Unexpected find in the Bargain Corner

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Bargain Corner Earlier in the week, browsing through a second hand record bin in my local Charity Shop, I stumbled on a copy of Hank Mobley’s 1568. A quick glance at the heavy  record inside showed 47 West 63rd St labels, and deep glossy … Continue reading

Grant Green “Idle Moments” (1963)

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Track Selection: “Idle Moments” Caution, long (14:40), one early needle stick at 45 seconds requiring manual intervention, gives a repeat of two turns, some early clicks and a little surface noise early which quickly settles down and the remaining 13 … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk Trios “Monks Moods” (1952-4)

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Track Selection: Blue Monk Artists Thelonious Monk (p) Percy Heath (b ) Art Blakey (d ) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, September 22, 1954 Other tracks Thelonious Monk (p) Gerry Mapp (b) Art Blakey (d) NYC, October 15, … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt Quartet “New York Jazz” (1956)

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Track Selection: Alone Together (Note. apologies, the closing bars of the track terminate abruptly. The track will be re-ripped when I next have acces to my vinyl) Artists Sonny Stitt (as, ts) Jimmy Jones (p) Ray Brown (b) Jo Jones … Continue reading

Miles Davis Sextet “Some Day My Prince Will Come” (1961)

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Track Selection: Pfrancing Artists Miles Davis (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) recorded Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC, March 7 & 20-1, 1961) John Coltrane (ts title track) Music: M is for…mmm…Mobley, who joins the … Continue reading

Wes Montgomery Milt Jackson “Bags Meets Wes” (1961)

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Track Selection: SKJ Artists Milt Jackson (vib) Wynton Kelly (p) Wes Montgomery (g) Sam Jones (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) recorded Plaza Sound Studios, NYC, December 18, 1961 Music This was my first Wes Montgomery record, and it was well said, … Continue reading

Phil Woods “Woodlore” (1955)

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Track Selection: Woodlore Artists Phil Woods (as) John Williams (p) Teddy Kotick (b) Nick Stabulas (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November 25, 1955 Music Scott Yanow of AllMusic writes: “Woods’ second recording as a leader. Accompanied by a quiet … Continue reading

Eric Kloss “introducing Eric Kloss” (1965)

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Track selection: Open your eyes Artists Eric Kloss (as, ts) Don Patterson (org) Pat Martino (g) Billy James (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 1, 1965 Pocket-Bio: A child prodigy of the ‘60s, saxophonist Eric Kloss holds the … Continue reading

John Coltrane – Soultrane (1958) Transatlantic

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Track Selection: Russian Lullaby (Irving Berlin) Artists John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, February 7, 1958 Music  The album is a showcase for Coltrane’s late-1950s “sheets of sound” style. … Continue reading

25th Anniversary Blue Note (1964)

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Track selection and Artists Track Selection 1: A Night in Tunisia Artists: Bud Powell (p) Curly Russell (b) Max Roach (d) recorded May 1st 1951 Track Selection 2: ‘Round Midnight  Artists: George Tait (t) Sahib Shihab (as)  Thelonious Monk (p) Robert … Continue reading

Roland Kirk “Kirks Work” (1961)

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Track Selection: “Doin’ the Sixty-Eight” Artists Roland Kirk (ts, mzo, str, fl, siren) Jack McDuff (org) Joe Benjamin (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 11, 1961 Music AMG REVIEW by Lindsay Planer “Kirk’s Work — Rahsaan Roland … Continue reading

Donald Byrd “Blackjack” (1967)

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Track Selection: Eldorado Artists: Donald Byrd (tp) Sonny Red (as) Hank Mobley (ts) Cedar Walton (p) Walter Booker (b) Billy Higgins (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 9, 1967 Music: The last of Byrd’s hard bop albums, before … Continue reading

Charlie Rouse “Yeah!” (1960)

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Track Selection: You Don’t Know What Love Is Artists Charlie Rouse (ts), Billy Gardner (p), Peck Morrison (b), Dave Bailey (d) recorded December 20-1, 1960 New York City Music The ever-eloquent “AllMusic” say: “Rouse is best known for his work … Continue reading

Bill Evans “Everybody Digs Bill Evans” (1958)

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Track Selection: Minority Artists Bill Evans (p) Sam Jones (b)  Philly Joe Jones (d)  recorded NYC, December 15, 1958 Music Only Evans second album as leader, a  tantalising prequel to the early Sixties recordings of Waltz for Debby and the Village Vanguard sessions. At this … Continue reading

George Wallington: New York Scene (1957) Wave Japan re.

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  Track Selection: In Salah (Mose Alison) Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Phil Woods (as) George Wallington (p) Teddy Kotick (b) Nick Stabulas (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 1, 1957 George Wallington  is considered to be one of … Continue reading

Illinois Jacquet “The Blues; That’s me!” (1969)

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Track Selection 1: ‘Round Midnight This is such a rollercoaster varied record you get a second bite of the cherry: Track Selection 2: The Galloping Latin Artists Illinois Jacquet (ts, basn) Wynton Kelly (p) Tiny Grimes (g) Buster Williams (b) … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon: Gettin’ Around (1965) Blue Note

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Track Selection:  Manaha da Carnaval Artists Dexter Gordon (ts) Bobby Hutcherson (vib) Barry Harris (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Billy Higgins (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 28-9, 1965 Dexter’s last major release for Blue Note, not long after which he moved … Continue reading

Benny Golson “Groovin’ with Golson” (1959)

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Track selection: Yesterdays (Jerome Kern) Artists Curtis Fuller (tb) Benny Golson (ts) Ray Bryant (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 28, 1959 Benny Golson enjoyed five years of limelight between 1957 and … Continue reading

Phil Woods Septet “Pairing Off” (1956) Esquire

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Track Selection: Cool Aid (Woods) Artists Donald Byrd, Kenny Dorham (tp) Gene Quill, Phil Woods (as) Tommy Flanagan (p) Doug Watkins (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 15, 1956 Note the Prestige discography attributes … Continue reading

Blue Note 767 Lexington Avenue Tribute

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While nosing around New York, courtesy of only Streetview unfortunately, I found myself slightly underwhelmed by the absence of recognition of the three men who singlehandedly (is that an oxymoron?) made it possible for us to listen to some of the finest music ever … Continue reading

Howard McGhee All Stars / Fats Navarro (1948)

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Track Selection 1: Boperation (with Navarro) Track Selection 2. I’ll Remember April Track Selection 3. Fluid Drive Artists Boperation: Fats Navarro (tp) Howard McGhee (tp, p) Ernie Henry (as) Milt Jackson (vib, p) Curly Russell (b) Kenny Clarke (d) recorded Apex … Continue reading

Howard McGhee Vol 2 (1953)

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Track Selection:  Jarm (McGhee) Artists Howard McGhee (tp) Gigi Gryce (as, fl) Horace Silver (p) Tal Farlow (g) Percy Heath (b) Walter Bolden (d) recorded WOR Studios, NYC, May 20, 1953 Music Described by one Amazon customer reviewer as “very possibly the best music on record that … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt “Only the Blues” (1957)

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Track Selection: The String Artists Roy Eldridge (tp) Sonny Stitt (as, ts) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Stan Levey (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, October 11, 1957 Distinguished line up – Oscar Petersen tickling the ivories … Continue reading