Sam Rivers: Dimensions & Extensions (1967) Blue Note

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In 1982, the combined forces of Decca/Telefunken (TelDec) and Georg Neumann Gmbh launched a German compilation of classical music tracks demonstrating the new analog  mastering process – Direct Metal Mastering:(10 For Sale from €7.87). The DMM process entered the Blue Note chain … Continue reading

Cultural Archeology: ’60s Radio Station Record Jacket Graffiti (more added June 15)

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UPDATE: June 10,  contributions from David S, Tony, and Dubmart UPDATE: June 11, contributions  from Doom Girl and Milan UPDATE : June 13 great contribution from Joe L Update June 14: all the way from Tokyo, contributions from Hiromasa N, … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Cornbread (1965) Blue Note (Tone Poet 2019)

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Selection: Most Like Lee (TP, stereo) .  .  . Original Liberty 1967 monaural : Most Like Lee .  .  . Artists: Lee Morgan, trumpet; Jackie McLean, alto sax;  Hank Mobley, tenor sax; Herbie Hancock, piano; Larry Ridley, bass; Billy Higgins, … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan: Hello Hank Jones (1978) East World, direct-to-disc

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Too much British Jazz? Time To Go Home. But is home US, or Japan? Selection: Vienna (C.Jordan)  (long! 17:10) .  .  . Artists Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone; Hank Jones, Piano; Reggie Workman, bass; Freddie Waits, drums; recorded July 25, 1978. … Continue reading

Tubby Hayes: The Fontana Albums (1961-69) Universal/Decca 2019

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Suspicious plain package arrives by courier for LJC, driver speeds away. Bomb squad put on standby.  Shortly afterwards, British Jazz Explosion follows. Opening the package revealed a red sealed box with carefully taped edges, inside, tightly packed with eleven replica … Continue reading

Shirley Scott: One For Me (1974) Universal Sounds (1997) – updated

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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

Bill Evans, Stan Getz: A Discovery In 1973 (1964) Verve

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Quiz answers declared here: Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, Ron Carter. Well done, those who got it. Next time, I will  remember to anonymise the rip title, and remember what my mum taught me: “cheats never prosper”. (Wrong again, … Continue reading

Billy Harper: Love On The Sudan (1977) Denon Jazz

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Selection: Priestess (Harper) .  .  . Artists Bily Harper, tenor saxophone; Everett Hollins, trumpet; Mickey Tucker, piano; Gregg Maker, Bass; Malcolm Pinson, drums;  recorded in New York June 27-30, 1977, engineer Jim McCurdy A&R Recording Studio, New York City Mickey Tucker … Continue reading

Billy Harper: Capra Black (1973) Strata East/ Denon

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Selection: Sir Galahad (Harper) .  .  . Artists Billy Harper, tenor saxophone; Reggie Workman, bass;  Billy Cobham, Elvin Jones, Warren Smith, drums; George Cables, piano; Dick Griffin, Julian Priester, Trombone; Jimmy Owens, trumpet; Barbara Grant, Billy Harper, Gene McDaniels, Laveda … Continue reading

Frank Laico: Recording Engineer, Columbia 30th Street Studios.

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A break from the vinyl treadmill to a topic dear to the hearts of some, heroes of the recording studio, the engineers behind the sound of Modern Jazz. Names we know, Van Gelder, DuNann, Plaut, and that wonderful engineer at … Continue reading

UK Government announces plans to ban vinyl

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 Exclusive! It’s Back to Shellac! The British Minister for Culture, Media and The Environment, Rt Hon Michael Dot-Gov MP, will announce measures to protect the environment by further reducing the use of plastic. “Following the elimination of common plastic products … Continue reading

High Fidelity: Decades of Decline

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Though hi-fi makes a very important contribution to the quality of my day, I haven’t written much about it lately.  I  don’t read Hi-Fi magazines, as I find it impossible to keep up with all the developments and equipment. I … Continue reading

Rare vintage jazz issued in the UK, re-issued in Japan: the Universal UCJU 9000 series

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Rare UK ’60s vintage vinyl jazz, re-mastered in Japan The giant Universal Music Group own the recordings of Capitol (including Blue Note), Decca UK, EMI (including the recent Rendell Carr Quintet reissues), Impulse, Verve, Mercury and Philips (including Fontana). The suits … Continue reading

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