Thad Jones: The Magnificent Thad Jones (1956) Blue Note/ MM33

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Selection: April In Paris (Duke-Harburg, a 1930’s showtune) Artists Thad Jones (trumpet) Billy Mitchell (tenor sax) Barry Harris (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 14, 1956 Artists of Note: Billy Mitchell … Continue reading

Winter Sun! Five nights in Tunisia!

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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

Max Roach: Freedom Now Suite (1960) Candid

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Selection: Freedom Day Artists Booker Little (trumpet) Julian Priester (trombone) Walter Benton (tenor saxophone) Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone) James Schenck (bass) Max Roach (drums) Abbey Lincoln (vocals) Nat Hentoff (supervisor) Nola’s Penthouse Sound Studios, NYC, August 31, 1960 Music: More jazz … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus (1956) Esquire

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Selection: Strode Rode (Esquire press from original Prestige metal (AB)) Artists Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Tommy Flanagan (piano) Doug Watkins (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 22, 1956 Music: I guess there are may … Continue reading

Max Roach: Percussion Bitter Sweet (1961) Impulse

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Selection 1: Man from South Africa   Booker Little (trumpet) Julian Priester (trombone) Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet) Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone) Mal Waldron (piano) Art Davis (bass) Max Roach (drums) Carlos “Patato” Valdes (congas) Carlos ‘Totico’ Eugenio … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners (1956) New Malden v.New Jersey Shootout

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 I’m sure I’ve seen this cover before somewhere, it seems familiar… Selection 1: Brilliant Corners (London label, Decca Pressing) 320kbps MP3 Artists: Ernie Henry (alto saxophone) Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Thelonious Monk (piano) Oscar Pettiford (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded  Reeves … Continue reading

Booker Little: Out Front (1961) Barnaby/Candid

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Selection 1:  Man of Words (320kbps MP3) Selection 2: We Speak (320kbps MP3) Artists: Booker Little (trumpet) Julian Priester (trombone) Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute) Don Friedman (piano) Art Davis (bass) Max Roach (drums, timpani, vibraphone) Nat Hentoff … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Plus Four (1956) Esquire

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Selection 1: Pent Up House . . . Selection 2: Kiss and Run . . . Artists: Clifford Brown (trumpet) Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Richie Powell (piano) George Morrow (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded NYC, March 22, 1956 Music: The … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Tour de Force (1956) Esquire (updated)

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Selection: B Quick (Rollins) (Update: Bonus track –  featuring Earl Coleman vocals) My Ideal (Whiting) Artists: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Kenny Drew (piano) George Morrow (bass) Max Roach (drums) Earl Coleman (vocals) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, December 7, … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt – Bud Powell – JJ Johnson (1949) Prestige

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To kick off, I have two vintage pressings for you to compare. One an original Prestige, the other, one of my native Esquire pressings, from US metalwork. Except there are a few twists along the way. Selection: Fine and Dandy Take 1 … Continue reading

Charlie Parker: The Charlie Parker Story (1945) Savoy

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Selection: Ko Ko Ko Ko – Short Take #1 (0:40) Ko Ko – Orig Take #2 (2:50) NEW!! courtesy of LJC poster FelixStrange – 78 master Ko Ko – mindblowin’! Ko Ko Savoy 78rpm Charlie Parkers Bebop Boys: (FLAC by … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus (1956) Prestige

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Selection: Strode Rode (Rollins) Artists: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Tommy Flanagan (piano) Doug Watkins (bass) Max Roach (drums) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 22, 1956 Music We have been flirting recently with big band, solo performance, new for old, avant … Continue reading

Old Wine, New Bottles: Misha Mengelberg plays Herbie Nichols

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Selection: House Party Starting (Nichols) Artists Misha Mengelberg  (p) Steve Lacy (ss) George Lewis (trb)  Arjen Gorter (mis-spelt Harjen on cover) (b) Han Bennink (d)   recorded July 3 & 3, 1984 at Barigozzi Studio, Milan, Italy, engineer Giancarlo Barigozzi, engineer [Mastering] Gennaro Carone. Music A recording dedicated to revival and reinterpretation … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins Vol 1 (1956) Blue Note/ Music Matters edition

