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.

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

Jack Wilson: Ramblin’ (1966) Vault/ Vocalion

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Note to myself, stay out of hi-fi topics, for a while anyway, a very opinionated field! Music, onward and upward, a British Decca pressing of an American recording that has a lot of interesting musical content, hopefully may ring your … Continue reading

High Fidelity: Decades of Decline

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Though hi-fi makes a very important contribution to the quality of my day, I haven’t written much about it lately.  I  don’t read Hi-Fi magazines, as I find it impossible to keep up with all the developments and equipment. I … Continue reading

Don Rendell: Space Walk (1970) EMI Lansdowne

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Selection: Antibes (Rendell) .  .  . Artists Don Rendell: clarinet, flute, soprano and tenor sax; Stan Robinson: clarinet, flute, tenor sax; Peter Shade: flute, vibraphone; Jack Thorncroft: bass; Trevor Tomkins: drums. Recorded Lansdowne Studios, Holland Park, December 16th, 1970, recording … Continue reading

Rare vintage jazz issued in the UK, re-issued in Japan: the Universal UCJU 9000 series

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Rare UK ’60s vintage vinyl jazz, re-mastered in Japan The giant Universal Music Group own the recordings of Capitol (including Blue Note), Decca UK, EMI (including the recent Rendell Carr Quintet reissues), Impulse, Verve, Mercury and Philips (including Fontana). The suits … Continue reading

Paul Gonsalves: Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick (1963) Vocalion/ (2006) Universal

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Selection: Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick (Gonsalves) . . . The title track is dedicated by Ellingtonian tenor Paul Gonsalves to his friendJackie Sharpe, tenor and baritone sax player, jazz club owner (the Downbeat Club in Old Compton Street, Soho)  and all-round legendary London character. Sharpe was … Continue reading