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.
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 →
Shoot out with a twist. What was intended to be a two-way shoot out – test press vs commercial release and mono vs stereo, quickly unravelled when the stereo turned out not to be quite what it said on the cover. … 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 →
Selection: Misterioso (Monk) stereo Artists Johnny Griffin (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded live at the “Five Spot Cafe”, NYC, August 7, 1958; Cover Painting The Seer Giorgio de Chirico Music Johnny Griffin features prominently in … Continue reading →
Track Selection: Coming on the Hudson Artists Johnny Griffin (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded live at the “Five Spot Cafe”, NYC, August 7, 1958, Music The Track Listing: Light Blue Coming On The Hudson … Continue reading →
Track Selection: Straight No Chaser Artists Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Johnny Griffin (ts) Junior Mance (p) Larry Gales (b) Ben Riley (d) recorded live at Minton’s Playhouse, Harlem, NYC, Breakfast set, January 6, 1961 The so-called “Tough Tenors” quintet, a two-year collaboration between … Continue reading →