The Blue Note 4000 Listening Project

Rationale Like many jazz obsessives, I consider Blue Note's '50s and '60s LP catalog to be the pinnacle of the art form. And I say this referring strictly to the music. [Blue Note should make any "Greatest Jazz Discography" short list because of either Rudy Van Gelder or Reid Miles alone, but that's another topic.] … Continue reading The Blue Note 4000 Listening Project

Pressing Issues: Jackie McLean, Destination…Out! (1964 Blue Note mono)

Original Pressing: Blue Note, BLP 4165.1 (1964) Musicians Jackie McLean (as), Grachan Moncur, III (tbn), Bobby Hutcherson (vib), Larry Ridley (b), Roy Haynes (d) Cover design: Reid Miles Liner notes: Jackie McLean Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 25, 1964. My gateway to Jackie McLean was 1963's Let Freedom Ring , after which I … Continue reading Pressing Issues: Jackie McLean, Destination…Out! (1964 Blue Note mono)

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)

Pressing Issues: Andrew Hill, Andrew!!! (1970 Blue Note Liberty UA pressing)

Original Pressing: Blue Note Records, BLP 4203 & BST 84203 (1968) This one: BST 84203 (1970, Liberty UA) Musicians Andrew Hill (p), John Gilmore (ts), Bobby Hutcherson (vib), Richard Davis (b), Joe Chambers (d) Cover design: Reid Miles; Liner notes: Don Heckman Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 25, 1964. As with so many Blue … Continue reading Pressing Issues: Andrew Hill, Andrew!!! (1970 Blue Note Liberty UA pressing)

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)

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)