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.
Updated May 1, 2021: Ivory/Black Fireworks promo labels (1962) added. Rare!! PRESTIGE ORIGINAL PRESSINGS VOLUME III: MONO, THE BERGENFIELD YEARS To accompany the recent Bergenfield Years – Stereo Edition, a new companion Mono Edition covering releases on the second yellow/black … Continue reading →
I’ve been posting about the Jazzland label recently, let’s dig deep into one of the great recordings there, Harold Land, West Coast Blues! Selection: Ursula (Land) … Artists Joe Gordon (trumpet) Harold Land (tenor sax) Barry Harris (piano) Wes Montgomery … Continue reading →
Impulse Part IV The end of monaural format The years between 1966 and 1968 saw the ending of the mono ( “monaural”) format for home listening of Impulse, ushering in the brave new world of stereo once and for all. The orange/black label ABC … Continue reading →
DGmono has updated his excellent, authoritative and now greatly condensed story of Blue Note’s transition from mono to stereo, which I am delighted to publish on the permanent pages at LJC: How They Heard It (Second Edition) My thanks to Rich Capeless. … Continue reading →
GUEST POST : Richard Capeless, October 23, 2014 Ed. Note: In the second draft of this article, I aimed to trim much of the fat. For those of you who have already read the first draft, I hope that you … Continue reading →
Last updated: January 27, 2021 Head to Head “Double Cross” Special Post Something a little different by way of an experiment – mono and stereo go head to head in the classic “Which is best, chocolate or vanilla?” contest. The brilliant … Continue reading →
Track Selection: “Demon Chase” Artists Howard McGhee (tp) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Shelly Manne (d) Phineas Newborn Jr.(p) Recorded June 26, 1961 at Contemporary Records in Los Angeles. Music AllMusic’s take: “After spending much of the 1950s only partly active in music due … Continue reading →