George Russell: The Stratus Seekers (1962) Riverside (UK)

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Selection: Stereophrenic … Artists Don Ellis (trumpet) Dave Baker (trombone) John Pierce (alto sax) Paul Plummer (tenor sax) George Russell (piano) Stephen Swallow (bass) Joe Hunt (drums) recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, NYC, January 31, 1962 Russell’s core group Hunt, … Continue reading

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George Russell: “Arranger” – RCA, Decca, and Riverside years (1957-63)

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LondonJazzBeachcomber has been out with the reissue quality detector again. This time he has found some early 60’s Riverside recordings repackaged by ABC Records, new owner of Riverside after Orpheum, in 1969, cheap as chips.  ABC merged a selection from several titles … Continue reading

Bill Evans Jim Hall: Undercurrent (1962) Toshiba-EMI

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A tale of the pursuit of one recording, the search for the best pressing, and a few lessons learned along the way. Prepare for a deep dive, and beware of currents. The story so far… In the early ’60s, United Artists … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Hub of Hubbard (1969) BASF/MPS

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The LondonJazz-Beachcomber continues to showcase potentially overlooked gems among lesser titles and labels, low price of entry to match. Today, something from the Black Forest is on the menu, and it’s not gateau. Freddie Hubbard and The Hub of Hubbard. And for … Continue reading