Michael Garrick Sextet: Prelude to Heart Is A Lotus (1968) Gearbox (2015) – updated

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Selection: Sweet and Sugary Candy (12:26) .  .  . Selection, a quintessentially British jaunty swinger, worthy of Tubby at Ronnies. Artists Michael Garrick – piano, harpsichord, celeste; Don Rendell – soprano and alto sax, flute; Ian Carr – trumpet; Coleridge … Continue reading

Chet Baker: In Milan (1959) Jazzland/Fantasy OJC

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LondonCheapskateRecordCollector here. A must-have album, of many faces, one of which belongs on your turntable. But which? Selection: Pent Up..Tune Up…Cock-up! rip mix-up! Tune Up (Davis) .  .  . Artists Chet Baker, trumpet; Glauco Masetti, alto sax; Gianni Basso, tenor sax; Renato … Continue reading

Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (1971) RCA Neon

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Straying over the boundaries of 50s/60s jazz, putting a toe into the early ’70s, turning the focus back home to Britain, and the influence of expatriate African jazz musicians on the evolving British jazz scene. Think: Londonjazzcollector. British jazz started … Continue reading

Gilles Peterson: “Impressed”- British Jazz 1962-72 (2002 compilation) UPDATE: Peter Ind 90th (see footer)

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Hey LJC – original vinyl, remember?  A DJ compilation reissue, have you taken leave of your senses?! Quite possibly, but I’m gonna do it anyway. This one is different. The original recordings carefully curated here are simply impossible to find … Continue reading

Johnny Scott: Communication (1967) EMI

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Not everything is as it seems.  A post on sketchy identities, confusion, possibly even deception. It introduces a relatively unknown British jazz artist named Scott. Not Tony, not Ronnie, but…Johnny. And even that’s not his real name. Follow the twists and turns in another  jazz mystery tour. … Continue reading

“My Favourite Things”: Grant Green/ John Coltrane

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This piece started out as a review of Grant Green’s 1979 Japan-only release Matador. Some consider it among his finest albums, after Idle Moments, of course, and arguably, Solid. Just four tracks to choose from. Initially, I selected the Duke … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan: Glass Bead Games (1974) Strata East

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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

It’s as easy as A, B, C… or perhaps not! All aboard the RVG Prestige mystery train.

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(Updated June 12, 2018 – see foot of post) Saxophone Colossus overlooked (and that’s a tall order!) The mystery of RVG/ Prestige alphabetic stamp codes. Followers of The Evil Silver Disc might want to sit this one out. It’s deep vinyl. … Continue reading

Cecil Payne: Zodiac (1968) Strata East ’73

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Selection: Girl You Got A Home (Bill Lee) .   .   . Artists Cecil Payne, baritone, alto saxophone; Kenny Dorham, trumpet; Wynton Kelly, piano, organ; Wilbur Ware, bass; Albert Heath, drums. Recorded December 16, 1968, at Town Sound Studios, Englewood, NJ.  … Continue reading

Paul Gonsalves: Gettin’ Together (Jazzland) 1960

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Selection: I Surrender Dear (Barris -Gordon) .   .   . History of a “Jazz Standard”: I Surrender Dear. Bing Crosby first recorded “I Surrender Dear” in January, 1931, with Gus Arnheim’s Cocoanut Grove Orchestra. Written by Harry Barris (not to be … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Delightfulee (1966) Liberty/Blue Note

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LJC Special Selection: Albums I initially avoided due to presence of turkeys, but which also contain prime cuts: BST 84243 Lee Morgan’s Delightfulee. Apologies in advance to lovers of  the Fab Four, and cranberry sauce. Selection: Nite Flite (Morgan) .  … Continue reading

Barry Harris: Newer Than New (Riverside) 1961

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Selection: I didn’t Know What Time It Was ( Rogers & Hart) .  .  . Artists Lonnie Hillyer, trumpet; Charles McPherson, alto sax; Barry Harris, piano; Ernie Farrow, bass; Clifford Jarvis, drums; recorded Plaza Sound Studios, NYC, September 28, 1961, … Continue reading

Sonny Fortune: Long Before Our Mothers Cried (1974) Strata East

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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

Jackie McLean: Lights Out (1956) Prestige

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Van Gelder fakes fake stereo: it’s all good! Selection: Kerplunk (Byrd) .  .  . Selection chosen for the scarce recording presence of Elmo Hope, and the young Byrd and McLean strutting their stuff backwards and forwards running the changes double … Continue reading

Art Blakey &The Jazz Messengers: Africaine (1959) Blue Note

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Selection: Lester Left Town (Shorter) .  .  .   Artists: Lee Morgan, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, tenor sax; Walter Davis Jr., piano; Jymie Merritt, bass; Art Blakey, drums; Dizzy Reece, congas, recorded Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 10, 1959. … Continue reading

The Ultimate Audiophile Upgrade

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The design of the human ear preceded the creation of the home hi-fidelity listening by somewhere around a half million years. In that time and until recently, the only way to improve your sound quality experience was through expensive equipment upgrades. … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan: Night of The Mark VII (Muse) 1975

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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

Sonny Rollins: 1558 – Volume 2 (Blue Note) 1957 (updated)

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(Updated March 24: matrixes of 1st edition) Records inexplicably not previously posted. I had occasion to want to check something regarding 1558, went to my pages, only to find it not there. No there there at all. No longer overlooked, … Continue reading

Another Blue Note puzzle, 1st Edition, 2nd Edition, 3rd Edition…

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We like puzzles here at LJC, especially Blue Note ones, they stretch what you know, sometimes force you to rearrange what you think you know, but isn’t right. It’s good to be smart, but better to be even smarter.  A … Continue reading