Kind of Blue: Columbia matrixology and alt-US: Conclusion

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Thank you readers who contributed Kind of Blue six-eye label matrix codes. The pattern and frequency of codes more or less mirrors the findings in my larger sample of now around two hundred matrix pairs, which it should, enough to give a high … Continue reading

Kind of Blue Data Collection – what’s your six-eye matrix?

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I didn’t want my mailbox jammed with everyone telling me what KoB matrices they have got (some did anyway, great) – but then I had a brainwave: Polldaddy!  Hopefully this will work. If it doesn’t then there’s nothing lost, except I … Continue reading

Search for the earliest pressings of “Kind of Blue”, a Collector’s Guide (more updates Nov 13)

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(Update Nov 11, 12 and 13, see foot of post,  super-anorak addendum, label font variation, Canadian pressings, and two eye ) WARNING: contains strong vinyl collector content, and no music or digital ingredients.  It is also quite long and in depth, be prepared, … Continue reading

Two horns, one tune: E S P: Chet Baker (1977); Miles Davis (1963)

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Chet Baker Selection: E S P (1977) Artists: Chet Baker (trumpet) Gregory Herbert (tenor saxophone) Harold Danko (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Mel Lewis (drums) recorded NYC, February 20, 1977 Music: Summertime was recorded in the US shortly before Baker’s move … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Collectors’ Items (Prestige) 1953-6

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Prestige “original”!?  What’s one number difference in an address?  Into the vaults, LJC returns clutching what he thought was his most prized “original” Prestige LP, purchased a few years back from the now-disappeared Intoxica Records, Portobello Road, Notting Hill. The man said … Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Blue (updated)

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 (Update March 23: shades of blue now increased to eight –  three extra rips added at the foot of the post, courtesy of ripmeister Bill H) Fifty Shades of Blue – Kind of Blue, not Blue Notes – ok, and … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Dig / Diggin’ (1951) Esquire/Prestige

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All this attention given to Prestige covers, it is time to “dig in” to some of the music inside those covers. We take a closer look at what is inside 7012 Miles Davis Dig, but with a few “LJC twists … Continue reading

Miles Davis: ‘Round About Midnight (1956) Columbia “essential”

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  (Previously blogged as the UK Philips release, with a blue cover and photographically enhanced trumpet, now “upgraded” to the original Columbia CL949) Selection: ‘Round About Midnight 320kbps MP3 Columbia six-eye mono Artists Miles Davis (trumpet) John Coltrane (tenor saxophone) Red … Continue reading

Miles Davis In Europe (1963) Columbia

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Selection: Quintet introduction: Europe – a little island off the coast of America. Pity the poor MC At the Antibes Jazz Festival, tasked with introducing The Miles Davis Quintet. As regulars may know I’m something of a Francophile and in the … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Water Babies (1967) Columbia

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Selection: Sweet Pea (Shorter) – 1967 quintet: somnambulant floating groove,  immersive, pensive, no-bop. Artists Side 1: Miles Davis (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Tony Williams (drums) recorded Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC, June 7,13 and … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Miles Smiles (1966) Columbia

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Selection: Footprints (Shorter) Artists: Miles Davis (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Tony Williams (drums) recorded Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC, October 24 and 25, 1966 Cultural Notes: October 1966 – an occasional reminder of … Continue reading

Charlie Parker: The Charlie Parker Story (1945) Savoy

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Selection: Ko Ko Ko Ko – Short Take #1 (0:40) Ko Ko – Orig Take #2 (2:50) NEW!! courtesy of LJC poster FelixStrange – 78 master Ko Ko – mindblowin’! Ko Ko Savoy 78rpm Charlie Parkers Bebop Boys: (FLAC by … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Seven Steps to Heaven (1963) Columbia

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Artists On the East Coast – Miles Davis (trumpet) George Coleman (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Tony Williams (drums) Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC, May 14, 1963 Selection: Joshua (Feldman) Recorded New York (new stereo rip) On … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Sorcerer (1967) Columbia

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Selection: Vonetta Selection 2: Masqualero Artists Miles Davis (t) Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Ron Carter (b) Tony Williams (d) recorded Columbia Studio B, NYC, May 16, 17 and 24, 1967 Music Sorcerer is one of several transitional works between Davis’s … Continue reading

Miles Davis In Person at The Blackhawk (1961) Fontana Stereo

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Selection: Bye bye Blackbird (Fontana Stereo) Artists Miles Davis (t) Hank Mobley (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) recorded at “The Blackhawk”, San Francisco, CA, 1st  April 21-2, 1961 engineer Russ Payne. Music An “amateur” reviewer on … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Blue Moods (1955) Fantasy

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Selection: Alone Together (Dietz/Schwartz) Artists Miles Davis (tpt) Britt Woodman (trb) Teddy Charles (vib) Charles Mingus (b) Elvin Jones (d) Audio-Video Studios, NYC, July 9, 1955 Music An interesting line up of the young Miles Davis, with Mingus and Elvin … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Modern Jazz Giants (1954 / 56) Esquire UK

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Selection 1: ‘Round About Midnight (Monk) – with Coltrane A while back LJC featured a post of different versions of the jazz anthem ‘Round about Midnight, in response to which one poster recommended this version. And they are right. The Coltrane … Continue reading

Davis and Coltrane Live in Stockholm (1960) Dragon

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Coltrane speaks: Interview Pt 1 Interview Pt2 Coltrane Plays: So What (Live) Artists Miles Davis (t) John Coltrane (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) recorded at “Konserthuset”, Stockholm, Sweden, March 22, 1960 recorded by Karl-Erik Lindgren … Continue reading

Miles Davis Milestones (1958) Columbia

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Selection: Miles . Joyous music vintage 1958, on the cusp between bop and modal: Miles is cool as ice, a Philly-Joe kick on every beat, Chambers romps infectiously, you can feel the smile on Adderley’s face as his alto soars on the updrafts, … Continue reading

‘Round About Midnight Shoot-out!

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‘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

Miles Davis Miles in Amsterdam (1957) Jazz O.P

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Selection: ‘Round about Midnight. (T. Monk) Artists Miles Davis (t) Barney Wilen (ts) Rene Urtreger (p) Pierre Michelot (b) Kenny Clarke (d) recorded live at “Concertgebouw”, Amsterdam, Holland, December 8, 1957 Russia launches Sputnik I, first earth-orbiting satellite: the Space Race commences; Gov. Orval … Continue reading

Miles Davis Porgy and Bess (1958) Columbia six-eye

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Selection: It Ain’t Necessarily So Selection 2: Summertime Selection 3: Gone Artists: Miles Davis With Gil Evans Orchestra Johnny Coles, Bernie Glow, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal (trumpet) Miles Davis (flugelhorn, trumpet) Joe Bennett, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak (trombone) Dick Hixson (bass trombone) … Continue reading

Miles Davis Steamin’ (1956) Esquire

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  Track selection 1: Well You Needn’t  (Monk) Thelonious Monk gets kudos on “Well, You Needn’t.” The quintet makes short work of the intricacies of the arrangement, adding the double horn lead on the choruses, redefining this jazz standard. Selection … Continue reading

Miles Davis Musings of Miles (1955) Prestige/ Bergenfield

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  Track Selection: A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie/Paparelli) . Selected because it’s a tune I can’t get enough of. I read Gillespie turned down a generous offer from the Tunisian National Tourist Board, to rename the tune Two Nights in Tunisia, with full board, inclusive of airport charges and … Continue reading