George Russell: “Arranger” – RCA, Decca, and Riverside years (1957-63)

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LondonJazzBeachcomber has been out with the reissue quality detector again. This time he has found some early 60’s Riverside recordings repackaged by ABC Records, new owner of Riverside after Orpheum, in 1969, cheap as chips.  ABC merged a selection from several titles … Continue reading

Bill Evans Jim Hall: Undercurrent (1962) Toshiba-EMI

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A tale of the pursuit of one recording, the search for the best pressing, and a few lessons learned along the way. Prepare for a deep dive, and beware of currents. The story so far… In the early ’60s, United Artists … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Hub of Hubbard (1969) BASF/MPS

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The LondonJazz-Beachcomber continues to showcase potentially overlooked gems among lesser titles and labels, low price of entry to match. Today, something from the Black Forest is on the menu, and it’s not gateau. Freddie Hubbard and The Hub of Hubbard. And for … Continue reading

Wes Montgomery: The Alternative Takes (1959-63) Riverside recordings

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Reissue Corner: an occasional series Thumbing through the New Arrivals section in a record store, one of the many pleasures of record collecting is the occasional unexpected surprise among the usual stack of common reissues and second division artists. I recently stumbled … Continue reading

Mono or Stereo – is it really just a matter of preference?

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A reborn vinyl collector wrote to me recently for advice on whether they should seek out a mono or a stereo copy of a particular record. (I do respond to interesting questions)  I think it was regarding Kind of Blue, but … Continue reading

Don Rendell/ Ian Carr : Phase III (1967) EMI Lansdowne

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Selection: Crazy Jane ( Carr  ) … The selection Crazy Jane narrowly defeated the more mainstream track On! due to the latter’s lengthy drum solo – a feature of many  ’60s recordings, an outbreak of instrumental democracy and fair play, everyone gets … Continue reading

Duke Pearson: “Wahoo!” (1964) Blue Note MM33

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Selection: Bedouin (Pearson) MM33 Artists Donald Byrd (trumpet) James Spaulding (alto sax, flute) Joe Henderson (tenor sax) Duke Pearson (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Mickey Roker (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 21, 1964. Forget we are … Continue reading

Blue Note reissue specialist announces new product range

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Vinyl Resurrection Press Release: April 1, 2017 Vinyl Resurrection Inc, the specialist Blue Note  audiophile reissue company, today announced a major addition to their Blue Note product range. Vice-president Tom Bola told a meeting of music journalists and investors that the company would shortly introduce a vinyl reissue … Continue reading

Don Rendell/ Ian Carr: “Live” (1969) EMI Lansdowne

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Selection: Pavanne (Carr/Tomkins) Artists Don Rendell  (Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet) Ian Carr  (Trumpet, Flugelhorn) Michael Garrick (Piano) Dave Green  (Bass) Trevor Tomkins (Drums) recorded Lansdowne Studios, Holland Park, London,  March 18, 1968,  recording engineer David Heelis,  cover design Gerald … Continue reading

Zoot Sims: Koo Koo (1956) Status

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Selection: On The Minute (Eardley) … Artists Jon Eardley (trumpet) Milt Gold (trombone) Phil Woods (alto sax) Zoot Sims (tenor sax) George Syran (piano) Teddy Kotick (bass) Nick Stabulas (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 13, 1956. … Continue reading

Harold Land: West Coast Blues (1960) Jazzland

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I’ve been posting about the Jazzland label recently, let’s dig deep into one of the great recordings there, Harold Land, West Coast Blues! Selection: Ursula (Land) … Artists Joe Gordon (trumpet) Harold Land (tenor sax) Barry Harris (piano) Wes Montgomery … Continue reading

Kenny Burrell: The Swinger (1956-9) Blue Note, Japan only

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Selection: Swingin’  (Clifford Brown, from Study in Brown, Emarcy, 1955)) Artists: Tracks taken from three different studio sessions and a live recording, between 1956-59 Selection –  Swingin’: Tina Brooks (tenor sax) Bobby Timmons (piano) Kenny Burrell (guitar) Ben Tucker (bass) Art … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: The Procrastinator (1967) Blue Note/ UA vs Connoisseur – fight!

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Selection: The Procrastinator (Blue Label/ Two-fer) Artists Sides 1 & 2 “The Procrastinator” LP: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: The Sixth Sense (1967) Blue Note/Liberty UA

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Selection: Short Count (Morgan) . The mandatory go-to boogaloo Morgan  track is  Psychedelic,  a sort of Sidewinder III with a Tijuana drive-thru/ Tex-Mex flavour ,  but other tracks stray into more interesting territory. My pick is the urban car-horn brio of Short Count: choppy boppy accents, stubby with underlying … Continue reading

Grant Green: Solid (1964) Blue Note/ King

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Selection: Minor League (Pearson) Minor League is a cracking Duke Pearson swinger from a classic Blue Note session recorded in 1964, not released until the late 70’s (King, Japan  and UA, LT series) Artists: James Spaulding (alto sax) Joe Henderson … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: Night Dreamer (1964) Blue Note MM33 (mono update added)

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Selection: Night Dreamer (Shorter) (Update: See foot of post for original 1964 mono comparator rip. Warning: price alert!) to choose one track for the Artists: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) McCoy Tyner (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Elvin Jones … Continue reading

Art Blakey: Indestructible (1964) Blue Note MM33

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Selection: Sortie (Fuller) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Curtis Fuller (trombone) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) Cedar Walton (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Art Blakey (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 24 – May 15, 1964 1964, the last, … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: Schizophrenia (1967) Liberty vs.Connoisseur

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Probably the finest Shorter Blue Note album, apart from all the others. (Later in the post, you will see I’ve popped in a Shorter favourites poll). The cover of Schizophrenia shows  solarised mirror images of Shorter, symbolic of the schizophrenia beloved of ’60s popular … Continue reading

Lawrence Marable/ James Clay: Tenorman (1956) Jazz West/ Fresh Sounds re

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NEW! LJC Reissue Corner! When an original is financially out of the question, it’s OK…but it has to sound good…or no deal. No.1,  Jazz West Tenorman, feat. James Clay, killer jazz. Selection: Minor Meeting (Clark) Artists: James Clay (tenor sax) “Sonny Clarke” … Continue reading

Shorter: phantom post – see January 29

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Selection: Night Dreamer (Shorter) .I struggled to choose one track for the selection because they are each so good and Artists: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) McCoy Tyner (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon: Our Man In Paris (1963) Blue Note

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Selection: A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) Artists Dexter Gordon (tenor sax) Bud Powell (piano) Pierre Michelot (bass) Kenny Clarke (drums)  recorded CBS Studios, Paris, France, May 23, 1963,  engineer Claude Ermelin, mastered by Van Gelder, and released in November 1963. … Continue reading