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Dolo Coker: California Hard (1976) Xanadu

Dolo Coker: California Hard (1976) Xanadu | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
More hidden treasures. You wait ages for a Dolo Coker post, then two come along at once. Marc Myers pipped me to the post with his JazzWax  post on Coker just a couple of weeks ago, here, describing Coker as "an insider's jazz pianist...a confident, gentle player who could play tough and pretty." My interest…
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Ronnie Mathews: doin’ the thang! (1964) Prestige

Ronnie Mathews: doin’ the thang! (1964) Prestige | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
Selection: The Orient Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Charles Davis (baritone sax) Ronnie Mathews (piano) Eddie Khan (bass) Albert Heath (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 17, 1963, the week running up to Christmas. Obit:  PETER KEEPNEWS JULY 2, 2008:  "Ronnie Mathews, a jazz pianist whose recorded output as a leader was sparse but…
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Harold Land: Mapenzi (1977) Concord Jazz

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Under-appreciated labels: Concord Jazz; Under-appreciated artists: Harold Land and Blue Mitchell; Under-appreciated decade: the 70's (though in many cases, rightly so) Selection: Habiba (Kirk Lightsey) . Artists: Harold Land Blue Mitchell Quintet Harold Land (tenor saxophone) Reggie Johnson (bass), Al "Tootie" Heath (drums), Kirk Lightsey (keyboards), Blue Mitchell, (trumpet, flugelhorn),  Engineer  Phil Edwards Concord Jazz,…
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Hank Mobley: A Slice Of The Top (1966) Blue Note Connoisseur

Hank Mobley: A Slice Of The Top (1966) Blue Note Connoisseur | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
Underappreciated voices of the tenor: Hank Mobley Selection: Cute 'n' Pretty (Mobley) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Kiane Zawadi (euphonium) Howard Johnson (tuba) James Spaulding (alto sax, flute) Hank Mobley (tenor sax, arranger) McCoy Tyner (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) Duke Pearson (arranger) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 18, 1966…
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Tubby Hayes: Jeff Kreugar’s Jazz At The Flamingo (1956) Tempo

Tubby Hayes: Jeff Kreugar’s Jazz At The Flamingo (1956) Tempo | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
Selection: Laker's Day (Baseball and basketball fans may want to skip this section) . Tubby Hayes dedicates his second guest spot, Laker's Day, to English cricketer Jim Laker  - who just that day had taken a record 19 wickets in one day against the Aussies, an event to stir pride in an Englishman's breast, and murmur in classic British understatement,…
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Johnny Coles: Little Johnny C (1963) Blue Note

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I think its time for another original Blue Note, just to "stir the pot", with a sting in the tail, all will be revealed, get with the programme. Selection: So Sweet My Little Girl (Duke Pearson) Artists Johnny Coles (trumpet) Leo Wright (alto saxophone, flute) Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone) Duke Pearson (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass)…
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Wayne Shorter: The Soothsayer (1965) King Records (Jp)

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  Selection: The Big Push (Shorter) . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) James Spaulding (alto saxophone) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) McCoy Tyner (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Tony Williams (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 4, 1965 Just two months after recording E.S.P. with Miles, Shorter recorded in a rare sextet setting (forget The Jazz Messengers) ,…
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Wayne Shorter: The Collector (1965/6) King Records 1980

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Selection: Etcetera Artists Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Cecil McBee or Reggie Workman  (bass) Joe Chambers (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 14, 1965 and February 24, 1966 Shorter recording with Miles - ESP and the formative Plugged Nickel sessions -  and recording for Blue Note, both in combination with Hancock. Together they…
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Hank Mobley: Poppin' (1957) King Records

Hank Mobley: Poppin' (1957) King Records | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
Stereo that never was... Selection: Poppin' - as published, in Stereo Or, as intended: Repeat Selection: Poppin' - channels summed (50/50 "mono") Artists: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) Art Farmer (trumpet) Sonny Clark (piano) Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone) Paul Chambers (bass) Philly Joe Jones (drums)recorded  October 20th,1957, Hackensack N.J. Music Set your watches please for 1957. Russia launches Sputnik 1,…
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Jay & Kai Plus 6: 1956

Jay & Kai Plus 6: 1956 | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
Since we're on the subject this week of multiple instruments of the same stripe working together, let's dig one of the best albums of trombones —Jay & Kay + 6, produced by George Avakian over three dates in April 1956...
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Horace Parlan: Movin' and Groovin' (1960) Blue Note

Horace Parlan: Movin' and Groovin' (1960) Blue Note | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
Selection: Bags Groove . Bonus Selection: Lady Bird . Artists Horace Parlan (piano) Sam Jones (bass) Al Harewood (drums) recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 29, 1960 ...
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Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (1964) Blue Note - MM33

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Selection: Witch Hunt . Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cli...
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Lou Donaldson: Hot Dog (1969) Blue Note - Liberty/UA

Lou Donaldson: Hot Dog (1969) Blue Note - Liberty/UA | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
We have recently dug deep into the 10"" jazz of the middle '50s. Now it is 1969, time for a gear shift up into the soul-jazz era of the late '60s. Track Selection: Hot Dog (Donaldson) . . Artists E...
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Richie Cole: Alto Madness (1975) Muse

