Lee Morgan: Delightfulee (1966) Liberty/Blue Note

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LJC Special Selection: Albums I initially avoided due to presence of turkeys, but which also contain prime cuts: BST 84243 Lee Morgan’s Delightfulee. Apologies in advance to lovers of  the Fab Four, and cranberry sauce. Selection: Nite Flite (Morgan) .  … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: A Retrospective

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When Horace Silver left us, for posterity, LJC posted a series of his main Blue Note albums.   It is a couple of weeks overdue now to give Bobby Hutcherson the same respect, so over forthcoming posts, some of those titles not previously … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: A Fickle Sonance (1961) Blue Note/Toshiba (LNJ series) Test Pressing

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Selection: A Fickle Sonance (Mclean) . Artists: Tommy Turrentine (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) Sonny Clark (piano) Butch Warren (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 26, 1961 Music Amazon’s official review excels itself, so … Continue reading

Hank Mobley/ Cedar Walton: Breakthrough (1972) Cobblestone

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POST UPDATED May 24, 2015: Simon Spillett on Mobley in Europe (see postscript) LJC Reminder: data request for your NYC Prestige records! Thanks to the twenty or so collectors who have sent their data in. Whether you have few or … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: Back From The Gig (1963/68) Blue Note / UA

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Selection: Home in Africa (Ronnie Boykins) The track selection Home in Africa is credited to Ronnie Boykins, best known as Sun Ra’s bass player, one more at Home in Outer Space. Artists: Johnny Coles (trumpet) Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone) Horace Parlan (piano) Grant … Continue reading

Herbie Hancock Takin’Off (1962) Blue Note

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Track selection: The Maze (Hancock) As I discovered on a recent visit to the Hampton Court Maze, grandchildren in tow, the way out of a maze can be as hard to find as the centre. Twenty minutes of fruitless search and blind … Continue reading

Hank Mobley Dippin’ (1965) Liberty/ Blue Note

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Track Selection: The Vamp (Mobley) Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Harold Mabern (p) Larry Ridley (b) Billy Higgins (d)Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 18, 1965 Mobley at the age of 35, a well-seasoned tenor player second … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon “A Swinging Affair” (1962)

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  Track Selection: Don’t Explain Artists Dexter Gordon (ts) Sonny Clark (p) Butch Warren (b) Billy Higgins (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 27, 1962 (Historical footnote: Not long after this recording, Dexter moved to Paris, … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: “Action” (1964) Liberty/Blue Note

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Track Selection: Hootnan Artists Charles Tolliver (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Bobby Hutcherson (vib) Cecil McBee (b) Billy Higgins (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 16, 1964 Music: Recorded in 1964 on the coat tails of some of McLean’s best titles One … Continue reading

Ornette Coleman “Change of the Century” (1959)

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Track selection 1: Bird Food Second selection 2: Una Muy Bonita Artists Don Cherry (cor) Ornette Coleman (as) Charlie Haden (b) Billy Higgins (d) recorded NYC, October 8, 1959, engineer Bones Howe Music  Ornette Coleman seems to attract as devoted a … Continue reading

Donald Byrd: Blackjack (1967) Liberty

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Post updated January 2, 2018 Track Selection: Eldorado Artists: Donald Byrd (trumpet) Sonny Red (alto saxophone) Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) Cedar Walton (piano) Walter Booker (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 9, 1967 … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon: Gettin’ Around (1965) Blue Note

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Track Selection:  Manaha da Carnaval Artists Dexter Gordon (ts) Bobby Hutcherson (vib) Barry Harris (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Billy Higgins (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 28-9, 1965 Dexter’s last major release for Blue Note, not long after which he moved … Continue reading

Hank Mobley “Caddy for Daddy” (1965)

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Track Selection: “Venus di Mildew” (W.Shorter) > Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Curtis Fuller (tb) Hank Mobley (ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Billy Higgins (d) Recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 18, 1965 Music Wayne Shorter composition … Continue reading

Bop goes Pop: Lee Morgan “Charisma” (1966)

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Track selection: “Sweet Honey Bee”  I> BST 84312 “Charisma” Lee Morgan Sextet: Lee Morgan (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Hank Mobley (ts) Cedar Walton (p) Paul Chambers (b) Billy Higgins (d)  Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 29, 1966 … Continue reading

Donald Byrd “Royal Flush” (1961)

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Track selection: Donald Byrd “Requiem” (Herbie Hancock) Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Pepper Adams (bs) Herbie Hancock (p) Butch Warren (b) Billy Higgins (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 21, 1961 Music Notable as the recording debut of … Continue reading

Donald Byrd “Free Form” (1961)

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Selected track: Donald Byrd “French Spice” > Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Butch Warren (b) Billy Higgins (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 11, 1961 Music With the confidence of a half-dozen … Continue reading

Lee Morgan “Search For The New Land” (1964)

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Track Selection:  “Melancholee” Original rip 2011 180kbps from DJ portable £100 tt. “Melancholee”: Grant Geen’s solo is sensitive, and Wayne Shorter’s elegant, while Morgan continues to show off his mercurial brilliance, to be lost for all time just a few … Continue reading

Jackie Mclean “New and Old Gospel” (1967)

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  Track Selection:  “Strange as it Seems” (Excerpt) Artists Ornette Coleman (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Lamont Johnson (p) Scott Holt (b) Billy Higgins (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 24, 1967 Music The music – a … Continue reading