John Coltrane, Coltrane (1957) Esquire

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Track Selection: Chronic Blues Artists Johnny Splawn (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Sahib Shihab (bars) Mal Waldron or Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Albert Heath (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, May 31, 1957 John Coltrane! Sahib Shihab!!! Light green cover! … Continue reading

Roy Haynes Just Us (1960)

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Track Selection: Speak Low Artists Richard Wyands (p) Eddie De Haas (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 5, 1960 Music Haynes has supported  an enormous variety of artists – Parker, Lester Young, Getz, Monk, … Continue reading

Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)

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Selection :  the contest: The Theme (Take 1) – Prestige original pressing (1:57) The Theme (Take 1) – Esquire UK release pressing (1:57) The acid test is to get one to run  just out of synch with the other, and see if you … Continue reading

Oliver Nelson with Eric Dolphy Straight Ahead (1961) Esquire

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Track selection 1: Images Track Selecton 2: Straight Ahead Artists Eric Dolphy (as, bcl, fl) Oliver Nelson (ts, as, cl) Richard Wyands (p) George Duvivier (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 1, 1961 Music: Fantastic combination, … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins MJQ Perspectives 1951-3

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Selection 1: I Know (Miles Davis on  Piano) Selection 2: With a Song in my Heart Selection 3: This Love of Mine Artists Sonny Rollins (ts) Kenny Drew (p) Percy Heath (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Apex Studios, NYC, December … Continue reading

Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis/ Johnny Griffin: The Tenor Scene (1961) Esquire

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Track Selection: Straight No Chaser Artists Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Johnny Griffin (ts) Junior Mance (p) Larry Gales (b) Ben Riley (d) recorded live at Minton’s Playhouse, Harlem, NYC, Breakfast set, January 6, 1961 The so-called “Tough Tenors” quintet, a two-year collaboration between … Continue reading

Red Garland Trio – Rojo (1958) Esquire

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Track Selection: Ralph J Gleason’s Blues (Garland) Artists Red Garland (p) George Joyner (b) Charlie Persip (d) Ray Barretto (cga) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, August 22, 1958 Music Garland’s mastery of the swinging post-bop keyboard made him a … Continue reading

John Coltrane Soultrane (1958) Esquire

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Track Selection 1 Russian Lullaby Track selection 2: I Want to Talk About You ( Billy Eckstein) This Esquire is one the best pressings I have ever  heard, however a small scuff around a minute in makes around a half-dozen brief clicks; a … Continue reading

Steve Lacy Saxophone Today (1957) Esquire

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Track Selection 1: Alone Together (Deitz, Schwartz) Something of a benchmark song, I think this is about the sixth version posted. Gives an interesting transverse section of how different saxophone players within the nominally similar modern jazz genre interpret the same standard. Pepper Adams on … Continue reading

John Coltrane Standard Coltrane (1958)

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Track Selection: Invitation (Kaper, Webster) 10:20 Warning: there is a gentle click for a short time a little way into this ten minute track, but it passes soon enough. At least you can be sure you are listening to vinyl. Artists Wilbur Harden (flh, tp) … Continue reading

Coltrane Mobley Sims Cohn: Tenor Conclave (1956) Prestige/ Esquire

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Track selection: Tenor Conclave (Mobley) Artists Al Cohn, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Zoot Sims (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, September 7, 1956 Music A conclave is a secret meeting … Continue reading

George Wallington: New York Scene (1957) New Jazz/Esquire

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Note: posted previously as a Japanese modern re-issue. This new post is the original UK release by Esquire in 1957, with a new track selection Selection: ‘Dis Mornin’ (new) Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Phil Woods (as) George Wallington (p) Teddy Kotick (b) Nick Stabulas (d) … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell, JJ Johnson “S.P.J” (1949-50)

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Track Selections 1. Fine and Dandy (Take 1) 2. Blue Mode (Take 2) Artists J.J. Johnson (tb) Sonny Stitt (ts) John Lewis (p) Nelson Boyd (b) Max Roach (d) NYC, October 17, 1949 Sonny Stitt (ts) Bud Powell (p) Curly … Continue reading

Donald Byrd “Byrds Eye View” (1955)

