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

Freddie Hubbard: A Journey From Analog to Digital, with stops along the way.

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LondonJazzCollector reaches 3 million page views since its inception in 2011. To celebrate, I’ve been building up  a monster post. This is it, and it is monsterous: a multi-dimensional music comparison, borrowing ideas from another of my interests, wine. It’s … Continue reading

Walter Davis Jr: Davis Cup (1959) Blue Note UA

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Selection: Minor Mind (Walter Davis) … Artists: Donald Byrd (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Walter Davis Jr. (piano) Sam Jones (bass) Art Taylor (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 2, 1959 Artist of Note – Walter … Continue reading

Jack Wilson: Easterly Winds (1967) Blue Note/Liberty

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Selection: On Children (Wilson) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Garnett Brown (trombone) Jack Wilson (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 22, 1967 Artist of note: Jack Wilson … 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

Harold Land: Eastward Ho! (1960) Jazzland/Orpheum

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Selection: So In Love . . . Artists Kenny Dorham (trumpet) Harold Land (tenor sax) Amos Trice (piano) Clarence Jones (bass) Joe Peters (drums) recorded Plaza Sound Studios, NYC, July 5 & 8, 1960 engineer Ray Fowler Artist of Note: Amos … Continue reading

Art Blakey: Free For All (1964) Blue Note

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Selection: Hammer Head (Shorter) . . . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Curtis Fuller (trombone) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) Cedar Walton (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Art Blakey (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 10, 1964 Hubbard’s last … 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

Peter Leitch: Red Zone (1985) Van Gelder!

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Selection: Red Zone . . . Artists Ray Drummond (bass) Marvin “Smitty” Smith (drums) Peter Leitch (guitar) Kirk Lightsey (piano). Recorded digitally November 16, 1985 at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Canadian-born guitarist Peter Leitch bio from his … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: High Voltage (1967) Liberty

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Selection: Two and One (Mobley) … Selection 2: Bossa Deluxe (Mobley) … Artists Blue Mitchell (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Hank Mobley (tenor sax) John Hicks (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame (1960) Liberty!!

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Time to give The Jazz Arrangers a break, get back to business with a red-blooded Blue Note vinyl collecting story, one for the vinyl-enthusiast who likes a bargain, and unlike Mr Golson and his pop-jazz disaster, has a happy ending. Just … Continue reading