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

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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

Dexter Gordon: Dexter Calling (1961) Blue Note

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Selection: Modal Mood  (Kenny Drew) . Artists Dexter Gordon (tenor sax) Kenny Drew (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Philly Joe Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 9, 1961 Dexter’s career (b.1923-1990) covers a lot of musical territory and … Continue reading

Benny Bailey: Big Brass (1960) Candid

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Selection: Maud’s Mood   Artists Benny Bailey (trumpet) Julius Watkins (French horn) Phil Woods (alto sax, bass clarinet) Tommy Flanagan (piano) Les Spann (guitar, flute) Buddy Catlett (bass) Art Taylor (drums) Nat Hentoff (supervisor) recorded November 25, 1960 at Nola … Continue reading

Freddie Redd: Not The Connection (1961) Mosaic

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Selection: Somewhere . Selection 2: Old Spice . Artists: Benny Bailey (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Tina Brooks (tenor sax) Freddie Redd (piano) Paul Chambers (bass)  (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 17, 1961. Music The … Continue reading

Harold Land: The Peace-Maker (1967) Chess

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Selection 1: The Peace-Maker (Land) 5:10 .. Selection 2: Stylin’ (Land) 3:34 . It’s rapidly approaching, Christmas/Thanksgiving/Holiday/whatever-you-wanna-call-it, so a seasonal bonus from LJC – Selection 2,Stylin’, and what a track! Outrageous! Harmonica, flute, vibes – it even smells of 1967, the faint … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Candy (1958) Blue Note/ MM33

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Selection: Who Do You Love I Hope – Irving Berlin, from Annie Get Your Gun (1946) concealed carry edition. . Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Sonny Clark (piano) Doug Watkins (bass) Art Taylor (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: In Search Of The New Land (1964) Blue Note/ MM33

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Selection: Mr Kenyatta (Morgan) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) Herbie Hancock (piano) Grant Green (guitar) Reggie Workman (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 15, 1964 Music Two months after recording … Continue reading

Kind of Blue: Columbia matrixology and alt-US: Conclusion

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Thank you readers who contributed Kind of Blue six-eye label matrix codes. The pattern and frequency of codes more or less mirrors the findings in my larger sample of now around two hundred matrix pairs, which it should, enough to give a high … Continue reading

Kind of Blue Data Collection – what’s your six-eye matrix?

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I didn’t want my mailbox jammed with everyone telling me what KoB matrices they have got (some did anyway, great) – but then I had a brainwave: Polldaddy!  Hopefully this will work. If it doesn’t then there’s nothing lost, except I … Continue reading

Search for the earliest pressings of “Kind of Blue”, a Collector’s Guide (more updates Nov 13)

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(Update Nov 11, 12 and 13, see foot of post,  super-anorak addendum, label font variation, Canadian pressings, and two eye ) WARNING: contains strong vinyl collector content, and no music or digital components.  Consume in moderation. NSFN: Not be Suitable For Normals. Columbia … Continue reading

Gianni Basso: Italy’s Tubby Hayes (Il Corpulento Sassofono Tenore )

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Not the Holy Grail RCA Italiana 1960 original, but a respectable Japanese vintage copy from 1994. Selection 1: Lotar (O. Valdambrini) . Selection 2: Walking in The Night (O. Valdambrini) .   As these tracks are unconscionably short, two to three minutes … Continue reading

Demagnetise your mc cartridge (updated)

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. Welcome to the latest addition to the LJC  Hi Fi Toys Collection:  a moving coil cartridge demagnetiser, from US manufacturer Aesthetix. Delve into the murky and sinister world of hi-fi accessories. Forget which pressing sounds best: make them all sound … Continue reading

Thad Jones: The Magnificent Thad Jones (1956) Blue Note/ MM33

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Selection: April In Paris (Duke-Harburg, a 1930’s showtune) Artists Thad Jones (trumpet) Billy Mitchell (tenor sax) Barry Harris (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 14, 1956 Artists of Note: Billy Mitchell … Continue reading