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

Art Blakey: Indestructible (1964) Blue Note MM33

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Selection: Sortie (Fuller) Artists Lee Morgan (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, April 24 – May 15, 1964 1964, the last, … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Lee-way (1960) Blue Note

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Selection: The Lion and the Wolff (tk.17) No need to guess the dedication, Alfred and Francis,  but it took a lot of takes to get it right, take seventeen. Who’s counting, the boss is paying. Artists: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Jackie … Continue reading

Buddy de Franco: A Bass Oddity

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Selection: Cousin Mary (Coltrane) – Buddy deFranco   A Coltrane composition which appears on his Giant Steps album. What a great opportunity to set out how the master approached it. Mono, naturally, Decca New Malden pressing on London American (crimson … Continue reading

Winter Sun! Five nights in Tunisia!

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Here’s the idea, hope you like it. Often, posts have been about this record or that artist or that label. But if we dice and slice things differently, hold the tune fixed, vary the players, instruments and timeframe, crystallise the different approach of different artists, and different fluency … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Dig / Diggin’ (1951) Esquire/Prestige

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All this attention given to Prestige covers, it is time to “dig in” to some of the music inside those covers. We take a closer look at what is inside 7012 Miles Davis Dig, but with a few “LJC twists … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: Roll Call (1960) Blue Note

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Selection 1: My Groove, Your Move   Selection 2: The Breakdown Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) Wynton Kelly (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Art Blakey (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 13, 1960 Music: … Continue reading

Horace Silver: HS and The Jazz Messengers (1954-5) Blue Note

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HORACE SILVER RETROSPECTIVE No.3 HS and The Jazz Messengers Selection: Creepin’ In (Silver) Artists: Kenny Dorham (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) Horace Silver (piano) Doug Watkins (bass) Art Blakey (drums) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November 13, 1954 and February … Continue reading

Art Blakey: A Night in Tunisia (1957) mono test pressing vs commercial release “stereo”

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 Shoot out with a twist. What was intended to be a two-way shoot out – test press vs  commercial release and mono vs stereo, quickly unravelled when the stereo turned out not to be quite what it said on the cover. … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk: Black Lion Sessions (1971) Vinyl Shoot Out

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Black Lion Shoot Out One chilly November day in 1971, Monk found himself in  LJC’s home town, London, accompanied by another jazz-elder, Art Blakey, and Al McKibbon on bass, to record a session for Alan Bates’ Black Lion label. In the Chappell Studios he … 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 Jazz Messengers: For Minors Only (1957) President (Fr)

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Selection: For Minors Only (Heath) Artists: Bill Hardman (t) Johnny Griffin (ts) Junior Mance (p) Spanky DeBrest (b) Art Blakey (d)Recorded: New York City, NY October 11, 1957 An early Blakey line-up in the years before Mobley/Timmons came on the scene – late 1957 … Continue reading

Gigi Gryce (1955) Signal

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Artists Quartet: Gigi Gryce (as) Thelonious Monk (p) Percy Heath (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, October 15, 1955 Selection: Gallop’s Gallop (Monk) Orchestra: Art Farmer (t) Eddie Bert (trb) Julius Watkins (fr-horn) Bill Barber (tuba) … Continue reading

Kenny Burrell At The Five Spot (1959) Blue Note

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Selection: Birk’s Works (Gillespie) Artists Tina Brooks (ts) Bobby Timmons (p) Kenny Burrell (g) Ben Tucker (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded live at the “Five Spot Cafe”, NYC, August 25, 1959 recorded by Rudy Van Gelder Year: 1959 December 12th – United … Continue reading

Jordan/Gilmore: Blowing in from Chicago (1957) Pathe-Marconi re

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Selection: Status Quo (John Neely) Artists John Gilmore, Clifford Jordan (ts) Horace Silver (p) Curly Russell (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 3, 1957 Music When are the Jazz Messengers not the Jazz Messengers? Here.The … Continue reading

Art Blakey Buttercorn Lady (1966) Mercury UK

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Selection 1:  Recuerdo (C Mangione) long! Selection 2: Between Races (C. Mangione) not so long Artists Chuck Mangione (t) Frank Mitchell (ts) Keith Jarrett (p) Reggie Johnson (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded at the “Lighthouse Club”, Hermosa Beach, CA, January … Continue reading

Art Blakey Mosaic (1961) Blue Note

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Selection: Children of the Night (Shorter) Shorter anxious to show he can rip through the register as fast and fleet as Coltrane. Artists Freddie Hubbard (t) Curtis Fuller (trb) Wayne Shorter (ts) Cedar Walton (p) Jymie Merritt (b) Art Blakey … Continue reading

Cannonball Adderley Somethin’ Else (1958) Blue Note

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BLUE NOTE CLASSICS: BN 1595  SOMETHIN’ ELSE Selection: Autumn Leaves (Kosma/ Prevert) A track that could segue into Kind of Blue, Miles simmering muted trumpet paints the melody,  Adderley’s alto solo is inspired, beautiful in structure, dripping with elegant grace notes and flourishes, falling … Continue reading

The Jazz Messengers (1956) Columbia Six-Eye

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Track Selection : Infra-Rae (Mobley) Artists Donald Byrd (t) Hank Mobley (ts) Horace Silver (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Blakey (d) NYC, April 5, 1956. Messengers Chronology (selected): Ritual (1957); Art Blakey Big Band (with Coltrane! 1957); Au Club St Germain, … Continue reading

Art Blakey Roots and Herbs (1961) Lib/UA 1st

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Track Selection: The (STEREO) Back Sliders  (rip updated) Lead track Ping Pong previously posted under the Japanese release Pisces, so it is an alternative track selection, The Back Sliders. Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Bobby Timmons or Walter … Continue reading

Art Blakey Indestructible (1964) Blue Note

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Track Selection: The Egyptian Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Curtis Fuller (tb) Wayne Shorter (ts) Cedar Walton (p) Reggie Workman (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 24 and May 15, 1964 Music: Late-bop, more urgency, … 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

Art Blakey: The Freedom Rider (1961) Blue Note

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Track Selection: El Toro Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Bobby Timmons (p) Jymie Merritt (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 18 and May 27, 1961 Music Featuring the Jazz Messengers front line of Wayne … Continue reading

Art Blakey At The Jazz Corner of the World Vol 2 (1959) no ear

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  Track Selection 1:  M & M (Mobley) from Jazz Corner Vol2  no ear, mono: Pressing quality comparison: Track Selection 2 :Hipsippy Blues from Jazz Corner Vol1  original Blue Note DG and ear, pressing stereo (shown below) Mono or Stereo? Liberty reissue or Blue Note second … Continue reading

Swinging with Zoot Sims (1951) Prestige 10″

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Track Selection: Zoot Swings The Blues Only two tracks to choose from and the other sticks on the little USB TT. This one is not for the Audiophile! Surface noise level fairly high, but Zoot sure does swing. Artists Zoot Sims (ts) … Continue reading