Ronnie Mathews: doin’ the thang! (1963) Prestige

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Selection: The Orient Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Charles Davis (baritone sax) Ronnie Mathews (piano) Eddie Khan (bass) Albert Heath (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 17, 1963, the week running up to Christmas. Obit:  PETER KEEPNEWS JULY 2, … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: Exultation! (1963) Prestige

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Under-rated Tenors Series: Booker Ervin Selection: No Land’s Man (Perkins) – Artists Frank Strozier (alto sax) Booker Ervin (tenor sax) Horace Parlan (piano) Butch Warren (bass) Walter Perkins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 19, 1963 … Continue reading

Frank Foster/Elmo Hope: Wail, Frank, Wail (1955) Prestige/Esquire

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Former phantom post, now ready. WordPress thinks this is only an update, so I have had to repost it afresh. Apologies. . Selection : Fosterity (Foster)     Christmas Bonus Selection: Shutout (Foster) . Artists Freeman Lee (trumpet) Frank Foster … Continue reading

The transition from 10″ to 12″ LP, and the lost recordings.

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I am delighted and honoured to present a piece of essential but almost undocumented history of jazz on vinyl: the transition in the mid-’50s from the 10-inch to the 12-inch LP. Esteemed jazz aficionado and collector Roudolf has put his … Continue reading

Sonny Criss: Portrait of (1967) Prestige (new: bonus track)

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Hot on the heels of Frank Strozier, celebrating the 700th post at LJC (Strange, this started as a sort of Blue Note tribute site, look now where it has gone… jazz all over) Continuing on the theme of artists deserving … Continue reading

Prestige: Visual Reference Guide to Original NY Pressings v.1.1 (updated)

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UPDATED July 5th: new reference material added to the Prestige Boot Camp and  a QUICK LOOK UP REFERENCE TABLE for Prestige NY label has been added to the permanent pages of LJC Guide to Record Labels/ Prestige and New Jazz. If you have … Continue reading

Musical Interpretation: “Pent Up House” (Rollins)

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Subject:  classic jazz tunes Sometimes I think I should write more about the music and less about the etchings in the wax. Then I quickly return to my senses and poke the macro in closer, but to capture the thought, this post … Continue reading

Calling all Prestige LP-owners

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No, it doesn’t exist. At least not yet. With the invaluable help of Diego S, LJC’s Head of Special Projects Involving Quite Complicated Things, LJC is launching an appeal for information from Prestige collectors  about the records they own, in forensic detail.  We … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Collectors’ Items (Prestige) 1953-6

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Prestige “original”!?  What’s one number difference in an address?  Into the vaults, LJC returns clutching what he thought was his most prized “original” Prestige LP, purchased a few years back from the now-disappeared Intoxica Records, Portobello Road, Notting Hill. The man said … Continue reading

Prestige: draft guide to original pressings Part 1: the N.Y.C Fireworks label

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Note: this post contains 100% vinyl-oriented content, unsuitable for followers of The Evil Silver Disk. Mobile phone down-loaders visiting this site should be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Prestige not up your street? Elsewhere on LJC, new additions (reading skills … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Dig / Diggin’ (1951) Esquire/Prestige

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All this attention given to Prestige covers, it is time to “dig in” to some of the music inside those covers. We take a closer look at what is inside 7012 Miles Davis Dig, but with a few “LJC twists … Continue reading

Prestige covers continued: the second issues

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Bob Weinstock, ever resourceful, selected many of his prime recordings for a second issue with a new catalogue number and a new cover, and occasionally an altogether new title to snag the unwary. It is worth noting these pairs as they … Continue reading

Potayto, pottato: two nations, Prestige and Esquire, back to back

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An occasional post, on the subject of US Prestige and UK Esquire records Prestige is one of the treasure chests of audiophile quality vintage Modern Jazz recordings, along with Blue Note, Riverside, Contemporary, Impulse, without which our lives would be considerably poorer. … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Tour de Force (1956) Esquire (updated)

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Selection: B Quick (Rollins) (Update: Bonus track –  featuring Earl Coleman vocals) My Ideal (Whiting) Artists: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Kenny Drew (piano) George Morrow (bass) Max Roach (drums) Earl Coleman (vocals) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, December 7, … Continue reading

Prestige/ New Jazz: Esquire UK vs.Victor Japan

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Alternative pressing comparisons round II: London vs. Tokyo Compare The Pressing subject: New Jazz 8210 Roy Haynes Trio “We Three” Artists Phineas Newborn (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Roy Haynes (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November 14, 1958 … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt – Bud Powell – JJ Johnson (1949) Prestige

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To kick off, I have two vintage pressings for you to compare. One an original Prestige, the other, one of my native Esquire pressings, from US metalwork. Except there are a few twists along the way. Selection: Fine and Dandy Take 1 … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: Groovin’ High (1963/4) Prestige

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Selection 1: Groovin’ High (Gillespie)  solos: Carmel Jones (t) Gildo Mahones (p) Selection 2: The Second #2 (first outing for the signature track from The Space Book but taken at an even brisker pace) Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Jaki Byard or Gildo Mahones (p) Richard Davis (b) Alan Dawson … Continue reading

Eric Dolphy: Latin Caribe (1960) New Jazz re

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Selection: Mambo Ricci (Amalbert/ Ricci) Artists Eric Dolphy (as, bclar, fl) Carlie Simons (vib) Gene Casey (p) Bill Ellington (b) Manny Ramos (d, timb) Juan Amalbert (congas) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 19, 1960 Music: LJQ brought to … Continue reading

Eric Dolphy: Out There (1960) Prestige UK Esquire

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Selection 1: Feathers (Hale Smith) Selection 2: Serene (Dolphy) Something both malevolant and beautiful about the avant-garde’s treatment of tenderness, peace and tranquility, exposing flashes of barely concealed danger, somewhere Freddie Krueger is loose in Snow White’s boudoir. Artists Eric Dolphy (as, … Continue reading

Pony Poindexter Gumbo (1963) Prestige

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Selection 1: Creole Girl (Poindexter) Selection 2: French Market (Poindexter) Encore: (Hat tip Dean) : Gumbo Filet Artists Al Grey (trb) Pony Poindexter (ss, as) Booker Ervin (ts) Gildo Mahones (p) George Tucker (b) Jimmie Smith (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, … Continue reading

Roy Haynes: Cymbalism (1963) Prestige/New Jazz

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Track Selection:  Medley: Hag – Cymbalism – Oleo (10:45) Haynes kicks off as he intends to continue, relentless propulsion, fizzling with brio and drive, sticks dancing on the cymbals,  head-nodding double-time to keep up, as Strozier pulls up along side and then … Continue reading

Miles Davis Musings of Miles (1955) Prestige/ Bergenfield

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  Track Selection: A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie/Paparelli) . Selected because it’s a tune I can’t get enough of. I read Gillespie turned down a generous offer from the Tunisian National Tourist Board, to rename the tune Two Nights in Tunisia, with full board, inclusive of airport charges and … Continue reading