Adventures in collecting "modern jazz": the classical music of America from the Fifties and Sixties, on original vinyl, on a budget, from England. And writing about it, since 2011. 100% coronavirus-free content.
UPDATE: February 7, 2021: Harry M photos added. Monk and Rouse at Jazz Expo 1969 With the burgeoning release schedule of audiophile Blue Note, Tone Poets, and Music Matters, I thought it a good time to re-aquaint myself with some … Continue reading →
Selection: Neo (12:51) Columbia six eye . . . Different selections made from previous posts on Blackhawk Sessions back in 2012 of the Fontana UK editions. With the passing of time, can do better. Artists Miles Davis (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor … Continue reading →
Black Lion Shoot Out One chilly November day in 1971, Monk found himself in LJC’s home town, London, accompanied by another jazz-elder, Art Blakey, and Al McKibbon on bass, to record a session for Alan Bates’ Black Lion label. In the Chappell Studios he … Continue reading →
Artists: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Tina Brooks (tenor saxophone) Duke Jordan (piano) Sam Jones (bass) Art Taylor (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 25, 1960 Holy Grail status: Another one that isn’t going to happen any time … Continue reading →
Selection: Mysterious Blues (Candid original press 1960) Comparethepressings (only at LJC!) Meet MC VeeGee, our guest audiophile in charge of searching out and comparing pressings at LJC. Test today: The Complete Candid Recordings of Charles Mingus Mosaic Box Set Limited Edition reissue numbered 3,363 … Continue reading →
Track Selection: A Night in Tunisia (Alt Take) Mosaic Limited Edition circa 1985 Re-Mastering Engineer Ron McMaster Audio comparison: A Night in Tunisia (Alt Master) Blue Note BN1503 The Amazing Budwell, second press Lex/NY mixed labels circa 1962 Remastering by Rudy Van Gelder Your … Continue reading →
Bumped to a daily post, extract from a recent addition on Mosaic to the Record Label Guide, but with more opinion – LJC Mosaic Records Mosaic Records was an important specialist jazz reissue venture set up by Michael Cuscuna and Charlie Lourie in 1983. … Continue reading →