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

Collector’s Guide to Contemporary Records Part I (updated)

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SUNDAY UPDATE: Guide to Contemporary 3500 series back covers now added to permanent pages for Guide to the  Contemporary Records  label. (If you are able to provide better picture of original back cover with coloured text and frame, all contributions … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (1964) Blue Note – MM33

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Selection: Witch Hunt . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 24, 1964 Recorded Christmas Eve (rapidly approaching) , two tracks … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: A Fickle Sonance (1961) Blue Note/Toshiba (LNJ series) Test Pressing

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Selection: A Fickle Sonance (Mclean) . Artists: Tommy Turrentine (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) Sonny Clark (piano) Butch Warren (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 26, 1961 Music Amazon’s official review excels itself, so … Continue reading

Kenny Clarke Francy Boland : The Golden Eight (1961) Blue Note/Toshiba

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One of the few Blue Note recordings made outside the US ( Dexter Gordon in Paris, Dizzy Reece and Tubby Hayes in London, perhaps you know of others). Blue Note does Yrup, next stop, Cologne (Köln, not the after-shave). Produced by Italian … 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

Frank Strozier: What’s Goin’ On (1977) Steeplechase

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Selection: Ollie (Strozier) Artists Danny Moore (flugelhorn) Frank Strozier (alto saxophone, flute) Harold Mabern (piano) Stafford James (bass) Louis Hayes (drums) at Media Sound, NYC, November 5, 1977 Music Last heard recording on 1962, in  1976 Strozier returned to the studio … Continue reading