Frank Foster/Elmo Hope: Wail, Frank, Wail (1955) Prestige/Esquire

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Former phantom post, now ready. WordPress thinks this is only an update, so I have had to repost it afresh. Apologies. . Selection : Fosterity (Foster)     Christmas Bonus Selection: Shutout (Foster) . Artists Freeman Lee (trumpet) Frank Foster … Continue reading

Jackie Mclean: Jackie’s Scene (1956-7) Esquire

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Selection: Outburst (McLean) . Artists: Album recorded in two sessions over 1956/7, but not released until 1959, on Prestige’s New Jazz label.. December 14, 1956 session: Bill Hardman (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) Red Garland (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Art … Continue reading

Musical Interpretation: “Pent Up House” (Rollins)

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Subject:  classic jazz tunes Sometimes I think I should write more about the music and less about the etchings in the wax. Then I quickly return to my senses and poke the macro in closer, but to capture the thought, this post … Continue reading

Art of The Saxophone, Two for One.

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On occasional post, about music, of all things. Music. Who’d have thought it? LJC, LJC, it’s always the same: always something different… Enough of comparing vinyl reissues, all that commercial  competitive chest-beating stuff,  lets get “musical” and what could be more … Continue reading

Gigi Gryce: The Rat Race Blues (1960) Esquire

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Selection: Blues in Bloom (Norman Mapp) Artists Richard Williams (trumpet) Gigi Gryce (alto saxophone) Richard Wyands (piano) Julian Euell (bass) Mickey Roker (drums) recorded  at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 7, 1960 Music L’expression française du jour … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus (1956) Esquire

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Selection: Strode Rode (Esquire press from original Prestige metal (AB)) Artists Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Tommy Flanagan (piano) Doug Watkins (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 22, 1956 Music: I guess there are may … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Dig / Diggin’ (1951) Esquire/Prestige

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All this attention given to Prestige covers, it is time to “dig in” to some of the music inside those covers. We take a closer look at what is inside 7012 Miles Davis Dig, but with a few “LJC twists … Continue reading

Potayto, pottato: two nations, Prestige and Esquire, back to back

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An occasional post, on the subject of US Prestige and UK Esquire records Prestige is one of the treasure chests of audiophile quality vintage Modern Jazz recordings, along with Blue Note, Riverside, Contemporary, Impulse, without which our lives would be considerably poorer. … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Plus Four (1956) Esquire

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Selection 1: Pent Up House Selection 2: Kiss and Run Artists: Clifford Brown (trumpet) Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Richie Powell (piano) George Morrow (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded NYC, March 22, 1956 Music: The attraction (and high price) of this … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Tour de Force (1956) Esquire (updated)

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Selection: B Quick (Rollins) (Update: Bonus track –  featuring Earl Coleman vocals) My Ideal (Whiting) Artists: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Kenny Drew (piano) George Morrow (bass) Max Roach (drums) Earl Coleman (vocals) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, December 7, … Continue reading

Phil Woods: Phil and Quill (1957) Prestige/ Esquire

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  Selection: Altology (Woods) Artists Gene Quill, Phil Woods (alto saxophone) George Syran (piano) Teddy Kotick (bass) Nick Stabulas (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 29, 1957 Music In the shadow of Charlie Parker, dazzling technique, blistering … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt – Bud Powell – JJ Johnson (1949) Prestige

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To kick off, I have two vintage pressings for you to compare. One an original Prestige, the other, one of my native Esquire pressings, from US metalwork. Except there are a few twists along the way. Selection: Fine and Dandy Take 1 … Continue reading

Hal McKusick: Triple Exposure (1957) Esquire

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  Selection: The Settlers and the Indians Artists Billy Byers (trb) Hal McKusick (as, ts, clar) Eddie Costa (p) Paul Chambers (b) Charlie Persip (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, December 27, 1957 Music A very obscure recording made … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Modern Jazz Giants (1954 / 56) Esquire UK

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Selection 1: ‘Round About Midnight (Monk) – with Coltrane A while back LJC featured a post of different versions of the jazz anthem ‘Round about Midnight, in response to which one poster recommended this version. And they are right. The Coltrane … Continue reading

Red Garland: Groovy (1956-7) UK Esquire

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Selection: C Jam Blues Artists Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, December 14, 1956 and August 9, 1957 Music Enter stage left, the Miles Davis Quintet rhythm section, Red Garland and … Continue reading

Eric Dolphy: Outward Bound (1960) Esquire

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Selection 1 : GW (dedicated to Dolphy’s mentor Gerald Wilson) The track closest in lineage to Out to Lunch Selection 2: On Green Dolphin Street Hubbards muted introduction gives a false sense of reassurance.  One reviewer commented that his quirky original  take … Continue reading

Roy Haynes: We Three (1958) UK Esquire

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Selection 1: Reflection (Bryant) Selection 2: Sneakin’ Around (Bryant) Artists Phineas Newborn (p) Paul Chambers (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November 14, 1958 Year: 1958, The Cold War rages on. 1958 March 11,  U.S. B-47 bomber … Continue reading

Phil Woods The Young Bloods (1956) Esquire

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Selection 1: Lover Man (Ramirez Davies Sherman) Selection 2: House of Chan Artists Phil Woods (as) Donald Byrd (t)  Al Haig (p) Teddy Kotick (b) Charlie Persip (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November 2, 1956 (Despite the presence … Continue reading

Miles Davis Steamin’ (1956) Esquire

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  Track selection 1: Well You Needn’t  (Monk) Thelonious Monk gets kudos on “Well, You Needn’t.” The quintet makes short work of the intricacies of the arrangement, adding the double horn lead on the choruses, redefining this jazz standard. Selection … Continue reading

Changing times: Sonny Stitt, 1950 and 1970

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It’s Time Travel Time, again Welcome on board this 24-7 Rolex Time Cruiser, bound for 1950. The crew will shortly be passing through the cabin with cocktails, cigarettes and bubblegum. Don’t forget, smoking is permitted on board, at any time. If you need a … Continue reading

Lem Winchester Lem’s Beat (1960) Esquire

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Track Selection: Lem & Aide Artists Oliver Nelson, Curtis Peagler (as, ts) Lem Winchester (vib) Billy Brown or Roy Johnson (p ) Wendell Marshall (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 19, 1960 Music: A serving policeman … Continue reading

Art Farmer Early Art (1954) Esquire

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Track Selection 1: Confab In Tempo – Rollins! Art Farmer (tp) Sonny Rollins (ts) Horace Silver (p) Percy Heath (b) Kenny Clarke (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 20, 1954 Track Selection 2. AloneTogether  – Wynton Kelly! Art Farmer … Continue reading

John Coltrane Lush Life ( 1958) Esquire

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Track Selection: Lush Life (Strayhorn) Warning: long (13 minutes) profound, demands uninterrupted active listening. Artists: trio, quartet and quintet Lush Life: Donald Byrd (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Louis Hayes (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, … Continue reading

Mose Allison Back Country Suite (1957) Esquire

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Track Selection: In Salah (trans. “prayer”) Artists Mose Allison (p, vo) Taylor LaFargue (b) Frank Isola (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 7, 1957 Music At 83 Mose Allison is still rocking the piano. Back in the late … Continue reading