“My Favourite Things”: Grant Green/ John Coltrane

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This piece started out as a review of Grant Green’s 1979 Japan-only release Matador. Some consider it among his finest albums, after Idle Moments, of course, and arguably, Solid. Just four tracks to choose from. Initially, I selected the Duke … 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

Impulse: the 2nd 100 First Pressing Guide – stereo (updated)

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For Record Collectors Only! More Impulse! Part three (1996-1970) of on-going research into the Impulse catalogue on vinyl, aiming to identify original pressings on the iconic Impulse! label (Labels updated as new information comes in) Overview By 1966, the changing … Continue reading

Miles Davis: ‘Round About Midnight (1956) Columbia “essential”

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  (Previously blogged as the UK Philips release, with a blue cover and photographically enhanced trumpet, now “upgraded” to the original Columbia CL949) Selection: ‘Round About Midnight 320kbps MP3 Columbia six-eye mono Artists Miles Davis (trumpet) John Coltrane (tenor saxophone) Red … Continue reading

Mengelberg: Regeneration (1983) Monk

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On one side Mengelberg  Lacy and Rudd took Herbie Nichols for a walk (see previous post) Now on the other side they pick on Monk. This post follows up the Monk selection.  To make sure Mengelberg and his pals don’t get a free pass, I have included a recording … Continue reading

John Coltrane: Dakar (1957) Prestige

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Artists John Coltrane (ts) Pepper Adams, Cecil Payne (bars) Mal Waldron (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, April 20, 1957 Music A 1957 recording featuring Pepper Adams with Coltrane as sideman, released by Prestige … Continue reading

Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago (1959) Mercury

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Selection Limehouse Blues (Braham/Furber) Artists Cannonball Adderley (as) John Coltrane (ts) Wynton Kelly (piano) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) engineer Bernie Clapper, recorded at Universal Recording Studio B, Chicago, IL, February 3, 1959 – one month before “Kind of Blue”, … 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

Miles Davis: Modern Jazz Giants (1954 / 56) Esquire UK

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Selection 1: ‘Round About Midnight (Monk) – with Coltrane A while back LJC featured a post of different versions of the jazz anthem ‘Round about Midnight, in response to which one poster recommended this version. And they are right. The Coltrane … Continue reading

All aboard the Blue Train!

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  Selection: Blue Train Apologies, my copy is a little bit noisy from time to time. Artists Lee Morgan (t) Curtis Fuller (trb) John Coltrane (ts) Kenny Drew (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, … Continue reading

Davis and Coltrane Live in Stockholm (1960) Dragon

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  Coltrane speaks: Interview Pt 1 Interview Pt2 Coltrane Plays: So What (Live) . . . Artists Miles Davis (t) John Coltrane (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) recorded at “Konserthuset”, Stockholm, Sweden, March 22, 1960 … Continue reading

Miles Davis Milestones (1958) Columbia

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Selection: Miles . Joyous music vintage 1958, on the cusp between bop and modal: Miles is cool as ice, a Philly-Joe kick on every beat, Chambers romps infectiously, you can feel the smile on Adderley’s face as his alto soars on the updrafts, … Continue reading

Garland Coltrane Byrd: Soul Junction (1957) Esquire

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Selection: Birks Works (Gillespie) A favourite Gillespie tune which haunts the corridors of bop along with A Night in Tunisia, given a good outing here by Byrd and Coltrane tearing through the changes. Artists Donald Byrd (t) John Coltrane (ts) … Continue reading

Miles Davis Steamin’ (1956) Esquire

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  Track selection 1: Well You Needn’t  (Monk) Thelonious Monk gets kudos on “Well, You Needn’t.” The quintet makes short work of the intricacies of the arrangement, adding the double horn lead on the choruses, redefining this jazz standard. Selection … Continue reading

John Coltrane Dakar (1957) UK

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Track Selection: Velvet Scene (Waldron) (Audio Note: as first track, the first minute has a few clicks, fine thereafter. Skip it if you prefer) Artists John Coltrane (ts) Pepper Adams, Cecil Payne (bars) Mal Waldron (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art … 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

Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” UK shootout: Fontana 1st vs CBS 2nd issue.

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Last updated: November 5, 2016 (photos and text) Above, UK CBS pressing. It is conventional wisdom that earlier pressings are closer to the source  and should sound better. Below, first cover  UK release on Fontana. The opportunity arose to put this conventional wisdom to … Continue reading

Coltrane Jazz (1960) London/Atlantic

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Track Selection: Village Blues Artists John Coltrane (ss, ts) Wynton Kelly or McCoy Tyner (p) Paul Chambers or Steve Davis (b), Jimmy Cobb  or  Elvin Jones (d) recorded November 24 and December 2, 1959 & October 21, 1960, NYC Music The first album released after … Continue reading

John Coltrane Lush Life ( 1958) Esquire

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Track Selection: Lush Life (Strayhorn) Warning: long (13 minutes) profound, demands uninterrupted active listening. Artists: trio, quartet and quintet Lush Life: Donald Byrd (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Louis Hayes (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk Monk’s Music (1957) Riverside

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Track Selection: Well, You Needn’t (Coltrane takes the first solo) Artists Thelonious Monk (p); Ray Copeland (t) Gigi Gryce (as) John Coltrane (ts) Coleman Hawkins (ts) Wilbur Ware (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, June 25 & 26, 1957, … Continue reading

John Coltrane, Coltrane (1957) Esquire

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Track Selection: Chronic Blues Artists Johnny Splawn (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Sahib Shihab (bars) Mal Waldron or Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Albert Heath (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, May 31, 1957 John Coltrane! Sahib Shihab!!! Light green cover! … Continue reading

Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)

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Selection :  the contest: The Theme (Take 1) – Prestige original pressing (1:57) The Theme (Take 1) – Esquire UK release pressing (1:57) The acid test is to get one to run  just out of synch with the other, and see if you … Continue reading

Bags and Trane (1959) London Atlantic

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Last updated: January 2015 Track Selection 1 Bee Bop (Gillespie) Selection 2: Bags and Trane Artists John Coltrane (ts) Milt Jackson (vib) Hank Jones (p) Paul Chambers (b) Connie Kay (d) recorded NYC, January 15, 1959 Music: I’m not big … Continue reading

John Coltrane Africa / Brass (1961) HMV

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Track Selection: Blues Minor (Coltrane) Artists: Booker Little (tp) Britt Woodman (tb) Donald Carrado, Bob Northern, Robert Swisshelm, Julius Watkins (frh) Carl Bowman (euph) Bill Barber (tu) Eric Dolphy (as, bcl, fl, arr, cond) John Coltrane (ts) Pat Patrick (bars) McCoy … Continue reading