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.

Billy Harper: Black Saint (1975) Japan 1976

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Selection: Croquet Ballet (Harper) .  .  . Artists Billly Harper, Tenor saxophone; Virgil Jones, trumpet; Joe Bonner, piano; David Friesen, bass; Malcolm Pinson, drums; recorded July 21 & 22, 1975 at Barclay Studios, Paris, France, recording engineer Peter Dobler, cover … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon: Gettin’ Around (1965) Blue Note MMJ 33 (updated)

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UPDATE II: November 24, a change from jazz, over at my sister blog Age Improves With Wine, fruits of lockdown and an unexpected Summer-long exploration into French Rosé: Grape Expectations, Think Pink UPDATE: pictures added foot of post,  Bobby Hutcherson … Continue reading

Guest Post: Jeff Gold – “Sittin’ In: Jazz Clubs Of The ’40s and ’50s”

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At LJC you never know what you are going to find in your mailbox, apart from those tiresome MICROSOFT ACCOUNT  DEACTIVATION WARNING emails .  So it was a pleasant surprise to hear from a California-based writer, Jeff Gold, who wanted … Continue reading

Pedro Biker: Evergreens in Danish Design (1963) Fontana/Universal jp

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Selection: Everything Happens to Me (standard) .  .  . Artists Sahib Shihab, baritone sax; Allan Botschinsky, trumpet; Bent Axen, piano; Niels-Henning Pedersen, bass; Bjarne Rostvold, drums; Pedro Biker, vocals; recorded in Denmark, 1963. Plagiarism Alert! Marc Myers (JazzWax) picks up … Continue reading

Andrew Cartmel: The Vinyl Detective LP (2020)

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Warning: a quirky post, even by LJC standards, enjoy the ride! Selection: The Vinyl Detective Theme – short introduction (Joe Kraemer)  .  .  . Artists Joe Kraemer, composer, keyboard/synths (below left); Andrew Cartmel, writer and music curator of vintage jazz … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Ready for Freddie (1961) Blue Note

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Despite listing seventeen of Freddie titles at LJC, my favourite Blue Note trumpeter, Ready For Freddie was unintentionally overlooked, An omission no longer. Selection: Areitis (Hubbard) – Youtube digital upload, vinyl rip to be added at later date, so you … Continue reading

Rendell Carr Quintet: Live At The Union (1966) Stamford Audio

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Selection: Ursula (Garrick) Live at The Union .  .  . Studio Version (Ursula, from Black Marigolds/ Gilles Petersen compilation) .  .  . Artists Don Rendell, tenor, soprano saxophone; Ian Carr, trumpet, flugelhorn; Michael Garrick, Piano; Trevor Tomkins, drums, Dave Green/ … Continue reading

Lou Donaldson: The Natural Soul (1962) Blue Note

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Apologies, initial post went horribly wrong, new WordPress block-editor, missing text, now reinstated, and rip. Selection: Nice ‘n Greasy (Johnny Acea – pianist on Don Wilkerson’s “Elder Don”) YouTube has the whole album Approaching 200,000 views Artists Tommy Turrentine, trumpet; … Continue reading

Blue Mitchell: Down With It! (1965) Blue Note (updated with “blue” photos!)

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Sixties hyperbole! Blue Note titles which end in a shreik-mark!!, full list  over 30 below post!  (now even fuller thanks to Ed) Update August 15: Super Summer Bonus! Artist photos from 1968-73 courtesy of The Jazz Paparazzi, Harry M, Selection: … Continue reading

Sam Rivers: Dimensions & Extensions (1967) Blue Note

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In 1982, the combined forces of Decca/Telefunken (TelDec) and Georg Neumann Gmbh launched a German compilation of classical music tracks demonstrating the new analog  mastering process – Direct Metal Mastering:(10 For Sale from €7.87). The DMM process entered the Blue Note chain … Continue reading

Frey Tiepold Thierfelder Lang: Colibry (1981) Verabra

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Straying out of Modern Jazz Quarantine, vacillating between bop, hard-bop, post bop and hip-bop, LJC breaks his own rules again, venturing into the genre of European jazz rock of the early ’80s Germany, nein-bop. It’s a  record probably unknown to … Continue reading

Cultural Archeology: ’60s Radio Station Record Jacket Graffiti (more added June 15)

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UPDATE: June 10,  contributions from David S, Tony, and Dubmart UPDATE: June 11, contributions  from Doom Girl and Milan UPDATE : June 13 great contribution from Joe L Update June 14: all the way from Tokyo, contributions from Hiromasa N, … Continue reading