Johnny Coles: Little Johnny C (1963) Blue Note


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I think its time for another original Blue Note, just to “stir the pot”, with a sting in the tail, all will be revealed, get with the programme. Selection: So Sweet My Little Girl (Duke Pearson) Artists Johnny Coles (trumpet) … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (1964) Blue Note – MM33


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Selection: Witch Hunt . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 24, 1964 Recorded Christmas Eve (rapidly approaching) , two tracks … Continue reading

Clarke – Boland: The Golden 8 (1961) Blue Note MM33


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Some weeks ago, I reviewed BLP 4092 The Golden Eight (Toshiba 1991 re). In an unexpected turn of events, I find myself reviewing it again. But this time no jokes about lederhosen: the more serious business of modern audiophile reissues. I previously declared … Continue reading

Rare Blue Note: what’s the collector alternative? UPDATED extra sample and poll added


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Audiophile Alternatives: USA and Tokyo go head-to-head Record Test:  BLP 4059 Kenny Drew title “Undercurrent” (1960) Contestants: Music Matters 33  edition vs late 1970’s vintage King Records, Japan. NEW!  a third contestant, Classic Records added at the last minute, rip courtesy of LJC … Continue reading

Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame (1960) austerity edition, with poll


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Head to Head: A while back I auditioned a modern audiophile pressing against an original vintage first pressing, and came up with some surprising answers, and stirred up a hornets nest in the process. I count controversy a success, so back into … 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