Dilemas of the Modern Age – an occasional series

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Occasional series highlighting Dilemas of the Modern Age. No 1 What’s an aesthetically-sensitive serious HiFi and modern jazz  buff supposed to do? It’s been a mixed few days. A vintage shrink-wrapped sealed record bought on ebay turns out to be damaged, concealed … Continue reading

Shoot Out 2: US Impulse v. UK HMV – Mingus Five (1963)

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It is an article of faith with LJC that,apart from the odd exception, original is best. However it is a counsel of perfection to say to collectors, go get ’em. Originals of desirable titles are not often encountered in the wild, and when … Continue reading

Shoot Out: US v UK Contemporary – Art Pepper – Smack Up (1960)

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Master of Turntablism and now electronics wizard, MC VG-Minus,  announces  technology breakthrough at LJC: Vinyl rip comparisons now directly from the LJC Avid turntable, via a Citronic  AC-1 USB audio capture device, into a laptop running Audacity, exported to MP3 at 160 kbps.Wicked eh? The source is … Continue reading

Mobley 1550: what’s it worth? Play Fantasy Ebay live. Now with result update

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Selection: Wham and they’re off (Mobley) Artists Art Farmer (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) Horace Silver (piano) Doug Watkins (bass) Art Blakey (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 8, 1957 Music : It’s not BN 1568, but … Continue reading

Grant Green: Green is Beautiful (1970) Blue Note Liberty UA

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Selection:  Ain’t I funky now (James Brown) Artists Blue Mitchell (trumpet) Claude Bartee (tenor saxophone) Emmanuel Riggins or Neal Creque (organ) Grant Green (guitar) Jimmy Lewis (electric bass) Idris Muhammad (drums) Candido (congas) Richie “Pablo” Landrum (bongos) recorded Rudy Van … Continue reading

Archie Shepp: Trouble in Mind (1980) Steeplechase

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Selection: St James Infirmary Artists: Archie Shepp (tenor and soprano saxophone) Horace Parlan (piano) recorded February 6, 1980 at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark. The Music: A companion volume to the previous year’s gospel infused  Goin’ Home album , Trouble in Mind  continues  the … Continue reading

Cecil Taylor: Complete Candid Recordings (1960-1) Mosaic

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UPDATE: March 1st, 2016 – Complete Mosaic Booklet added Selection: Jumpin’ Punkins (Take 4) Jumpin’ Punkins (Take 6  Artists: Small ensemble: Archie Shepp (ts) Cecil Taylor (p) Buell Neidlinger (b) Denis Charles or Sonny Murray (d) Nat Hentoff (supervisor) Nola’s Penthouse Sound … Continue reading

Prestige/ New Jazz: Esquire UK vs.Victor Japan

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Alternative pressing comparisons round II: London vs. Tokyo Compare The Pressing subject: New Jazz 8210 Roy Haynes Trio “We Three” Artists Phineas Newborn (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Roy Haynes (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November 14, 1958 … Continue reading

Hank Mobley 1568: downtown Tokyo Shoot-out

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When it comes to the affordable pressings of classic Blue Note titles, Japanese vintage vinyl of the Seventies and Eighties offers an attractive proposition. Usually in immaculate condition, on near-silent vinyl, King and Toshiba offer an identifiably analog presentation, and they can be … Continue reading

Tina Brooks: True Blue (1960) RVG re-master vs Mosaic, with poll

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Artists: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Tina Brooks (tenor saxophone) Duke Jordan (piano) Sam Jones (bass) Art Taylor (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 25, 1960 Holy Grail status: Another one that isn’t going to happen any time … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame (1960) austerity edition, with poll

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Head to Head: A while back I auditioned a modern audiophile pressing against an original vintage first pressing, and came up with some surprising answers, and stirred up a hornets nest in the process. I count controversy a success, so back into … Continue reading