Hank Mobley: Reach Out (1968) Liberty Blue Note

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Selection: Beverly (LaMont Johnson) .  .  . Artists Woody Shaw, trumpet, flugelhorn; Hank Mobley, tenor sax; LaMont Johnson, piano; George Benson, guitar; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Billy Higgins, drums., recorded Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 19, 1968 One of … Continue reading

Collector’s Guide to Vintage Blue Note Classics: BLP1595 Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else (1958)

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Collector’s Corner What started me on this journey through Somethin’ Else was an enquiry from Takashi in Japan, who has a mysterious Liberty pressing of Somethin’ Else. In his own words: “Side 2 has RVG STEREO Stamp but, side 1 … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Cornbread (1965) Blue Note (Tone Poet 2019)

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Selection: Most Like Lee (TP, stereo) .  .  . Original Liberty 1967 monaural : Most Like Lee .  .  . Artists: Lee Morgan, trumpet; Jackie McLean, alto sax;  Hank Mobley, tenor sax; Herbie Hancock, piano; Larry Ridley, bass; Billy Higgins, … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: Bluesnik (1961) Blue Note (updated)

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UPDATED May 19, First Edition variation? Continuing with the theme of Blue, and Blue Note,  after Blue Hour, welcome Bluesnik, and my very odd Liberty mono edition Selection: Bluesnik (McLean) .  .  . Artists Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Jackie McLean, alto … Continue reading

Sam Rivers: “A New Conception” (1966) Liberty Blue Note

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KEEP THOSE BLUE TRAIN MEASUREMENTS COMING IN! But we need a new detective story, today, it is the mysterious case of the Blue Note original, that isn’t. Selection: What A Difference A Day Makes (Grever-Adams) .  .  . Though What … Continue reading

Kenny Dorham: Trompeta Toccata (1964) Blue Note (updated with photos)

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More photos from 1970, courtesy of Harry M, The Jazz Paparazzi (see end of post, and test your artist recognition skills) Selection: Mamacita (Henderson) .  .  . A Tocatta – “a virtuoso piece of music featuring fast-moving, lightly fingered or … Continue reading

Joe Henderson: Mode For Joe (1966) Blue Note

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Selection: Mode For Joe .  .  . Artists Lee Morgan, trumpet; Curtis Fuller, trombone; Joe Henderson, tenor sax; Bobby Hutcherson, vibes; Cedar Walton, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Joe Chambers, drums, recorded Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 27, 1966, … Continue reading

Kenny Cox: Introducing the Contemporary Jazz Quintet (1968) Blue Note/Liberty

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Selection: Dianhh  (Leon Henderson) .  .  . Artists Kenny Cox, piano; Charles Moore, trumpet; Leon Henderson, tenor saxophone; Ron Brooks, bass; Danny Spencer, drums, recorded by Duke Pearson, re-recorded by Rudy Van Gelder. For the benefit of any unfamiliar with … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Delightfulee (1966) Liberty/Blue Note

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LJC Special Selection: Albums I initially avoided due to presence of turkeys, but which also contain prime cuts: BST 84243 Lee Morgan’s Delightfulee. Apologies in advance to lovers of  the Fab Four, and cranberry sauce. Selection: Nite Flite (Morgan) .  … Continue reading

Another Blue Note puzzle, 1st Edition, 2nd Edition, 3rd Edition…

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We like puzzles here at LJC, especially Blue Note ones, they stretch what you know, sometimes force you to rearrange what you think you know, but isn’t right. It’s good to be smart, but better to be even smarter.  A … Continue reading

Hey, Guttenberg, we like your Type! Liberty Part III

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(UPDATED May 18, 2021 Liberty Keystone character change) Blue Note record covers showcase the wonderful graphic elements of photography, design and typography brought together by Reid Miles. The array of fonts Miles selected changed from title to title, and nice … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: The Flip (1969) Liberty Blue Note

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LJC thought for the day: you don’t judge a book by its cover, but by its contents. However, some covers just shout “No!” Fortunately in this case the contents say “Yes!” Selection: Feelin’ Folksy (Mobley) . .  .  . Artists: … Continue reading

The Many Faces of Blue Note: “A Division of Liberty Records”

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Postscript: Post done, now the test, anyone have anomalies, copies that don’t fit? Send them in,  two added to foot of post already.  Discogs needs to up its game from sometimes maybe a mention Van Gelder, or no mention, , … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Blue Spirits (1965) Blue Note/Liberty

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  The Vinyl Detective calls. When is a Blue Note not a Blue Note? Freddy’s last studio album for the label, a magnificent beast, Blue Spirits, a four-horn line-up, with a twist. The curious case of the Blue Note that … Continue reading

Duke Pearson: The Phantom (1968) Liberty Blue Note (update: new Vinyl Detective supplement!)

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Selection: The Phantom .  .  . Artists Duke Pearson Octet: Jerry Dodgion (flute, alto flute) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes ) Duke Pearson (piano, arranger) Sam Brown (acoustic guitar ) Al Gafa (electric guitar) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Mickey Roker (drums) Carlos “Patato” … Continue reading

Jack Wilson: Easterly Winds (1967) Blue Note/Liberty

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Selection: On Children (Wilson) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Garnett Brown (trombone) Jack Wilson (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 22, 1967 Artist of note: Jack Wilson … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: High Voltage (1967) Liberty

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Selection: Two and One (Mobley) … Selection 2: Bossa Deluxe (Mobley) … Artists Blue Mitchell (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Hank Mobley (tenor sax) John Hicks (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: The Sixth Sense (1967) Blue Note/Liberty UA

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Selection: Short Count (Morgan) . .  .  . The mandatory go-to boogaloo Morgan  track is  Psychedelic,  a sort of Sidewinder III with a Tijuana drive-thru/ Tex-Mex flavour ,  but other tracks stray into more interesting territory. My pick is the urban car-horn brio of Short Count: choppy … Continue reading

Art Blakey: Indestructible (1964) Blue Note MM33

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Selection: Sortie (Fuller) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Curtis Fuller (trombone) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) Cedar Walton (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Art Blakey (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 24 – May 15, 1964 1964, the last, … Continue reading