Jack Wilson: Ramblin’ (1966) Vault/ Vocalion

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Note to myself, stay out of hi-fi topics, for a while anyway, a very opinionated field! Music, onward and upward, a British Decca pressing of an American recording that has a lot of interesting musical content, hopefully may ring your … Continue reading

High Fidelity: Decades of Decline

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Though hi-fi makes a very important contribution to the quality of my day, I haven’t written much about it lately.  I  don’t read Hi-Fi magazines, as I find it impossible to keep up with all the developments and equipment. I … Continue reading

Don Rendell: Space Walk (1970) EMI Lansdowne

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Selection: Antibes (Rendell) .  .  . Artists Don Rendell: clarinet, flute, soprano and tenor sax; Stan Robinson: clarinet, flute, tenor sax; Peter Shade: flute, vibraphone; Jack Thorncroft: bass; Trevor Tomkins: drums. Recorded Lansdowne Studios, Holland Park, December 16th, 1970, recording … Continue reading

Rare vintage jazz issued in the UK, re-issued in Japan: the Universal UCJU 9000 series

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Rare UK ’60s vintage vinyl jazz, re-mastered in Japan The giant Universal Music Group own the recordings of Capitol (including Blue Note), Decca UK, EMI (including the recent Rendell Carr Quintet reissues), Impulse, Verve, Mercury and Philips (including Fontana). The suits … Continue reading

Paul Gonsalves: Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick (1963) Vocalion/ (2006) Universal

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Selection: Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick (Gonsalves) . . . The title track is dedicated by Ellingtonian tenor Paul Gonsalves to his friendJackie Sharpe, tenor and baritone sax player, jazz club owner (the Downbeat Club in Old Compton Street, Soho)  and all-round legendary London character. Sharpe was … Continue reading

Ronnie Ross: Cleopatra’s Needle (1968) UK Fontana/ (2006) Universal

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Selection: Cleopatra’s Needle (Ross) . . . Artists Ronnie Ross ,baritone saxophone; Spike Heatley, bass; Ronnie Stephenson, Tony Carr, drums; Bill Le Sage, piano, vibraphone; Art Elefson, tenor saxophone; Les Condon, trumpet. Recorded in London, June 1968, engineer unknown. Universal reissue producer – Yoshihisa … Continue reading

Bird Curtis Quintet (1967) Tony Pike Music/ Jazzaggression 2014

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  Selection: Tartan Reign and Victory in Splendour (Curtis) . . . Artists Ian Bird – tenor, alto sax; John Curtis – trumpet; Ray Shea – piano; Daryl Runswick – bass; Tim Woolley – drums. Recorded  at Tony Pike Music … Continue reading

Graham Collier Music: Songs For My Father (1970) Fontana – UPDATED, photos

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Another excursion into the progressive detachment of British from American jazz in the second half of the 1960s. This one heads further out into the realms of progressive big-band: lauding composition, fragmentation and complexity. If “The Sound Of Surprise” (W. Balliett) no longer … Continue reading

The Visitors: Neptune (1971) Cobblestone

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Christmas is traditionally a time for visiting, family and friends, but today we have another kind of visitor to LJC, The Visitors, visiting us from the spiritual soul-jazz years of the early ’70s. Make them welcome, they won’t be staying … Continue reading

Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Marching Song/ Vol1 (1969) Deram (UPDATED)

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UPDATED 20/12/18 Photos Of Westbrook Band 1968 (see foot of post) and review of RSD titles. Selection: Waltz .  .  . Artists: Mike Westbrook’s Concert Band Mike Osborne – alto saxophone, clarinet; Bernie Living – alto saxophone, flute, piccolo flute; … Continue reading

Don Rendell Ian Carr: Shades of Blue (1964) EMI/Jazzman 2018

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Selection: Shades of Blue (Neil Ardley) . . . Artists Dave Green, bass; Trevor Tomkins, drums; Colin Purbrook, piano; Don Rendell, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Ian Carr, trumpet, flugelhorn; recorded London, October 1 – 2, 1964 Music All-Music sets the scene: “There are … Continue reading

Graham Collier: Deep Dark Blue Centre (1967) Deram

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’60s British Jazz Alert! Queen’s English courtesy of Google Translate. Selection: Crumblin’ Cookie .  .  . Artists Graham Collier: bass, arrangements; Dave Aaron, alto saxophone, flute; Karl Jenkins, baritone saxophone, oboe; John Marshall, drums;  Philip Lee, guitar;  Michael Gibbs, trombone; trumpet, flugelhorn, Harry Beckett … Continue reading

McCoy Tyner: Today and Tomorrow (1963) Impulse

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After a brief sortie into the mid -70s, LJC returns to the early 60s, closer to Home. Selection: Contemporary Focus .  .  . Artists: Impulse title containing two sessions, recorded eight months apart, three tracks in trio, three in sextet … Continue reading

Jutta Hipp: At Hickory House Vol 1 (1956) Blue Note/UA 1975

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After pushing at the boundaries of jazz into the fusion-heavy 1970’s, a new acquisition offered an opportunity to walk back a decade or more, to early beginnings of Blue Note, and the brief career of Jutta Hipp. Selection: Dear Old Stockholm … Continue reading

Curtis Amy, Dupree Bolton: Katanga! (1963) Pacific Jazz/ UK Fontana.

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Selection: Native Land .  .  . Artists Dupree Bolton, trumpet; Curtis Amy, tenor, soprano sax; Jack Wilson, piano; Ray Crawford, guitar; Vic Gaskin, bass; Doug Sides, drums. Pacific Jazz Studios, Hollywood, CA, February 3, 1963 Music Katanga!?  At LJC I sometimes … Continue reading

Michael Garrick Sextet: Prelude to Heart Is A Lotus (1968) Gearbox (2015) – updated

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Selection: Sweet and Sugary Candy (12:26) .  .  . Selection, a quintessentially British jaunty swinger, worthy of Tubby at Ronnies. Artists Michael Garrick – piano, harpsichord, celeste; Don Rendell – soprano and alto sax, flute; Ian Carr – trumpet; Coleridge … Continue reading

Chet Baker: In Milan (1959) Jazzland/Fantasy OJC

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LondonCheapskateRecordCollector here. A must-have album, of many faces, one of which belongs on your turntable. But which? Selection: Pent Up..Tune Up…Cock-up! rip mix-up! Tune Up (Davis) .  .  . Artists Chet Baker, trumpet; Glauco Masetti, alto sax; Gianni Basso, tenor sax; Renato … Continue reading

Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (1971) RCA Neon

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Straying over the boundaries of 50s/60s jazz, putting a toe into the early ’70s, turning the focus back home to Britain, and the influence of expatriate African jazz musicians on the evolving British jazz scene. Think: Londonjazzcollector. British jazz started … Continue reading