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.
Selection: Keep On Movin’ On (Vick) . . . This time the rip is from the original 1974 Strata East Shirley Scott album. A few light ticks along the way, but not intrusive. Christmas Bonus Extra track: Don’t Look Back … Continue reading →
UPDATE 12/12/19: Photos added of Shirley Scott and Harold Vick, live, 1975. Selection: Keep On Movin’ On (Vick) . . . Artists Shirley Scott, organ, mellotron; Harold Vick, alto/tenor saxophone; Billy Higgins, drums; Jimmy Hopps, cowbell; recorded at Blue Rock … Continue reading →
Selection: Nardis (Miles Davis) . . . The instantly identifiable Davis composition given the Russell/ Dolphy treatment Artists Don Ellis, trumpet; Dave Baker, trombone; Eric Dolphy, alto sax, bass clarinet; George Russell, piano; Stephen Swallow, bass; Joe Hunt, drums, … Continue reading →
Selection: John Coltrane (Lee) A two record set deserves a second selection: Eddie Harris (Lee) . . . Artists Billy Higgins drums, percussion; Cedar Walton, Stanley Cowell, piano; Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone; Bill Lee, Sam Jones, bass. Quartet I: C. … Continue reading →
An uncommercial island, Stanley Cowell and Charles Tolliver’s Strata East Records, stubbornly surrounded by increasingly commercial waters, making music to satisfy its core listening audience rather college boys and the bachelor demographic, who had moved on elsewhere. Venturing further into … Continue reading →