Archie Shepp: Goin’ Home (1977) Steeplechase

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Selection 1: Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child Selection 2: Go Down Moses Artists Archie Shepp (tenor & soprano saxophone) Horace Parlan (piano) recorded at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark,  April 25, 1977;  engineer  Freddy Hanson Music: Emotionally wrenching, this … Continue reading

Miles Davis In Europe (1963) Columbia

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Selection: Quintet introduction: Europe – a little island off the coast of America. Pity the poor MC At the Antibes Jazz Festival, tasked with introducing The Miles Davis Quintet. As regulars may know I’m something of a Francophile and in the … Continue reading

Phil Woods: Phil and Quill (1957) Prestige/ Esquire

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  Selection: Altology (Woods) Artists Gene Quill, Phil Woods (alto saxophone) George Syran (piano) Teddy Kotick (bass) Nick Stabulas (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 29, 1957 Music In the shadow of Charlie Parker, dazzling technique, blistering … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Water Babies (1967) Columbia

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Selection: Sweet Pea (Shorter) – 1967 quintet: somnambulant floating groove,  immersive, pensive, no-bop. Artists Side 1: Miles Davis (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Tony Williams (drums) recorded Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC, June 7,13 and … Continue reading

Roland Kirk: Rip Rig and Panic (1965) Mercury

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  Two different sides of Kirk: Selection 1: Once in a While Selection 2: Slippery, Hippery, and Flippery Artists Roland Kirk (tenor saxophone, manzello, stritch, flute, siren, oboe, castanets) Jaki Byard (piano) Richard Davis (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy … Continue reading

Freddie Roach: Good Move (1963) Blue Note + poll Heroes of the Hammond

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Selection: When Malindy Sings Artists: Freddie Roach (organ) Eddie Wright (guitar) Clarence Johnston (drums) recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 29, 1963 add Blue Mitchell (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) December 9, 1963 Music Some time since … Continue reading

Gil Evans: Into The Hot (1961) WRC/Impulse

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Selection: Bulbs (Cecil Taylor) Artists – on selection Bulbs Jimmy Lyons (alto saxophone) Archie Shepp (tenor saxophone) Cecil Taylor (piano) Henry Grimes (bass) Sunny Murray as Jimmy Murray (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 10, 1961 … Continue reading

Archie Shepp: The Way Ahead (1968) Impulse/ EMI

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Selection 1: Damn If I Know (The Stroller) – (Walter Davis Jr) The blues gets an unmistakable Shepp makeover, mixing bursts of free solo improvisation with the aggression of a screaming banshee, within a traditional harmonic twelve bar foundation. It’s The Blues alright, but … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt – Bud Powell – JJ Johnson (1949) Prestige

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To kick off, I have two vintage pressings for you to compare. One an original Prestige, the other, one of my native Esquire pressings, from US metalwork. Except there are a few twists along the way. Selection: Fine and Dandy Take 1 … Continue reading

Kenny Burrell: Midnight Blue (1963) Blue Note

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Selection: Chitlins con carne (Burrell) Artists Stanley Turrentine (ts) Kenny Burrell (g) Major Holley Jr. (b) Bill English (d) Ray Barretto (congas) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 8, 1963 Music Late-night smokey, bluesey and swingin’, here’s a Blue … Continue reading