Adventures in collecting "modern jazz": the classical music of America from the Fifties and Sixties, and a little Seventies, on original vinyl, on a budget, from England. And writing about it, since 2011. Travelling a little wider nowadays, and at lower cost
Track Selection “Mighty Fine Wine” > All star line up: Cecil Payne (bar/s) Clark Terry (t) Bennie Green (tb), Duke Jordan (p) Ron Carter (d) Charlie Persip (d) Recorded NY 1962 Music fromThe Connection There is the best known Blue Note … Continue reading →
Selected Track: “Wigglin’ ” I> BN 4027 Freddie Redd Music from The Connection: Jackie McLean (as) Freddie Redd (p) Mike Mattos (b) Larry Ritchie (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 15, 1960 Following an upgrade to an original pressing, … Continue reading →
Track Selection: “Sweet Doll” > Jackie McLean Quintet Introducing Bill Hardman – Bill Hardman (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Mal Waldron (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) Hackensack, N.J., August 31, 1956 Couldn’t resist posting this UK-Esquire release as … Continue reading →
(Photos updated March 21, 2019) Track Selection: “Bijou the Poodle” Artists Art Pepper (as, ts) Conte Candoli (t) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) February 29, 1960 (leap-year special) Music Sequel to Meet the Rhythm Section, one of Pepper’s … Continue reading →
Selected track: “Listen Hear” (crackles a little at the start – you will too at that age – subsides soon after) I> Jack Montrose (ts) Bob Gordon (bar/s) Conte Candoli (t) Paul Moer (p) Ralph Pena (b) Shelly Manne(d) Recorded May 6 … Continue reading →
Selected Track: “Wilton’s Mood” I> Wilton Gaynair (ts) Terry Shannon (p) Kenny Napper (b) Bill Eyden (d) Recorded at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, August 26, 1959. The Tempo label is the UK’s premier division of British jazz pressings of the Fifties and early Sixties, … Continue reading →
Track Selection: “Lazy Afternoon” Artists: Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone) Larry Young (organ) Grant Green (guitar) Elvin Jones (drums)Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 16, 1964 Music Grant Green’s clean linear guitar solo lines set against the complementary … Continue reading →
Pictures updated October 25, 2019 Selection: Carolyn (Morgan) . . . Artists: A split-session release recorded six months apart, line-ups are the best of both worlds – piano, Hancock or Hill, trumpet, Morgan or Byrd, spoiled for choice. Donald Byrd (tp) … Continue reading →
Track Selection: “Ad-Dis-Sun” I> Prestige 8203 New Jazz Original Art Farmer (t) Kenny Drew (p) Hank Mobley (ts) Addison Farmer (b) Elvin Jones (d) Recorded Rudy Van Gelder Jul 2, 1953 & Nov 23, 1956 An early outing in small group … Continue reading →
Track Selection: “Autumn Leaves” Artists Curtis Fuller (tb) Benny Golson (ts) Ray Bryant (p) Tommy Bryant (b) Al Harewood (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 20 – 30, 1959 Music I have always loved the Cannonball Adderley/ Miles Davis … Continue reading →
Track selection: “Sweet Honey Bee” I> BST 84312 “Charisma” Lee Morgan Sextet: Lee Morgan (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Hank Mobley (ts) Cedar Walton (p) Paul Chambers (b) Billy Higgins (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 29, 1966 … Continue reading →
Selection: Lazy Afternoon (Latouche Morros) : Artists Joe Henderson (tenor sax) Steve Kuhn (piano) Steve Swallow (bass) Pete LaRoca (drums) recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 19, 1965 Artist of Note: Pete La Roca Drummer, turned … Continue reading →
Track selection: “How Deep is the Ocean” Artists Curtis Counce (b) Jack Sheldon (t) Frank Butler (d) Carl Perkins (p) Harold Land (ts) Recorded Contemporary Studios, Los Angeles, Recorded October 1956 – September 1957. Engineer Roy DuNann. Music Harold Land is at his best on this classic … Continue reading →
Selected Track (long): They Cant Take That Away From Me (10:16) > . . . Artists Donald Byrd, trumpet; John Coltrane, tenor sax; Red Garland, piano; George Joyner, bass; Art Taylor, drums; recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November … Continue reading →
Track Selection: “Leap Year” (George Syran) > Originally issued as PRLP 7033 “The John Eardley Seven” Jon Eardley (tp) Milt Gold (tb) Phil Woods (as) Zoot Sims (ts) George Syran (p) Teddy Kotick (b) Nick Stabulas (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 13, … Continue reading →
Track Selection: Oliver Nelson Sextet feat Eric Dolphy “Three Seconds” > NJLP 8243 Richard Williams (tp) Eric Dolphy (as, bcl, fl) Oliver Nelson (as, ts) Richard Wyands (p) George Duvivier (b) Roy Haynes (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading →
Track selection: Donald Byrd “Requiem” (Herbie Hancock) Artists Donald Byrd, trumpet; Pepper Adams, baritone sax; Herbie Hancock, piano; Butch Warren, bass; Billy Higgins, drums; recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 21, 1961 Music Notable as the recording … Continue reading →
Selected track: Donald Byrd “French Spice” > Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Butch Warren (b) Billy Higgins (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 11, 1961 Music With the confidence of a half-dozen … Continue reading →
Selected Track: “Say You’re Mine” > Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Pepper Adams (bs) Duke Pearson (p) Laymon Jackson (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 2, 1961 Music Breaking all my rules again. Its … Continue reading →
UK music firm EMI today announced it will sell its recorded music unit for £1.2bn ($1.9bn) to Universal Music. Universal Music is a unit of Vivendi, the French media company. EMI’s labels include Blue Note, Capitol, Parlophone and Virgin Records.
“Universal Music Group is committed to both preserving EMI’s cultural heritage and artistic diversity and also investing in its artists and people to grow the company’s assets for the future.” says Vivendi’s Chief Executive.
Hedge Fund Terra Firma run by Guy Hands (below) bought EMI at the peak of the market for a whopping $4bn, and looks like having turned in a $2bn loss for its investors.
Guy Hands, last seen escaping in a yellow submarine
It failed in its suit against its financial advisors Citicorp for bad advice. Looks bad advice from where I stand. Hands was quoted the other day as saying “the days of speculation and quick returns must end”. Sounds like hindsight to me.
Track selection: “I Could Write a Book” Artists Miles Davis (t), John Coltrane (ts), Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers (b), Philly Joe Jones (d); Recorded October 26th, 1956. Music Track Selection is from the stage play “Guys and Dolls”, with excellent solo’s … Continue reading →
Selected track: “Here I am” > Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Charlie Rouse (ts) Pepper Adams (bars) Walter Davis Jr. (p) Sam Jones (b) Art Taylor (d) Recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, May 31, 1959 Music Two of my … Continue reading →