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.

Donald Byrd: Chant (1961) Blue Note Tone Poet Series (2019)

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Selection 1: You’re Next (D. Byrd) Blue Note Tone Poet Series 2019 .  .  . Go Compare: Selection 2: You’re Next,   United Artists 1979 UK Jazz File edition .  .  . For comparison, a UK edition of the United Artists … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: Etcetera (1965) Blue Note Tone Poet Series (2019)

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Selection 1: Penelope (Wayne Shorter) Tone Poet Series (2019) .  .  . Wally Trautgott re-mastered a reissue for the Capitol Connoisseur series back in 1995, which happens to be the copy on my shelf. Wally has his fans, though I … Continue reading

Harold McNair: Flute & Nut (1969) RCA International (Camden)

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Selection: Barnes Bridge (McNair) .  .  . Barnes Bridge (River Thames) Cast aside any romantic illusions, unlike Chelsea Bridge (Tommy Flanagan – Overseas) Barnes Bridge is a railway bridge, crossing the River Thames in West London. It is also gateway … Continue reading

Bill Evans, Stan Getz: A Discovery In 1973 (1964) Verve

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Quiz answers declared here: Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, Ron Carter. Well done, those who got it. Next time, I will  remember to anonymise the rip title, and remember what my mum taught me: “cheats never prosper”. (Wrong again, … Continue reading

Randy Weston: Little Niles (1958) United Artists

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Selection: Little Niles (Weston) .  .  . Artists Ray Copeland, Idrees Sulieman, trumpet; Melba Liston, trombone; Johnny Griffin, tenor sax; Randy Weston, piano; George Joyner, bass; Charlie Persip, drums. Recorded RCA Studios, NYC, October, 1958, recording engineer Ray Hall. Hall … Continue reading

Thad Jones: Motor City Scene (1959) United Artists/ HMV France

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Selection: No Refill . . . Artists Thad Jones, flugelhorn, cornet; Al Grey, trombone; Billy Mitchell, tenor sax; Tommy Flanagan, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Elvin Jones, drums. Recorded at Nola Studios, NYC, October 24 & 31, 1959 Music: After recently … Continue reading

Jack Wilson: Something Personal (1966) Liberty/Blue Note

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Selection: Most Unsoulfull Woman (Wilson) . . . Artists Roy Ayers, vibes; Jack Wilson, piano; Ray Brown, cello; Charles Williams Jr., bass; Varney Barlow, drums; Jack Tracy, producer. Annex Studios, Los Angeles, CA, night, August 10, 1966 Interesting Connections: Annex … Continue reading

Harold McNair: self-titled (1972) B&C Records

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Selection: The Hipster (McNair) . . . Artists Spike Heatley, bass; Tony Carr,  drums; Harold McNair, flute, tenor saxophone; Bill Le Sage, piano; recording engineer (1968 session) Barry Sheffield, In 1968, engineer Barry Sheffield co-founded Trident Studios in St Anne’s … Continue reading

George Russell: Ezz-thetics (1961) Riverside UK

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Selection: Nardis (Miles Davis)   .  .  . The instantly identifiable Davis composition given the Russell/ Dolphy treatment Artists Don Ellis, trumpet; Dave Baker, trombone; Eric Dolphy, alto sax, bass clarinet; George Russell, piano; Stephen Swallow, bass; Joe Hunt, drums, … Continue reading

Billy Harper: Love On The Sudan (1977) Denon Jazz

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Selection: Priestess (Harper) .  .  . Artists Bily Harper, tenor saxophone; Everett Hollins, trumpet; Mickey Tucker, piano; Gregg Maker, Bass; Malcolm Pinson, drums;  recorded in New York June 27-30, 1977, engineer Jim McCurdy A&R Recording Studio, New York City Mickey Tucker … Continue reading

Billy Harper: Capra Black (1973) Strata East/ Denon

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Selection: Sir Galahad (Harper) .  .  . Artists Billy Harper, tenor saxophone; Reggie Workman, bass;  Billy Cobham, Elvin Jones, Warren Smith, drums; George Cables, piano; Dick Griffin, Julian Priester, Trombone; Jimmy Owens, trumpet; Barbara Grant, Billy Harper, Gene McDaniels, Laveda … Continue reading

Jazz Standards: “Summertime” Miles vs. Freddie

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Summer 2019 starts on Friday, June 21, 2019 (in 21 days) and ends on Monday, September 23rd 2019 (in 115 days). Rapidly approaching, lazy days and warm nights, the living is easy, an early taste of Summertime. Head-To-Head, another Jazz Standard goes into … Continue reading

Francy Boland: Cologne Scene (late ’60s) Schema/Rearward

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An experiment, in a novel form of A:B comparison, combined with some big band personnel detective work. In summary, LJC out on a limb, as usual. Selection: The Girl and The Turk (Boland) .  .  . Artists Trio: Francy Boland, piano; … Continue reading

Frank Laico: Recording Engineer, Columbia 30th Street Studios.

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A break from the vinyl treadmill to a topic dear to the hearts of some, heroes of the recording studio, the engineers behind the sound of Modern Jazz. Names we know, Van Gelder, DuNann, Plaut, and that wonderful engineer at … Continue reading

Kenny Cox: Introducing the Contemporary Jazz Quintet (1968) Blue Note/Liberty

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Selection: Dianhh  (Leon Henderson) .  .  . Artists Kenny Cox, piano; Charles Moore, trumpet; Leon Henderson, tenor saxophone; Ron Brooks, bass; Danny Spencer, drums, recorded by Duke Pearson, re-recorded by Rudy Van Gelder. For the benefit of any unfamiliar with … Continue reading

Oliver Nelson: More Blues And The Abstract Truth (1964) Impulse

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Playing catch-up, I somehow missed posting first time around this title, more Oliver Nelson on Impulse, More Blues….and the Abstract Truth AS-75. I’m not sure what “Abstract Truth” means in this context, but it sure sounds intellectually impressive, so let’s … Continue reading

Duke Pearson: Profile (1959) Blue Note

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Selection: Taboo (to sooth your furrowed brow as the mystery unfolds) .  .  . Artists Duke Pearson, piano; Gene Taylor, bass; Lex Humphries, drums. Recorded Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 25, 1959 Music Columbus Calvin “Duke” Pearson Jr.’s … Continue reading

UK Government announces plans to ban vinyl

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 Exclusive! It’s Back to Shellac! The British Minister for Culture, Media and The Environment, Rt Hon Michael Dot-Gov MP, will announce measures to protect the environment by further reducing the use of plastic. “Following the elimination of common plastic products … Continue reading

Oliver Nelson: Sound Pieces (1966) Impulse

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Selection: Patterns .  .  . Artists: Patterns, The Shadow Of Your Smile, Elegy For A Duck (Capitol Studios, NYC, September 7, 1966) Oliver Nelson, soprano sax; Steve Kuhn, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Grady Tate, drums. Sound Piece For Jazz Orchestra … Continue reading

Dudley Moore Trio, The (1969) Decca

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Selection 1: Bag of Chris (Karan) .  .  . Artists Dudley Moore, piano; Chris Karan (Chrisostomos Karanikis), drums, tablas; Jeff Clyne, Bass. Recording engineer George Chkiantz Chkiantz’s prime territory was ’70s  guitar-based rock and prog-rock: Led Zeppelin (Whole Lotta Love) … Continue reading