Adventures in collecting "modern jazz": the classical music of America from the Fifties and Sixties, on original vinyl, on a budget, from England. And writing about it, since 2011. 100% coronavirus-free content.
Selection: Marjoun (LaRoca) – Muse, 1973 . . . Original: Majoun – Douglas, 1967 . . . The remastered Muse sounds quite different to the Douglas original. The stereo stage is quite different. The Muse sounds to me more “congested”, and … Continue reading →
A tale of the pursuit of one recording, the search for the best pressing, and a few lessons learned along the way. Prepare for a deep dive, and beware of currents. The story so far… In the early ’60s, United Artists … Continue reading →
Last Updated:February 9, 2020 Selection The Money Jungle . . . Artists Duke Ellington, piano; Charles Mingus, bass; Max Roach, drums; recorded at Sound Makers, New York City, on September 17, 1962, recording engineer Bill Schwartau, produced by Alan Douglas. Music Another of … Continue reading →
Pictures updated December 20, 2019 Selection: Majoun (La Roca) . . . Fast-paced Bop-Not Bop, with the young Chick Corea looking to establish his own forceful identity, while la Roca leaves no-one in any doubt he is the leader, and he isn’t … Continue reading →
Track Selection: You’re Not The Kind (Gryce) Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Benny Golson (ts) Ray Bryant (p) Percy Heath (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)Nola’s Penthouse Sound Studios, NYC, November 17, 1958 Philadelphia Just across the river from New Jersey, soon … Continue reading →
Track Selection: El Matador Artists Kenny Dorham (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Bobby Timmons (p) Teddy Smith (b) J.C. Moses (d) recorded at Sound Makers, NYC, April 15, 1962 Vinyl: UAS 5631 Second issue by United Artists from 1972, originally released on the … Continue reading →