Milt Jackson: Sunflower (1972) CTI

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Selection: Sunflower (Hubbard) … Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet, flugelhorn) Milt Jackson (vibes) Herbie Hancock (piano) Jay Berliner (guitar) Ron Carter (bass) Billy Cobham (drums) Don Sebesky (arranger, conductor) : Romeo Penque (alto flute, English horn, oboe) Phil Bodner (flute, alto … Continue reading

Hal McKusick: The Jazz Workshop (1956) RCA Victor

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A horizontal tasting: composers and arrangements The oeuvre is the  “Jazz Workshop”, zeitgeist of 1956: the search for new directions. Post- swing experimentalism flowers briefly, doffing its cap to its contemporary classical music “brothers”. The fixed points here are the performers, the same … Continue reading

More Vertical Tasting: A Re-issue Race – any winners?

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A different kind of vertical tasting, the common thread is the same original Blue Note recording BPL 4063 “Whistle Stop” first issued in 1961, in only mono. Featuring Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley (Mobley!), Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe, … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: A Journey From Analog to Digital, with stops along the way.

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LondonJazzCollector reaches 3 million page views since its inception in 2011. To celebrate, I’ve been building up  a monster post. This is it, and it is monsterous: a multi-dimensional music comparison, borrowing ideas from another of my interests, wine. It’s … Continue reading

Walter Davis Jr: Davis Cup (1959) Blue Note UA

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Selection: Minor Mind (Walter Davis) … Artists: Donald Byrd (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Walter Davis Jr. (piano) Sam Jones (bass) Art Taylor (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 2, 1959 Artist of Note – Walter … Continue reading

Jack Wilson: Easterly Winds (1967) Blue Note/Liberty

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Selection: On Children (Wilson) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Garnett Brown (trombone) Jack Wilson (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 22, 1967 Artist of note: Jack Wilson … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Sextet (1969) King, Japan

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Selection: Mr Johnson (Mabern) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet), Mickey Roker (drums),  Harold Mabern (piano), George Coleman (tenor saxophone), Julian Priester (trombone), Walter Booker (bass) recorded September 12 & October 10, 1969. The 1969 Sextet are all hot players, a triple brass … Continue reading

Harold Land: Eastward Ho! (1960) Jazzland/Orpheum

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Selection: So In Love . . . Artists Kenny Dorham (trumpet) Harold Land (tenor sax) Amos Trice (piano) Clarence Jones (bass) Joe Peters (drums) recorded Plaza Sound Studios, NYC, July 5 & 8, 1960 engineer Ray Fowler Artist of Note: Amos … Continue reading

Art Blakey: Free For All (1964) Blue Note

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Selection: Hammer Head (Shorter) . . . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Curtis Fuller (trombone) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) Cedar Walton (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Art Blakey (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 10, 1964 Hubbard’s last … Continue reading

Johnny Coles: The Warm Sound (1961) Sony/CBS Japan

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Selection: If I Should Lose You . . . Artists: Johnny Coles (trumpet) Kenny Drew (piano) Peck Morrison (bass) Charlie Persip (drums) recorded NYC, April 10 & 13, 1961, engineers Fred  Plaut (Kind of Blue!) and Robert Waller. Columbia 30th Street … Continue reading

Peter Leitch: Red Zone (1985) Van Gelder!

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Selection: Red Zone . . . Artists Ray Drummond (bass) Marvin “Smitty” Smith (drums) Peter Leitch (guitar) Kirk Lightsey (piano). Recorded digitally November 16, 1985 at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Canadian-born guitarist Peter Leitch bio from his … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: High Voltage (1967) Liberty

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Selection: Two and One (Mobley) … Selection 2: Bossa Deluxe (Mobley) … Artists Blue Mitchell (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Hank Mobley (tenor sax) John Hicks (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading

George Russell: The Jazz Workshop (1956) RCA ’62 2nd Edition

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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

George Russell: The Stratus Seekers (1962) Riverside (UK)

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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

George Russell: “Arranger” – RCA, Decca, and Riverside years (1957-63)

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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

Bill Evans Jim Hall: Undercurrent (1962) Toshiba-EMI

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A tale of the pursuit of one recording, the search for the best pressing, and a few lessons learned along the way. Prepare for a deep dive, and beware of currents. The story so far… In the early ’60s, United Artists … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Hub of Hubbard (1969) BASF/MPS

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The LondonJazz-Beachcomber continues to showcase potentially overlooked gems among lesser titles and labels, low price of entry to match. Today, something from the Black Forest is on the menu, and it’s not gateau. Freddie Hubbard and The Hub of Hubbard. And for … Continue reading

Wes Montgomery: The Alternative Takes (1959-63) Riverside recordings

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Reissue Corner: an occasional series Thumbing through the New Arrivals section in a record store, one of the many pleasures of record collecting is the occasional unexpected surprise among the usual stack of common reissues and second division artists. I recently stumbled … 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

Duke Pearson: “Wahoo!” (1964) Blue Note MM33

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Selection: Bedouin (Pearson) MM33 Artists Donald Byrd (trumpet) James Spaulding (alto sax, flute) Joe Henderson (tenor sax) Duke Pearson (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Mickey Roker (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 21, 1964. Forget we are … Continue reading

Blue Note reissue specialist announces new product range

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Vinyl Resurrection Press Release: April 1, 2017 Vinyl Resurrection Inc, the specialist Blue Note  audiophile reissue company, today announced a major addition to their Blue Note product range. Vice-president Tom Bola told a meeting of music journalists and investors that the company would shortly introduce a vinyl reissue … Continue reading

Harold Land: West Coast Blues (1960) Jazzland

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I’ve been posting about the Jazzland label recently, let’s dig deep into one of the great recordings there, Harold Land, West Coast Blues! Selection: Ursula (Land) … Artists Joe Gordon (trumpet) Harold Land (tenor sax) Barry Harris (piano) Wes Montgomery … Continue reading