Anthony Williams Spring (1965) Blue Note

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Track Selection: Love Song (Williams,  8:12) Marvelous free-swinging flow from Sam Rivers on tenor. Artists Wayne Shorter or Sam Rivers (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Gary Peacock,(b) Tony Williams (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 12, 1965 Music After William’s … Continue reading

Joe Henderson The Kicker (1967) Milestone

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Track Selection: Mo Joe (Henderson) Selection 2: Nardis (Miles Davis) Artists Mike Lawrence (tp) Grachan Moncur III (tb) Joe Henderson (ts) Kenny Barron (p) Ron Carter (b) Louis Hayes (d) recorded Plaza Sound Studios, NYC, August 10, 1967 Music If there was … Continue reading

hQ Test: check your hep-ness Quotient

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There seem so many hepcats out there I thought we would have a change from squinting at matrix codes, and check out your hep-ness quotient with a quiz. The subject: the compositions of Thelonious Monk. Everybody can play the same notes – it’s all about the order you … Continue reading

Miles Davis Kind of Blue, the Final Upgrade: the Six Eye

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    Track selection: All Blues, or maybe Flamenco Sketches, it’s the long first track on Side 2. I read somewhere the order is different from what the cover says. Artists: Miles Davis (tp) Cannonball Adderley (as) John Coltrane (ts) … Continue reading

Weighty Matters

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Everyone should know that audio quality and vinyl weight are not causally related, not that you would guess that from the volume of “180 gram audiophile pressings” burgeoning record shop shelves. The depth of groove is determined during the lacquer master cutting process, and … Continue reading

Thelonious in Action (1958) Riverside

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Track Selection:  Coming on the Hudson Artists  Johnny Griffin (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded live at the “Five Spot Cafe”, NYC, August 7, 1958, Music The Track Listing: Light Blue Coming On The Hudson … Continue reading

Zoller Konitz Mangelsdorff: ZOKOMA (1968) MPS

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Track selection 1: In Twighlight (Zoller) Selection 2: Zores Mores (Mangelsdorff) Artists: Barre Phillips (b) Attila Zoller (g) Stu Martin (d) Lee Konitz (as) Albert Mangelsdorff (trb) engineer Rolf Donner, recorded at MPS Studio, Villingen, Germany, March 13th and 14th, 1968. Music: Apologies to any American readers, I … Continue reading

Phineas Newborn Jr A World of Piano (1961) Contemporary

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Track Selection 1: Dahoud (Clifford Brown)  w/ Chambers/Philly Joe Selection 2: Oleo (Sonny Rollins)  – w/ Sam Jones/Hayes Artists Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Paul Chambers or Sam Jones (b) Philly Joe Jones or Louis Hayes (d) recorded Contemporary Records’ Studio, Los Angeles, … Continue reading

Anthony Williams Life Time (1964) Blue Note

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Track Selection: Tomorrow Afternoon (Williams) Artists Sam Rivers (ts) Gary Peacock, Richard Davis or Ron Carter (b)Tony Williams (d) Herbie Hancock (p) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 21, 1964 Music: This introduction to Blue Note five years ago was … Continue reading

Blue Note font tells a story

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Collector’s Guide to the Blue Note catalogue number  (post updated 10/11/12) Occasional post which may be of interest to Blue Note vinyl record collectors  (warning: Geek Rating 9/10. Contains statements some might consider controversial) The appearance of the catalogue number on … Continue reading

Tubby Hayes Late Spot at Scotts (1962) Fontana

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OK, I’ve set the Time Machine for 1962, London, Soho, we have tickets, buckle up! Starting our descent…1964…1963…1962…July… June… May ….19th…18th…17th….23:00 hours. We’re here! Gentlemen, conceal your mobile phones, please. Damn. It’s raining. Track Selection: Half a Sawbuck (8:22) . Fifty … Continue reading

Art Pepper Smack Up (1960) Contemporary Stereo

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Track Selection: How Can You Lose? (Benny Carter) A walking blues with a jaunty Benny Carter tune, and space for everyone to stretch out (more than the prison yard) Artists Jack Sheldon (tp) Art Pepper (as) Pete Jolly (p) Jimmy … Continue reading

Horace Silver The Cape Verdean Blues (1965) Blue Note

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Track Selection 1: Nutville (Silver) A helter-skelter bop with pace without getting overly concerned with musical long-haul travel Track selection 2: Bonita A latin bop slower groove with some delicious solos Artists Woody Shaw (tp) Joe Henderson (ts) Horace Silver (p) … Continue reading

Art Blakey Indestructible (1964) Blue Note

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Track Selection: The Egyptian Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Curtis Fuller (tb) Wayne Shorter (ts) Cedar Walton (p) Reggie Workman (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 24 and May 15, 1964 Music: Late-bop, more urgency, … Continue reading