Roy Haynes Cracklin’ (1963) New Jazz

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Previously blogged under title “Bad News Blues” Fantasy records Seventies reissue, now upgraded to the real thing, Roy Haynes Cracklin’ on Prestige New Jazz. Selection: Scoochie (Booker Ervin) Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Ronnie Mathews (p) Larry Ridley (b) Roy Haynes (d) … Continue reading

Calling London jazz fans…forthcoming Dobells exhibition, April 10 – May 18, 2013

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  UPDATE April 4, 2013 FINAL Dobells Jazz Folk Blues Exhibition – Programme of Events Dobells Jazz Folk Blues Press Release “Every London Jazz fan was born within the sound of Dobells…” I am delighted to pass on, to any interested … Continue reading

Dave Brubeck Jazz Goes to College (1954) Columbia

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(Post dedicated to John, who’s been nagging me to blog this record for ages. Cheers!) Selection 1: Le Souk (recorded at Oberlin College, OH) Selection 2. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (Recorded at University of Michigan OH) Artists: Paul Desmond (as) Dave … Continue reading

Horace Parlan Blue Parlan (1979) SteepleChase

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Track Selection: Pork Pie Hat (Mingus) A rendition of Mingus’s elegy to Lester Young, “Goodbye Porkpie Hat,” Artists Horace Parlan (p), Wilbur Little (b), Dannie Richmond (d) recorded November 13, 1978 Copenhagen, Denmark. As a child, Parlan was stricken with polio, … Continue reading

Archie Shepp On This Night (1965) HMV Impulse

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Selection 1: In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington) Selection 2: The Mac Man (Shepp) updated Artists Archie Shepp (ts, p) Bobby Hutcherson (vib) Henry Grimes or Barre Phillips (b) David Izenzon, Rashied Ali, J.C. Moses or Joe Chambers (d) Ed Blackwell (rhythm logs) Christine Spencer … Continue reading

Boland Clarke Our Kinda Strauss (1966-72) Rearward

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Selection: Peters Waltz (Sahib Shihab) A big band interpretation of a favourite composition found on another Sahib Shihab recording All Those Cats . Here it is a vehicle for alto saxophonist Derek Humble, tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, and Sahib himself on baritone. … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk Misterioso (1958) Riverside Orpheum

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Selection: Misterioso (Monk) stereo 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; Cover Painting The Seer Giorgio de Chirico Music Johnny Griffin features prominently  in … Continue reading

Cannonball Adderley Somethin’ Else (1958) Blue Note

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BLUE NOTE CLASSICS: BN 1595  SOMETHIN’ ELSE Selection: Autumn Leaves (Kosma/ Prevert) A track that could segue into Kind of Blue, Miles simmering muted trumpet paints the melody,  Adderley’s alto solo is inspired, beautiful in structure, dripping with elegant grace notes and flourishes, falling … Continue reading

Herbie Hancock Empyrean Isles (1964) Blue Note

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Selection: One Finger Snap (Hancock) Selection probably the most conventional of the three unconventional tracks, eschewing the fourth, the popular foot-tapper Cantaloupe Island (a family lineage to Watermelon Man, and Blind man, Blind Man). Tony Williams sparkles while Hancock’s percussive chords and rhythmic … Continue reading

Dave Brubeck Time Out (1959) Fontana

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Selection: Blue Rondo a la Turk (Brubeck) first European pressing. Yes I know you all know it, but bear with it, there is more to the story. In 9/8 time (plus 4/4 swing) the rhythm of Blue Rondo à La … Continue reading

Pony Poindexter Gumbo (1963) Prestige

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Selection 1: Creole Girl (Poindexter) Selection 2: French Market (Poindexter) Encore: (Hat tip Dean) : Gumbo Filet Artists Al Grey (trb) Pony Poindexter (ss, as) Booker Ervin (ts) Gildo Mahones (p) George Tucker (b) Jimmie Smith (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, … Continue reading

The Beast from The East

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From the Land of the Rising Yen… The Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua (New Zealandish for The Explorer)  – the Beast from The East – has landed. View at 1600 pixels and marvel. Downloaders and acolytes of The Evil Silver Disk would better shield … Continue reading

Charles Mingus: Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956) Atlantic

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Selection: Pithecanthropus Erectus (Mingus) Note: a little light crackle in background of quiet passages According to Mingus’ liner notes (quoted by Wiki) the title song is a ten-minute four-chapter  tone poem, depicting the rise of man from his hominid roots Upright Ape-Man to … Continue reading

Duke Ellington Money Jungle (1962) United Artists

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Selection The Money Jungle Artists Duke Ellington (p) Charles Mingus (b)  Max Roach (d) recorded at Sound Makers, New York City, on September 17, 1962, recording engineer Bill Schwartau, produced by Alan Douglas. Music Another of the unique artist permutations created by Alan … Continue reading

Phil Woods The Young Bloods (1956) Esquire

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Selection 1: Lover Man (Ramirez Davies Sherman) Selection 2: House of Chan Artists Phil Woods (as) Donald Byrd (t)  Al Haig (p) Teddy Kotick (b) Charlie Persip (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November 2, 1956 (Despite the presence … Continue reading

Pete LaRoca Turkish Women at the Bath (1967) Douglas

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Selection: Majoun (La Roca) Fast-paced Bop-Not Bop, with the young Chick Corea looking to establish his own  forceful identity, while la Roca leaves no-one in any doubt he is the leader, and he isn’t just going to keep time. This piece is not … Continue reading