Richie Cole: Alto Madness (1975) Muse

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Undervalued Artists, an occasional LJC series: Richie Cole, alto saxophone. Titans of the alto: Parker, Pepper, Mclean, Woods, Donaldson, Dolphy, many more, no shortage of bop heros, but for a brief moment give some space to youngsters,  Richie Cole – boisterous, joyous, exuberant, passionate, … Continue reading

American ’50s Record Clubs: The American Recording Society (1956-7)

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A record collector’s special bonus topic, prompted by LJC commenter Geoffrey Wheeler. I’m sure that name is familiar! You’ll note it again after a few minutes reading. An occasional look at the stuff you may well have overlooked, delving into … Continue reading

Blue Note Records: the EMI era, 1979 to present day (updated)

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UPDATED July 20 – Classic Records.   I should have  anticipated this. In the ’80s and ’90s, reissues  were a whole generation’s first introduction to Blue Note. The purist perspective of “original pressings” from the ’50s and ’60s is a long way from what … Continue reading

Ronnie Mathews: doin’ the thang! (1963) Prestige

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Selection: The Orient Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Charles Davis (baritone sax) Ronnie Mathews (piano) Eddie Khan (bass) Albert Heath (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 17, 1963, the week running up to Christmas. Obit:  PETER KEEPNEWS JULY 2, … Continue reading

Newport News – a guest post

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Newport News A guest post by LJC reader Clive D, writing as Vinylla So, LJC has been soliciting yet again … for vinyl acquisition stories…. One afternoon, relaxing with my usual Ximenes (Ed: I think Ximenes refers to a cryptic crossword … Continue reading

Seismic changes in Europe, jazz unaffected, mostly.

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Following the earth-shattering UK referendum result to leave membership of the European Union, I want to re-assure all jazz-loving readers around the world that LondonJazzCollector will REMAIN your premier UK jazz blog, and LEAVE you to comment on all posts as usual, in … Continue reading

Ricky Ford: Shorter Ideas (1984) Muse

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Under-appreciated…everything (including his tailor!) Hidden Gems Volume 1 Selection 1: Miyako (Shorter)   Selection 2: DanceCadaverous Listen to Jimmy Knepper picking up the tune and dancing in the dark, beautiful. Artists Ricky Ford (tenor saxophone), James Spaulding (alto Saxophone, flute), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), … Continue reading

Harold Land: Mapenzi (1977) Concord Jazz

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Under-appreciated labels: Concord Jazz; Under-appreciated artists: Harold Land and Blue Mitchell; Under-appreciated decade: the 70’s (though in many cases, rightly so) Selection: Habiba (Kirk Lightsey) . Artists: Harold Land Blue Mitchell Quintet Harold Land (tenor saxophone) Reggie Johnson (bass), Al … Continue reading

Joe Chambers: The Almoravid (1971/3) Muse

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Under-appreciated Record Labels: Muse Selection 1: Catta (Andrew Hill) Artists Joe Chambers (drums), Cedar Walton (piano), Richard Davis (Fender bass), Omar Clay, David Freidman (percussion),  Ray Mantilla  (congas) Recorded October 8, 1973   Selection 2: Medina (Joe Chambers) Artists Joe … Continue reading

Sun Ra Arkestra (May 2016) live in Dalston

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  On a Saturday evening in May 2016, Space came to Dalston, London E8. Marshall Allen, 92, on alto and a reed-based synthesiser that produced space noises straight out of Gort from The Day The Earth Stood Still, and Robbie The Robot, Forbidden Planet. Marshall  carries … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: A Slice Of The Top (1966) Blue Note Connoisseur

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Underappreciated voices of the tenor: Hank Mobley Selection: Cute ‘n’ Pretty (Mobley) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Kiane Zawadi (euphonium) Howard Johnson (tuba) James Spaulding (alto sax, flute) Hank Mobley (tenor sax, arranger) McCoy Tyner (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Billy Higgins … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: Exultation! (1963) Prestige

