Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame (1960) Liberty!!

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Time to give The Jazz Arrangers a break, get back to business with a red-blooded Blue Note vinyl collecting story, one for the vinyl-enthusiast who likes a bargain, and unlike Mr Golson and his pop-jazz disaster, has a happy ending. Just … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: Spiral (1965/8) Blue Note/UA

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 Selection: Jasper (1965) Artists On Jasper: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Sam Rivers (tenor, soprano sax, bass clarinet, flute) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes, marimba) Andrew Hill (piano) Richard Davis (bass) Joe Chambers (drums)recorded  Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 3, 1965 Other … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (1964) Blue Note – MM33

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Selection: Witch Hunt . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 24, 1964 Recorded Christmas Eve (rapidly approaching) , two tracks … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Breaking Point (1964) Blue Note/Liberty

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Tying up some loose ends in the discography of important figures in Modern Jazz, I found I had neglected some albums because either I wasn’t convinced of their merit or the pressing wasn’t satisfactory, or in some cases both. However … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: Components (1965) Blue Note/ Liberty

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Selection 1: Tranquility (Hutcherson) Selection 2: Air (Chambers) Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute) Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone, marimba) Herbie Hancock (piano, organ) Ron Carter (bass) Joe Chambers (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June … Continue reading

Rare Blue Note: what’s the collector alternative? UPDATED extra sample and poll added

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Audiophile Alternatives: USA and Tokyo go head-to-head Record Test:  BLP 4059 Kenny Drew title “Undercurrent” (1960) Contestants: Music Matters 33  edition vs late 1970’s vintage King Records, Japan. NEW!  a third contestant, Classic Records added at the last minute, rip courtesy of LJC … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: Dialogue (1965) Liberty UA Blue Note (Update: polls added)

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An LJC reader challenged me on why I hadn’t posted any titles by Bobby Hutcherson? Once again, I found myself short of an answer. To put that right, we kick off with what I consider Hutcherson’s sine qua non Blue … Continue reading

Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage (1965) Blue Note

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Selection: Dolphin Dance (mono) Artists: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) George Coleman (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Anthony Williams (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 17, 1965 Music What words can describe this  in my … 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

BLP 4135: The Blue Note that never was (1962)

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FREDDIE HUBBARD: HERE TO STAY (1962)  original artwork Selection: Assunta (DMM) – Pathe Marconi Fr. 1986 Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Cedar Walton (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Philly Joe Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading

Duke Pearson: The Right Touch (1967) Liberty/UA

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Selection: Chilli Pepper (320kbps MP3) Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Garnett Brown (trombone) James Spaulding (alto saxophone) Jerry Dodgion (alto saxophone, flute) Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone) Duke Pearson (piano)  Gene Taylor (bass) Grady Tate (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading

Andrew Hill: One for One (1965-70) Blue Note/UA

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Selection: One for One (Numark tt rip) (Next week the laptop returns from the menders, and hopefully it is back to experiments with a direct feed from the big system, a more sound basis for some  new shoot-outs) Artists Artists 1965 sessions: … Continue reading

Tina Brooks: True Blue (1960) RVG re-master vs Mosaic, with poll

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Artists: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Tina Brooks (tenor saxophone) Duke Jordan (piano) Sam Jones (bass) Art Taylor (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 25, 1960 Holy Grail status: Another one that isn’t going to happen any time … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame (1960) austerity edition, with poll

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Head to Head: A while back I auditioned a modern audiophile pressing against an original vintage first pressing, and came up with some surprising answers, and stirred up a hornets nest in the process. I count controversy a success, so back into … Continue reading

Curtis Fuller: Soul Trombone (1961) Impulse (+ trombone poll)

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Selection : The Clan Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Curtis Fuller (trombone) Jimmy Heath (tenor saxophone) Cedar Walton (piano) Jymie Merritt (bass) Jimmy Cobb or GT Hogan (drums) recorded Capitol Studios, NYC, November 16 – 17, 1961, engineer: Frank Abbey. Curtis Fuller pocket-bio Fuller’s … Continue reading

John Coltrane: Ascension (1965) Impulse

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  Selection: Side 1 (18:40) Artists Freddie Hubbard, Dewey Johnson (tp) Marion Brown, John Tchicai (as) John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp (ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Art Davis, Jimmy Garrison (b) Elvin Jones (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading

Andrew Hill: Compulsion (1965) Blue Note

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Selection: Premonition Artists Freddie Hubbard (tpt, flgh) John Gilmore (ts, bclar) Andrew Hill (p) Cecil McBee and/or Richard Davis (b) Joe Chambers (d) Nadi Qamar (African drums, African thumb piano) Renaud Simmons (congas) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October … Continue reading

Eric Dolphy: Outward Bound (1960) Esquire

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Selection 1 : GW (dedicated to Dolphy’s mentor Gerald Wilson) The track closest in lineage to Out to Lunch Selection 2: On Green Dolphin Street Hubbards muted introduction gives a false sense of reassurance.  One reviewer commented that his quirky original  take … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: All Seeing Eye (1965) Blue Note

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Selection: Chaos (Shorter) Mono: Stereo Artists Freddie Hubbard (t, flh) Alan Shorter (flh) Grachan Moncur III (trb) James Spaulding (as) Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Ron Carter (b) Joe Chambers (d)  recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 15, … Continue reading

Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch (1964) Blue Note

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Selection 1: Something Sweet Something Tender Mono Original Blue Note: Stereo, Division of Liberty: Selection 2: Straight Up and Down Mono Original Blue Note: Stereo, Division of Liberty: LJC writes: always turn a mistake into an advantage. I have two editions of the same … 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

Herbie Hancock Empyrean Isles (1964) Blue Note

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Selection: One Finger Snap (Hancock) Selection probably the most conventional of the three unconventional tracks, eschewing the fourth, the popular foot-tapper Cantaloupe Island (a family lineage to Watermelon Man, and Blind man, Blind Man). Tony Williams sparkles while Hancock’s percussive chords and rhythmic … 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

Dexter Gordon Doin’ Allright (1961) Blue Note

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Track Selection: Society Red (Dexter Gordon) –  long, 12 minutes, but Great! Selection Society Red is big stretching-out blues march, rock steady in 4:4 time, with Hubbard and Gordon very much on the same page. Over 12 minutes it never drags,  in … Continue reading

John Coltrane The Believer (1958) Prestige/SABA

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Track Selection: Nakatini Serenade (Massey) Artists Donald Byrd or Freddie Hubbard (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Louis Hayes or Art Taylor (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 10 and December 26, 1958 Music … Continue reading