Don Rendell Ian Carr: Shades of Blue (1964) EMI/Jazzman 2018

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Selection: Shades of Blue (Neil Ardley) . . . Artists Dave Green, bass; Trevor Tomkins, drums; Colin Purbrook, piano; Don Rendell, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Ian Carr, trumpet, flugelhorn; recorded London, October 1 – 2, 1964 Music All-Music sets the scene: “There are … Continue reading

Graham Collier: Deep Dark Blue Centre (1967) Deram

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’60s British Jazz Alert! Queen’s English courtesy of Google Translate. Selection: Crumblin’ Cookie .  .  . Artists Graham Collier: bass, arrangements; Dave Aaron, alto saxophone, flute; Karl Jenkins, baritone saxophone, oboe; John Marshall, drums;  Philip Lee, guitar;  Michael Gibbs, trombone; trumpet, flugelhorn, Harry Beckett … Continue reading

Jutta Hipp: At Hickory House Vol 1 (1956) Blue Note/UA 1975

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After pushing at the boundaries of jazz into the fusion-heavy 1970’s, a new acquisition offered an opportunity to walk back a decade or more, to early beginnings of Blue Note, and the brief career of Jutta Hipp. Selection: Dear Old Stockholm … Continue reading

Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (1971) RCA Neon

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Straying over the boundaries of 50s/60s jazz, putting a toe into the early ’70s, turning the focus back home to Britain, and the influence of expatriate African jazz musicians on the evolving British jazz scene. Think: Londonjazzcollector. British jazz started … Continue reading

Johnny Scott: Communication (1967) EMI

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Not everything is as it seems.  A post on sketchy identities, confusion, possibly even deception. It introduces a relatively unknown British jazz artist named Scott. Not Tony, not Ronnie, but…Johnny. And even that’s not his real name. Follow the twists and turns in another  jazz mystery tour. … Continue reading

Sonny Fortune: Long Before Our Mothers Cried (1974) Strata East

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An uncommercial island, Stanley Cowell and Charles Tolliver’s Strata East Records, stubbornly surrounded by increasingly commercial waters, making music to satisfy its core listening audience rather college boys and the bachelor demographic, who had moved on elsewhere. Venturing further into … Continue reading

Don Rendell/ Ian Carr : Phase III (1967) EMI Lansdowne

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Selection: Crazy Jane ( Carr  ) … The selection Crazy Jane narrowly defeated the more mainstream track On! due to the latter’s lengthy drum solo – a feature of many  ’60s recordings, an outbreak of instrumental democracy and fair play, everyone gets … Continue reading

Harold Land: The Peace-Maker (1967) Chess

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Selection 1: The Peace-Maker (Land) 5:10 .. Selection 2: Stylin’ (Land) 3:34 . It’s rapidly approaching, Christmas/Thanksgiving/Holiday/whatever-you-wanna-call-it, so a seasonal bonus from LJC – Selection 2,Stylin’, and what a track! Outrageous! Harmonica, flute, vibes – it even smells of 1967, the faint … Continue reading

Big John Patton: Let ‘Em Roll (1965) Blue Note/Liberty

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Selection: Latona (Patton) . Artists Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) John Patton (organ) Grant Green (guitar) Otis Finch (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 11, 1965 John Patton led six albums for Blue Note and a further five in the Liberty … Continue reading

Harold Land: The Fox (1959) Hi Fi Jazz

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Selection: One Second, Please (Hope) . Whilst the standard pick on The Fox is… The Fox, a helter-skelter chase at breakneck speed,  it has a “showcase” feel, look how fast we can play this tricksy tune, plus I already chose … Continue reading

Tubby Hayes: Jeff Kruger’s Jazz At The Flamingo (1956) Tempo

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Selection: Laker’s Day (Baseball and basketball fans may want to skip this section) . Tubby Hayes dedicates his second guest spot, Laker’s Day, to English cricketer Jim Laker  – who just that day had taken a record 19 wickets in one day against … Continue reading

