Harold Land: The Fox (1959) Hi Fi Jazz

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Selection: One Second, Please (Hope) . Whilst the standard pick on The Fox is… The Fox, a helter-skelter chase at breakneck speed,  it has a “showcase” feel, look how fast we can play this tricksy tune, plus I already chose … Continue reading

Collector’s Guide to Contemporary, Part II (more updates)

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UPDATE January 27th, 2016 – Final  Collectors Guide to Contemporary Records posted on the permanent pages of LJC, many revisions, corrections, expanded . UPDATE: Monday January 18, 2016 – more red and blue madness. And mystery unravelling.  This time it’s the … Continue reading

Collector’s Guide to Contemporary Records Part I (updated)

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SUNDAY UPDATE: Guide to Contemporary 3500 series back covers now added to permanent pages for Guide to the  Contemporary Records  label. (If you are able to provide better picture of original back cover with coloured text and frame, all contributions … Continue reading

The transition from 10″ to 12″ LP, and the lost recordings.

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I am delighted and honoured to present a piece of essential but almost undocumented history of jazz on vinyl: the transition in the mid-’50s from the 10-inch to the 12-inch LP. Esteemed jazz aficionado and collector Roudolf has put his … Continue reading

Art Pepper: Live at the Village Vanguard (1977) Contemporary (J)

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LJC Reminder: data request for your NYC Prestige records! Whether you have few or many, the collector community need good data to identify early and original Prestige pressings. Go to the Prestige post to pick up the template, and contribute … Continue reading

Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All-Stars (1956) Stereo Records

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Reminder: Keep those Prestige NYC data contributions coming, we need more! Go to the Prestige post to pick up the template, and contribute data on your collection. It’s just a few clicks. Results will be shared on LJC. It’s the … Continue reading

The Brits are coming! Jimmy Deuchar, Victor Feldman (1955) Contemporary

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With Hogmanay fast approaching, it’s Brit-night at LJC. Up first a timely introduction to one of Scotland’s finest jazz exports, Jimmy Deuchar, in the company of some of Britain’s finest jazz musicians five decades ago. Following which you will be introduced … Continue reading

Shoot Out: US v UK Contemporary – Art Pepper – Smack Up (1960)

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Master of Turntablism and now electronics wizard, MC VG-Minus,  announces  technology breakthrough at LJC: Vinyl rip comparisons now directly from the LJC Avid turntable, via a Citronic  AC-1 USB audio capture device, into a laptop running Audacity, exported to MP3 at 160 kbps.Wicked eh? The source is … Continue reading

Hampton Hawes Vol 2 The Trio (1955-6) UK Contemporary

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Selection 1: Round Midnight Selection 2: You and the Night and the Music Artists Hampton Hawes (p)  Red Mitchell (b) Chuck Thompson (d) Los Angeles CA, recorded at the Police Academy, Chavez Ravine, June 28, 1955, Los Angeles, CA, December 3, … Continue reading

The Arrival of Victor Feldman (1958) Contemporary

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Selection 1: Chasing Shadows (Feldman) Selection 2: Bebop (Gillespie) Artists Victor Feldman (vib, p) Scott LaFaro (b) Stan Levey (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, January 21 & 22, 1958 by Roy DuNann and Howard Holzer Year The year the Cold War was extended … Continue reading

Art Pepper: “Smack Up” (1960) US Contemporary mono

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Selection 1: Smack Up (Harold Land) Selection 2: How can You Lose? (Benny Carter) Comparethepressing opportunity! Compare original US mono with original US stereo editions, (thanks to a previous post on Smack Up stereo edition, usual Numark issues over exact pitch … Continue reading

Hampton Hawes For Real! (1958) Contemporary US

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Selection: Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (Moll, Koehler, Barris) Artists Harold Land (ts) Hampton Hawes (p) Scott LaFaro (b) Frank Butler (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, March 17, 1958, engineer Roy DuNann Year: 1958 London,1958,  Britain’s first parking meter is installed. Soon the … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins Way Out West (1957) Contemporary Vogue

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Track Selection 1: I’m an Old Cow Hand (Mercer) Selection 2: Solitude (Ellington) Artists Sonny Rollins (ts) Ray Brown (b) Shelly Manne (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, March 7, 1957, engineer Roy duNann, produced by Lester Koenig. Selections: Rollins delighted in cheesy material … Continue reading

