Bill Evans Jim Hall: Undercurrent (1962) Toshiba-EMI

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A tale of the pursuit of one recording, the search for the best pressing, and a few lessons learned along the way. Prepare for a deep dive, and beware of currents. The story so far… In the early ’60s, United Artists … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: The Procrastinator (1967) Blue Note/ UA vs Connoisseur – fight!

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Selection: The Procrastinator (Blue Label/ Two-fer) Artists Sides 1 & 2 “The Procrastinator” LP: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: Hipnosis (1962/67) Blue Note/ UA (1978)

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Further adventures in vintage Blue-Note-on-a-Budget twofer series… with more McLean, great stuff,  and some not so good news for Hubbard fans with the “other” twofer series…read on. Selection 1: Slow Poke Artists: Grachan Moncur III (trombone) Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) Lamont Johnson … Continue reading

BLP 4135: The Blue Note that never was (1962)

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FREDDIE HUBBARD: HERE TO STAY (1962)  original artwork Selection: Assunta (DMM) – Pathe Marconi Fr. 1986 Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Cedar Walton (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Philly Joe Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading

Blue Note and Electronically Rechanneled Stereo

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 Blue Note Fake Stereo ’70s reissues: a public-interest post. For the Blue Note collector with a limited budget, and that is most of us I guess, reissues are an inevitable fact of life. It is also inevitable they will come across reissues which claim … Continue reading

Grant Green: Green is Beautiful (1970) Blue Note Liberty UA

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Selection:  Ain’t I funky now (James Brown) Artists Blue Mitchell (trumpet) Claude Bartee (tenor saxophone) Emmanuel Riggins or Neal Creque (organ) Grant Green (guitar) Jimmy Lewis (electric bass) Idris Muhammad (drums) Candido (congas) Richie “Pablo” Landrum (bongos) recorded Rudy Van … 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

Bill Potts: The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess (1959) United Artists

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An LJC first head to head between two arrangers – Bill Potts and Gil Evans  – in their treatment of the Gershwin classic Porgy and Bess. We will be pitting King of Cool Miles Davis against the finest jazz musicians of … Continue reading

Duke Ellington Money Jungle (1962) United Artists

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Selection The Money Jungle Artists Duke Ellington (p) Charles Mingus (b)  Max Roach (d) recorded at Sound Makers, New York City, on September 17, 1962, recording engineer Bill Schwartau, produced by Alan Douglas. Music Another of the unique artist permutations created by Alan … Continue reading

Zoot Sims Stretching Out (1958) UA

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Artists Harry Edison (tp) Bob Brookmeyer (vtb) Zoot Sims (ts) Al Cohn (ts, bars) Hank Jones (p) Freddie Green (g) Eddie Jones (b) Charlie Persip (d) recorded NYC, December 27, 1958, – between Christmas and New Year. Music We are on a … Continue reading

Kenny Dorham: Matador (1962) UA re.

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Track Selection: El Matador Artists Kenny Dorham (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Bobby Timmons (p) Teddy Smith (b) J.C. Moses (d) recorded at Sound Makers, NYC, April 15, 1962 Vinyl: UAS 5631 Second issue by United Artists from 1972, originally released on the … Continue reading

Bill Evans, Jim Hall: Undercurrent (1962) United Artists

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Track Selection: My Funny Valentine Artists: Bill Evans (p) Jim Hall (g) recorded at Sound Makers, NYC,  April 24 and May 14, 1962 sound engineer: Bill Shwartau Music: A triumph for Bill Evans and Jim Hall, another exercise in telepathic communion, … Continue reading

Kenny Burrell: On View At The Five Spot Cafe (1959) Blue Note/ Division of United Artists

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Track Selection: Birks Works (Gillespie) Artists Tina Brooks (ts) Bobby Timmons (p) Kenny Burrell (g) Ben Tucker (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded at “Five Spot Cafe”, NYC, 2nd set, August 25, 1959 Music: Tina Brooks!! Bobby Timmons, and “Kenny Burrell with … Continue reading

Sam Rivers Sextet Andrew Hill Quartet “Involution” (1966/7)

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Track Selection: “Paean” Artists Sam Rivers Sextet (Sides 1-2) Donald Byrd (tp -1/4) Julian Priester (tb -1/4) James Spaulding (as, fl -1/5) Sam Rivers (ts, ss, fl) Cecil McBee (b) Steve Ellington (d) Recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, … Continue reading