Ted Curson: The New Thing & The Blue Thing (1965) Atlantic

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New Thing selection: Elephant’s Walk . Blue Thing selection: Straight Ice . Artists: Ted Curson (trumpet) Bill Barron (tenor saxophone) Georges Arvanitas (piano) Herb Bushler (bass) Dick Berk (drums) recorded NYC, March 25 &29, 1965, engineer Tom Dowd. Recording both … Continue reading

Guide to 1st Pressings of Atlantic Records Part 2: Stereo

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Hot on the heels of Atlantic Labeology Part 1 The Guide to Mono First pressings of Atlantic comes LJC’s Guide to the Stereo First Pressings of Atlantic. And I thought this would be easy? Both these guides will be maintained on permanent pages … Continue reading

LJC Guide to the Mono First Pressings of Atlantic

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Illustrated Guide to Atlantic First Pressings Permanent page: LJC Guide to Record Labels/Atlantic/label transitions I hope this will be the enduring and unique  visual “Labelology” of Atlantic Jazz, the go-to reference for title by title identification.  Scope is limited to 1200, 1300, … Continue reading

Lennie Tristano (1955) Atlantic (includes “best jazz pianists” poll)

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The “best pianists” poll and all of this year’s LJC reader polls are to be found here on one new page. If you haven’t already had your say, voting is still open on all polls. Selection 1: Line Up Lennie Tristano (piano) Peter … Continue reading

Charles Mingus: Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956) Atlantic

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Selection: Pithecanthropus Erectus (Mingus) Note: a little light crackle in background of quiet passages According to Mingus’ liner notes (quoted by Wiki) the title song is a ten-minute four-chapter  tone poem, depicting the rise of man from his hominid roots Upright Ape-Man to … Continue reading

John Lewis Sacha Distel “Afternoon in Paris” (1956) Atlantic

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Track Selection 1: Bags Groove Track Selection 2: Afternoon in Paris Artists Barney Wilen (ts) John Lewis (p) Sacha Distel (g) Percy Heath (b) Kenny Clarke (d) recorded in Paris, France, December 4 and 7, 1956 Music Yes that Sacha Distel – … Continue reading

Coltrane Jazz (1960) London/Atlantic

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Track Selection: Village Blues Artists John Coltrane (ss, ts) Wynton Kelly or McCoy Tyner (p) Paul Chambers or Steve Davis (b), Jimmy Cobb  or  Elvin Jones (d) recorded November 24 and December 2, 1959 & October 21, 1960, NYC Music The first album released after … Continue reading

Ornette Coleman “Twins” (1961)

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Track Selection (long): “Check Up” 10:00 > Artists on Check Up: Don Cherry (cor) Ornette Coleman (as) Scott LaFaro (b) Ed Blackwell (d) recorded NYC, January 31, 1961. Recording Engineer Tom Dowd. Other tracks:  Don Cherry (pocket tp) Freddie Hubbard (tp) Eric … Continue reading

Harold Land Red Mitchell Quintet “Hear Ye!” (1961)

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Selection: “Hear Ye!” (again)  Artists Carmell Jones (trumpet) Harold Land (tenor sax) Frank Strazzeri (piano) Red Mitchell (bass) Leon Petties (drums) recorded Los Angeles, CA, October 14 and December 13,  1961 Music Good bop, straight ahead, no time-wasting. I have … Continue reading

Shelly Manne “Boss Sounds!” 1966

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Track Selection: “Margie” Artists Conte Candoli (tp) Frank Strozier (as) Russ Freeman (p) Monte Budwig (b) Shelly Manne (d) recorded “Shelly’s Manne-Hole”, Hollywood, CA, June 20, 1966 Music A nice quality recording and good listening West Coast  jazz with the … Continue reading

Ornette Coleman: Free Jazz (1960) Atlantic

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  Track selection: (excerpt) Artists Don Cherry (pocket tp) Freddie Hubbard (tp) Eric Dolphy (bcl) Ornette Coleman (as) Charlie Haden, Scott LaFaro (b) Ed Blackwell, Billy Higgins (d)  NYC, December 21, 1960 For Stereophiles, the positioning is: Left channel Ornette … Continue reading

The Real Lee Konitz (1958)

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Sample (long):Lee Konitz “Pennies in Minor“. Recorded in 1958 “live” at the Midway Lounge, Pittsburg, by Lee’s bass player Peter Ind, who by all accounts started a reel to reel tape running in the basement, and ran up stairs into the club to start … Continue reading

Lee Konitz “Inside Hi-Fi” (1956)

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Track Selection: “Kary’s Trance“, guitar duet Billy Bauer: Artists Lee Konitz (as, ts) Billy Bauer (g) Arnold Fishkin (b) Dick Scott (d) recorded NYC, October 16, 1956 Music A recent convert to Lee Konitz, the more I hear the more I … Continue reading

One more for the jazz bohemians: Ornette! (1961)

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Track Selection: “Totem & Taboo” >> Artists Don Cherry (cor) Ornette Coleman (as) Scott LaFaro (b) Ed Blackwell (d)  recorded January 31, 1961, NYC Music Recorded one month after the genre-defining Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation in 1961, the composition titles … Continue reading

Ornette Coleman “On Tenor” (1962)

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Track Selection: “Eos”: Artists Don Cherry (pocket tp) Ornette Coleman (ts) Jimmy Garrison (b) Ed Blackwell (d) recorded NYC, March 22, 1961 Music More structured dissonace from Ornette, this time from 1962’s “On Tenor”, with regular Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, … Continue reading

Ornette Coleman “Shape of Jazz to Come” (1959)

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Track Selection: “Lonely Woman” > Artists Don Cherry (cor) Ornette Coleman (as) Charlie Haden (b) Billy Higgins (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 1959 Music Lonley Woman is possibly one of  Ornette’s most iconic and musically accessible pieces, and … Continue reading

Bye bye “Clown”, hello “Lovebird”

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Track Selection: “Reincarnation of a Lovebird”: Artists: Jimmy Knepper (tb) Shafi Hadi (ts) Wade Legge (p) Charles Mingus (b) Dannie Richmond (d) Jean Shepherd (nar) Audio-Video Studios, NYC, February 12, 1957 and NYC, March 13, 1957 Music Originally issued in … Continue reading