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

Prestige: Visual Reference Guide to Original NY Pressings v.1.1 (updated)

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UPDATED July 5th: new reference material added to the Prestige Boot Camp and  a QUICK LOOK UP REFERENCE TABLE for Prestige NY label has been added to the permanent pages of LJC Guide to Record Labels/ Prestige and New Jazz. If you have … Continue reading

UK auction, Blue Note Mobley 1568 sets new price benchmark

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An occasional post, tracking a significant auction outcome which should be of interest to all collectors and sellers. Whoa!! For a premium record that in tip-top condition often settles around the $5,000 benchmark, the most coveted and collectable record in … 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

Calling all Prestige LP-owners

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No, it doesn’t exist. At least not yet. With the invaluable help of Diego S, LJC’s Head of Special Projects Involving Quite Complicated Things, LJC is launching an appeal for information from Prestige collectors  about the records they own, in forensic detail.  We … Continue reading

Prestige: draft guide to original pressings Part 1: the N.Y.C “Fireworks” label

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Prestige Yellow Fireworks Label, 446 W. 50th St., N.Y.C, (1955-8) Prestige Records was one of the main specialist modern jazz labels in the 50’6s and ’60s, a rival to Blue Note. The quality of recording and pressing of its 12″ first NYC label … Continue reading

At last, it’s possible! Real home-download vinyl!

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Thanks to ground-breaking  technology of Additive Manufacturing, the new process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file, in conjuction the LJC exclusive hybrid Analogue Conversion Vinyl Pump™,  real home-downloadable vinyl is just a few clicks away. Just connect the LJC vinyl pump to … Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Blue (updated)

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 (Update March 23: shades of blue now increased to eight –  three extra rips added at the foot of the post, courtesy of ripmeister Bill H) Fifty Shades of Blue – Kind of Blue, not Blue Notes – ok, and … Continue reading

Van Gelder 1961 and 1983: Toshiba, Pathe Marconi and Uptown

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Compare The Vinyl: “Philly” Twist (Dorham) first recorded  by Van Gelder 1961 for BNST 84063 Kenny Dorham Whistlestop . No original pressing on this one, sadly,  but unpack the Magnum, P.I. Hawaiian shirt and fix on moustache, it’s ’80s night at LJC!  Presented … Continue reading

Riverside/Jack Higgins (1959) vs Van Gelder (1983)

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ROUND 2 of this Van Gelder ’80s Vinyl Comeback Collection Original Stereo LP: Riverside RLP 1139 Blue Spring  Kenny Dorham (1959) Riverside Recording engineer: Jack Higgins Mastering:  Jack Mathews Selection: Spring Cannon (1959)   Artists (1959) Kenny Dorham (trumpet) Dave Amram (French … Continue reading

What Rudy Did Next: Master By Van Gelder, ’80s

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Life after Blue Note, Impulse and Prestige – and before CD: “MASTER BY-  VAN GELDER”.  The continuing LJC mission to track down the affordable good stuff. What Rudy Did Blue Note, Prestige, and Impulse in the ’50s and ’60s: Rudy Van Gelder made clean, crisp, … Continue reading

Freddie Redd: Lonely City (1985) Uptown Records

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 Selection: Bleeker St Blues Artists Freddie Redd (piano) Clarence “C” Sharpe (alto) Clifford Jordan (tenor) Gerry Cappuccio (baritone) Don Sickler (trumpet) George Duvivier (bass) Ben Riley (drums) recorded Englewood Cliffs NJ, January 18 &19, 1985 Music Pedigree line-up, some of … Continue reading

Rare Blue Note: what’s the collector alternative? UPDATED extra sample and poll added

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Audiophile Alternatives: USA and Tokyo go head-to-head Record Test:  BLP 4059 Kenny Drew title “Undercurrent” (1960) Contestants: Music Matters 33  edition vs late 1970’s vintage King Records, Japan. NEW!  a third contestant, Classic Records added at the last minute, rip courtesy of LJC … Continue reading

Blue Note’s Transition from Mono to Stereo – Updated Guest Post

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DGmono has updated his excellent, authoritative and now greatly condensed story of Blue Note’s transition from mono to stereo, which I am delighted to publish on the permanent pages at LJC: How They Heard It (Second Edition) My thanks to Rich Capeless. … Continue reading

Plastylite and The Mystery of “9M”

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Plastylite pressed Blue Note, the quality is there for all to hear.  The Plastylite “ear” in the run-out of all their pressings is not much of a mystery, it is a hand-written (cursive, in the jargon)  letter “P“. Problem is, it … Continue reading