Zoot Sims: Zoot at Ronnie Scott’s (1961) Fontana

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Selection: Love for Sale Artists: Zoot Sims (tenor sax),Stan Tracey (piano) Kenny Napper (bass) Jackie Dougan (drums), other tracks: Ronnie Scott (tenor sax) Jimmy Deuchar (trumpet),Harold McNair (alto sax & flute) Terry Shannon (piano) Jeff Clyne (bass) Phil Seamen (drums) … Continue reading

Lou Donaldson: Gravy Train (1961) Blue Note

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Selection: Gravy Train Selection Artists Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone) Herman Foster (piano) Ben Tucker (bass) Dave Bailey (drums) Alec Dorsey (congas) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 27, 1961 Donaldson remains the leading exponent of the soul-jazz … Continue reading

Horace Parlan: Us Three (1960) Blue Note – MM33

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Selection: US Three (Parlan) . Artists: Horace Parlan (piano) George Tucker (bass) Al Harewood (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 20, 1960 Music: “Us Three’s title track  bristles with a funky wail that characterized Parlan’s forays … Continue reading

Archie Shepp: The Magic of Ju-Ju (1967) Impulse!

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An outing to a place not often on the LJC jazz itinerary,” free jazz/  high energy genre”, and  nominations for The Ten Best Covers of a Jazz Record. (UPDATE: see reader nominations at end of post) Selection: Sorry ’bout that … Continue reading

Stan Tracey: We Love You Madly (1968) EMI /Columbia Magic Notes

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Allergy advice: this record contains no Steve Hoffman or Music Matters engineering, but may contain traces of British Jazz nuts. Selection: Lay By (Ellington/Strayhorn) from Suite Thursday.Tony Coe pulling off a passable impersonation of a Paul Gonsalves smeared-sax  solo. . Another selection: In … Continue reading

The Jazz Makers: (1959) Ember

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A short break from American Jazz and a brief excursion into the embryonic British Jazz Scene of the late ’50s with an unlikely American connection. On a British label called Ember, often found in thrift shops, but which on this occasion turns up … Continue reading

Clarke – Boland: The Golden 8 (1961) Blue Note MM33

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Some weeks ago, I reviewed BLP 4092 The Golden Eight (Toshiba 1991 re). In an unexpected turn of events, I find myself reviewing it again. But this time no jokes about lederhosen: the more serious business of modern audiophile reissues. I previously declared … Continue reading

Lou Donaldson: Hot Dog (1969) Blue Note – Liberty/UA

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We have recently dug deep into the 10″” jazz of the middle ’50s. Now it is 1969, time for a gear shift up into the soul-jazz era of the late ’60s. Change you can hear.   Track Selection: Hot Dog (Donaldson) . . … Continue reading

Kenny Clarke Francy Boland : The Golden Eight (1961) Blue Note/Toshiba

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One of the few Blue Note recordings made outside the US ( Dexter Gordon in Paris, Dizzy Reece and Tubby Hayes in London, perhaps you know of others). Blue Note does Yrup, next stop, Cologne (Köln, not the after-shave). Produced by Italian … Continue reading

Charles Earland: Infant Eyes (1978) Muse/ Van Gelder

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Selection: We Are Not Alone   Artists: Bill Hardman (trumpet) Frank Wess and/or Mack Goldsbury (tenor saxophone, Wess: and flute, ) Jimmy Ponder or Melvin Sparks (guitar) Grady Tate (drums) Lawrence Killian (percussion) recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1978. … Continue reading

The British Jazz Explosion (1966-9) EMI Lansdowne

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Five Selections: your five-a-day portions of jazz, for a healthy listening diet. I provide a sample from an album, they provide a sample from an album, I figure if its good enough for them it’s good enough for me too. Artists: … Continue reading

The Brits are coming! Jimmy Deuchar, Victor Feldman (1955) Contemporary

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With Hogmanay fast approaching, it’s Brit-night at LJC. Up first a timely introduction to one of Scotland’s finest jazz exports, Jimmy Deuchar, in the company of some of Britain’s finest jazz musicians five decades ago. Following which you will be introduced … Continue reading