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

Two horns, one tune: E S P: Chet Baker (1977); Miles Davis (1963)

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Chet Baker Selection: E S P (1977) Artists: Chet Baker (trumpet) Gregory Herbert (tenor saxophone) Harold Danko (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Mel Lewis (drums) recorded NYC, February 20, 1977 Music: Summertime was recorded in the US shortly before Baker’s move … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk Misterioso (1958) Riverside Orpheum

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Selection: Misterioso (Monk) stereo Artists Johnny Griffin (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded live at the “Five Spot Cafe”, NYC, August 7, 1958; Cover Painting The Seer Giorgio de Chirico Music Johnny Griffin features prominently  in … Continue reading

Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” UK shootout: Fontana 1st vs CBS 2nd issue.

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Last updated: November 5, 2016 (photos and text) Above, UK CBS pressing. It is conventional wisdom that earlier pressings are closer to the source  and should sound better. Below, first cover  UK release on Fontana. The opportunity arose to put this conventional wisdom to … Continue reading

Miles Davis: E.S.P (1965) CBS

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Track Selection 1 E.S.P selection 2: Little One Artists Miles Davis (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Ron Carter (b) Tony Williams (d) recorded Columbia Studios, Los Angeles, CA, January 2-3, 1965 Music Miles “second quintet” strongly influenced by … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk Straight, No Chaser (1967)

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Track selection: Locomotive (Monk) Artists Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Larry Gales (b) Ben Riley (d) NYC, November 14 1966 – January 10 1967 Music: Monks final quartet and sixth studio album, produced by Columbia’s Teo Macero, the man behind … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk: Criss Cross (1962) Columbia

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Last updated: June 17, 2017 Head to Head “Double Cross” Special Post Something a little different by way of an experiment  – mono and stereo go head to head in the classic “Which is best,  chocolate or vanilla?” contest. The brilliant … Continue reading