Phineas Newborn Jr A World of Piano (1961) Contemporary

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Track Selection 1: Dahoud (Clifford Brown)  w/ Chambers/Philly Joe Selection 2: Oleo (Sonny Rollins)  – w/ Sam Jones/Hayes Artists Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Paul Chambers or Sam Jones (b) Philly Joe Jones or Louis Hayes (d) recorded Contemporary Records’ Studio, Los Angeles, … Continue reading

Art Pepper Smack Up (1960) Contemporary Stereo

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Track Selection: How Can You Lose? (Benny Carter) A walking blues with a jaunty Benny Carter tune, and space for everyone to stretch out (more than the prison yard) Artists Jack Sheldon (tp) Art Pepper (as) Pete Jolly (p) Jimmy … Continue reading

Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section (1957) UK

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Track Selection 1: Birks Works Track selection 2: Tin Tin Deo Artists Art Pepper (as) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) Hollywood, CA, January 19, 1957 Music One of the finest jazz records ever made. If you don’t … Continue reading

Jimmy Woods Sextet “Conflict!” (1963)

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Selected Track: Aim Artists Carmell Jones (tp) Jimmy Woods (as) Harold Land (ts) Andrew Hill (p) George Tucker (b) Elvin Jones (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, March 25 & 26, 1963 Sound by Howard Holzer ( so not Roy DuNann) … Continue reading

Howard McGhee Teddy Edwards “Together Again” (1961)

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Selected Track: Together Again Artists Howard McGhee (tp) Teddy Edwards (ts) Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Ray Brown (b) Ed Thigpen (d) recorded Contemporary Records’ Studio, Los Angeles, CA, May 15 & 17, 1961 Recording Engineer Roy DuNann. Music McGhee album titles in the … Continue reading

Howard McGhee “Maggies Back in Town” (1961)

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Track Selection: “Demon Chase” Artists Howard McGhee (tp) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Shelly Manne (d) Phineas Newborn Jr.(p) Recorded June 26, 1961 at Contemporary Records in Los Angeles. Music AllMusic’s take: “After spending much of the 1950s only partly active in music due … Continue reading

Carmell Jones “The Remarkable” (1961)

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Track Selection 1 ballad:  “Stellisa” > Track Selection 2 up-tempo: “Sad March” > Artists Carmell Jones (t) Harold Land (ts)  Frank Strazzeri (p) Gary Peacock (b) Leon Pettis (d) Producer/Engineer  Richard Bock (founder of Pacific Jazz) June 1961 Los Angeles, CA. Jones … Continue reading

Art Pepper “Living Legend” (1975)

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Track Selection: “Lost Life” (re-ripped) > The Artists S7633 Art Pepper (as) Hampton Hawes (p, el-p) Charlie Haden (b) Shelly Manne (d) Recorded Los Angeles, CA, August 9, 1975 The Music Only his second recording after the end of a five-year sentence in San Quentin 1968 -73 on … Continue reading

Art Pepper meets The Rhythm Section (1957)

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Track Selection: “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” > S7532 Art Pepper (as) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) Originally recorded on 19 January 1957. All three musicians in the rhythm section were at … Continue reading

Art Pepper “Gettin’ Together” (1960)

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Track Selection: “Bijou the Poodle” Artists Art Pepper (as, ts) Conte Candoli (t) Wynton Kelly (p)  Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) February 29, 1960 (leap-year special) Music Sequel to Meet the Rhythm Section, one of Pepper’s most east coast records, due … Continue reading

Curtis Counce Group Volume 2 (Counce’s bounce) 1957

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Track selection: “How Deep is the Ocean” Artists   Curtis Counce (b) Jack Sheldon (t) Frank Butler (d) Carl Perkins (p) Harold Land (ts) Recorded Contemporary Studios, Los Angeles, Recorded October 1956 – September 1957. Engineer Roy DuNann. Music Harold Land is at his best on this classic … Continue reading

Curtis Counce Group

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Selected track: “Landslide” > Artists Jack Sheldon (tp) Harold Land (ts) Carl Perkins (p) Curtis Counce (b) Frank Butler (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, October 8, 1956 Music Original 1957 US press of Contemporary release “The Curtis Counce Group”, featuring the … Continue reading