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: Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick (Gonsalves) . . . The title track is dedicated by Ellingtonian tenor Paul Gonsalves to his friendJackie Sharpe, tenor and baritone sax player, jazz club owner (the Downbeat Club in Old Compton Street, Soho) and all-round legendary London character. Sharpe was … Continue reading →
Selection: Tartan Reign and Victory in Splendour (Curtis) . . . Artists Ian Bird – tenor, alto sax; John Curtis – trumpet; Ray Shea – piano; Daryl Runswick – bass; Tim Woolley – drums. Recorded at Tony Pike Music … Continue reading →
Another excursion into the progressive detachment of British from American jazz in the second half of the 1960s. This one heads further out into the realms of progressive big-band: lauding composition, fragmentation and complexity. If “The Sound Of Surprise” (W. Balliett) no longer … Continue reading →
Hey LJC – original vinyl, remember? A DJ compilation reissue, have you taken leave of your senses?! Quite possibly, but I’m gonna do it anyway. This one is different. The original recordings carefully curated here are simply impossible to find … Continue reading →