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Under-rated Tenors Series: Booker Ervin Selection: No Land’s Man (Perkins) – Artists Frank Strozier (alto sax) Booker Ervin (tenor sax) Horace Parlan (piano) Butch Warren (bass) Walter Perkins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 19, 1963 … Continue reading

Harold Land: The Fox (1959) Hi Fi Jazz

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Selection: One Second, Please (Hope) . Whilst the standard pick on The Fox is… The Fox, a helter-skelter chase at breakneck speed,  it has a “showcase” feel, look how fast we can play this tricksy tune, plus I already chose … Continue reading

Tubby Hayes: Jeff Kruger’s Jazz At The Flamingo (1956) Tempo

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Selection: Laker’s Day (Baseball and basketball fans may want to skip this section) . Tubby Hayes dedicates his second guest spot, Laker’s Day, to English cricketer Jim Laker  – who just that day had taken a record 19 wickets in one day against … Continue reading

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

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Selection: Love for Sale Artists: Zoot Sims (tenor sax),Stan Tracey (piano) Kenny Napper (bass) Jackie Dougan (drums), other tracks: Ronnie Scott (tenor sax) Jimmy Deuchar (trumpet),Harold McNair (alto sax & flute) Terry Shannon (piano) Jeff Clyne (bass) Phil Seamen (drums) … Continue reading

Johnny Coles: Little Johnny C (1963) Blue Note

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I think its time for another original Blue Note, just to “stir the pot”, with a sting in the tail, all will be revealed, get with the programme. Selection: So Sweet My Little Girl (Duke Pearson) Artists Johnny Coles (trumpet) … Continue reading

Conversation Piece: Blue Cuscuna (2016) Interview

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Occasional Series: LJC Conversation Pieces – An experiment, sound off about topics related to the music we love and the things around it we love to hate, or anything else reasonably on-topic for that matter. It is always interesting to … Continue reading

Unique Elvis Sun Ra tapes found in yard sale, up for auction.

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Amazing New Find! Following previous year’s discovery of the missing Blue Note LP 1553 Elvis Sings Thelonious Monk (pictured right), another early career move of the fledgling ex-army GI Elvis Presley has come to light in an extraordinary find, in a Southside yard sale … Continue reading

Lou Donaldson: Gravy Train (1961) Blue Note

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Selection: Gravy Train Selection Artists Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone) Herman Foster (piano) Ben Tucker (bass) Dave Bailey (drums) Alec Dorsey (congas) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 27, 1961 Donaldson remains the leading exponent of the soul-jazz … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: The Soothsayer (1965) King Records (Jp)

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UPDATE Feb.29, 2016: List of Blue Note Connoisseur LP Series releases (1994-5) at end of post   Selection: The Big Push (Shorter) . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) James Spaulding (alto saxophone) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) McCoy Tyner (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Tony … Continue reading

Ted Curson: The New Thing & The Blue Thing (1965) Atlantic

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New Thing selection: Elephant’s Walk . Blue Thing selection: Straight Ice . Artists: Ted Curson (trumpet) Bill Barron (tenor saxophone) Georges Arvanitas (piano) Herb Bushler (bass) Dick Berk (drums) recorded NYC, March 25 &29, 1965, engineer Tom Dowd. Recording both … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: The Collector (1965/6) King Records 1980

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Selection: Etcetera Artists Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Cecil McBee or Reggie Workman  (bass) Joe Chambers (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 14, 1965 and February 24, 1966 Shorter recording with Miles – ESP and the … Continue reading

Surgeon General’s Warning: Smokin’ Covers

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Final Updates: at foot of post (February 13) Another ever-popular jazz record cover theme. We’ve had the good, we’ve  the had the bad, now it’s time (cough cough) dyin’ for a smoke: smokin’ covers ( no thanks, just tobacco in mine) Never mind … Continue reading