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

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

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

Jazz Standards: “Summertime” Miles vs. Freddie

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Summer 2019 starts on Friday, June 21, 2019 (in 21 days) and ends on Monday, September 23rd 2019 (in 115 days). Rapidly approaching, lazy days and warm nights, the living is easy, an early taste of Summertime. Head-To-Head, another Jazz Standard goes into … Continue reading

Francy Boland: Cologne Scene (late ’60s) Schema/Rearward

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An experiment, in a novel form of A:B comparison, combined with some big band personnel detective work. In summary, LJC out on a limb, as usual. Selection: The Girl and The Turk (Boland) .  .  . Artists Trio: Francy Boland, piano; … Continue reading

Dudley Moore Trio, The (1969) Decca

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Selection 1: Bag of Chris (Karan) .  .  . Artists Dudley Moore, piano; Chris Karan (Chrisostomos Karanikis), drums, tablas; Jeff Clyne, Bass. Recording engineer George Chkiantz Chkiantz’s prime territory was ’70s  guitar-based rock and prog-rock: Led Zeppelin (Whole Lotta Love) … Continue reading

Jack Wilson: Ramblin’ (1966) Vault/ Vocalion

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Note to myself, stay out of hi-fi topics, for a while anyway, a very opinionated field! Music, onward and upward, a British Decca pressing of an American recording that has a lot of interesting musical content, hopefully may ring your … Continue reading

Don Rendell: Space Walk (1970) EMI Lansdowne

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Selection: Antibes (Rendell) .  .  . Artists Don Rendell: clarinet, flute, soprano and tenor sax; Stan Robinson: clarinet, flute, tenor sax; Peter Shade: flute, vibraphone; Jack Thorncroft: bass; Trevor Tomkins: drums. Recorded Lansdowne Studios, Holland Park, December 16th, 1970, recording … Continue reading

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