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Track Selection: Doug’s Blues ( long – 12:00) Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Joe Gordon (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Horace Silver (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Cambridge, MA, December 2, 1955 Music One of  Byrd’s first albums as … Continue reading

Dizzy Reece “Asia Minor” (1962)

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  Track Selection: Spiritus Parkus Artists Dizzy Reece (tp) Joe Farrell (ts, fl) Cecil Payne (bars) Hank Jones (p) Ron Carter (b) Charlie Persip (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 13, 1962 Music Fantastic line up including … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk Trios “Monks Moods” (1952-4)

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Track Selection: Blue Monk Artists Thelonious Monk (p) Percy Heath (b ) Art Blakey (d ) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, September 22, 1954 Other tracks Thelonious Monk (p) Gerry Mapp (b) Art Blakey (d) NYC, October 15, … Continue reading

Roland Kirk “Kirks Work” (1961)

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Track Selection: “Doin’ the Sixty-Eight” Artists Roland Kirk (ts, mzo, str, fl, siren) Jack McDuff (org) Joe Benjamin (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 11, 1961 Music AMG REVIEW by Lindsay Planer “Kirk’s Work — Rahsaan Roland … Continue reading

Phil Woods Septet “Pairing Off” (1956) Esquire

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Track Selection: Cool Aid (Woods) Artists Donald Byrd, Kenny Dorham (tp) Gene Quill, Phil Woods (as) Tommy Flanagan (p) Doug Watkins (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 15, 1956 Note the Prestige discography attributes … Continue reading

Esquires Take Flight

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エスクァイア 誌は、非常に、英語はありがとうございました Two dozen or more very desirable UK Esquire pressings of some of Prestige’s most collectible titles from the Fifties came under the eBay hammer in the last few weeks, from the respected US seller of collectible jazz Roverd-90, Harry Hasbun of Gainsville Va . … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins Worktime (1955) Esquire

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Selected Track: Theres No Business Like Show Business That Irving Berlin song must be the most ironic and unlikely choice of title imaginable,  it must be Sonny having a laugh. Artists George Morrow (b) Max Roach (d) Ray Bryant (p); Sonny Rollins (ts) Recorded December 2, 1955, … Continue reading

Burrell Cohn Farmer McKusick “Earthy” (1957 )

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Track Selection: “What’s Not” (Waldron) 6:00 Artists The Prestige All-Stars: Kenny Burrell (g) Al Cohn (ts)  Art Farmer (tp) Hal McKusick (as) Mal Waldron (p)  Teddy Kotick (b) Ed Thigpen (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 25, 1957 … Continue reading

Miles Davis “Blue Haze” (1953-4)

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Track Selection: I’ll Remember April (7:40) Soloists in turn,  Miles Davis, Horace Silver piano, Dave Schildkraut alto, Silver reprise. Artists Miles Davis (tp) Davey Schildkraut (as) John Lewis, Horace Silver or Charles Mingus (p) ) Max Roach, Art Blakey or Kenny Clarke (d) Percy … Continue reading

Art Farmer Donald Byrd “Two Trumpets” (1956)

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Track Selection: The Third (7:27) Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Art Farmer (tp, flh) Jackie McLean (as) Barry Harris (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Taylor (d)  Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, August 3, 1956 Music PRLP 7062 as its better known … Continue reading

Teo Macero with the Prestige Jazz Quartet (1957)

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Track Selection: “What’s Not” – a ballad > PRLP 7104 Teo Macero with the Prestige Jazz Quartet: Teo Macero (ts) Teddy Charles (vib) Mal Waldron (p) Addison Farmer (b) Jerry Segal (d) Recorded NYC 27th April 1957, this release by UK Esquire with alternative cover … Continue reading

Oliver Nelson “Afro American Sketches” (1961)

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track selection: “Emancipation Blues”  I> PRLP 7225  Jerry Kail, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Joe Wilder (tp) Paul Faulise, Urbie Green, Britt Woodman (tb) Ray Alonge, Jim Buffington, Julius Watkins (frh -1,2) Don Butterfield (tu) Jerry Dodgion (as, fl) Oliver Nelson … Continue reading