Microphones and Missiles: The Legendary Neumann U47 Microphone

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Now, a change from records, and a post specially for the sound engineers out there, and the rest of us too.  A guest post, by Neville Roberts. If the name is familiar, you are reading the right sort of magazine: Neville … Continue reading

Bobby Hutcherson: A Retrospective

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When Horace Silver left us, for posterity, LJC posted a series of his main Blue Note albums.   It is a couple of weeks overdue now to give Bobby Hutcherson the same respect, so over forthcoming posts, some of those titles not previously … Continue reading

Ricky Ford: Shorter Ideas (1984) Muse

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Under-appreciated…everything (including his tailor!) Hidden Gems Volume 1 Selection 1: Miyako (Shorter)   Selection 2: DanceCadaverous Listen to Jimmy Knepper picking up the tune and dancing in the dark, beautiful. Artists Ricky Ford (tenor saxophone), James Spaulding (alto Saxophone, flute), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), … Continue reading

What Rudy Did Next: Master By Van Gelder, ’80s

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Life after Blue Note, Impulse and Prestige – and before CD: “MASTER BY-  VAN GELDER”.  The continuing LJC mission to track down the affordable good stuff. What Rudy Did Blue Note, Prestige, and Impulse in the ’50s and ’60s: Rudy Van Gelder made clean, crisp, … Continue reading

Blue Note’s Transition from Mono to Stereo – Updated Guest Post

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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

LJC Educational Supplement : Weinstock, Dr van Gelder, plus BN Edition 2 links from DottorJazz

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At the cutting edge of 1957, this fascinating snippet from Audio magazine sent me by DaveS and Felixstrange (is there a Book Club?). Thanks boys (more work!)  The magazine itself seems around 90% 50’s hi-fi advertising so I’ve edited out the ad,  and  screen-captured it … Continue reading

Tina Brooks: True Blue (1960) RVG re-master vs Mosaic, with poll

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Artists: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Tina Brooks (tenor saxophone) Duke Jordan (piano) Sam Jones (bass) Art Taylor (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 25, 1960 Holy Grail status: Another one that isn’t going to happen any time … Continue reading

Richard Twardzik: The Last Set (1954-5) Pacific Jazz

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Selection 1: The Girl From Greenland (Twardzik) with Chet Baker, recorded in Paris 5:19 Selection 2: Yellow Tango (Twardzik) 5:28 Selection 3: ‘Round about Midnight (Monk) 3:52 Selection 4: I’ll remember April (Raye – de Paul – Johnston) 4:09 Selection 5: … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: The In Between (1968) Liberty/Blue Note

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Track Selection 1. Tyra (Ervin) – rip corrected 24/9/17 … A dark, minor key swinger. Delicious. One of my five-a-day. Track Selection 2. The In Between (Ervin) … Nervous energy and tension maintained by hard-driving percussion, Ervin in top form. … Continue reading

Blue Note 767 Lexington Avenue Tribute

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While nosing around New York, courtesy of only Streetview unfortunately, I found myself slightly underwhelmed by the absence of recognition of the three men who singlehandedly (is that an oxymoron?) made it possible for us to listen to some of the finest music ever … 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

Burrell Cohn Farmer McKusick “Earthy” (1957 )

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Track Selection: “What’s Not” (Waldron) 6:00 Artists The Prestige All-Stars: Kenny Burrell (g) Al Cohn (ts)  Art Farmer (tp) Hal McKusick (as) Mal Waldron (p)  Teddy Kotick (b) Ed Thigpen (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 25, 1957 … Continue reading

Miles Davis All Stars “Walkin’ ” (1954)

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Artists Side A: Sextet: Miles Davis (tp) J.J. Johnson (tb) Lucky Thompson (ts) Horace Silver (p) Percy Heath (b) Kenny Clarke (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, April 29, 1954 Track Selection “Walkin’” (long, 13:15) Side B: Quintet: Miles Davis (tp) … Continue reading

Freddie Redd “music from The Connection” (1960)

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Selected Track: “Wigglin’ ” I> BN 4027 Freddie Redd Music from The Connection: Jackie McLean (as) Freddie Redd (p) Mike Mattos (b) Larry Ritchie (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 15, 1960 Following an upgrade to an original pressing, … Continue reading

Hank Mobley “No Room for Squares” (1963)

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Selected track: “Carolyn” a pretty ballad by Lee Morgan: I> BN 4149 No Room for Squares: Donald Byrd (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Butch Warren (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March … Continue reading

Miles Davis “Cookin’ ” (1956)

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Track Selection: “My Funny Valentine” Artists Miles Davis (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, October 26, 1956 Music I had been Workin’, Diggin’, and Relaxin’ with Miles … Continue reading