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

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

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

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

Lee Morgan: The Sixth Sense (1967) Blue Note/Liberty UA

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Selection: Short Count (Morgan) . The mandatory go-to boogaloo Morgan  track is  Psychedelic,  a sort of Sidewinder III with a Tijuana drive-thru/ Tex-Mex flavour ,  but other tracks stray into more interesting territory. My pick is the urban car-horn brio of Short Count: choppy boppy accents, stubby with underlying … Continue reading

Grant Green: Solid (1964) Blue Note/ King

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Selection: Minor League (Pearson) Minor League is a cracking Duke Pearson swinger from a classic Blue Note session recorded in 1964, not released until the late 70’s (King, Japan  and UA, LT series) Artists: James Spaulding (alto sax) Joe Henderson … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: Night Dreamer (1964) Blue Note MM33 (mono update added)

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Selection: Night Dreamer (Shorter) (Update: See foot of post for original 1964 mono comparator rip. Warning: price alert!) to choose one track for the Artists: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) McCoy Tyner (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Elvin Jones … Continue reading

Art Blakey: Indestructible (1964) Blue Note MM33

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Selection: Sortie (Fuller) Artists Lee Morgan (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, April 24 – May 15, 1964 1964, the last, … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: Schizophrenia (1967) Liberty vs.Connoisseur

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Probably the finest Shorter Blue Note album, apart from all the others. (Later in the post, you will see I’ve popped in a Shorter favourites poll). The cover of Schizophrenia shows  solarised mirror images of Shorter, symbolic of the schizophrenia beloved of ’60s popular … Continue reading

Shorter: phantom post – see January 29

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Selection: Night Dreamer (Shorter) .I struggled to choose one track for the selection because they are each so good and Artists: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) McCoy Tyner (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon: Our Man In Paris (1963) Blue Note

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Selection: A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) Artists Dexter Gordon (tenor sax) Bud Powell (piano) Pierre Michelot (bass) Kenny Clarke (drums)  recorded CBS Studios, Paris, France, May 23, 1963,  engineer Claude Ermelin, mastered by Van Gelder, and released in November 1963. … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon: Dexter Calling (1961) Blue Note

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Selection: Modal Mood  (Kenny Drew) . Artists Dexter Gordon (tenor sax) Kenny Drew (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Philly Joe Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 9, 1961 Dexter’s career (b.1923-1990) covers a lot of musical territory and … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Candy (1958) Blue Note/ MM33

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Selection: Who Do You Love I Hope – Irving Berlin, from Annie Get Your Gun (1946) concealed carry edition. . Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Sonny Clark (piano) Doug Watkins (bass) Art Taylor (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: In Search Of The New Land (1964) Blue Note/ MM33

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Selection: Mr Kenyatta (Morgan) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) Herbie Hancock (piano) Grant Green (guitar) Reggie Workman (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 15, 1964 Music Two months after recording … Continue reading

Thad Jones: The Magnificent Thad Jones (1956) Blue Note/ MM33

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Selection: April In Paris (Duke-Harburg, a 1930’s showtune) Artists Thad Jones (trumpet) Billy Mitchell (tenor sax) Barry Harris (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 14, 1956 Artists of Note: Billy Mitchell … 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

Donald Byrd: “Mustang!” (1966) Blue Note

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Holy grail pause, back to good stuff in the more affordable bracket. Selection 1: I’m so excited by You Selection 2: On The Trail Artists Donald Byrd (trumpet) Sonny Red (alto sax) Hank Mobley (tenor sax) McCoy Tyner (piano) Walter … Continue reading