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.

Leroy Vinnegar: Leroy Walks! (1957) UK Contemporary Vogue

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Ladies, Gentlemen, and Others, buckle up, we are heading backwards two decades from 1978 to 1957 in our self-charging-hybrid time-machine,  Forget 70’s direct disk audio, we are going from Musicians-In-the-Room to Musicians In The Stockroom, Roy DuNann at the controls … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan: Hello Hank Jones (1978) East World, direct-to-disc

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Too much British Jazz? Time To Go Home. But is home US, or Japan? Selection: Vienna (C.Jordan)  (long! 17:10) .  .  . Artists Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone; Hank Jones, Piano; Reggie Workman, bass; Freddie Waits, drums; recorded July 25, 1978. … Continue reading

Tubby Hayes: The Fontana Albums (1961-69) Universal/Decca 2019

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Suspicious plain package arrives by courier for LJC, driver speeds away. Bomb squad put on standby.  Shortly afterwards, British Jazz Explosion follows. Opening the package revealed a red sealed box with carefully taped edges, inside, tightly packed with eleven replica … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan: The Adventurer (1978) Muse

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Selection: The Adventurer (C.Jordan) .  .  . Artists Clifford Jordan, tenor, alto saxophone, flute; Tommy Flanagan, piano; Bill Lee, bass; Grady Tate, drums. Recorded at CI Recording, NYC, February 9, 1978, engineer Elvin Campbell. Clifford Jordan maintained a steady artistic … Continue reading

Clarke Boland Big Band: At Her Majesty’s Pleasure (1969) Black Lion

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Selection: Broadmoor  (Boland) .  .  . Order of solos: Humble (as), Bailey (flhrn), Scott (ts), Coe (cl), Sulieman (tp), Griffin (ts), Shihab (ss) Artists Jimmy Woode, bass; Kenny Clare, Kenny Clarke, drums;  Francy Boland, piano; Derek Humble, alto sax; Johnny Griffin, … Continue reading

Keno Duke/ Contemporaries: Crest Of The Wave (1975) Trident Records

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Selection: Uschi (Keno Duke) .  .  . Song title dedicated to the designer/photographer credited with the front cover, “Uschi” , which is a female name, apparently the Germanic diminutive of Ursula. The name Keno is also Germanic in origin. Somewhere … Continue reading

Shirley Scott: One For Me (1974) Universal Sounds (1997) – updated

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UPDATE 12/12/19: Photos added of Shirley Scott and Harold Vick, live, 1975. Selection: Keep On Movin’ On (Vick) .  .  . Artists  Shirley Scott, organ, mellotron; Harold Vick, alto/tenor  saxophone; Billy Higgins, drums; Jimmy Hopps, cowbell; recorded at Blue Rock … Continue reading

George Russell: The Outer View (1962) Fontana

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Selection: The Outer View (Russell) .  .  . Artists Don Ellis, trumpet; Garnett Brown, trombone; Paul Plummer, tenor saxophone; George Russell, piano; Steve Swallow, bass; Pete La Roca, drums; Sheila Jordan, vocals; recorded Plaza Sound Studios, NYC, August 27, 1962 … Continue reading

Andrew Hill: Shades (1986) Soul Note, Italy

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Selection: Tripping (Hill) Artists Andrew Hill, piano; Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone; Rufus Reid, bass; Ben Riley, drums; recorded July 3-4, 1986,  at Barigozzi Studio Milan, Italy, engineer Giancarlo Barigozzi, mastered at Phonocomp, Milan by Gennaro Carona. Hill’s most prominent public … Continue reading

Tubby Hayes: Grits, Beans And Greens: The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969 (2019) Universal

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Selection: Rumpus (Hayes) .  .  . Artists: Tubby Hayes, tenor sax; Mike Pyne, piano; Ron Mathewson, bass; Spike Wells, drums. Recorded at Philips Studios, Stanhope Place, London, Tuesday June 24th, 1969, 10.30am – 1.30pm – producer: Terry Brown; engineer: David … Continue reading

Harold McNair: The Fence (1970) B&C Records

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Selection: Scarborough Fair (trad, arr. P Simon) ..  . . . Artists Harold McNair, flute, alto saxophone, electric sax; Danny Thompson, string bass; Ric Grech, bass guitar; Terry Cox, drums; Tony Carr, percussion; Colin Green, guitar; Alan Branscombe, Keith Tippett, … Continue reading

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