Donald Byrd: Byrd’s Word (1955) Savoy

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Special message Happy New Year to all LJC visitors. Congratulations on finding your way here. Special greetings to all my commentors –  without your contributions, there would be a fair bit less here to read. Hi also to all the lurkers: I … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk The Unique Thelonious (1956) London/ Riverside

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Track Selection: Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans) – re-ripped Artists Thelonious Monk (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) Art Blakey (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 17, and April 3, 1956 Music Monk was signed by Orin Keepnews to his Riverside label in 1955, and … Continue reading

Grant Green Grantstand (1961) Blue Note

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Selected Track: My Funny Valentine (Rodgers & Hart) Furthest away from the groove on this record,  a delicate and sensitive exploration of a  standard brought into the jazz repertoire by Chet Baker and Miles Davis among others. Artists: Yusef Lateef (ts, fl) Jack … Continue reading

Jackie McLean Destination… Out! (1963) Blue Note

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Record pictures updated June 8, 2017, updated June 10, 2017. This record deserves better than what I was able to do five years ago. LJC Track Selection 1: Kahlil the Prophet (Mclean) correct track … …” Using a hard bop lyric … Continue reading

Changing times: Sonny Stitt, 1950 and 1970

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It’s Time Travel Time, again Welcome on board this 24-7 Rolex Time Cruiser, bound for 1950. The crew will shortly be passing through the cabin with cocktails, cigarettes and bubblegum. Don’t forget, smoking is permitted on board, at any time. If you need a … Continue reading

Lou Donaldson Blues Walk (1958) Blue Note Stereo

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Track Selection: Blues Walk (NY, RVG STEREO MASTER) Artists: Lou Donaldson (as) Herman Foster (p) Peck Morrison (b) Dave Bailey (d) Ray Barretto (congas) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 28, 1958 LJC History: Previously posted as King Japan reissue. You … Continue reading

Art Blakey Roots and Herbs (1961) Lib/UA 1st

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Track Selection: The (STEREO) Back Sliders  (rip updated) Lead track Ping Pong previously posted under the Japanese release Pisces, so it is an alternative track selection, The Back Sliders. Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Bobby Timmons or Walter … Continue reading

Duke Pearson Wahoo (1964) Liberty/Blue Note

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Track Selection: Bedouin (STEREO) Bonus: listen to one, get to listen to another  one free: Amanda (STEREO) Request: Farewell Machelle: Artists Donald Byrd (tp) James Spaulding (as, fl) Joe Henderson (ts) Duke Pearson (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Mickey Roker (d) recorded Rudy … Continue reading

Grant Green Idle Moments (1963) Blue Note – mono

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Track Selection: Django (John Lewis) Record previously posted 31st March 2012 in stereo version here, with 14 minutes of the title track, which I won’t duplicate. Instead, the John Lewis composition “Django” Artists Joe Henderson (ts) Bobby Hutcherson (vib) Duke Pearson (p) … Continue reading

Hank Mobley Dippin’ (1965) Liberty/ Blue Note

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Track Selection: The Vamp (Mobley) Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Harold Mabern (p) Larry Ridley (b) Billy Higgins (d)Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 18, 1965 Mobley at the age of 35, a well-seasoned tenor player second … Continue reading

Taking Liberties…the poor man’s Blue Note

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THE LIBERTY YEARS 1966-70:  A TALE OF TWO OWNERS (A summary of the final conclusions of this post, incorporating comments and futher research and new pictures has been added to the permanent pages of LJC “Blue Note: The Liberty Years” here) … Continue reading

Lou Donaldson Here ‘Tis (1961) Blue Note

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Track Selection: Walk Wid Me (Donaldson) Artists Lou Donaldson (as) “Baby Face” Willette (org) Grant Green (g) Dave Bailey (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 23, 1961 A counterweight to all the brain-food of late, time for a little … Continue reading

Grachan Moncur III: Some Other Stuff (1964) Blue Note

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    Selection: Thandiwa Artists Grachan Moncur III (tb) Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Cecil McBee (b) Tony Williams (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 6, 1964 Grachan Moncur III Pocket Bio (selected quotes I … Continue reading

Horace Silver Six Pieces of Silver (1956) Blue Note – Lexington?

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Track Selection: Senor Blues Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Horace Silver (p) Doug Watkins (b) Louis Hayes (d recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November 10, 1956 Music For Crissake, what more do you want? Mobley, Byrd, … Continue reading