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

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

Big John Patton: Let ‘Em Roll (1965) Blue Note/Liberty

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Selection: Latona (Patton) . Artists Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) John Patton (organ) Grant Green (guitar) Otis Finch (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 11, 1965 John Patton led six albums for Blue Note and a further five in the Liberty … Continue reading

Donald Byrd: “Mustang!” (1966) Blue Note

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Holy grail pause, back to good stuff in the more affordable bracket. Selection 1: I’m so excited by You Selection 2: On The Trail Artists Donald Byrd (trumpet) Sonny Red (alto sax) Hank Mobley (tenor sax) McCoy Tyner (piano) Walter … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: Demon’s Dance (1967) Blue Note: Liberty/UA – Italy

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Selection: Message From Trane . Artists Woody Shaw (trumpet, flugelhorn) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Lamont Johnson (piano) Scott Holt (bass) Jack DeJohnette (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 22, 1967 Musicians of Note: yes, Woody Shaw! … Continue reading

Kenny Drew: Undercurrent (1960) Blue Note (more updates)

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Selection: Funk-cosity (Drew) . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor sax) Kenny Drew (piano) Sam Jones (bass) Louis Hayes (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 11, 1960 Music One of Blue Note’s greatest sessions, Undercurrent … Continue reading

Microphones and Missiles: The Legendary Neumann U47 Microphone

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Now, a change from records, and a post specially for the sound engineers out there, and the rest of us too.  A guest post, by Neville Roberts. If the name is familiar, you are reading the right sort of magazine: Neville … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: Cookin’ With Blue Note at Montreux (1973) Blue Note/UA

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Selection: Moontrane (Shaw) Artists: Woody Shaw (trumpet) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) Cecil Bernard (piano) Ray Drummond (bass) Larry Hancock (drums) recorded at  “Montreux Jazz Festival”, “Casino De Montreux”, Switzerland, July 5, 1973 Bobby and Woody we know, but what to make of … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: Cirrus (1974) Blue Note/United Artists (updated)

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  Selection: Rosewood (Woody Shaw) . Artists Woody Shaw (trumpet) Emanuel Boyd, Harold Land (tenor sax, flute) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes, marimba) William Henderson (piano, electric piano) Ray Drummond (bass) Larry Hancock (drums) Kenneth Nash (percussion) recorded at Wally Heider Recording … Continue reading