Blue Note: that Deep Groove

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Most Blue Note pressings made during the 1950s exhibit a deep groove on both sides of the label central area. After around 1960, new pressing dies which left no deep groove were introduced into the manufacturing process, and original first pressings thereafter have no deep groove on either … Continue reading

Get into the groove, for sound improvement

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An occasional post about the technical aspects of getting the best out of vinyl, prompted by the recent purchase of a number of records on Ebay with surface noise issues. If you are a follower of The Cult of the … Continue reading

Hank Mobley “Caddy for Daddy” (1965)

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Track Selection: “Venus di Mildew” (W.Shorter) > Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Curtis Fuller (tb) Hank Mobley (ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Billy Higgins (d) Recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 18, 1965 Music Wayne Shorter composition … Continue reading

Bill Evans Trio “Portrait in Jazz” (1960) Orpheum

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Track Selection: “Autumn Leaves”   > Bill Evans (p) Scott La Faro (b) Paul Motian (d)  Reeves Sound Studios, New York; December 28, 1959 , eight months after recording with Miles Davis on “Kind of Blue”. Extraordinary musical craftsmanship, a recording … Continue reading

Curtis Counce Group Volume 2 (Counce’s bounce) 1957

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Track selection: “How Deep is the Ocean” Artists   Curtis Counce (b) Jack Sheldon (t) Frank Butler (d) Carl Perkins (p) Harold Land (ts) Recorded Contemporary Studios, Los Angeles, Recorded October 1956 – September 1957. Engineer Roy DuNann. Music Harold Land is at his best on this classic … Continue reading

Donald Byrd “Free Form” (1961)

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Selected track: Donald Byrd “French Spice” > Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Butch Warren (b) Billy Higgins (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 11, 1961 Music With the confidence of a half-dozen … Continue reading

Donald Byrd “Byrd in Hand” (1959)

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Selected track: “Here I am”  > Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Charlie Rouse (ts) Pepper Adams (bars) Walter Davis Jr. (p) Sam Jones (b) Art Taylor (d) Recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, May 31, 1959 Music Two of my … Continue reading

Curtis Counce Group

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Selected track: “Landslide” > Artists Jack Sheldon (tp) Harold Land (ts) Carl Perkins (p) Curtis Counce (b) Frank Butler (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, October 8, 1956 Music Original 1957 US press of Contemporary release “The Curtis Counce Group”, featuring the … Continue reading

“Alone Together” Smackdown: Pepper vs Hank vs Grant

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Updated November 26, 2017 – previous rips, which previously were muddled up and labelled incorrectly, are replaced with fresh rips made on the latest quality audio system (Avid Acutus Reference) at 320kbps (double previous resolution, each rip correctly attributed. One … Continue reading

Sahib Shihab and the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra (1965)

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Selected Track: Tenth Lament Artists Sahib Shihab (flute, baritone saxophone, cowbells). Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra: Bent Jaedig (flute, tenor saxophone); Palle Mikkelborg, Palle Bolvig (trumpet, flugelhorn); Allan Botschinsky (flugelhorn); Poul Kjaeldgard (trombone, bass trombone, tuba); Svend Nielsen (trombone, bass trombone); … Continue reading

Bill Evans: “Explorations” (1961) Riverside/UK

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Selection:  Israel (John Carisi) Artists: Bill Evans (piano) Scott LaFaro (bass) Paul Motian (drums) recorded NYC, February 2, 1961 Music: Evans reinterpretation of the tune “Israel” for trio is sheer artistry. The tune, written by Trumpeter Johnny Carisi, first appeared on Miles Davis “Birth of the Cool”.  To … Continue reading

Harold Land: “The Fox” (1959) Contemporary

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Selection: The Fox Critically acclaimed as Harold Land’s best album, “The Fox” was initially released in 1960 on the label Hifi jazz, and later re-mastered by Contemporary for this pressing. Music: Title track “The Fox” was apparently chosen for its resemblance … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt “Kaleidoscope” (1950)

