Don Rendell Ian Carr: Shades of Blue (1964) EMI/Jazzman 2018

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Selection: Shades of Blue (Neil Ardley) . . . Artists Dave Green, bass; Trevor Tomkins, drums; Colin Purbrook, piano; Don Rendell, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Ian Carr, trumpet, flugelhorn; recorded London, October 1 – 2, 1964 Music All-Music sets the scene: “There are … Continue reading

Gilles Peterson: “Impressed”- British Jazz 1962-72 (2002 compilation) UPDATE: Peter Ind 90th (see footer)

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Hey LJC – original vinyl, remember?  A DJ compilation reissue, have you taken leave of your senses?! Quite possibly, but I’m gonna do it anyway. This one is different. The original recordings carefully curated here are simply impossible to find … Continue reading

The Ultimate Audiophile Upgrade

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The design of the human ear preceded the creation of the home hi-fidelity listening by somewhere around a half million years. In that time and until recently, the only way to improve your sound quality experience was through expensive equipment upgrades. … Continue reading

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

Lee Morgan: Sextet (1969) King, Japan

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Selection: Mr Johnson (Mabern) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet), Mickey Roker (drums),  Harold Mabern (piano), George Coleman (tenor saxophone), Julian Priester (trombone), Walter Booker (bass) recorded September 12 & October 10, 1969. The 1969 Sextet are all hot players, a triple brass … Continue reading

Johnny Coles: The Warm Sound (1961) Sony/CBS Japan

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Selection: If I Should Lose You . . . Artists: Johnny Coles (trumpet) Kenny Drew (piano) Peck Morrison (bass) Charlie Persip (drums) recorded NYC, April 10 & 13, 1961, engineers Fred  Plaut (Kind of Blue!) and Robert Waller. Columbia 30th Street … Continue reading

Mono or Stereo – is it really just a matter of preference?

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A reborn vinyl collector wrote to me recently for advice on whether they should seek out a mono or a stereo copy of a particular record. (I do respond to interesting questions)  I think it was regarding Kind of Blue, but … Continue reading

Blue Note reissue specialist announces new product range

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Vinyl Resurrection Press Release: April 1, 2017 Vinyl Resurrection Inc, the specialist Blue Note  audiophile reissue company, today announced a major addition to their Blue Note product range. Vice-president Tom Bola told a meeting of music journalists and investors that the company would shortly introduce a vinyl reissue … Continue reading

Kind of Blue Data Collection – what’s your six-eye matrix?

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I didn’t want my mailbox jammed with everyone telling me what KoB matrices they have got (some did anyway, great) – but then I had a brainwave: Polldaddy!  Hopefully this will work. If it doesn’t then there’s nothing lost, except I … Continue reading

Thad Jones: The Magnificent Thad Jones (1956) Blue Note/ MM33

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Selection: April In Paris (Duke-Harburg, a 1930’s showtune) Artists Thad Jones (trumpet) Billy Mitchell (tenor sax) Barry Harris (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 14, 1956 Artists of Note: Billy Mitchell … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: Demon’s Dance (1967) Blue Note: Liberty/UA – Italy

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Selection: Message From Trane . Artists Woody Shaw (trumpet, flugelhorn) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Lamont Johnson (piano) Scott Holt (bass) Jack DeJohnette (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 22, 1967 Musicians of Note: yes, Woody Shaw! … Continue reading

Microphones and Missiles: The Legendary Neumann U47 Microphone

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Now, a change from records, and a post specially for the sound engineers out there, and the rest of us too.  A guest post, by Neville Roberts. If the name is familiar, you are reading the right sort of magazine: Neville … 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: 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

American ’50s Record Clubs: The American Recording Society (1956-7)

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A record collector’s special bonus topic, prompted by LJC commenter Geoffrey Wheeler. I’m sure that name is familiar! You’ll note it again after a few minutes reading. An occasional look at the stuff you may well have overlooked, delving into … Continue reading

Blue Note Records: the EMI era, 1979 to present day (updated)

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UPDATED July 20 – adding Classic Records.   I should have  anticipated this. In the ’80s and ’90s, reissues  were a whole generation’s first introduction to Blue Note. The purist perspective of “original pressings” from the ’50s and ’60s is a long way from … Continue reading

Harold Land: The Fox (1959) Hi Fi Jazz

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Selection: One Second, Please (Hope) . Whilst the standard pick on The Fox is… The Fox, a helter-skelter chase at breakneck speed,  it has a “showcase” feel, look how fast we can play this tricksy tune, plus I already chose … Continue reading

Tubby Hayes: Jeff Kruger’s Jazz At The Flamingo (1956) Tempo

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Selection: Laker’s Day (Baseball and basketball fans may want to skip this section) . Tubby Hayes dedicates his second guest spot, Laker’s Day, to English cricketer Jim Laker  – who just that day had taken a record 19 wickets in one day against … Continue reading

Zoot Sims: Zoot at Ronnie Scott’s (1961) Fontana

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Selection: Love for Sale Artists: Zoot Sims (tenor sax),Stan Tracey (piano) Kenny Napper (bass) Jackie Dougan (drums), other tracks: Ronnie Scott (tenor sax) Jimmy Deuchar (trumpet),Harold McNair (alto sax & flute) Terry Shannon (piano) Jeff Clyne (bass) Phil Seamen (drums) … Continue reading

Johnny Coles: Little Johnny C (1963) Blue Note

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I think its time for another original Blue Note, just to “stir the pot”, with a sting in the tail, all will be revealed, get with the programme. Selection: So Sweet My Little Girl (Duke Pearson) Artists Johnny Coles (trumpet) … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: The Soothsayer (1965) King Records (Jp)

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UPDATE Feb.29, 2016: List of Blue Note Connoisseur LP Series releases (1994-5) at end of post   Selection: The Big Push (Shorter) . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) James Spaulding (alto saxophone) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) McCoy Tyner (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Tony … Continue reading

Horace Parlan: Us Three (1960) Blue Note – MM33

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Selection: US Three (Parlan) . Artists: Horace Parlan (piano) George Tucker (bass) Al Harewood (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 20, 1960 Music: “Us Three’s title track  bristles with a funky wail that characterized Parlan’s forays … Continue reading