Howard McGhee: Dusty Blue (1960) New Land reissue (2022)

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Selection: Park Avenue Petite (Golson) .  .  . Artists Howard McGhee, trumpet; Bennie Green, trombone; Roland Alexander, tenor saxophone; Pepper Adams, baritone saxophone; Tommy Flanagan, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Walter Bolden, drums; recorded NYC, June 13, 1960 Track List A1 … Continue reading

Harry Beckett: Joy Unlimited (1974) Cadillac – remastered 2020

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Selections: brought to you direct from vinyl, via Avid Acutus Reference TT, SME arm, Dynavector TKR cart, custom-built valve pre and power amp, final stage tape out to Citrix DAC/ upload to WordPress embedded player at 320kbps. Sounds pretty good … Continue reading

“Better Records/Hot Stampers”/Well-Recorded Jazz

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Vinyl collector culture, an LJC Public Interest post, . Better Records And  Hot Stampers  are an American record selling company, based on the premise that old records can sound dramatically better than ones made today.  I had heard of them … Continue reading

Sonny Clark: Leapin’ and Lopin’ (1961) Toshiba/EMI 1983

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Selection 1: Somethin’ Special (Clark):  .  .  . Selection 2: Midnight Mambo (Clark)  .  .  . Artists Tommy Turrentine, trumpet; Charlie Rouse, tenor sax, except Ike Quebec (A2); Sonny Clark, piano; Butch Warren, bass; Billy Higgins, drums; recorded Van Gelder … Continue reading

Pharoah Sanders: Pharoah (1977) India Navigation (grey reissue)

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Following on from Alice Coltrane’s Ptah El Daoud, LJC takes a  second look into the murky world of unofficial bootleg vinyl, Pharoah Sander’s 1977 India Navigation title  Pharoah. Sometimes you just have to go with what’s available rather than what’s … Continue reading

Charles Tolliver’s Music Inc: Live at Loosdrecht Jazz Festival (1972) Strata East

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Selection: Truth (Tolliver) .  .  . Track List A1. Grand Max (Tolliver) – 11:06A2. Truth – (Tolliver) 10:13B1. Prayer for Peace (Stanley Cowell) – 15:08C1. Our Second Father (Tolliver)  15:57D1. Repetition (Neal Hefti) – 12:37 The track “Our Second Father” … Continue reading

Pyramid pieces 1, Australia (1969-79) compilation, The Roundtable 2020

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  Selection: People Make The World Go Round – Peter Gaudion’s Blues Express (9:15) … Artists – selection; PG’s Blues Express Peter Gaudion, trumpet;  Richard Miller, saxophone; Mal Wilkinson, trombone; Vic Connor, Piano; Derek Capewell, bass; Allan Browne, percussion; recorded … Continue reading

Richard Davis/Freddie Hubbard: Muses for Richard Davis (1969) MPS (Jp. 1974 TP)

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Selection: Milk train (Knepper) .  .  . Artists Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Jimmy Knepper, trombone; Jerry Dodgion, alto sax; Eddie Daniels, tenor sax; Pepper Adams, baritone sax; Roland Hanna, piano; Richard Davis, bass; Louis Hayes, drums; recorded at MPS Studios, Villingen/Black … Continue reading

Forty Seven Times Its Own Weight: Cumulo Nimbus (Fable 1975) Jazzman (2019)

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Mid-week mildly off-piste post, LJC  wanders briefly off the golden path heading into the fonky mid-70s’, in search of new land, in this case, Austin, Texas. Selection: Weedhopper (Skiles) .  . . Track List A1  WeedhopperA2  March Of The Goober … Continue reading

Dadisi Komolafe: Hassan’s Walk (1983) Nimbus West

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A Midweek Jazz post, for a change, a record LJC feels quite enthusiastic about. Artists  Dadisi Komolafe (Arthur Wells), alto saxophone, flute; Roberto Miranda, bass; Sunship Theus, drums;  Eric Tillman, piano; Rickey Kelly, vibraphone, recorded Los Angeles, October 1983, engineers  Dennis … Continue reading

Harold Vick: Don’t Look Back (1974) Strata East (Re 2018)

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Selection: Lucille .  .  . Artists Harold Vick, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, bass clarinet; Virgil Jones, trumpet, flugelhorn (A1-A3); Kiane Zawadi, euphonium ( A1-A3); Joe Bonner, electric piano, piano, percussion, tuba; George Davis, guitar, flute (A1-B1); Sam Jones, bass … Continue reading

Andrew Hill: Passing Ships (1969) Blue Note TP (2021)

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        Track List “Sideways” – 4:09 “Passing Ships” – 7:08 “Plantation Bag” – 8:32 “Noon Tide” – 9:49 “The Brown Queen” – 6:22 “Cascade” – 6:27 “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” – 5:11 Selection: Passing Ships (Hill) .  .  . … Continue reading

Chick Corea: Tones For Joan’s Bones (1966) Atlantic

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Updates!  Michael Cuscuna liner notes and credits for Inner Voice compilation (1973)  added; Harry M photos added (1968-9 vintage). A shoot-out with a difference:  original vinyl US pressing, Japanese reissue; and throwing down the digital gauntlet, a German CD. Now … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: The Rajah (1966) Blue Note TP

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Thank you, LJC readers, today we just crossed over five million page views, not bad for a subject that has little commercial presence,  a labour of love.   – LJC A post timed with the release of The Rajah Tone Poet, … Continue reading

Collector’s Guide to Vintage Blue Note Classics: BLP1595 Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else (1958)

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Collector’s Corner What started me on this journey through Somethin’ Else was an enquiry from Takashi in Japan, who has a mysterious Liberty pressing of Somethin’ Else. In his own words: “Side 2 has RVG STEREO Stamp but, side 1 … Continue reading

Johnny Griffin: The Congregation (1957) Blue Note/ UA Replica Series 1970s

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UPDATE Jan.5: Johnny Griffin at Ronnie Scotts, 1969 Harry M photo added. Selection: Latin Quarter (John Jenkins) .  .  . Artists Johnny Griffin, tenor sax; Sonny Clark, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Kenny Dennis, drums.; recorded Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, … Continue reading

Horace Silver: Further Explorations (1958) Blue Note (updated)

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UPDATED December 16, 2020: Harry M photo added foot of post – Art Farmer (1970) Horace Silver (1968). Head to Head: Blue Note original, Toshiba Japan reissue. Japanese reissues are cheaper and more readily available, but are they worth it? … Continue reading