Prestige: draft guide to original pressings Part 1: the N.Y.C Fireworks label

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Note: this post contains 100% vinyl-oriented content, unsuitable for followers of The Evil Silver Disk. Mobile phone down-loaders visiting this site should be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Prestige not up your street? Elsewhere on LJC, new additions (reading skills … Continue reading

At last, it’s possible! Real home-download vinyl!

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Thanks to ground-breaking  technology of Additive Manufacturing, the new process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file, in conjuction the LJC exclusive hybrid Analogue Conversion Vinyl Pump™,  real home-downloadable vinyl is just a few clicks away. Just connect the LJC vinyl pump to … Continue reading

Two Lazy Afternoons: Steve Kuhn and Cecil Taylor

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Two very different Lazy Afternoons, another LJC contrast-and-discover opportunity, one just a trifle more relaxing than the other, though some might disagree. Some might prefer a Busy Afternoon, on account of us under-employed find every day lazy. However, let’s go … Continue reading

Don Rendell: BBC Jazz For Moderns (with extra helpings)

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This modern Gearbox 10″ record of British ’60s tenor giant Don Rendell comes in only one portion size: Small. With a lengthy run-out groove, and only a couple of inches of vinyl dedicated to music, and importantly, pressed at 45 rpm (something  not disclosed on … Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Blue (updated)

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 (Update March 23: shades of blue now increased to eight –  three extra rips added at the foot of the post, courtesy of ripmeister Bill H) Fifty Shades of Blue – Kind of Blue, not Blue Notes – ok, and … Continue reading

Charles Earland: Infant Eyes (1978) Muse/ Van Gelder

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Selection: We Are Not Alone   Artists: Bill Hardman (trumpet) Frank Wess and/or Mack Goldsbury (tenor saxophone, Wess: and flute, ) Jimmy Ponder or Melvin Sparks (guitar) Grady Tate (drums) Lawrence Killian (percussion) recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1978. … Continue reading

Van Gelder 1961 and 1983: Toshiba, Pathe Marconi and Uptown

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Compare The Vinyl: “Philly” Twist (Dorham) first recorded  by Van Gelder 1961 for BNST 84063 Kenny Dorham Whistlestop . No original pressing on this one, sadly,  but unpack the Magnum, P.I. Hawaiian shirt and fix on moustache, it’s ’80s night at LJC!  Presented … Continue reading

Riverside/Jack Higgins (1959) vs Van Gelder (1983)

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ROUND 2 of this Van Gelder ’80s Vinyl Comeback Collection Original Stereo LP: Riverside RLP 1139 Blue Spring  Kenny Dorham (1959) Riverside Recording engineer: Jack Higgins Mastering:  Jack Mathews Selection: Spring Cannon (1959)   Artists (1959) Kenny Dorham (trumpet) Dave Amram (French … Continue reading

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

Buddy de Franco: 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