Tubby Hayes: Jeff Kreugar’s Jazz At The Flamingo (1956) Tempo

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Selection: Laker’s Day (Baseball and basketball fans may want to skip this section) . Tubby Hayes dedicates his second guest spot, Laker’s Day, to English cricketer Jim Laker  – who just that day had taken a record 19 wickets in one day against … Continue reading

Zoot Sims: Zoot at Ronnie Scott’s (1961) Fontana

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Selection: Love for Sale Artists: Zoot Sims (tenor sax),Stan Tracey (piano) Kenny Napper (bass) Jackie Dougan (drums), other tracks: Ronnie Scott (tenor sax) Jimmy Deuchar (trumpet),Harold McNair (alto sax & flute) Terry Shannon (piano) Jeff Clyne (bass) Phil Seamen (drums) … Continue reading

Johnny Coles: Little Johnny C (1963) Blue Note

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I think its time for another original Blue Note, just to “stir the pot”, with a sting in the tail, all will be revealed, get with the programme. Selection: So Sweet My Little Girl (Duke Pearson) Artists Johnny Coles (trumpet) … Continue reading

Conversation Piece: Blue Cuscuna (2016) Interview

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Occasional Series: LJC Conversation Pieces – An experiment, sound off about topics related to the music we love and the things around it we love to hate, or anything else reasonably on-topic for that matter. It is always interesting to … Continue reading

Unique Elvis Sun Ra tapes found in yard sale, up for auction.

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Amazing New Find! Following previous year’s discovery of the missing Blue Note LP 1553 Elvis Sings Thelonious Monk (pictured right), another early career move of the fledgling ex-army GI Elvis Presley has come to light in an extraordinary find, in a Southside yard sale … Continue reading

Lou Donaldson: Gravy Train (1961) Blue Note

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Selection: Gravy Train Selection Artists Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone) Herman Foster (piano) Ben Tucker (bass) Dave Bailey (drums) Alec Dorsey (congas) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 27, 1961 Donaldson remains the leading exponent of the soul-jazz … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: The Soothsayer (1965) King Records (Jp)

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UPDATE Feb.29, 2016: List of Blue Note Connoisseur LP Series releases (1994-5) at end of post   Selection: The Big Push (Shorter) . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) James Spaulding (alto saxophone) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) McCoy Tyner (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Tony … Continue reading

Ted Curson: The New Thing & The Blue Thing (1965) Atlantic

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New Thing selection: Elephant’s Walk . Blue Thing selection: Straight Ice . Artists: Ted Curson (trumpet) Bill Barron (tenor saxophone) Georges Arvanitas (piano) Herb Bushler (bass) Dick Berk (drums) recorded NYC, March 25 &29, 1965, engineer Tom Dowd. Recording both … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: The Collector (1965/6) King Records 1980

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Selection: Etcetera Artists Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Cecil McBee or Reggie Workman  (bass) Joe Chambers (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 14, 1965 and February 24, 1966 Shorter recording with Miles – ESP and the … Continue reading

Surgeon General’s Warning: Smokin’ Covers

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Final Updates: at foot of post (February 13) Another ever-popular jazz record cover theme. We’ve had the good, we’ve  the had the bad, now it’s time (cough cough) dyin’ for a smoke: smokin’ covers ( no thanks, just tobacco in mine) Never mind … Continue reading

Horace Parlan: Us Three (1960) Blue Note – MM33

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Selection: US Three (Parlan) . Artists: Horace Parlan (piano) George Tucker (bass) Al Harewood (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 20, 1960 Music: “Us Three’s title track  bristles with a funky wail that characterized Parlan’s forays … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: Poppin’ (1957) King Records

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Stereo that never was… Selection: Poppin’ – as published, in Stereo Or, as intended: Repeat Selection: Poppin’ – channels summed (50/50 “mono”) Artists: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) Art Farmer (trumpet) Sonny Clark (piano) Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone) Paul Chambers (bass) Philly Joe … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Lee-way (1960) Blue Note

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Selection: The Lion and the Wolff (tk.17) No need to guess the dedication, Alfred and Francis,  but it took a lot of takes to get it right, take seventeen. Who’s counting, the boss is paying. Artists: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Jackie … Continue reading

Collector’s Guide to Contemporary, Part II (more updates)

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UPDATE January 27th, 2016 – Final  Collectors Guide to Contemporary Records posted on the permanent pages of LJC, many revisions, corrections, expanded . UPDATE: Monday January 18, 2016 – more red and blue madness. And mystery unravelling.  This time it’s the … Continue reading

Collector’s Guide to Contemporary Records Part I (updated)

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SUNDAY UPDATE: Guide to Contemporary 3500 series back covers now added to permanent pages for Guide to the  Contemporary Records  label. (If you are able to provide better picture of original back cover with coloured text and frame, all contributions … Continue reading

Hottest Jazz LP Covers Ever. Poll included. Updated.

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HOTTEST COVERS More late entries! I’ve caved in under pressure, 18 late entries join the foot of the post and added to the Poll. It’s only a bit of Christmas fun isn’t it? No LJC, covers is serious. Nice blog. Shame if anything … Continue reading

Archie Shepp: The Magic of Ju-Ju (1967) Impulse!

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An outing to a place not often on the LJC jazz itinerary,” free jazz/  high energy genre”, and  nominations for The Ten Best Covers of a Jazz Record. (UPDATE: see reader nominations at end of post) Selection: Sorry ’bout that … Continue reading

Stan Tracey: We Love You Madly (1968) EMI /Columbia Magic Notes

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Allergy advice: this record contains no Steve Hoffman or Music Matters engineering, but may contain traces of British Jazz nuts. Selection: Lay By (Ellington/Strayhorn) from Suite Thursday.Tony Coe pulling off a passable impersonation of a Paul Gonsalves smeared-sax  solo. . Another selection: In … Continue reading

Frank Foster/Elmo Hope: Wail, Frank, Wail (1955) Prestige/Esquire

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Former phantom post, now ready. WordPress thinks this is only an update, so I have had to repost it afresh. Apologies. . Selection : Fosterity (Foster)     Christmas Bonus Selection: Shutout (Foster) . Artists Freeman Lee (trumpet) Frank Foster … Continue reading

Zoot Sims at Ronnie Scott’s: Cookin’ (1961) Fontana

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Mystery Post 8th December and 9th December –  wrong button pressed for a post still in Draft, not ready for publishing yet, apologies. Twice in two days, WordPress? LJC ———————————————————— Selection: Love For Sale (Porter) . Bonus track: Desperation* (Deuchar)   … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (1964) Blue Note – MM33

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Selection: Witch Hunt . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 24, 1964 Recorded Christmas Eve (rapidly approaching) , two tracks … Continue reading

Andrew Hill: Judgement! (1964) Blue Note

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Selection: Judgement (Hill) . Bonus selection (Countdown to Christmas!) : Yokada Yokada  (Hill) Hill showing he can play in the grand melodic/rhythmic piano manner, but with a subversive twist. Artists: Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone) Andrew Hill (piano) Richard Davis (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) … Continue reading