Pressing Issues: Miles Davis, ‘Round About Midnight (1957 Columbia)

  Original Pressing: Columbia, CL 949 (1957) Musicians Miles Davis (t), John Coltrane (ts), Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers (b), Philly Joe Jones (d) Liner notes: George Avakian Produced by George Avakian and engineered by Frank Laico at 30th Street Studios, New York, NY, October 26, 1955; June 5 and September 10, 1956 Word association time. When I … Continue reading Pressing Issues: Miles Davis, ‘Round About Midnight (1957 Columbia)

5 for Friday: 5 Classic Versions of “April in Paris”

It's still April, so I'm taking a look at some of the standout versions of Vernon Duke's "April in Paris" (AIP hereon), a standard that has always put a (groan) spring in my step this time of year. In chronological order... 1. Charlie Parker from Charlie Parker with Strings, Mercury MC-C-101, 1950 To paraphrase Jon Lovitz … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Classic Versions of “April in Paris”

Recommended Accessories: Outer Sleeves

This is the first of what I hope will be an occasional series on my personal favorite accessories for record collecting. In this post, I'll talk about one of the least exciting, but most essential items: outer sleeves. Note: Links are just for your information/convenience. I'm not making any money from your clicks!   Sleeve … Continue reading Recommended Accessories: Outer Sleeves

Pressing Issues: Jackie McLean, It’s Time! (1978 Blue Note King Records)

Updated on 4/18/18: Retroactively changed the post title to reflect the new name for my record overview feature, "Pressing Issues." Don't ask about the feature name candidates that didn't make the cut. (Ha! No pun intended there!) Updated on 4/19/18: Included cover design and liner note credits. Original pressing: Blue Note Records, BLP 4179 & BST 84179 (1965) This one: King Records, GXK … Continue reading Pressing Issues: Jackie McLean, It’s Time! (1978 Blue Note King Records)

Song of the Day: Lee Morgan, “Our Man Higgins”, (Cornbread, 1967)

Tune: "Our Man Higgins" Album: Lee Morgan, Cornbread (1967) Composer: Lee Morgan Soloists: Jackie McLean, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, and Herbie Hancock "Our Man Higgins" is certainly not a jazz standard, nor is it even one of Lee Morgan's better known compositions. But this tribute to Billy Higgins, drummer on so many Blue Note sessions (including this one), … Continue reading Song of the Day: Lee Morgan, “Our Man Higgins”, (Cornbread, 1967)

5 for Friday: 5 Solos by Jazz Musicians on Rock/Pop Tunes

For the second "5 on Friday", let's check out some of the better examples of when jazz players had guest solos on albums by major rock and pop artists. The soloists generally fit right in to their new roles, as each of the popular artists were/are know to incorporate jazz harmonies into their songs, some … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Solos by Jazz Musicians on Rock/Pop Tunes