Zoot Sims: Koo Koo (1956) Status

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Selection: On The Minute (Eardley) … Artists Jon Eardley (trumpet) Milt Gold (trombone) Phil Woods (alto sax) Zoot Sims (tenor sax) George Syran (piano) Teddy Kotick (bass) Nick Stabulas (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 13, 1956. … Continue reading

Ronnie Mathews: doin’ the thang! (1963) Prestige

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Selection: The Orient Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Charles Davis (baritone sax) Ronnie Mathews (piano) Eddie Khan (bass) Albert Heath (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 17, 1963, the week running up to Christmas. Obit:  PETER KEEPNEWS JULY 2, … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: Exultation! (1963) Prestige

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Under-rated Tenors Series: Booker Ervin Selection: No Land’s Man (Perkins) – Artists Frank Strozier (alto sax) Booker Ervin (tenor sax) Horace Parlan (piano) Butch Warren (bass) Walter Perkins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 19, 1963 … Continue reading

Frank Foster/Elmo Hope: Wail, Frank, Wail (1955) Prestige/Esquire

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Former phantom post, now ready. WordPress thinks this is only an update, so I have had to repost it afresh. Apologies. . Selection : Fosterity (Foster)     Christmas Bonus Selection: Shutout (Foster) . Artists Freeman Lee (trumpet) Frank Foster … Continue reading

The transition from 10″ to 12″ LP, and the lost recordings.

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I am delighted and honoured to present a piece of essential but almost undocumented history of jazz on vinyl: the transition in the mid-’50s from the 10-inch to the 12-inch LP. Esteemed jazz aficionado and collector Roudolf has put his … Continue reading

Sonny Criss: Portrait of (1967) Prestige (new: bonus track)

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Hot on the heels of Frank Strozier, celebrating the 700th post at LJC (Strange, this started as a sort of Blue Note tribute site, look now where it has gone… jazz all over) Continuing on the theme of artists deserving … Continue reading

Musical Interpretation: “Pent Up House” (Rollins)

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Subject:  classic jazz tunes Sometimes I think I should write more about the music and less about the etchings in the wax. Then I quickly return to my senses and poke the macro in closer, but to capture the thought, this post … Continue reading

Calling all Prestige LP-owners

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No, it doesn’t exist. At least not yet. With the invaluable help of Diego S, LJC’s Head of Special Projects Involving Quite Complicated Things, LJC is launching an appeal for information from Prestige collectors  about the records they own, in forensic detail.  We … Continue reading

Charles Earland: Infant Eyes (1978) Muse/ Van Gelder

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Selection: We Are Not Alone   Artists: Bill Hardman (trumpet) Frank Wess and/or Mack Goldsbury (tenor saxophone, Wess: and flute, ) Jimmy Ponder or Melvin Sparks (guitar) Grady Tate (drums) Lawrence Killian (percussion) recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1978. … 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

Plastylite and The Mystery of “9M”

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Plastylite pressed Blue Note, the quality is there for all to hear.  The Plastylite “ear” in the run-out of all their pressings is not much of a mystery, it is a hand-written (cursive, in the jargon)  letter “P“. Problem is, it … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Dig / Diggin’ (1951) Esquire/Prestige

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All this attention given to Prestige covers, it is time to “dig in” to some of the music inside those covers. We take a closer look at what is inside 7012 Miles Davis Dig, but with a few “LJC twists … Continue reading

Tommy Flanagan: Overseas (1957) Japan 1977

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Selection: Chelsea Bridge (Strayhorn) Possibly the signature tune of Overseas is the dreamy sublime chord changes of Billy Strayhorn’s Chelsea Bridge.Today, Chelsea Bridge is a far cry from Strayhorn’s, just busy traffic over the River Thames.  Chelsea in the mid ’60s, … Continue reading

Phil Woods: Phil and Quill (1957) Prestige/ Esquire

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  Selection: Altology (Woods) Artists Gene Quill, Phil Woods (alto saxophone) George Syran (piano) Teddy Kotick (bass) Nick Stabulas (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 29, 1957 Music In the shadow of Charlie Parker, dazzling technique, blistering … 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

Mengelberg: Regeneration (1983) Monk

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On one side Mengelberg  Lacy and Rudd took Herbie Nichols for a walk (see previous post) Now on the other side they pick on Monk. This post follows up the Monk selection.  To make sure Mengelberg and his pals don’t get a free pass, I have included a recording … 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

John Coltrane: Dakar (1957) Prestige

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Artists John Coltrane (ts) Pepper Adams, Cecil Payne (bars) Mal Waldron (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, April 20, 1957 Music A 1957 recording featuring Pepper Adams with Coltrane as sideman, released by Prestige … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: Groovin’ High (1963/4) Prestige

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Selection 1: Groovin’ High (Gillespie)  solos: Carmel Jones (t) Gildo Mahones (p) Selection 2: The Second #2 (first outing for the signature track from The Space Book but taken at an even brisker pace) Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Jaki Byard or Gildo Mahones (p) Richard Davis (b) Alan Dawson … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: Setting The Pace (1965) Fantasy

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Selection: Dexter’s Deck Not exactly difficult choice, since there are only two tracks on the whole album, side one and side two. Artists Booker Ervin, Dexter Gordon (ts) Jaki Byard (p) Reggie Workman (b) Alan Dawson (d recorded Munich, West … Continue reading

Roy Haynes: We Three (1958) UK Esquire

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Selection 1: Reflection (Bryant) Selection 2: Sneakin’ Around (Bryant) Artists Phineas Newborn (p) Paul Chambers (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November 14, 1958 Year: 1958, The Cold War rages on. 1958 March 11,  U.S. B-47 bomber … Continue reading

Art Farmer Quintet (1955) Prestige/UK Esquire

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Selection: Evening in Casablanca (Gryce) Lush romantic ballad from the  “Alone Together” school of late night listening. Artists Art Farmer (t) Gigi Gryce (as) Duke Jordan (p) Addison Farmer (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, October … Continue reading

Eric Dolphy: Out There (1960) Prestige UK Esquire

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Selection 1: Feathers (Hale Smith) Selection 2: Serene (Dolphy) Something both malevolant and beautiful about the avant-garde’s treatment of tenderness, peace and tranquility, exposing flashes of barely concealed danger, somewhere Freddie Krueger is loose in Snow White’s boudoir. Artists Eric Dolphy (as, … Continue reading

Roy Haynes Cracklin’ (1963) New Jazz

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Previously blogged under title “Bad News Blues” Fantasy records Seventies reissue, now upgraded to the real thing, Roy Haynes Cracklin’ on Prestige New Jazz. Selection: Scoochie (Booker Ervin) Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Ronnie Mathews (p) Larry Ridley (b) Roy Haynes (d) … Continue reading