John Coltrane Lush Life ( 1958) Esquire

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Track Selection: Lush Life (Strayhorn) Warning: long (13 minutes) profound, demands uninterrupted active listening. Artists: trio, quartet and quintet Lush Life: Donald Byrd (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Louis Hayes (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, … Continue reading

Swinging with Zoot Sims (1951) Prestige 10″

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Track Selection: Zoot Swings The Blues Only two tracks to choose from and the other sticks on the little USB TT. This one is not for the Audiophile! Surface noise level fairly high, but Zoot sure does swing. Artists Zoot Sims (ts) … Continue reading

Benny Golson and the Philadelphians (1958) United Artists

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Track Selection: You’re Not The Kind (Gryce) Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Benny Golson (ts) Ray Bryant (p) Percy Heath (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)Nola’s Penthouse Sound Studios, NYC, November 17, 1958 Philadelphia Just across the river from New Jersey, soon … Continue reading

Quintet of the Year – Jazz at The Massey Hall (1953) Vogue

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Track Selection: Night in Tunisia Artists Dizzy Gillespie (tp, vo) Charlie Parker (as) Bud Powell (p) Charles Mingus (b) Max Roach (d) “Massey Hall”, Toronto, Canada, May 15, 1953 Music Dubbed modestly “The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever”, in May 1953 in … Continue reading

Cannonball Adderley Quintet In San Francisco (1959) Riverside

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Track Selection: This Here (Timmons) or for reasons of soul,  “Dis Here” if you prefer Artists Nat Adderley (cor) Cannonball Adderley (as) Bobby Timmons (p) Sam Jones (b) Louis Hayes (d) “The Jazz Workshop”, San Francisco, CA, October 18 & 20, … Continue reading

Get into the groove, for sound improvement

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An occasional post about the technical aspects of getting the best out of vinyl, prompted by the recent purchase of a number of records on Ebay with surface noise issues. If you are a follower of The Cult of the … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Goin’ Up (1960) Blue Note

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Track Selection: The Changing Scene (Mobley) Artists Freddie Hubbard (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 6, 1960 Music: Recorded five months after Open … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk in Europe Vol1 Milan (1961)

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Track selection: Rhythm-a-ning Artists Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) John Ore (b) Frankie Dunlop (d) recorded live at  “Teatro Lirico”, Milan, Italy, April 21, 1961 Music In 1961, Monk toured Europe to launch his new line of advanced-bop headwear. Material recorded … Continue reading

Howard McGhee Quintet Music from The Connection Tina Brooks (1960) London/Felstead

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  Track Selection: Wigglin’ Artists Howard McGhee (tp) Tina Brooks (ts) Freddie Redd (p) Milt Hinton (b) Osie Johnson (d)recorded NYC, June 13, 1960 Music: Freddie Redd’s Music from The Connection stage play, the alternate score to the more famous Jackie … Continue reading

Mingus Jazz Portraits (Wonderland) 1959 WRC

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Track Selection 1: Nostalgia in Times Square If you like, sing along! “a woo woo, a woo woo, a diddly da, a diddly da, a diddly da a woo woo…” (reprise, change key) Track selection 2: Alice’s Wonderland Artists John Handy … Continue reading

Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section (1957) UK

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Track Selection 1: Birks Works Track selection 2: Tin Tin Deo Artists Art Pepper (as) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) Hollywood, CA, January 19, 1957 Music One of the finest jazz records ever made. If you don’t … Continue reading

Curtis Fuller Bone and Bari (1957) DivUA

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Artists Curtis Fuller (tb) Tate Houston (bars) Sonny Clark (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, August 4, 1957 Track Selection: Algonquin Music Curtis Fuller emerged during the 1950s as one of the elite … Continue reading

Mose Allison Back Country Suite (1957) Esquire

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Track Selection: In Salah (trans. “prayer”) Artists Mose Allison (p, vo) Taylor LaFargue (b) Frank Isola (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 7, 1957 Music At 83 Mose Allison is still rocking the piano. Back in the late … Continue reading

Tubby Hayes Little Giant of Jazz (1955) Imperial

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Track Selection 1:  Opus de Funk Selection 2: Straight Life Selection 3. Peace Pipe Artists Tubby Hayes (ts) Harry South (p) Pete Blannin (b) Bill Eyden (d) recorded at Decca Studios, Hampstead, London, England, July 29, 1955 Music: Recorded at the incredibly young … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk Monk’s Music (1957) Riverside

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Track Selection: Well, You Needn’t (Coltrane takes the first solo) Artists Thelonious Monk (p); Ray Copeland (t) Gigi Gryce (as) John Coltrane (ts) Coleman Hawkins (ts) Wilbur Ware (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, June 25 & 26, 1957, … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk: plays Duke Ellington (1955) UK Riverside

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Track Selection: Caravan Artists Thelonious Monk (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) Kenny Clarke (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 21 & 27, 1955 Music Monk reinvents Ellington’s classic and the three swing like something else. Pettiford, phew! At the time … Continue reading

Kenny Dorham Matador 1962 (UA Second Issue 1972)

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Track Selection: El Matador Artists Kenny Dorham (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Bobby Timmons (p) Teddy Smith (b) J.C. Moses (d) recorded at Sound Makers, NYC, April 15, 1962 Vinyl UAS 5631 Second issue by United Artists from 1972, originally released on the … Continue reading

The Evil Silver Disk

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Rules are made for breaking, sometimes. For a change I thought I would open up a post dedicated to the evil silver disk, the only way to enjoy some of the greatest jazz ever recorded, that would otherwise fall between the … Continue reading

Sam Jones The Soul Society (1960) Riverside

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LJC says: Apologies for the false start publication of the post this morning. Fat finger! Artists Sextet: Blue Mitchell (tp) Jimmy Heath (ts) Charles Davis (bars) Bobby Timmons (p) Sam Jones (b) Louis Hayes (d) NYC, March 10, 1960 Septet: … Continue reading

John Coltrane, Coltrane (1957) Esquire

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Track Selection: Chronic Blues Artists Johnny Splawn (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Sahib Shihab (bars) Mal Waldron or Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Albert Heath (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, May 31, 1957 John Coltrane! Sahib Shihab!!! Light green cover! … Continue reading

Lars Gullin: self-titled (1953-55) Emarcy

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Track Selection: Bugs (Gullin) Artists Carl-Henrik Norin (ts), Lars Gullin (bs), Rolf Berg (g), George Riedel (b), Alan Dawson or Bo Stoor (d) recorded in Stockholm, Sweden on November 6, 1953 and January 26, 1955 for Metronome. Music Sweden’s most famous baritone … Continue reading