More Vertical Tasting: A Re-issue Race – any winners?

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A different kind of vertical tasting, the common thread is the same original Blue Note recording BPL 4063 “Whistle Stop” first issued in 1961, in only mono. Featuring Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley (Mobley!), Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe, … Continue reading

Walter Davis Jr: Davis Cup (1959) Blue Note UA

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Selection: Minor Mind (Walter Davis) … Artists: Donald Byrd (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Walter Davis Jr. (piano) Sam Jones (bass) Art Taylor (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 2, 1959 Artist of Note – Walter … Continue reading

Bill Evans Jim Hall: Undercurrent (1962) Toshiba-EMI

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A tale of the pursuit of one recording, the search for the best pressing, and a few lessons learned along the way. Prepare for a deep dive, and beware of currents. The story so far… In the early ’60s, United Artists … 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

Bobby Hutcherson: Cookin’ With Blue Note at Montreux (1973) Blue Note/UA

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Selection: Moontrane (Shaw) Artists: Woody Shaw (trumpet) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) Cecil Bernard (piano) Ray Drummond (bass) Larry Hancock (drums) recorded at  “Montreux Jazz Festival”, “Casino De Montreux”, Switzerland, July 5, 1973 Bobby and Woody we know, but what to make of … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: Cirrus (1974) Blue Note/United Artists (updated)

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  Selection: Rosewood (Woody Shaw) . Artists Woody Shaw (trumpet) Emanuel Boyd, Harold Land (tenor sax, flute) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes, marimba) William Henderson (piano, electric piano) Ray Drummond (bass) Larry Hancock (drums) Kenneth Nash (percussion) recorded at Wally Heider Recording … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: Spiral (1965/8) Blue Note/UA

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 Selection: Jasper (1965) Artists On Jasper: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Sam Rivers (tenor, soprano sax, bass clarinet, flute) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes, marimba) Andrew Hill (piano) Richard Davis (bass) Joe Chambers (drums)recorded  Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 3, 1965 Other … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: Head On (1971) Blue Note/United Artists

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Selection: Mtume (Hutcherson)  Mtume  is a Swahili bantu word meaning  “the messenger”. You knew this of course. It is the only Hutcherson composition on the album, the rest of which is attributed to pianist Todd Cochran. Artists Oscar Brashear (trumpet, flugelhorn) George Bohanon, Louis … Continue reading

Stanley Turrentine with The 3 Sounds: Blue Hour (1960) Blue Note/ UA repress

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Selection: Since I fell For You (Johnson) . Artists: Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone) Gene Harris (piano) Andrew Simpkins (bass) Bill Dowdy (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 29, 1960 Music With fifteen albums in the Blue … 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

Jackie McLean: Hipnosis (1962/67) Blue Note/ UA (1978)

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Further adventures in vintage Blue-Note-on-a-Budget twofer series… with more McLean, great stuff,  and some not so good news for Hubbard fans with the “other” twofer series…read on. Selection 1: Slow Poke Artists: Grachan Moncur III (trombone) Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) Lamont Johnson … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: Jacknife (1965-6) Blue Note/ UA

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Leader of the pack of United Artists’ Blue Note “twofer” Reissue series. I started writing this a while back, then it slipped my attention as I went chasing Prestige. In the midst of the holiday season, I thought I might … 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

Booker Ervin: Back From The Gig (1963/68) Blue Note / UA

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Selection: Home in Africa (Ronnie Boykins) The track selection Home in Africa is credited to Ronnie Boykins, best known as Sun Ra’s bass player, one more at Home in Outer Space. Artists: Johnny Coles (trumpet) Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone) Horace Parlan (piano) Grant … Continue reading

Grant Green: Green is Beautiful (1970) Blue Note Liberty UA

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Selection:  Ain’t I funky now (James Brown) Artists Blue Mitchell (trumpet) Claude Bartee (tenor saxophone) Emmanuel Riggins or Neal Creque (organ) Grant Green (guitar) Jimmy Lewis (electric bass) Idris Muhammad (drums) Candido (congas) Richie “Pablo” Landrum (bongos) recorded Rudy Van … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame (1960) austerity edition, with poll

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Head to Head: A while back I auditioned a modern audiophile pressing against an original vintage first pressing, and came up with some surprising answers, and stirred up a hornets nest in the process. I count controversy a success, so back into … Continue reading

Bill Potts: The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess (1959) United Artists

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An LJC first head to head between two arrangers – Bill Potts and Gil Evans  – in their treatment of the Gershwin classic Porgy and Bess. We will be pitting King of Cool Miles Davis against the finest jazz musicians of … Continue reading

Duke Ellington Money Jungle (1962) United Artists

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Selection The Money Jungle Artists Duke Ellington (p) Charles Mingus (b)  Max Roach (d) recorded at Sound Makers, New York City, on September 17, 1962, recording engineer Bill Schwartau, produced by Alan Douglas. Music Another of the unique artist permutations created by Alan … Continue reading

Zoot Sims Stretching Out (1958) UA

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Artists Harry Edison (tp) Bob Brookmeyer (vtb) Zoot Sims (ts) Al Cohn (ts, bars) Hank Jones (p) Freddie Green (g) Eddie Jones (b) Charlie Persip (d) recorded NYC, December 27, 1958, – between Christmas and New Year. Music We are on a … Continue reading

Benny Golson and the Philadelphians (1958) United Artists

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Track Selection: You’re Not The Kind (Gryce) Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Benny Golson (ts) Ray Bryant (p) Percy Heath (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)Nola’s Penthouse Sound Studios, NYC, November 17, 1958 Philadelphia Just across the river from New Jersey, soon … Continue reading

Curtis Fuller Bone and Bari (1957) DivUA

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Artists Curtis Fuller (tb) Tate Houston (bars) Sonny Clark (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, August 4, 1957 Track Selection: Algonquin Music Curtis Fuller emerged during the 1950s as one of the elite … Continue reading

Kenny Dorham: Matador (1962) UA re.

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Track Selection: El Matador Artists Kenny Dorham (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Bobby Timmons (p) Teddy Smith (b) J.C. Moses (d) recorded at Sound Makers, NYC, April 15, 1962 Vinyl: UAS 5631 Second issue by United Artists from 1972, originally released on the … Continue reading

Louis Smith Smithville (1958) DivUA re ’75

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Selected Track: Smithville. An easy pace relaxing twelve bar jazz-blues. If you are in the mood, you might just try singing along to it, “They call it Stormy Monday” in the manner of  Chris Farlowe. Artists Louis Smith (tp) Charlie Rouse … Continue reading

Bill Evans, Jim Hall: Undercurrent (1962) United Artists

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Track Selection: My Funny Valentine Artists: Bill Evans (p) Jim Hall (g) recorded at Sound Makers, NYC,  April 24 and May 14, 1962 sound engineer: Bill Shwartau Music: A triumph for Bill Evans and Jim Hall, another exercise in telepathic communion, … Continue reading