Adventures in collecting "modern jazz": the classical music of America from the Fifties and Sixties, on original vinyl, on a budget, from England. And writing about it, since 2011. 100% coronavirus-free content.
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 →
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 →
Selection: Concerto For Billy The Kid (Russell) . . . Artists: Art Farmer (trumpet) Hal McKusick (flute, alto sax) Bill Evans (piano) Barry Galbraith (guitar) Milt Hinton (bass) Joe Harris (drums) recorded NYC, March 31, October 17 & 21, 1956 … Continue reading →
Selection: Stereophrenic … Artists Don Ellis (trumpet) Dave Baker (trombone) John Pierce (alto sax) Paul Plummer (tenor sax) George Russell (piano) Stephen Swallow (bass) Joe Hunt (drums) recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, NYC, January 31, 1962 Russell’s core group Hunt, … Continue reading →
LondonJazzBeachcomber has been out with the reissue quality detector again. This time he has found some early 60’s Riverside recordings repackaged by ABC Records, new owner of Riverside after Orpheum, in 1969, cheap as chips. ABC merged a selection from several titles … Continue reading →
‘Round about the same time as many versions of Monk’s classic composition ‘Round About Midnight were being recorded, in 1957, the wildly eccentric singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins recorded I Put a Spell on You. A while back I recall coming across a … Continue reading →