Pressing Issues: John Coltrane, One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note (2005 Impulse! Classic Records)

Original Pressing: Impulse!, Classic Records; B0002380-01 (2005) Musicians John Coltrane (ts, ss), McCoy Tyner (p), Jimmy Garrison (b), Elvin Jones (d) Spoken introductions and announcements by Alan Grant Cover design: Greenberg Kinglsey/NYC Liner notes: Ashley Kahn, Ravi Coltrane Produced by Ravi Coltrane. Recorded live at the Half Note, New York, NY, March 26 (Sides A & B) … Continue reading Pressing Issues: John Coltrane, One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note (2005 Impulse! Classic Records)

Al Di Meola at The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA; Friday, June 15, 2018

Musicians Al Di Meola (g), Evan Garr (vn), Phil Magallanes (p), Elias Tona (b), Luis Alicea (d), Gumbi Ortiz (perc) Venue The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA; Friday, June 15, 2018, 8:00pm   In 1974, a 19 year-old guitar student at Boston's Berklee College of Music was famously given the break of a life time, making … Continue reading Al Di Meola at The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA; Friday, June 15, 2018

Pressing Issues: “Big” John Patton, Got a Good Thing Goin’ (1966 Blue Note Liberty stereo)

Original Pressing: Blue Note, BST 84229 (1966) Musicians John Patton (org), Grant Green (g), Hugh Walker (d), Richard Landrum (conga) Cover design: Reid Miles Liner notes: Alan Grant Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 26, 1966. Sometimes I hear a record for the first time and wonder, How have I never heard … Continue reading Pressing Issues: “Big” John Patton, Got a Good Thing Goin’ (1966 Blue Note Liberty stereo)

Jackie’s Got a Brand New (and Very Expensive) Bag

First, a disclaimer. My intent has never been to use this blog to cover the "inside baseball" aspects of jazz record collecting. There are other blogs that already address those sorts of issues quite well. Nevertheless, a recent auction caught my attention—as well as the attention of many others, I'm sure—and I want to take … Continue reading Jackie’s Got a Brand New (and Very Expensive) Bag

Pressing Issues, Guest Genre Edition: The David Grisman Quintet, The David Grisman Quintet (1977 Kaleidoscope Records reissue)

Original Pressing: Kaleidoscope, F-5 Musicians David Grisman (mand), Tony Rice (g), Darol Anger (vn, mand on "Ricochet"), Todd Phillips (mand), Bill Amatneek (b) Cover design: Ted Sharpe Recorded by Bill Wolf at 1750 Arch Studios, Berkeley, California; October, November, and December 1976 Originally released in 1977 They started calling them Dawg music, The weird tunes that … Continue reading Pressing Issues, Guest Genre Edition: The David Grisman Quintet, The David Grisman Quintet (1977 Kaleidoscope Records reissue)

The Ron Carter Trio at The Regattabar, Cambridge, MA; Saturday, May 12, 2018

Musicians Ron Carter (b), Russell Malone (g), Donald Vega (p) Venue The Regattabar, Cambridge, MA; Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:30pm (1st set) After years of neglecting to see jazz legends before they're no longer with us, I've been on a mission to correct this. In May of last year, Boston's Scullers Jazz Club presented Roy … Continue reading The Ron Carter Trio at The Regattabar, Cambridge, MA; Saturday, May 12, 2018