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

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

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

Art Pepper: Live at the Village Vanguard (1977) Contemporary (J)

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LJC Reminder: data request for your NYC Prestige records! Whether you have few or many, the collector community need good data to identify early and original Prestige pressings. Go to the Prestige post to pick up the template, and contribute … Continue reading

Tommy Flanagan: Overseas (1957) Japan 1977

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Selection: Chelsea Bridge (Strayhorn) Possibly the signature tune of Overseas is the dreamy sublime chord changes of Billy Strayhorn’s Chelsea Bridge.Today, Chelsea Bridge is a far cry from Strayhorn’s, just busy traffic over the River Thames.  Chelsea in the mid ’60s, … Continue reading

Mobley 1550: what’s it worth? Play Fantasy Ebay live. Now with result update

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Selection: Wham and they’re off (Mobley) Artists Art Farmer (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) Horace Silver (piano) Doug Watkins (bass) Art Blakey (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 8, 1957 Music : It’s not BN 1568, but … Continue reading

Art Blakey Pisces (1961) Japan only

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Track Selection: Ping Pong (Shorter) A track whose first US  appearance is on the Division of Liberty release “Roots and Herbs” (BST 84347), taken from  Jazz Messengers sessions back in 1961. Tracks from this album also appear as “bonus tracks ” on those superficially seductive … Continue reading

Lou Donaldson Blues Walk (1958) King jp

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Track Selection: Blues Walk Artists Lou Donaldson (as) Herman Foster (p) Peck Morrison (b) Dave Bailey (d) Ray Barretto (cga) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 28, 1958 Music Lou Donaldson treads a careful path between the high ground of … Continue reading

Phil Woods “Woodlore” (1955)

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Track Selection: Woodlore Artists Phil Woods (as) John Williams (p) Teddy Kotick (b) Nick Stabulas (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November 25, 1955 Music Scott Yanow of AllMusic writes: “Woods’ second recording as a leader. Accompanied by a quiet … Continue reading

George Wallington: New York Scene (1957) Wave Japan re.

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  Track Selection: In Salah (Mose Alison) Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Phil Woods (as) George Wallington (p) Teddy Kotick (b) Nick Stabulas (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 1, 1957 George Wallington  is considered to be one of … Continue reading

Howard McGhee All Stars / Fats Navarro (1948)

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Track Selection 1: Boperation (with Navarro) Track Selection 2. I’ll Remember April Track Selection 3. Fluid Drive Artists Boperation: Fats Navarro (tp) Howard McGhee (tp, p) Ernie Henry (as) Milt Jackson (vib, p) Curly Russell (b) Kenny Clarke (d) recorded Apex … Continue reading

Howard McGhee Vol 2 (1953)

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Track Selection:  Jarm (McGhee) Artists Howard McGhee (tp) Gigi Gryce (as, fl) Horace Silver (p) Tal Farlow (g) Percy Heath (b) Walter Bolden (d) recorded WOR Studios, NYC, May 20, 1953 Music Described by one Amazon customer reviewer as “very possibly the best music on record that … Continue reading

Tubby Hayes “Return Visit” (1962)

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Track Selection: “If I Had You” (medley) Artists Tubby Hayes (ts,vib) Roland Kirk (ts, manzello, fl, nose fl, stritch) Jimmy Gloomy (ts fl) Walter Bishop Jr. (p); Sam Jones (b) Louis Hayes (d) Recorded in New York, June 23, 1962. “Jimmy Gloomy” an alias for tenor James … Continue reading

Hank Mobley “Mobley’s Message” (1956)

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Track Selection: Au Privave (Charlie Parker) guest Jackie McLean Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Jackie McLean (as) on “Au Privave”,  Hank Mobley (ts) Barry Harris (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 20, 1956 … Continue reading

Hank Mobley BN1568 (1957)

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Track Selection: “Mighty Moe and Joe” Artists Bill Hardman (tp) Curtis Porter (“Shafi Hadi”) (as, ts) Hank Mobley (ts) Sonny Clark (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Taylor (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 23, 1957 Music A better than average … Continue reading

Jutta Hipp “with Zoot Sims” (1956)

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Track selection: “Just Blues” (Zoot Sims) > And a bonus track “Violets for Your Furs” (With a little more Jutta than Zoot) > Artists BLP 1530: Jerry Lloyd (tp) Zoot Sims (ts) Jutta Hipp (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Ed Thigpen (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, … Continue reading

Charles Mingus Trio (1957)

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Selected Track: “Dizzy Moods” (6:40)  > Artists Charles Mingus (b) Danny Richmond (d)  Hampton Hawes (p) Recorded 1957 Music Mingus, teamed with the mercurial  brilliance of west coast pianist Hampton Hawes and stalwart Dannie Richmond.  Hawes is in sparkling  form whilst Mingus asserts himself … Continue reading

The Connection: Which Twin has the Toni?

Something new, a competition, and you get to decide which version you prefer! The stage is set for Freddie Redd’s Music from “The Connection”, the track, the poignant “Theme for Sister Salvation”

First contender the original New York cast soundtrack on Blue Note, with Jackie McClean (click the arrow below to hear audio player, click on bars to adust volume)

Next up we have the official understudy to Jackie in “The Connection” stage play,  Tina Brooks, in the alternative recording on Felsted Records (Close the flash audio player above by clicking the double-bar on its right, or it will play on top of the next audio sample)

Due to contractual problems Freddie Redd – the composer – performs under the pseudonym “I Ching”, Howard McGhee lead on trumpet, and Tina Brooks takes the honours on saxophone in place of Jackie McClean. Everyone knows the Blue Note 4027 from 1960. very few know the ultra rare Felsted alternative. Despite its poorer audio quality, the Felsted version showcases the extraordinary emotional  drive of Tina Brooks, and Freddie’s triumphant piano solo, which clutches at the heartstrings as it strains at holding the key

I know which I prefer. Any views out there?

Dexter Gordon: “Clubhouse” (1965) Japan

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Track Selection: Devilette Artists Freddie Hubbard (tp) Dexter Gordon (ts) Barry Harris (p) Bob Cranshaw or Ben Tucker (b) Billy Higgins (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 27, 1965 Music Recorded shortly after Dexter’s masterful “Our man in Paris”, “One … Continue reading