Art Blakey &The Jazz Messengers: Africaine (1959) Blue Note

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Selection: Lester Left Town (Shorter) .  .  .   Artists: Lee Morgan, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, tenor sax; Walter Davis Jr., piano; Jymie Merritt, bass; Art Blakey, drums; Dizzy Reece, congas, recorded Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 10, 1959. … 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

Clifford Jordan: Night of The Mark VII (Muse) 1975

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Selection: John Coltrane ( Bill Lee) 7:45 .  .  . Artists Clifford Jordan, tenor sax; Cedar Walton, piano; Sam Jones, bass; Billy Higgins, drums.  Recorded live in Paris, France, March 26, 1975, Muse album not released until 1978, issued in … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: 1558 – Volume 2 (Blue Note) 1957 (updated)

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(Updated March 24: matrixes of 1st edition) Records inexplicably not previously posted. I had occasion to want to check something regarding 1558, went to my pages, only to find it not there. No there there at all. No longer overlooked, … Continue reading

Another Blue Note puzzle, 1st Edition, 2nd Edition, 3rd Edition…

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We like puzzles here at LJC, especially Blue Note ones, they stretch what you know, sometimes force you to rearrange what you think you know, but isn’t right. It’s good to be smart, but better to be even smarter.  A … Continue reading

Hey, Guttenberg, we like your Type! Liberty Part III

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(UPDATED March  12, 2018: Linotype Erbar meets Kind of Blue)) Blue Note record covers showcase the wonderful graphic elements of photography, design and typography brought together by Reid Miles. The array of fonts Miles selected changed from title to title, … Continue reading

Ernie Henry: Last Chorus (1956) Riverside

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A break from the Boogaloo and later ’60s directions, back firmly in the ’50s mainstream when music giants roamed the earth,  mono  ruled absolutely, and for some, life was but  a short, temporary gift. Selection: Autumn Leaves (Kosma/ Prevert) . … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: The Flip (1969) Liberty Blue Note

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LJC thought for the day: you don’t judge a book by its cover, but by its contents. However, some covers just shout “No!” Fortunately in this case the contents say “Yes!” Selection: Feelin’ Folksy (Mobley) . .  .  . Artists: … Continue reading

The Many Faces of Blue Note: “A Division of Liberty Records”

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Postscript: Post done, now the test, anyone have anomalies, copies that don’t fit? Send them in,  two added to foot of post already.  Discogs needs to up its game from sometimes maybe a mention Van Gelder, or no mention, , … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Blue Spirits (1965) Blue Note/Liberty

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  The Vinyl Detective calls. When is a Blue Note not a Blue Note? Freddy’s last studio album for the label, a magnificent beast, Blue Spirits, a four-horn line-up, with a twist. The curious case of the Blue Note that … Continue reading

Duke Pearson: The Phantom (1968) Liberty Blue Note (update: new Vinyl Detective supplement!)

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Selection: The Phantom .  .  . Artists Duke Pearson Octet: Jerry Dodgion (flute, alto flute) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes ) Duke Pearson (piano, arranger) Sam Brown (acoustic guitar ) Al Gafa (electric guitar) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Mickey Roker (drums) Carlos “Patato” … Continue reading

Miles Davis: In Person at The Blackhawk (1961) Columbia/Mosaic shootout. Update: ultrasonic record cleaning

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Selection: Neo (12:51) Columbia six eye .  .  . Different selections made from previous posts on Blackhawk Sessions back in 2012 of the Fontana UK editions. With the passing of time,  can do better. Artists Miles Davis (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor … Continue reading

Joe Harriott revisited: Free Form (1960) Jazzland Stereo

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Previously posted in 2013 for mono format. It was early days, could do better,  so I decided to rewrite rather than just repair.  This update expands on the musical contribution of Harriott, with more links, new pictures, new rips, more … Continue reading

Savoy Records: The Vinyl Collector’s Field Guide – Second Edition

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  Now in 2nd Edition! Many updates, corrections, additions. Contents: Second Edition PART I  – Beginner’s Slopes Overview of the Savoy Records label Moving Forces: Lubinsky, Reig, Mendelsohn and Cadena. The Savoy Artist Roster Van Gelder Engineering and Mastering  Collector … Continue reading

Milt Jackson: Sunflower (1972) CTI

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Selection: Sunflower (Hubbard) … Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet, flugelhorn) Milt Jackson (vibes) Herbie Hancock (piano) Jay Berliner (guitar) Ron Carter (bass) Billy Cobham (drums) Don Sebesky (arranger, conductor) : Romeo Penque (alto flute, English horn, oboe) Phil Bodner (flute, alto … Continue reading

Hal McKusick: The Jazz Workshop (1956) RCA Victor

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A horizontal tasting: composers and arrangements The oeuvre is the  “Jazz Workshop”, zeitgeist of 1956: the search for new directions. Post- swing experimentalism flowers briefly, doffing its cap to its contemporary classical music “brothers”. The fixed points here are the performers, the same … 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