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Track Selection: “Imagination” Artists Sonny Stitt (ts) Charlie Bateman (p) Gene Wright (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded NYC, January 31, 1951 Music The slow ballad tempo on “Imagination” neatly counterpoints Sitt’s fleet alto runs, and illustrates why he is often described as “one … Continue reading

Lee Morgan “Search For The New Land” (1964)

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Track Selection:  “Melancholee” Original rip 2011 180kbps from DJ portable £100 tt. “Melancholee”: Grant Geen’s solo is sensitive, and Wayne Shorter’s elegant, while Morgan continues to show off his mercurial brilliance, to be lost for all time just a few … Continue reading

Shelly Manne “Boss Sounds!” 1966

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Track Selection: “Margie” Artists Conte Candoli (tp) Frank Strozier (as) Russ Freeman (p) Monte Budwig (b) Shelly Manne (d) recorded “Shelly’s Manne-Hole”, Hollywood, CA, June 20, 1966 Music A nice quality recording and good listening West Coast  jazz with the … Continue reading

Bill Evans “Bill Evans” (1962)

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Track Selection: “I fall in Love Too Easily”  > Artists Bill Evans (p)  Chuck Israels (b) Paul Motian (d) Music Someone recently introduced me to jazz piano, through Hampton Hawes. Pleasantly surprised that not all piano trios sound like hotel foyer … Continue reading

Lee Konitz “Very Cool” (1957)

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Track Selection: Lee Konitz “Sunflower” Artists Don Ferrara (tp) Lee Konitz (as) Sal Mosca (p) Peter Ind (b) Shadow Wilson (d) recorded NYC, May 12, 1957 Music It’s a great sound, these late fifties pressings really hit the spot. Konitz’s alto … Continue reading

The Eminent JJ Vol.1&2 (1955)

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Track Selection:  “Groovin’ ” Artists JJ Johnson (tb), Hank Mobley (ts) Horace Silver (p) Paul Chambers (b) Kenny Clarke (d) recorded 1955, engineer Rudy Van Gelder. The partner Volume 1 is described as “one of the central documents in post-war jazz”,  featuring … Continue reading

Harold Land “Grooveyard” (1958)

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Selected Track: “Nieta” (Elmo Hope)  > Artists Rolf Ericson (tp -1,2,4/8) Harold Land (ts) Carl Perkins (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Frank Butler (d) Recorded Los Angeles, CA, January 13 & 14, 1958 Music Whilst East Coast tenor players captured much of the … Continue reading

Ellington and Coltrane (1962)

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Track Selection:  “In a Sentimental Mood” Artists John Coltrane (ss, ts) Duke Ellington (p) Aaron Bell (b -1,2,5,6) Jimmy Garrison (b -3,4,7) Sam Woodyard (d -1,5,6) Elvin Jones (d -2/4,7) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 26, 1962 … Continue reading

Mulligan Meets Monk

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Track Selection: ” ‘Round about Midnight ” Artists Gerry Mulligan (bars) Thelonious Monk (p) Wilbur Ware (b) Shadow Wilson (d) NYC, August 13, 1957 Music An improbable combination: master of the baritone sax Gerry Mulligan and iconoclast of the “off-key” piano Thelonious … Continue reading

Ornette Coleman: Free Jazz (1960) Atlantic

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  Track selection: (excerpt) Artists Don Cherry (pocket tp) Freddie Hubbard (tp) Eric Dolphy (bcl) Ornette Coleman (as) Charlie Haden, Scott LaFaro (b) Ed Blackwell, Billy Higgins (d)  NYC, December 21, 1960 For Stereophiles, the positioning is: Left channel Ornette … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: Another Monday night at Birdland (1958) Roulette

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Track Selection : Another Monday Night in Birdland – “Jamph”. Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Curtis Fuller (tb -2/4) Hank Mobley (ts) Billy Root (ts, bars) Ray Bryant (p) Tommy Bryant (b) Charles “Specs” Wright (d) recorded “Birdland”, NYC, April 21, 1958 … Continue reading