Hank Mobley: Reach Out (1968) Liberty Blue Note

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Selection: Beverly (LaMont Johnson) .  .  . Artists Woody Shaw, trumpet, flugelhorn; Hank Mobley, tenor sax; LaMont Johnson, piano; George Benson, guitar; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Billy Higgins, drums., recorded Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 19, 1968 One of … Continue reading

Andrew Hill: Passing Ships (1969) Blue Note TP (2021)

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        Track List “Sideways” – 4:09 “Passing Ships” – 7:08 “Plantation Bag” – 8:32 “Noon Tide” – 9:49 “The Brown Queen” – 6:22 “Cascade” – 6:27 “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” – 5:11 Selection: Passing Ships (Hill) .  .  . … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: Soul Station (1960) Blue Note Vinyl Classics (2021)

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New Release Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series – Hank Mobley’s Soul Station, in stereo. As is usual at LJC, we go under the surface into some of this recording’s vinyl history, strictly for nosey vinyl collectors. Selection: Dig Dis (Mobley) … Continue reading

Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else – Blue Note ‘Classic Vinyl Series’ (2021)

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UPDATED: Harry M. photos I have a mono early issue of Somethin’ Else but the Liberty stereo I added a few years back is not good enough, so I could not resist a quality stereo reissue in Blue Note’s  new … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: The Rajah (1966) Blue Note TP

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Thank you, LJC readers, today we just crossed over five million page views, not bad for a subject that has little commercial presence,  a labour of love.   – LJC A post timed with the release of The Rajah Tone Poet, … Continue reading

Collector’s Guide to Vintage Blue Note Classics: BLP1595 Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else (1958)

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Collector’s Corner What started me on this journey through Somethin’ Else was an enquiry from Takashi in Japan, who has a mysterious Liberty pressing of Somethin’ Else. In his own words: “Side 2 has RVG STEREO Stamp but, side 1 … Continue reading

Johnny Griffin: The Congregation (1957) Blue Note/ UA Replica Series 1970s

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UPDATE Jan.5: Johnny Griffin at Ronnie Scotts, 1969 Harry M photo added. Selection: Latin Quarter (John Jenkins) .  .  . Artists Johnny Griffin, tenor sax; Sonny Clark, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Kenny Dennis, drums.; recorded Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, … Continue reading

Donald Byrd: Byrd In Flight (1960) Blue Note

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Coming shortly, the  long-awaited Tone Poet, but this is not an original trophy-parade. LJC digs out his non-descript United Artists mid-70s blue label reissue, only to find it sounds fantastic!  Not even Van Gelder metal sourced, but, I guess, mastered … Continue reading

Horace Silver: Further Explorations (1958) Blue Note (updated)

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UPDATED December 16, 2020: Harry M photo added foot of post – Art Farmer (1970) Horace Silver (1968). Head to Head: Blue Note original, Toshiba Japan reissue. Japanese reissues are cheaper and more readily available, but are they worth it? … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon: Gettin’ Around (1965) Blue Note (updated 3/12)

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UPDATE III: December 3, 2020, both rips replaced with new and comparable copies, made yesterday on the same equipment on the same day. This eliminates the problem of the old USB rip being out of pitch with the MM33. UPDATE … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Ready for Freddie (1961) Blue Note

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Despite listing seventeen of Freddie titles at LJC, my favourite Blue Note trumpeter, Ready For Freddie was unintentionally overlooked, An omission no longer. Selection: Areitis (Hubbard) – Youtube digital upload, vinyl rip to be added at later date, so you … Continue reading

Lou Donaldson: The Natural Soul (1962) Blue Note

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Apologies, initial post went horribly wrong, new WordPress block-editor, missing text, now reinstated, and rip. Selection: Nice ‘n Greasy (Johnny Acea – pianist on Don Wilkerson’s “Elder Don”) YouTube has the whole album Approaching 200,000 views Artists Tommy Turrentine, trumpet; … Continue reading

Blue Mitchell: Down With It! (1965) Blue Note (updated with “blue” photos!)

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Sixties hyperbole! Blue Note titles which end in a shreik-mark!!, full list  over 30 below post!  (now even fuller thanks to Ed) Update August 15: Super Summer Bonus! Artist photos from 1968-73 courtesy of The Jazz Paparazzi, Harry M, Selection: … Continue reading

Sam Rivers: Dimensions & Extensions (1967) Blue Note

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In 1982, the combined forces of Decca/Telefunken (TelDec) and Georg Neumann Gmbh launched a German compilation of classical music tracks demonstrating the new analog  mastering process – Direct Metal Mastering:(10 For Sale from €7.87). The DMM process entered the Blue Note chain … Continue reading

Blue Note Stereo, by Design

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There is ample collector documentation of variation in Blue Note mono and stereo labels, their respective addresses, text, colour, typesetting and fonts. Likewise pages of heated discussion of the merits of mono, stereo, fold-downs, and general sound-engineering stuff. The area … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Cornbread (1965) Blue Note (Tone Poet 2019)

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Selection: Most Like Lee (TP, stereo) .  .  . Original Liberty 1967 monaural : Most Like Lee .  .  . Artists: Lee Morgan, trumpet; Jackie McLean, alto sax;  Hank Mobley, tenor sax; Herbie Hancock, piano; Larry Ridley, bass; Billy Higgins, … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: Bluesnik (1961) Blue Note (updated)

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UPDATED May 19, First Edition variation? Continuing with the theme of Blue, and Blue Note,  after Blue Hour, welcome Bluesnik, and my very odd Liberty mono edition Selection: Bluesnik (McLean) .  .  . Artists Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Jackie McLean, alto … Continue reading

Going For A Song: The Curious Case Of The Tune That Wasn’t.

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A genuine Blue Note mystery from LJC reader Markus S, and his copy of Blue Hour – Stanley Turrentine with The Three Sounds BLP 4057 (1961) Selection: Please Send Me Someone To Love (Mayfield) .  .   . Stanley Turrentine, tenor … Continue reading