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Selection: Decisions  (Music Matters edition) New rip corrected runtime: 7:58 +2 secs lead-in Artists Donald Byrd (t) Sonny Rollins (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Gene Ramey (b) Max Roach (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, December 16, 1956 Music:  … Continue reading

Duke Ellington Money Jungle (1962) United Artists

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Selection The Money Jungle Artists Duke Ellington (p) Charles Mingus (b)  Max Roach (d) recorded at Sound Makers, New York City, on September 17, 1962, recording engineer Bill Schwartau, produced by Alan Douglas. Music Another of the unique artist permutations created by Alan … Continue reading

Bud Powell Complete Blue Note Recordings (1949-58) Mosaic

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Track Selection: A Night in Tunisia (Alt Take) Mosaic Limited Edition circa 1985 Re-Mastering Engineer Ron McMaster Audio comparison: A Night in Tunisia (Alt Master) Blue Note BN1503 The Amazing Budwell, second press Lex/NY mixed labels circa 1962 Remastering by Rudy Van Gelder Your … Continue reading

Quintet of the Year – Jazz at The Massey Hall (1953) Vogue

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Track Selection: Night in Tunisia Artists Dizzy Gillespie (tp, vo) Charlie Parker (as) Bud Powell (p) Charles Mingus (b) Max Roach (d) “Massey Hall”, Toronto, Canada, May 15, 1953 Music Dubbed modestly “The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever”, in May 1953 in … Continue reading

Benny Golson The Modern Touch (1957)

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Track Selection: Out of the Past Artists Kenny Dorham (tp) J.J. Johnson (tb) Benny Golson (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Max Roach (d) recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, December 19, 1957 Music Track selection composed by Benny in … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell, JJ Johnson “S.P.J” (1949-50)

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Track Selections 1. Fine and Dandy (Take 1) 2. Blue Mode (Take 2) Artists J.J. Johnson (tb) Sonny Stitt (ts) John Lewis (p) Nelson Boyd (b) Max Roach (d) NYC, October 17, 1949 Sonny Stitt (ts) Bud Powell (p) Curly … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk “Brilliant Corners” (1956)

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Track Selection 1: Brilliant Corners Track Selection 2: Pannonica Artists: Ernie Henry (as) Sonny Rollins (ts) Thelonious Monk (p, and Celeste on Pannonica) Oscar Pettiford (b) Max Roach (d) NYC, October 15 & 9, 1956 Music Monk at his most … Continue reading

25th Anniversary Blue Note (1964)

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Track selection and Artists Track Selection 1: A Night in Tunisia Artists: Bud Powell (p) Curly Russell (b) Max Roach (d) recorded May 1st 1951 Track Selection 2: ‘Round Midnight  Artists: George Tait (t) Sahib Shihab (as)  Thelonious Monk (p) Robert … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins Worktime (1955) Esquire

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Selected Track: Theres No Business Like Show Business That Irving Berlin song must be the most ironic and unlikely choice of title imaginable,  it must be Sonny having a laugh. Artists George Morrow (b) Max Roach (d) Ray Bryant (p); Sonny Rollins (ts) Recorded December 2, 1955, … Continue reading

Miles Davis “Blue Haze” (1953-4)

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Track Selection: I’ll Remember April (7:40) Soloists in turn,  Miles Davis, Horace Silver piano, Dave Schildkraut alto, Silver reprise. Artists Miles Davis (tp) Davey Schildkraut (as) John Lewis, Horace Silver or Charles Mingus (p) ) Max Roach, Art Blakey or Kenny Clarke (d) Percy … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins “Saxophone Colossus” (1956)

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Track Selection: “You Don’t Know What Love Is” > Artists Sonny Rollins (ts) Tommy Flanagan (p) Doug Watkins (b) Max Roach (d) Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 22, 1956 Music Though there are five excellent tracks … Continue reading

Mingus Quintet with Max Roach (1955)

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Selected track (long) I’ll remember April (13:00) > Artists Charles Mingus (b) George Barrow (ts) Mal Waldron (p) Willie Jones or Max Roach (d) Eddie Bert (tr)  Recorded live at  Bohemia, New York City, December 23rd 1955 Music Brilliant restless energetic … Continue reading