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 thirty years - so I've borrowed "Louis Balfour" as the face of LondonJazzCollector. I live in London, I collect Jazz. It's self-explanatory really.

Bird Curtis Quintet (1967) Tony Pike Music/ Jazzaggression 2014

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  Selection: Tartan Reign and Victory in Splendour (Curtis) . . . Artists Ian Bird – tenor, alto sax; John Curtis – trumpet; Ray Shea – piano; Daryl Runswick – bass; Tim Woolley – drums. Recorded  at Tony Pike Music … Continue reading

Graham Collier Music: Songs For My Father (1970) Fontana – UPDATED, photos

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Another excursion into the progressive detachment of British from American jazz in the second half of the 1960s. This one heads further out into the realms of progressive big-band: lauding composition, fragmentation and complexity. If “The Sound Of Surprise” (W. Balliett) no longer … Continue reading

The Visitors: Neptune (1971) Cobblestone

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Christmas is traditionally a time for visiting, family and friends, but today we have another kind of visitor to LJC, The Visitors, visiting us from the spiritual soul-jazz years of the early ’70s. Make them welcome, they won’t be staying … Continue reading

Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Marching Song/ Vol1 (1969) Deram (UPDATED)

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UPDATED 20/12/18 Photos Of Westbrook Band 1968 (see foot of post) and review of RSD titles. Selection: Waltz .  .  . Artists: Mike Westbrook’s Concert Band Mike Osborne – alto saxophone, clarinet; Bernie Living – alto saxophone, flute, piccolo flute; … Continue reading

Don Rendell Ian Carr: Shades of Blue (1964) EMI/Jazzman 2018

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Selection: Shades of Blue (Neil Ardley) . . . Artists Dave Green, bass; Trevor Tomkins, drums; Colin Purbrook, piano; Don Rendell, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Ian Carr, trumpet, flugelhorn; recorded London, October 1 – 2, 1964 Music All-Music sets the scene: “There are … Continue reading

Graham Collier: Deep Dark Blue Centre (1967) Deram

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’60s British Jazz Alert! Queen’s English courtesy of Google Translate. Selection: Crumblin’ Cookie .  .  . Artists Graham Collier: bass, arrangements; Dave Aaron, alto saxophone, flute; Karl Jenkins, baritone saxophone, oboe; John Marshall, drums;  Philip Lee, guitar;  Michael Gibbs, trombone; trumpet, flugelhorn, Harry Beckett … Continue reading

McCoy Tyner: Today and Tomorrow (1963) Impulse

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After a brief sortie into the mid -70s, LJC returns to the early 60s, closer to Home. Selection: Contemporary Focus .  .  . Artists: Impulse title containing two sessions, recorded eight months apart, three tracks in trio, three in sextet … Continue reading

Jutta Hipp: At Hickory House Vol 1 (1956) Blue Note/UA 1975

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After pushing at the boundaries of jazz into the fusion-heavy 1970’s, a new acquisition offered an opportunity to walk back a decade or more, to early beginnings of Blue Note, and the brief career of Jutta Hipp. Selection: Dear Old Stockholm … Continue reading

Curtis Amy, Dupree Bolton: Katanga! (1963) Pacific Jazz/ UK Fontana.

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Selection: Native Land .  .  . Artists Dupree Bolton, trumpet; Curtis Amy, tenor, soprano sax; Jack Wilson, piano; Ray Crawford, guitar; Vic Gaskin, bass; Doug Sides, drums. Pacific Jazz Studios, Hollywood, CA, February 3, 1963 Music Katanga!?  At LJC I sometimes … Continue reading

Michael Garrick Sextet: Prelude to Heart Is A Lotus (1968) Gearbox (2015) – updated

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Selection: Sweet and Sugary Candy (12:26) .  .  . Selection, a quintessentially British jaunty swinger, worthy of Tubby at Ronnies. Artists Michael Garrick – piano, harpsichord, celeste; Don Rendell – soprano and alto sax, flute; Ian Carr – trumpet; Coleridge … Continue reading

Chet Baker: In Milan (1959) Jazzland/Fantasy OJC

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LondonCheapskateRecordCollector here. A must-have album, of many faces, one of which belongs on your turntable. But which? Selection: Pent Up..Tune Up…Cock-up! rip mix-up! Tune Up (Davis) .  .  . Artists Chet Baker, trumpet; Glauco Masetti, alto sax; Gianni Basso, tenor sax; Renato … Continue reading

Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (1971) RCA Neon

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Straying over the boundaries of 50s/60s jazz, putting a toe into the early ’70s, turning the focus back home to Britain, and the influence of expatriate African jazz musicians on the evolving British jazz scene. Think: Londonjazzcollector. British jazz started … Continue reading

Gilles Peterson: “Impressed”- British Jazz 1962-72 (2002 compilation) UPDATE: Peter Ind 90th (see footer)

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Hey LJC – original vinyl, remember?  A DJ compilation reissue, have you taken leave of your senses?! Quite possibly, but I’m gonna do it anyway. This one is different. The original recordings carefully curated here are simply impossible to find … Continue reading

Johnny Scott: Communication (1967) EMI

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Not everything is as it seems.  A post on sketchy identities, confusion, possibly even deception. It introduces a relatively unknown British jazz artist named Scott. Not Tony, not Ronnie, but…Johnny. And even that’s not his real name. Follow the twists and turns in another  jazz mystery tour. … Continue reading

“My Favourite Things”: Grant Green/ John Coltrane

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This piece started out as a review of Grant Green’s 1979 Japan-only release Matador. Some consider it among his finest albums, after Idle Moments, of course, and arguably, Solid. Just four tracks to choose from. Initially, I selected the Duke … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan: Glass Bead Games (1974) Strata East

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Selection: John Coltrane (Lee) A two record set deserves a second selection: Eddie Harris (Lee) .  .  . Artists Billy Higgins drums, percussion; Cedar Walton, Stanley Cowell, piano; Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone; Bill Lee, Sam Jones, bass. Quartet I: C. … Continue reading

It’s as easy as A, B, C… or perhaps not! All aboard the RVG Prestige mystery train.

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(Updated June 12, 2018 – see foot of post) Saxophone Colossus overlooked (and that’s a tall order!) The mystery of RVG/ Prestige alphabetic stamp codes. Followers of The Evil Silver Disc might want to sit this one out. It’s deep vinyl. … Continue reading

Cecil Payne: Zodiac (1968) Strata East ’73

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Selection: Girl You Got A Home (Bill Lee) .   .   . Artists Cecil Payne, baritone, alto saxophone; Kenny Dorham, trumpet; Wynton Kelly, piano, organ; Wilbur Ware, bass; Albert Heath, drums. Recorded December 16, 1968, at Town Sound Studios, Englewood, NJ.  … Continue reading