Herbie Hancock My Point of View (1963) Blue Note

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Track Selection 1: King Cobra (Hancock) Track Selection 2: Tribute to Someone (Hancock) Artists Donald Byrd (t) Grachan Moncur III (trb) Hank Mobley (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Grant Green (g) Chuck Israels (b) Tony Williams (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood … Continue reading

Andrew Hill Grass Roots (1968) Liberty/ Blue Note

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Track Selection 1:  Venture Inward (Hill) Bristling angular theme with with an urgent rhythmic undertow Track selection 2: Bayou Red (Hill) Supposedly a tribute to the creole and mulatto heritage via New Orleans, though I like it for itself rather than because of … Continue reading

Miles Davis Steamin’ (1956) Esquire

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  Track selection 1: Well You Needn’t  (Monk) Thelonious Monk gets kudos on “Well, You Needn’t.” The quintet makes short work of the intricacies of the arrangement, adding the double horn lead on the choruses, redefining this jazz standard. Selection … Continue reading

McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy (1967) Liberty Blue Note

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Track Selection 1: Search for Peace (Tyner) Beautiful tune, tranquil and perfectly paced, Tyner does what he does best –  an exploration of the strong melody for its rhythmic and harmonic potential, punctuated with cascading rippling arpeggios; on cue, Henderson floats … Continue reading

Serge Chaloff Blue Serge (1956) Capitol

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    Track selection 1: I’ve got the world on a string (Arlen/ Koehler) Track selection 2: Stairway to the Stars (Maineck/Signorelli/Parish) Artists Serge Chaloff (bs) Sonny Clark (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) PhillyJoe Jones (d) recorded Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA, March 14, … Continue reading

Miles Davis Musings of Miles (1955) Prestige/ Bergenfield

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  Track Selection: A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie/Paparelli) . Selected because it’s a tune I can’t get enough of. I read Gillespie turned down a generous offer from the Tunisian National Tourist Board, to rename the tune Two Nights in Tunisia, with full board, inclusive of airport charges and … Continue reading

Andrew Hill: Point of Departure (1964) Blue Note

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Track selection 1: New Monastery If you are an avant-garde pianist, the “elephant in the room” is Monk. Hill pays tribute, in his own way.   Track Selection 2: Dedication A poignant piece under an ambivalent title, a simmering, towering, emotional work. … Continue reading

Roy Haynes Out of the Afternoon (1962) UK HMV

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Track Selection: Snap Crackle (Haynes) “.. that ‘Shulie a Bop’ with Sarah Vaughan  , which was in 1954 – where she introduces the trio in the song (Youtube at 1:28secs) and just before she says my name I say, “Bap!” And she … Continue reading

Herbie Hancock Inventions and Dimensions (1963) Blue Note

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  Track Selection (no, not Succotash, everyone knows Succotash) Triangle –  a dreamy floating extended improvisation, kick off the shoes and lie back, ten minutes required, beauty therapy for brains. A Jump Ahead – the best bop/swinging Hancock high energy, get those … Continue reading

Taken to the Cleaners

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More Vinyl talk, while I prepare records to blog next. The record cleaning mix muddle Tired of paying £20 for a litre for record cleaning fluid for your vacuum machine, and waiting weeks for the postman  to call each time you run … Continue reading

Roy Haynes Booker Ervin Cracklin’ (1963) eh?

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Track Selection: Dorian “Dorian”, an electrifying modal jazz composition, credited to Haynes’ pianist Ronnie Mathews, sounds as fresh and modern today as it did 1963. Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Ronnie Mathews (p) Larry Ridley (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood … Continue reading

Joe Henderson: Inner Urge (1964) NY/Liberty

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Track Selection: El Barrio Artists Joe Henderson (tenor sax) McCoy Tyner (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 30, 1964 Recorded at Van Gelders studio just one week after Duke Pearson’s Wahoo!, … Continue reading