Herbie Hancock Takin’Off (1962) Blue Note

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Track selection: The Maze (Hancock) As I discovered on a recent visit to the Hampton Court Maze, grandchildren in tow, the way out of a maze can be as hard to find as the centre. Twenty minutes of fruitless search and blind … Continue reading

Miles Davis Porgy and Bess (1958) Columbia six-eye

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Selection: It Ain’t Necessarily So Selection 2: Summertime Selection 3: Gone Artists: Miles Davis With Gil Evans Orchestra Johnny Coles, Bernie Glow, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal (trumpet) Miles Davis (flugelhorn, trumpet) Joe Bennett, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak (trombone) Dick Hixson (bass trombone) … Continue reading

Brew Moore In Europe (1962) Trio Japan

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  Track Selection: Piger, which apparently translates as “Girls” in ..umm.. Scandinavian. (Shihab) . Incredible music, amazing, Danish jazz  from 1962, Sahib Shihab, improbably on alto, but Lars/Lasse Gullin pushes him off baritone as the local star on the big beast … Continue reading

Barney Wilen Jazz Sur Seine (1958) Philips France

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Track Selection 1: Swing 39 (Reinhardt) Selection 2: Nuages (Reinhardt) Artists Barney Wilen  (ts), Milt Jackson (p) , Percy Heath (b) , Kenny Clarke (d) recorded  Feb.13-14, 1958 Paris Barney Wilen remains a cult figure – in France. His records are … Continue reading

Garland Coltrane Byrd: Soul Junction (1957) Esquire

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Selection: Birks Works (Gillespie) A favourite Gillespie tune which haunts the corridors of bop along with A Night in Tunisia, given a good outing here by Byrd and Coltrane tearing through the changes. Artists Donald Byrd (t) John Coltrane (ts) … Continue reading

The Jazz Messengers (1956) Columbia Six-Eye

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Track Selection : Infra-Rae (Mobley) Artists Donald Byrd (t) Hank Mobley (ts) Horace Silver (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Blakey (d) NYC, April 5, 1956. Messengers Chronology (selected): Ritual (1957); Art Blakey Big Band (with Coltrane! 1957); Au Club St Germain, … Continue reading

Charles Mingus Ah Um (1959) Columbia Six Eye

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(Images updated May 27, 2016) Track Selection: Better Git It in your Soul (Mingus) Too much to choose from, so Side One, Track One. Artists Jimmy Knepper (trb) John Handy (as, cl) Booker Ervin (ts) Curtis Porter (ts, as) Horace Parlan … Continue reading

Donald Byrd: Catwalk (1961) Blue Note

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Donald Byrd RIP.  Byrd’s nephew has reported his uncle Donald Byrd’s death, though it has yet to be confirmed.  Byrd was said to have died earlier this week, on Monday 4th February, 2013, at the age of 80, at his home in Delaware. He joins … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins Way Out West (1957) Contemporary Vogue

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Track Selection 1: I’m an Old Cow Hand (Mercer) Selection 2: Solitude (Ellington) Artists Sonny Rollins (ts) Ray Brown (b) Shelly Manne (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, March 7, 1957, engineer Roy duNann, produced by Lester Koenig. Selections: Rollins delighted in cheesy material … Continue reading

Roy Haynes: Cymbalism (1963) Prestige/New Jazz

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Track Selection:  Medley: Hag – Cymbalism – Oleo (10:45) Haynes kicks off as he intends to continue, relentless propulsion, fizzling with brio and drive, sticks dancing on the cymbals,  head-nodding double-time to keep up, as Strozier pulls up along side and then … Continue reading