Pressing Issues: The Horace Silver Quintet, Song for My Father (1966 Blue Note Liberty pressing)

Original pressing: Blue Note Records, BLP 4185 (1965) This one: BLP 4185 (1966, "A Division Of Liberty Records") Musicians Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5 Horace Silver (p), Joe Henderson (ts), Carmell Jones (t), Teddy Smith (b), Roger Humphries (d) Tracks 3 & 6 Horace Silver (p), Junior Cook (ts; track 3 only), Blue Mitchell (t; track 3 only), Gene … Continue reading Pressing Issues: The Horace Silver Quintet, Song for My Father (1966 Blue Note Liberty pressing)

5 for Friday: Top 5 Most Frequent Causes of Death for Jazz Musicians Who Died Prematurely

So here's a morbid topic to start the weekend. I've always been fascinated by musicians who died well before their time, whether it's Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Parker, or Hank Williams. And jazz has definitely had its share of lives tragically cut short. In researching the lives of jazz musicians, I compiled a list of 64 … Continue reading 5 for Friday: Top 5 Most Frequent Causes of Death for Jazz Musicians Who Died Prematurely

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 Originally released March 6, 1957 Word … 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)