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: Outburst (McLean) . Artists: Album recorded in two sessions over 1956/7, but not released until 1959, on Prestige’s New Jazz label.. December 14, 1956 session: Bill Hardman (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) Red Garland (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Art … Continue reading →
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 →
When it comes to the affordable pressings of classic Blue Note titles, Japanese vintage vinyl of the Seventies and Eighties offers an attractive proposition. Usually in immaculate condition, on near-silent vinyl, King and Toshiba offer an identifiably analog presentation, and they can be … Continue reading →
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 →
Track Selection: Sam’s Tune Artists Bill Hardman (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Sam Dockery (p) Spanky DeBrest (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded NYC, January 14 and February 11, 1957 Music: Hard bop – Mclean and Hardiman top of their game. It is Blakey’s album, and features … Continue reading →
Track Selection: “Mighty Moe and Joe” Artists Bill Hardman (tp) Curtis Porter (“Shafi Hadi”) (as, ts) Hank Mobley (ts) Sonny Clark (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Taylor (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 23, 1957 Music A better than average … Continue reading →
Track Selection: “Sweet Doll” > Jackie McLean Quintet Introducing Bill Hardman – Bill Hardman (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Mal Waldron (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) Hackensack, N.J., August 31, 1956 Couldn’t resist posting this UK-Esquire release as … Continue reading →