Francy Boland: Cologne Scene (late ’60s) Schema/Rearward

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An experiment, in a novel form of A:B comparison, combined with some big band personnel detective work. In summary, LJC out on a limb, as usual. Selection: The Girl and The Turk (Boland) .  .  . Artists Trio: Francy Boland, piano; … Continue reading

Frank Laico: Recording Engineer, Columbia 30th Street Studios.

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A break from the vinyl treadmill to a topic dear to the hearts of some, heroes of the recording studio, the engineers behind the sound of Modern Jazz. Names we know, Van Gelder, DuNann, Plaut, and that wonderful engineer at … Continue reading

Kenny Cox: Introducing the Contemporary Jazz Quintet (1968) Blue Note/Liberty

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Selection: Dianhh  (Leon Henderson) .  .  . Artists Kenny Cox, piano; Charles Moore, trumpet; Leon Henderson, tenor saxophone; Ron Brooks, bass; Danny Spencer, drums, recorded by Duke Pearson, re-recorded by Rudy Van Gelder. For the benefit of any unfamiliar with … Continue reading

Oliver Nelson: More Blues And The Abstract Truth (1964) Impulse

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Playing catch-up, I somehow missed posting first time around this title, more Oliver Nelson on Impulse, More Blues….and the Abstract Truth AS-75. I’m not sure what “Abstract Truth” means in this context, but it sure sounds intellectually impressive, so let’s … Continue reading

Duke Pearson: Profile (1959) Blue Note

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Selection: Taboo (to sooth your furrowed brow as the mystery unfolds) .  .  . Artists Duke Pearson, piano; Gene Taylor, bass; Lex Humphries, drums. Recorded Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 25, 1959 Music Columbus Calvin “Duke” Pearson Jr.’s … Continue reading

UK Government announces plans to ban vinyl

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 Exclusive! It’s Back to Shellac! The British Minister for Culture, Media and The Environment, Rt Hon Michael Dot-Gov MP, will announce measures to protect the environment by further reducing the use of plastic. “Following the elimination of common plastic products … Continue reading

Oliver Nelson: Sound Pieces (1966) Impulse

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Selection: Patterns .  .  . Artists: Patterns, The Shadow Of Your Smile, Elegy For A Duck (Capitol Studios, NYC, September 7, 1966) Oliver Nelson, soprano sax; Steve Kuhn, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Grady Tate, drums. Sound Piece For Jazz Orchestra … Continue reading

Dudley Moore Trio, The (1969) Decca

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Selection 1: Bag of Chris (Karan) .  .  . Artists Dudley Moore, piano; Chris Karan (Chrisostomos Karanikis), drums, tablas; Jeff Clyne, Bass. Recording engineer George Chkiantz Chkiantz’s prime territory was ’70s  guitar-based rock and prog-rock: Led Zeppelin (Whole Lotta Love) … Continue reading

Jack Wilson: Ramblin’ (1966) Vault/ Vocalion

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Note to myself, stay out of hi-fi topics, for a while anyway, a very opinionated field! Music, onward and upward, a British Decca pressing of an American recording that has a lot of interesting musical content, hopefully may ring your … Continue reading

High Fidelity: Decades of Decline

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Though hi-fi makes a very important contribution to the quality of my day, I haven’t written much about it lately.  I  don’t read Hi-Fi magazines, as I find it impossible to keep up with all the developments and equipment. I … Continue reading

Don Rendell: Space Walk (1970) EMI Lansdowne

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Selection: Antibes (Rendell) .  .  . Artists Don Rendell: clarinet, flute, soprano and tenor sax; Stan Robinson: clarinet, flute, tenor sax; Peter Shade: flute, vibraphone; Jack Thorncroft: bass; Trevor Tomkins: drums. Recorded Lansdowne Studios, Holland Park, December 16th, 1970, recording … Continue reading

Rare vintage jazz issued in the UK, re-issued in Japan: the Universal UCJU 9000 series

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Rare UK ’60s vintage vinyl jazz, re-mastered in Japan The giant Universal Music Group own the recordings of Capitol (including Blue Note), Decca UK, EMI (including the recent Rendell Carr Quintet reissues), Impulse, Verve, Mercury and Philips (including Fontana). The suits … Continue reading

Paul Gonsalves: Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick (1963) Vocalion/ (2006) Universal

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Selection: Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick (Gonsalves) . . . The title track is dedicated by Ellingtonian tenor Paul Gonsalves to his friendJackie Sharpe, tenor and baritone sax player, jazz club owner (the Downbeat Club in Old Compton Street, Soho)  and all-round legendary London character. Sharpe was … Continue reading

Ronnie Ross: Cleopatra’s Needle (1968) UK Fontana/ (2006) Universal

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Selection: Cleopatra’s Needle (Ross) . . . Artists Ronnie Ross ,baritone saxophone; Spike Heatley, bass; Ronnie Stephenson, Tony Carr, drums; Bill Le Sage, piano, vibraphone; Art Elefson, tenor saxophone; Les Condon, trumpet. Recorded in London, June 1968, engineer unknown. Universal reissue producer – Yoshihisa … Continue reading

Bird Curtis Quintet (1967) Tony Pike Music/ Jazzaggression 2014

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  Selection: Tartan Reign and Victory in Splendour (Curtis) . . . Artists Ian Bird – tenor, alto sax; John Curtis – trumpet; Ray Shea – piano; Daryl Runswick – bass; Tim Woolley – drums. Recorded  at Tony Pike Music … Continue reading

Graham Collier Music: Songs For My Father (1970) Fontana – UPDATED, photos

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Another excursion into the progressive detachment of British from American jazz in the second half of the 1960s. This one heads further out into the realms of progressive big-band: lauding composition, fragmentation and complexity. If “The Sound Of Surprise” (W. Balliett) no longer … Continue reading

The Visitors: Neptune (1971) Cobblestone

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Christmas is traditionally a time for visiting, family and friends, but today we have another kind of visitor to LJC, The Visitors, visiting us from the spiritual soul-jazz years of the early ’70s. Make them welcome, they won’t be staying … Continue reading

Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Marching Song/ Vol1 (1969) Deram (UPDATED)

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UPDATED 20/12/18 Photos Of Westbrook Band 1968 (see foot of post) and review of RSD titles. Selection: Waltz .  .  . Artists: Mike Westbrook’s Concert Band Mike Osborne – alto saxophone, clarinet; Bernie Living – alto saxophone, flute, piccolo flute; … Continue reading

Don Rendell Ian Carr: Shades of Blue (1964) EMI/Jazzman 2018

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Selection: Shades of Blue (Neil Ardley) . . . Artists Dave Green, bass; Trevor Tomkins, drums; Colin Purbrook, piano; Don Rendell, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Ian Carr, trumpet, flugelhorn; recorded London, October 1 – 2, 1964 Music All-Music sets the scene: “There are … Continue reading