Miles Davis: In Person at The Blackhawk (1961) Columbia – Mosaic shootout

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Selection: Neo (12:51) Columbia six eye .  .  . Different selections made from previous posts on Blackhawk Sessions back in 2012 of the Fontana UK editions. With the passing of time,  can do better. Artists Miles Davis (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor … Continue reading

Kind of Blue: Columbia matrixology and alt-US: Conclusion

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Thank you readers who contributed Kind of Blue six-eye label matrix codes. The pattern and frequency of codes more or less mirrors the findings in my larger sample of now around two hundred matrix pairs, which it should, enough to give a high … Continue reading

Kind of Blue Data Collection – what’s your six-eye matrix?

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I didn’t want my mailbox jammed with everyone telling me what KoB matrices they have got (some did anyway, great) – but then I had a brainwave: Polldaddy!  Hopefully this will work. If it doesn’t then there’s nothing lost, except I … Continue reading

Stan Tracey: We Love You Madly (1968) EMI /Columbia Magic Notes

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Allergy advice: this record contains no Steve Hoffman or Music Matters engineering, but may contain traces of British Jazz nuts. Selection: Lay By (Ellington/Strayhorn) from Suite Thursday.Tony Coe pulling off a passable impersonation of a Paul Gonsalves smeared-sax  solo. . Another selection: In … 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

Fifty Shades of Blue (updated)

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 (Update March 23: shades of blue now increased to eight –  three extra rips added at the foot of the post, courtesy of ripmeister Bill H) Fifty Shades of Blue – Kind of Blue, not Blue Notes – ok, and … Continue reading

Miles Davis: ‘Round About Midnight (1956) Columbia “essential”

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  (Previously blogged as the UK Philips release, with a blue cover and photographically enhanced trumpet, now “upgraded” to the original Columbia CL949) Selection: ‘Round About Midnight 320kbps MP3 Columbia six-eye mono Artists Miles Davis (trumpet) John Coltrane (tenor saxophone) Red … Continue reading

Miles Davis In Europe (1963) Columbia

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Selection: Quintet introduction: Europe – a little island off the coast of America. Pity the poor MC At the Antibes Jazz Festival, tasked with introducing The Miles Davis Quintet. As regulars may know I’m something of a Francophile and in the … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Water Babies (1967) Columbia

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Selection: Sweet Pea (Shorter) – 1967 quintet: somnambulant floating groove,  immersive, pensive, no-bop. Artists Side 1: Miles Davis (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Tony Williams (drums) recorded Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC, June 7,13 and … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Miles Smiles (1966) Columbia

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Selection: Footprints (Shorter) Artists: Miles Davis (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Tony Williams (drums) recorded Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC, October 24 and 25, 1966 Cultural Notes: October 1966 – an occasional reminder of … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Seven Steps to Heaven (1963) Columbia

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Artists On the East Coast – Miles Davis (trumpet) George Coleman (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Tony Williams (drums) Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC, May 14, 1963 Selection: Joshua (Feldman) Recorded New York (new stereo rip) On … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Sorcerer (1967) Columbia

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Selection: Vonetta Selection 2: Masqualero Artists Miles Davis (t) Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Ron Carter (b) Tony Williams (d) recorded Columbia Studio B, NYC, May 16, 17 and 24, 1967 Music Sorcerer is one of several transitional works between Davis’s … Continue reading

Dave Brubeck Gone with the Wind (1959) Columbia

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Selection 1: Georgia on My Mind (Gorrell / Carmichael) Brubeck shimmers with radiance in his piano improvisation, while Paul Desmond executes his solos with balletic grace Selection 2: Short’nin’ Bread (traditional) Critics bake-off AllMusic: “Morello gives it his creative all with a rich flair for rhythm … Continue reading

