Alice Coltrane: Ptah, The El Daoud (1970) Impulse

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Warning! LJC hits rock-bottom with an “unlicensed copy” from digital sources.  Exceptional circumstances, it’s a Vinyl Emergency.  Selection 1 – the opening: Ptah, The El Daoud (Alice Coltrane) .  .   . Selection 2 – the close: Mantra (Alice Coltrane) .  … Continue reading

Pharoah Sanders: Jewels Of Thought (1969) impulse!

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UPDATES September 11, photos Leon Thomas and Roy Haynes from Harry M, to Harrys Place; Melody Maker June 1980 full page interview with Pharoah, to Appendix. Enough of British Jazz for the moment, back to The USA, and one of … Continue reading

Verve Acoustic Sounds Series (2021): The Blues And The Abstract Truth

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Selection: Stolen Moments  Verve Acoustic Sounds 2021 Stereo – replacement rip (L/R corrected), .  .  . Soundcheck – Old vs New Stolen Moments Impulse Ampar 1961 Van Gelder mono master (replacement fresh rip) .  .  . Mono US AmPar original, … Continue reading

Jazz Standards: “Summertime” Miles vs. Freddie

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Summer 2019 starts on Friday, June 21, 2019 (in 21 days) and ends on Monday, September 23rd 2019 (in 115 days). Rapidly approaching, lazy days and warm nights, the living is easy, an early taste of Summertime. Head-To-Head, another Jazz Standard goes into … Continue reading

Oliver Nelson: More Blues And The Abstract Truth (1964) Impulse

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Playing catch-up, I somehow missed posting first time around this title, more Oliver Nelson on Impulse, More Blues….and the Abstract Truth AS-75. I’m not sure what “Abstract Truth” means in this context, but it sure sounds intellectually impressive, so let’s … Continue reading

Oliver Nelson: Sound Pieces (1966) Impulse

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Selection: Patterns .  .  . Artists: Patterns, The Shadow Of Your Smile, Elegy For A Duck (Capitol Studios, NYC, September 7, 1966) Oliver Nelson, soprano sax; Steve Kuhn, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Grady Tate, drums. Sound Piece For Jazz Orchestra … Continue reading

McCoy Tyner: Today and Tomorrow (1963) Impulse

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After a brief sortie into the mid -70s, LJC returns to the early 60s, closer to Home. Selection: Contemporary Focus .  .  . Artists: Impulse title containing two sessions, recorded eight months apart, three tracks in trio, three in sextet … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: A Journey From Analog to Digital, with stops along the way.

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LondonJazzCollector reaches 3 million page views since its inception in 2011. To celebrate, I’ve been building up  a monster post. This is it, and it is monsterous: a multi-dimensional music comparison, borrowing ideas from another of my interests, wine. It’s … Continue reading

Archie Shepp: The Magic of Ju-Ju (1967) Impulse!

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An outing to a place not often on the LJC jazz itinerary,” free jazz/  high energy genre”, and  nominations for The Ten Best Covers of a Jazz Record. (UPDATE: see reader nominations at end of post) Selection: Sorry ’bout that … Continue reading

Sun Ra: Super-Sonic Sounds (1956) Impulse

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Further Adventures in Lo-Fi In a modest living room somewhere in deepest South East  London, something rather remarkable began to happen. Acoustic space between hi fi speakers,  previously populated with the ghostly shadows of jazz musicians long since passed began slowly transforming into … Continue reading

Impulse – end of the road for mono: A-9165

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Impulse Part IV The end of monaural format The years between 1966 and 1968 saw the ending of the mono ( “monaural”) format  for home listening of Impulse, ushering in the brave new world of stereo once and for all. The orange/black label ABC … Continue reading

Impulse: the 2nd 100 First Pressing Guide – stereo (updated)

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For Record Collectors Only! More Impulse! Part three (1996-1970) of on-going research into the Impulse catalogue on vinyl, aiming to identify original pressings on the iconic Impulse! label (Labels updated as new information comes in) Overview By 1966, the changing … Continue reading

Impulse First 100 titles – Stereo (updated)

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IMPULSE STEREO: “ORIGINAL!” Record Collector perspective: is it an “original”? That word! I favour equal knowledge available to both buyers and sellers, so both can get a fair price for the goods on offer, which must of course be properly described. Why … Continue reading

Impulse Labelology, the first pressing of the first 100 classic titles – mono (updated)

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  (Last Updated November 14, 2014) Impulse Labelology: The First 100 – mono For Record Collectors Only! LondonJazzCollector previously posted a reference set of Impulse labels 1965-73 from A-100 onwards, to capture the evolution of the Impulse label from mid ’60s post-bop through to … Continue reading

Max Roach: Percussion Bitter Sweet (1961) Impulse

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Selection 1: Man from South Africa   Booker Little (trumpet) Julian Priester (trombone) Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet) Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone) Mal Waldron (piano) Art Davis (bass) Max Roach (drums) Carlos “Patato” Valdes (congas) Carlos ‘Totico’ Eugenio … Continue reading

Yusef Lateef: A Flat, G flat and C (1966) Impulse

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Selection 1: Nile Valley Blues   Selection 2: Blind Willie   Artists Yusef Lateef (tenor, alto saxophone, flute, oboe, chuen, theremin) Hugh Lawson (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Roy Brooks (drums) recorded NYC, March 8 & 9, 1966 Music Lateef led six … Continue reading

Archie Shepp: Fire Music (1965) Impulse!

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Selection:Impossible to choose one selection so I will go with two: Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington) Girl from Ipanema (Antonio Carlos Jobim / Vinícius de Moraes) Artists Ted Curson (trumpet) Joseph Orange (trombone) Marion Brown (alto saxophone) Archie Shepp (tenor saxophone) Reggie … Continue reading

Shoot Out 2: US Impulse v. UK HMV – Mingus Five (1963)

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It is an article of faith with LJC that,apart from the odd exception, original is best. However it is a counsel of perfection to say to collectors, go get ’em. Originals of desirable titles are not often encountered in the wild, and when … Continue reading

Gil Evans: Into The Hot (1961) WRC/Impulse

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Selection: Bulbs (Cecil Taylor) Artists – on selection Bulbs Jimmy Lyons (alto saxophone) Archie Shepp (tenor saxophone) Cecil Taylor (piano) Henry Grimes (bass) Sunny Murray as Jimmy Murray (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 10, 1961 … Continue reading

Archie Shepp: The Way Ahead (1968) Impulse/ EMI

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Selection 1: Damn If I Know (The Stroller) – (Walter Davis Jr) ,  ,  , The blues gets an unmistakable Shepp makeover, mixing bursts of free solo improvisation with the aggression of a screaming banshee, within a traditional harmonic twelve bar foundation. It’s The … Continue reading