Bill Evans Jim Hall: Undercurrent (1962) Toshiba-EMI

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A tale of the pursuit of one recording, the search for the best pressing, and a few lessons learned along the way. Prepare for a deep dive, and beware of currents. The story so far… In the early ’60s, United Artists … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: Schizophrenia (1967) Liberty vs.Connoisseur

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Probably the finest Shorter Blue Note album, apart from all the others. (Later in the post, you will see I’ve popped in a Shorter favourites poll). The cover of Schizophrenia shows  solarised mirror images of Shorter, symbolic of the schizophrenia beloved of ’60s popular … Continue reading

Big John Patton: Let ‘Em Roll (1965) Blue Note/Liberty

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Selection: Latona (Patton) . Artists Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) John Patton (organ) Grant Green (guitar) Otis Finch (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 11, 1965 John Patton led six albums for Blue Note and a further five in the Liberty … 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

Andrew Hill: Andrew!!! (1964) Blue Note/Liberty

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Selection: Black Monday (Hill)   Artists: John Gilmore (tenor saxophone) Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone) Andrew Hill (piano) Richard Davis (bass) Joe Chambers (drums) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 25, 1964 Music: Possibly Hill’s most interesting Blue Note in … Continue reading

Bennie Green: Fake Stereo, and fake Fake Stereo

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Selection: The Shouter Artists Bennie Green (trombone) Eddie Williams (tenor saxophone) Gildo Mahones (piano) George Tucker (bass) Al Dreares (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 25, 1959 Music talk A recording by Bennie Green, the Chicagoan trombonist, … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: Happenings (1966) Liberty/ Blue Note

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Selection: Maiden Voyage (Hancock) Artists Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone, marimba, drums) Herbie Hancock (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Joe Chambers (drums, vibraphone) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 8, 1966 Music Hutcherson claims not to have heard the original Hancock … Continue reading

Horace Silver: The Jody Grind (1966) Blue Note

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HORACE SILVER RETROSPECTIVE No 9: The Jody Grind Selection: Blue Silver Artists Woody Shaw (trumpet) Tyrone Washington (tenor saxophone) Horace Silver (piano) Larry Ridley (bass) Roger Humphries (drums) James Spaulding (alto & flute), recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading

Blue Note and Electronically Rechanneled Stereo

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 Blue Note Fake Stereo ’70s reissues: a public-interest post. For the Blue Note collector with a limited budget, and that is most of us I guess, reissues are an inevitable fact of life. It is also inevitable they will come across reissues which claim … 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

Andrew Hill Grass Roots (1968) Liberty/ Blue Note

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Track Selection 1:  Venture Inward (Hill) Bristling angular theme with with an urgent rhythmic undertow Track selection 2: Bayou Red (Hill) Supposedly a tribute to the creole and mulatto heritage via New Orleans, though I like it for itself rather than because of … Continue reading

McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy (1967) Liberty Blue Note

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Track Selection 1: Search for Peace (Tyner) Beautiful tune, tranquil and perfectly paced, Tyner does what he does best –  an exploration of the strong melody for its rhythmic and harmonic potential, punctuated with cascading rippling arpeggios; on cue, Henderson floats … Continue reading

Joe Henderson: Inner Urge (1964) NY/Liberty

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Track Selection: El Barrio Artists Joe Henderson (tenor sax) McCoy Tyner (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 30, 1964 Recorded at Van Gelders studio just one week after Duke Pearson’s Wahoo!, … Continue reading

Art Blakey At The Jazz Corner of the World Vol 2 (1959) no ear

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  Track Selection 1:  M & M (Mobley) from Jazz Corner Vol2  no ear, mono: Pressing quality comparison: Track Selection 2 :Hipsippy Blues from Jazz Corner Vol1  original Blue Note DG and ear, pressing stereo (shown below) Mono or Stereo? Liberty reissue or Blue Note second … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter Schizophrenia (1967) Liberty

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Track selection: Schizophrenia Artists Curtis Fuller (tb) James Spaulding (as, fl) Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Ron Carter (b) Joe Chambers (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 10, 1967 Music You guessed it, I’m in … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter Adam’s Apple (1966)

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Track Selection: Chief Crazy Horse (7:20) Artists Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Reggie Workman (b) Joe Chambers (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 3 & 24 , 1966 Music By the beginning of ’66, Wayne … 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

George Braith “Extension” (1964)

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Selected Track: Extension Artists George Braith (ts, ss, as) Billy Gardner (org) Grant Green (g) Clarence Johnston (d)Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 27, 1964 Born George Braithwaite in New York City to West Indian parents, in a family of nine … 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

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