vs late 1970’s vintage King Records, Japan. NEW!  a third contestant, Classic Records added at the last minute, rip courtesy of LJC … Continue reading

Marty Paich/Art Pepper: Like Wow! (1956) Interlude

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WILD WEST (COAST) ALERT! Girly cover! Convicted felon on alto! Wrong year in jazz! Two artists “missing” –  from credits! Half songs previously issued under different album title!  Welcome to the Wild West (coast) of music publishing. Like, Wow! Selection: … Continue reading

The British Jazz Explosion (1966-9) EMI Lansdowne

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Five Selections: your five-a-day portions of jazz, for a healthy listening diet. I provide a sample from an album, they provide a sample from an album, I figure if its good enough for them it’s good enough for me too. Artists: … Continue reading

Winter Sun! Five nights in Tunisia!

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Here’s the idea, hope you like it. Often, posts have been about this record or that artist or that label. But if we dice and slice things differently, hold the tune fixed, vary the players, instruments and timeframe, crystallise the different approach of different artists, and different fluency … Continue reading

Home Listening Improvements 2014

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We have been in Outer Space a while, now it’s time to come down to Earth An occasional post for the hi-fi enthusiast. Devotees of music through hand-held multi-tasking devices may wish to look away at this point. This post … Continue reading

The Brits are coming! Jimmy Deuchar, Victor Feldman (1955) Contemporary

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With Hogmanay fast approaching, it’s Brit-night at LJC. Up first a timely introduction to one of Scotland’s finest jazz exports, Jimmy Deuchar, in the company of some of Britain’s finest jazz musicians five decades ago. Following which you will be introduced … Continue reading

Sun Ra: Jazz/ Sun Song (1956) Delmark re-copy

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The citizens of Saturn wish you all a merry Christmas and a very spacious New Year. They are despatching a small seasonal gift as a gesture of thanks for fifty years of Earth hospitality. United Saturn Postal Service will be delivering this by interplanetary freight. It may … Continue reading

Sun Ra: Super-Sonic Sounds (1956) Impulse

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Further Adventures in Lo-Fi In a modest living room somewhere in deepest South East  London, something rather remarkable began to happen. Acoustic space between hi fi speakers,  previously populated with the ghostly shadows of jazz musicians long since passed began slowly transforming into … Continue reading

Sun Ra: Jazz in Silhouette (1959) DOL reissue

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opening Selection: Enlightenment (Dotson) Artists Hobart Dotson (trumpet) Bo Bailey (trombone) Marshall Allen, James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute) John Gilmore (tenor saxophone) Charles Davis (baritone saxophone) Pat Patrick (baritone saxophone, flute) Sun Ra (piano, celeste) Ronnie Boykins (bass) William Cochran … Continue reading

Sahib Shihab: Summer Dawn (1963) Rearward RE (updated)

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Selection: Waltz for Seth Artists Sahib Shihab (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute), Jimmy Woode (bass),  Joe Harris (bongos) Kenny Clarke (drums) Ake Persson (trombone) Francy Boland (piano) Produced by Gigi Campi,  engineer: Wolfgang Hirschmann; recorded Cologne, Germany, May 8 and 9, 1963. … Continue reading

Bill Evans: New Jazz Conceptions (1956) Riverside

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Selection: Five (Theme) Artists Bill Evans (piano) Teddy Kotick (bass) Paul Motian (drums) recorded Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, September 18 and 27, 1956 Music Although a critical success that gained positive reviews, New Jazz Conceptions was not  initially a success, … Continue reading

Impulse – end of the road for mono: A-9165

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Impulse Part IV The end of monaural format The years between 1966 and 1968 saw the ending of the mono ( “monaural”) format  for home listening of Impulse, ushering in the brave new world of stereo once and for all. The orange/black label ABC … Continue reading

Impulse: the 2nd 100 First Pressing Guide – stereo (updated)

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For Record Collectors Only! More Impulse! Part three (1996-1970) of on-going research into the Impulse catalogue on vinyl, aiming to identify original pressings on the iconic Impulse! label (Labels updated as new information comes in) Overview By 1966, the changing … Continue reading

Max Roach: Freedom Now Suite (1960) Candid

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Selection: Freedom Day Artists Booker Little (trumpet) Julian Priester (trombone) Walter Benton (tenor saxophone) Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone) James Schenck (bass) Max Roach (drums) Abbey Lincoln (vocals) Nat Hentoff (supervisor) Nola’s Penthouse Sound Studios, NYC, August 31, 1960 Music: More jazz … Continue reading

Horace Silver: Sterling Silver (1956-63) Liberty UA 1979

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Selection 1: Senor Blues (alt. take) (EP version, first release on LP) Artists: Silver/ Mobley/ Byrd/ Watkins/ Hayes Selection 2: Tippin‘  (EP version, first release on LP) Artists: Silver/ Byrd/ Cook/ Taylor/ Hayes Artists Sterling Silver features various live and studio recordings from … Continue reading

London Event Sunday 16th November, 2014

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ADVANCE NOTICE LONDON EVENT: 16th November, 2014 SCHEDULED APPEARANCE Jazz event not to miss, live recording, performance, artist interviews, and chat (including questions from the invited audience) On the sofa, quiz the real LJC. Tickets on application to http://www.jazzatmetropolis.com/#signup More information on the Jazz at … Continue reading