Charles Mingus Mingus Dynasty (1959) Columbia

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Selection 1: Song with Orange Selection 2: Mood Indigo (Ellington) Mingus dons the Ellington mantle, and carries it off with flair. Encore: (Joe L’s hot pick) : Slop  Artists Richard Williams, Don Ellis(t) Jimmy Knepper (trb) Jerome Richardson (fl, bars) John Handy (as) … Continue reading

Miles Davis Milestones (1958) Columbia

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Selection: Miles . Joyous music vintage 1958, on the cusp between bop and modal: Miles is cool as ice, a Philly-Joe kick on every beat, Chambers romps infectiously, you can feel the smile on Adderley’s face as his alto soars on the updrafts, … Continue reading

Dave Brubeck Jazz Goes to College (1954) Columbia

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(Post dedicated to John, who’s been nagging me to blog this record for ages. Cheers!) Selection 1: Le Souk (recorded at Oberlin College, OH) Selection 2. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (Recorded at University of Michigan OH) Artists: Paul Desmond (as) Dave … Continue reading

Dave Brubeck Time Out (1959) Fontana

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Selection: Blue Rondo a la Turk (Brubeck) first European pressing. Yes I know you all know it, but bear with it, there is more to the story. In 9/8 time (plus 4/4 swing) the rhythm of Blue Rondo à La … Continue reading

Miles Davis Porgy and Bess (1958) Columbia six-eye

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Selection: It Ain’t Necessarily So Selection 2: Summertime Selection 3: Gone Artists: Miles Davis With Gil Evans Orchestra Johnny Coles, Bernie Glow, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal (trumpet) Miles Davis (flugelhorn, trumpet) Joe Bennett, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak (trombone) Dick Hixson (bass trombone) … Continue reading

The Jazz Messengers (1956) Columbia Six-Eye

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Track Selection : Infra-Rae (Mobley) Artists Donald Byrd (t) Hank Mobley (ts) Horace Silver (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Blakey (d) NYC, April 5, 1956. Messengers Chronology (selected): Ritual (1957); Art Blakey Big Band (with Coltrane! 1957); Au Club St Germain, … Continue reading

Charles Mingus Ah Um (1959) Columbia Six Eye

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(Images updated May 27, 2016) Track Selection: Better Git It in your Soul (Mingus) Too much to choose from, so Side One, Track One. Artists Jimmy Knepper (trb) John Handy (as, cl) Booker Ervin (ts) Curtis Porter (ts, as) Horace Parlan … Continue reading

Miles Davis Kind of Blue, the Final Upgrade: the Six Eye

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    Track selection: All Blues, or maybe Flamenco Sketches, it’s the long first track on Side 2. I read somewhere the order is different from what the cover says. Artists: Miles Davis (tp) Cannonball Adderley (as) John Coltrane (ts) … Continue reading

Bud Powell Portrait of Thelonious (1961) Columbia

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Track Selection: Off Minor (Monk) Track Comparison: Off Minor –  Monk himself (Modern Genius Volume 1, Blue Note BLP1510   Monk-Ramey-Blakey, recorded 1947, on 47 West 63rd St labels second pressing)  Artists Bud Powell (p) Pierre Michelot (b) Kenny Clarke (d) recorded live in Paris, … Continue reading

Stan Tracey Jazz Suite (1965) Columbia

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Track Selection: llareggub  (“bugger all” spelt backwards, a typically Sixties conceit – naughty words “in code”) Artists Stan Tracey (p) Bobby Wellins (ts) Jeff Clyne (b) Jack Dougan(d) Music Time for a nice cup of tea and an excursion into … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk: Underground (1968) Columbia

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Track Selection: Ugly Beauty (Monk) Artists Musicians: Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Larry Gales (b) Ben Riley (d) recorded NYC, December 14, 1967 February 14, 1968; Tim Geelan  engineer,  Teo Macero  producer. Cover Art: photography:  Horn Grinner Studios; art direction: John Berg, Richard Mantel, John … Continue reading