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 boppy accents, stubby with underlying … 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

Big John Patton: Let ‘Em Roll (1965) Blue Note/Liberty

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Selection: Latona (Patton) . Artists Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) John Patton (organ) Grant Green (guitar) Otis Finch (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 11, 1965 John Patton led six albums for Blue Note and a further five in the Liberty … Continue reading

Donald Byrd: “Mustang!” (1966) Blue Note

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Holy grail pause, back to good stuff in the more affordable bracket. Selection 1: I’m so excited by You Selection 2: On The Trail Artists Donald Byrd (trumpet) Sonny Red (alto sax) Hank Mobley (tenor sax) McCoy Tyner (piano) Walter … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: Total Eclipse (1968) Blue Note/ Liberty

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Selection: Total Eclipse Artists Harold Land (tenor sax, flute) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) Chick Corea (piano) Reggie Johnson (bass) Joe Chambers (drums) recorded Plaza Sound Studios, NYC, July 12, 1968, recording engineer George Sawtelle, Plaza Sound Studios, N.Y.C. While we are … Continue reading

Lou Donaldson: Hot Dog (1969) Blue Note – Liberty/UA

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We have recently dug deep into the 10″” jazz of the middle ’50s. Now it is 1969, time for a gear shift up into the soul-jazz era of the late ’60s. Change you can hear.   Track Selection: Hot Dog (Donaldson) . . … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Breaking Point (1964) Blue Note/Liberty

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Tying up some loose ends in the discography of important figures in Modern Jazz, I found I had neglected some albums because either I wasn’t convinced of their merit or the pressing wasn’t satisfactory, or in some cases both. However … Continue reading

Updated: more rips! Jackie McLean: Right Now! (1965) Blue Note/Liberty UA

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September 7, UPDATE! “Eleven out Ten LJC readers who expressed a preference asked for more comparative rips, to hear for themselves what alternative editions sound like”. Actually, I just made that up, but seeing as how a lot of what … Continue reading

Andrew Hill: Andrew!!! (1964) Blue Note/Liberty

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Selection: Black Monday (Hill)   Artists: John Gilmore (tenor saxophone) Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone) Andrew Hill (piano) Richard Davis (bass) Joe Chambers (drums) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 25, 1964 Music: Possibly Hill’s most interesting Blue Note in … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: Components (1965) Blue Note/ Liberty

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Selection 1: Tranquility (Hutcherson) Selection 2: Air (Chambers) Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute) Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone, marimba) Herbie Hancock (piano, organ) Ron Carter (bass) Joe Chambers (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June … Continue reading

Lee Morgan Sextet (1956 ) Liberty, fake van Gelder

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LJC Hitchhiker’s Guide to Early Stereo continues, with further insight into the murky world of 60’s fake stereo This time, an example of a genuine fake. Selection: Slightly Hep  pseudo stereo Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Kenny Rodgers (alto saxophone) Hank Mobley (tenor … Continue reading

Bennie Green: Fake Stereo, and fake Fake Stereo

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Selection: The Shouter Artists Bennie Green (trombone) Eddie Williams (tenor saxophone) Gildo Mahones (piano) George Tucker (bass) Al Dreares (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 25, 1959 Music talk A recording by Bennie Green, the Chicagoan trombonist, … Continue reading

Horace Silver: Sterling Silver (1956-63) Liberty UA 1979

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Selection 1: Senor Blues (alt. take) (EP version, first release on LP) Artists: Silver/ Mobley/ Byrd/ Watkins/ Hayes Selection 2: Tippin‘  (EP version, first release on LP) Artists: Silver/ Byrd/ Cook/ Taylor/ Hayes Artists Sterling Silver features various live and studio recordings from … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: Happenings (1966) Liberty/ Blue Note

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Selection: Maiden Voyage (Hancock) Artists Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone, marimba, drums) Herbie Hancock (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Joe Chambers (drums, vibraphone) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 8, 1966 Music Hutcherson claims not to have heard the original Hancock … Continue reading

Herbie Hancock: The Prisoner (1969) Liberty/Blue Note

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Selection: The Prisoner Artists Johnny Coles (flugelhorn) Garnett Brown (trombone) Tony Studd (bass trombone) Hubert Laws (flute) Jerome Richardson (bass clarinet) Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone, alto flute) Herbie Hancock (piano, electric piano) Buster Williams (bass) Albert Heath (drums) recorded Rudy … Continue reading

Andrew Hill Grass Roots (1968) Liberty/ Blue Note

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Track Selection 1:  Venture Inward (Hill) Bristling angular theme with with an urgent rhythmic undertow Track selection 2: Bayou Red (Hill) Supposedly a tribute to the creole and mulatto heritage via New Orleans, though I like it for itself rather than because of … Continue reading

McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy (1967) Liberty Blue Note

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Track Selection 1: Search for Peace (Tyner) Beautiful tune, tranquil and perfectly paced, Tyner does what he does best –  an exploration of the strong melody for its rhythmic and harmonic potential, punctuated with cascading rippling arpeggios; on cue, Henderson floats … Continue reading

Joe Henderson: Inner Urge (1964) NY/Liberty

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Track Selection: El Barrio Artists Joe Henderson (tenor sax) McCoy Tyner (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 30, 1964 Recorded at Van Gelders studio just one week after Duke Pearson’s Wahoo!, … Continue reading

Duke Pearson Wahoo (1964) Liberty/Blue Note

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Track Selection: Bedouin (STEREO) Bonus: listen to one, get to listen to another  one free: Amanda (STEREO) Request: Farewell Machelle: Artists Donald Byrd (tp) James Spaulding (as, fl) Joe Henderson (ts) Duke Pearson (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Mickey Roker (d) recorded Rudy … Continue reading

Hank Mobley Dippin’ (1965) Liberty/ Blue Note

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Track Selection: The Vamp (Mobley) Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Harold Mabern (p) Larry Ridley (b) Billy Higgins (d)Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 18, 1965 Mobley at the age of 35, a well-seasoned tenor player second … Continue reading

Taking Liberties…the poor man’s Blue Note

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THE LIBERTY YEARS 1966-70:  A TALE OF TWO OWNERS (A summary of the final conclusions of this post, incorporating comments and futher research and new pictures has been added to the permanent pages of LJC “Blue Note: The Liberty Years” here) … Continue reading