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Undervalued Artists, an occasional LJC series: Richie Cole, alto saxophone. Titans of the alto: Parker, Pepper, Mclean, Woods, Donaldson, Dolphy, many more, no shortage of bop heros, but for a brief moment give some space to youngsters,  Richie Cole - boisterous, joyous, exuberant, passionate, who swings ferociously. I had overlooked Richie, another player who arrived on the scene just…
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Jazz Flashes: Keepin' Up with the Jones Brothers, 1958

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The Leonard Feather-produced album Keepin' Up with the Joneses, cut in 1958 for MGM, is one of the most obscure dates by a quartet that called itself The Jones Brothers. In reality, only three of the four participants (trumpeter Thad Jones, pianist Hank Jones, and drummer Elvin Jones) were brothers
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Joe Chambers: The Almoravid (1971/3) Muse

Joe Chambers: The Almoravid (1971/3) Muse | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
Selection 1: Catta (Andrew Hill) Artists Joe Chambers (drums), Cedar Walton (piano), Richard Davis (Fender bass), Omar Clay, David Freidman (percussion),  Ray Mantilla  (congas) Recorded October 8, 1973   Selection 2: Medina (Joe Chambers) Artists Joe Chambers (drums), Woody Shaw (trumpet), Garnett Brown (trombone), Harold Vick (flute, tenor sax) George Cables (electric piano), Cecil McBee…
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Booker Ervin: Exultation! (1963) Prestige

Booker Ervin: Exultation! (1963) Prestige | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
Under-rated Tenors Series: Booker Ervin Selection: No Land's Man (Perkins) - Artists Frank Strozier (alto sax) Booker Ervin (tenor sax) Horace Parlan (piano) Butch Warren (bass) Walter Perkins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 19, 1963 Following the familiar path of military service, then college music education, the young Texan Booker Ervin cut his music…
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Zoot Sims: Zoot at Ronnie Scott’s (1961) Fontana

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Selection: Love for Sale Artists: Zoot Sims (tenor sax),Stan Tracey (piano) Kenny Napper (bass) Jackie Dougan (drums), other tracks: Ronnie Scott (tenor sax) Jimmy Deuchar (trumpet),Harold McNair (alto sax & flute) Terry Shannon (piano) Jeff Clyne (bass) Phil Seamen (drums) Recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s club, London, November 13 to 15th 1961. Music: Love for Sale…
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Lou Donaldson: Gravy Train (1961) Blue Note

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Selection: Gravy Train Selection Artists Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone) Herman Foster (piano) Ben Tucker (bass) Dave Bailey (drums) Alec Dorsey (congas) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 27, 1961 Donaldson remains the leading exponent of the soul-jazz approach. Yet even at its bluesiest, his playing remains informed by bebop.” The New York…

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Ted Curson: The New Thing & The Blue Thing (1965) Atlantic

Ted Curson: The New Thing & The Blue Thing (1965) Atlantic | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
New Thing selection: Elephant's Walk . Blue Thing selection: Straight Ice . Artists: Ted Curson (trumpet) Bill Barron (tenor saxophone) Georges Arvanitas (piano) Herb Bushler (bass) Dick Berk (drums) recorded NYC, March 25 &29, 1965, engineer Tom Dowd. Recording both as sideman and leader, Curson moved fluidly between the inside and outside, one foot in…
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Horace Parlan: Us Three (1960) Blue Note - MM33

Horace Parlan: Us Three (1960) Blue Note - MM33 | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
Selection: US Three (Parlan) . Artists: Horace Parlan (piano) George Tucker (bass) Al Harewood (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 20, 1960 Music: "Us Three's title track  bristles with a funky wail that characterized Parlan’s forays on such Mingus works as “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting” and “Better Get It In Yo’…
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Lee Morgan: Lee-way (1960) Blue Note

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Selection: The Lion and the Wolff (tk.17) No need to guess the dedication, Alfred and Francis,  but it took a lot of takes to get it right, take seventeen. Who's counting, the boss is paying. Artists: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) Bobby Timmons (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Art Blakey (drums) recorded Rudy Van…
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Stan Tracey: We Love You Madly (1968) EMI /Columbia Magic Notes

Stan Tracey: We Love You Madly (1968) EMI /Columbia Magic Notes | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
Allergy advice: this record contains no Steve Hoffman or Music Matters engineering, but may contain traces of British Jazz nuts. Selection: Lay By (Ellington/Strayhorn) from Suite Thursday.Tony Coe pulling off a passable impersonation of a Paul Gonsalves smeared-sax  solo. . Another selection: In a Sentimental Mood - Joe Harriott (alto) - tune found on the epic Impulse Duke Ellington…
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Zoot Sims at Ronnie Scott's: Cookin' (1961) Fontana

Zoot Sims at Ronnie Scott's: Cookin' (1961) Fontana | Jazz Plus | Scoop.it
Selection: Love For Sale (Porter) . Bonus track: Desperation* (Deuchar)   Artists Zoot Sims (tenor) Stan Tracey (piano) Kenny Napper (bass) Jackie Dougan (drums) Recorded at “Ronnie Scott’s Cl...
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Andrew Hill: Judgement! (1964) Blue Note

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Selection: Judgement (Hill) . Bonus selection (Countdown to Christmas!) : Yokada Yokada  (Hill) . Artists: Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone) Andrew Hill (piano) Richard Davis (bass) Elvin Jones (drums)...
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