About LondonJazzCollector

Pictured, the character "Louis Balfour", host of the spoof 60's"Jazz Club" sketch in the BBC TV "Fast Show" series, played by comedian John Thompson. LondonJazzCollector has made his own "Jazz Club" here on the net, with him as host. The sense of time and place feels right - particularly as I haven't smoked a cigarette in over forty years - so I've borrowed "Louis Balfour" as the face of LondonJazzCollector. I live in London, I collect Jazz. It's self-explanatory.

Hank Mobley: Soul Station (1960) Blue Note Vinyl Classics (2021)


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New Release Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series – Hank Mobley’s Soul Station, in stereo. As is usual at LJC, we go under the surface into some of this recording’s vinyl history, strictly for nosey vinyl collectors. Selection: Dig Dis (Mobley) … Continue reading

Prestige Bergenfield Years: Mono (Updated)


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Updated May 1, 2021: Ivory/Black Fireworks promo labels (1962) added. Rare!! PRESTIGE ORIGINAL PRESSINGS VOLUME III: MONO, THE BERGENFIELD YEARS To accompany the recent Bergenfield Years – Stereo Edition, a new companion Mono Edition covering releases on the second yellow/black … Continue reading

Prestige Bergenfield Years: Stereo (Updated)


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UPDATES: April 21, All Reference Sets of labels updated and “complete” April 20, “Remastered for Stereo”, the inside story, plus many newly found labels added. April 17, labels added, thanks to David J and Ian S Playing around with the … Continue reading

Chick Corea: Tones For Joan’s Bones (1966) Atlantic


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Updates!  Michael Cuscuna liner notes and credits for Inner Voice compilation (1973)  added; Harry M photos added (1968-9 vintage). A shoot-out with a difference:  original vinyl US pressing, Japanese reissue; and throwing down the digital gauntlet, a German CD. Now … Continue reading

Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else – Blue Note ‘Classic Vinyl Series’ (2021)


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UPDATED: Harry M. photos I have a mono early issue of Somethin’ Else but the Liberty stereo I added a few years back is not good enough, so I could not resist a quality stereo reissue in Blue Note’s  new … Continue reading

Curtis Amy: Groovin’ Blue (1961) Pacific Jazz/ UK Vogue


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     Selection: Groovin’ Blue (Curtis Amy) .  .  . Artists Carmell Jones, trumpet; Curtis Amy, tenor sax; Bobby Hutcherson, vibes; Frank Strazzeri, piano; Jimmy Bond, bass; Frank Butler, drums; recorded at Pacific Jazz Studios, Hollywood, CA, December 10, 1960 … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: The Rajah (1966) Blue Note TP


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Thank you, LJC readers, today we just crossed over five million page views, not bad for a subject that has little commercial presence,  a labour of love.   – LJC A post timed with the release of The Rajah Tone Poet, … Continue reading

Collector’s Guide to Vintage Blue Note Classics: BLP1595 Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else (1958)


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Collector’s Corner What started me on this journey through Somethin’ Else was an enquiry from Takashi in Japan, who has a mysterious Liberty pressing of Somethin’ Else. In his own words: “Side 2 has RVG STEREO Stamp but, side 1 … Continue reading

Stan Getz/ Cal Tjader: (1958) Fantasy


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UPDATE February 4, 2021: Harry M photos, Stan Getz at Ronnie Scotts, 1971 Selection: Crow’s Nest (Tjader) . … Artists Stan Getz, tenor sax; Cal Tjader, vibes; Vince Guaraldi, piano; Eddie Duran, guitar; Scott LaFaro, bass; Billy Higgins, drums. Recorded … Continue reading

Azar Lawrence: Summer Solstice (1975) Fantasy


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LJC is going off-piste again, venturing into the mid-70s, and Brazilian-influenced free spiritual jazz fusion or something. You can do this if, like me,  you are a Time Lord. Post intended for new year, but just didn’t happen that way. … Continue reading

Johnny Griffin: The Congregation (1957) Blue Note/ UA Replica Series 1970s


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UPDATE Jan.5: Johnny Griffin at Ronnie Scotts, 1969 Harry M photo added. Selection: Latin Quarter (John Jenkins) .  .  . Artists Johnny Griffin, tenor sax; Sonny Clark, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Kenny Dennis, drums.; recorded Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, … Continue reading

Donald Byrd: Byrd In Flight (1960) Blue Note


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Coming shortly, the  long-awaited Tone Poet, but this is not an original trophy-parade. LJC digs out his non-descript United Artists mid-70s blue label reissue, only to find it sounds fantastic!  Not even Van Gelder metal sourced, but, I guess, mastered … Continue reading

Gil Evans: Svengali (1973) Atlantic


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Selection: Cry Of Hunger (Billy Harper) .  .  . Soloists:  Baritone Saxophone, Trevor Koehler; Flugelhorn, Howard Johnson ; Tenor Saxophone , Billy Harper. Artists Billy Harper, flute, tenor saxophone; Bruce Ditmas, drums; Dave Sanborn, alto saxophone; David Horowitz, synthesizer; Gil … Continue reading

Horace Silver: Further Explorations (1958) Blue Note (updated)


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UPDATED December 16, 2020: Harry M photo added foot of post – Art Farmer (1970) Horace Silver (1968). Head to Head: Blue Note original, Toshiba Japan reissue. Japanese reissues are cheaper and more readily available, but are they worth it? … Continue reading