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.
UPDATE 12/12/19: Photos added of Shirley Scott and Harold Vick, live, 1975. Selection: Keep On Movin’ On (Vick) . . . Artists Shirley Scott, organ, mellotron; Harold Vick, alto/tenor saxophone; Billy Higgins, drums; Jimmy Hopps, cowbell; recorded at Blue Rock … Continue reading →
Sonny Fortune, “saxophonist of urgency and grace”, died last month, at 79. By chance I picked up one of Fortune’s early albums recently, one which followed on from his debut Strata East title. Possibly almost to the day, unknown to … Continue reading →
Selection: John Coltrane (Lee) A two record set deserves a second selection: Eddie Harris (Lee) . . . Artists Billy Higgins drums, percussion; Cedar Walton, Stanley Cowell, piano; Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone; Bill Lee, Sam Jones, bass. Quartet I: C. … Continue reading →
An uncommercial island, Stanley Cowell and Charles Tolliver’s Strata East Records, stubbornly surrounded by increasingly commercial waters, making music to satisfy its core listening audience rather college boys and the bachelor demographic, who had moved on elsewhere. Venturing further into … Continue reading →
Selection: John Coltrane ( Bill Lee) 7:45 . . . Artists Clifford Jordan, tenor sax; Cedar Walton, piano; Sam Jones, bass; Billy Higgins, drums. Recorded live in Paris, France, March 26, 1975, Muse album not released until 1978, issued in … Continue reading →