Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers – Indestructible! (Blue Note BLP 4193)

The hardest of hard bop is synonymous with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and both the front cover and the title of Indestructible! leave you in no doubt that the man meant business.

Dexter Gordon – A Swingin’ Affair (Blue Note BLP 4133)

Discographical Details Artist: Dexter Gordon. Title: A Swingin’ Affair. Label and Catalogue Number: Blue Note BLP 4133. Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor sax); Sonny Clark (piano); Butch Warren (bass); Billy Higgins (drums). Side 1: Soy Califa; Don’t Explain; You Stepped Out of a Dream. Side 2: The Backbone; Until the Real Thing Comes Along; McSplivens. RecordingContinue reading “Dexter Gordon – A Swingin’ Affair (Blue Note BLP 4133)”

Bobby Hutcherson – Stick-Up! (Blue Note BST 84244)

Discographical Details Artist: Bobby Hutcherson. Title: Stick-Up! Label and Catalogue Number: Blue Note BST 84244. Personnel: Joe Henderson (tenor sax); Bobby Hutcherson (vibes); McCoy Tyner (piano); Herbie Lewis (bass); Billy Higgins (drums). Side 1: Una Muy Bonita; 8/4 Beat; Summer Nights. Side 2: Black Circle; Verse; Blues Mind Matter. Recording Date: 14 July 1966 atContinue reading “Bobby Hutcherson – Stick-Up! (Blue Note BST 84244)”

Duke Pearson – The Right Touch (Blue Note/Liberty BST 84267)

Discographical Details Artist: Duke Pearson. Title: The Right Touch. Label and Catalogue Number: Blue Note/Liberty 84267. Personnel: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), James Spaulding (alto sax), Jerry Dodgion (alto sax, flute), Garnett Brown (trombone), Duke Pearson (piano), Gene Taylor (bass), Grady Tate (drums). Side 1: Chili Peppers; Make It Good; My Love WaitsContinue reading “Duke Pearson – The Right Touch (Blue Note/Liberty BST 84267)”

Lee Morgan – The Gigolo (Blue Note/Liberty BST 84212)

Discographical Details Artist: Lee Morgan. Title: The Gigolo. Label and catalogue Number: Blue Note/Liberty BST 84212. Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Harold Mabern Jr (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Billy Higgins (drums). Side 1: Yes I Can, No You Can’t; Trapped; Speed Ball. Side 2: The Gigolo; You Go To My Head. RecordingContinue reading “Lee Morgan – The Gigolo (Blue Note/Liberty BST 84212)”

Hank Mobley – Dippin’ (Blue Note BNST 84209)

Discographical Details Artist: Hank Mobley. Title: Dippin’. Label and Catalogue Number: Blue Note BNST 84209. Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Hank Mobley (tenor sax); Harold Mabern Jr (piano); Larry Ridley (bass); Billy Higgins (drums). Side 1: The Dip; Recado Bossa Nova; The Break Through. Side 2: The Vamp; I See Your Face Before Me; Ballin’. RecordingContinue reading “Hank Mobley – Dippin’ (Blue Note BNST 84209)”

“Big” John Patton – Oh Baby! (Blue Note BNST 84192)

Discographical Details Artist: “Big” John Patton. Title: Oh Baby! Label and Catalogue Number: Blue Note BNST 84192. Personnel: Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Harold Vick (tenor sax); Grant Green (guitar); John Patton (organ); Ben Dixon (drums). Side 1: Fat Judy; Oh Baby; Each Time. Side 2: One to Twelve; Night Flight; Good Juice. Recording Date: 8 MarchContinue reading ““Big” John Patton – Oh Baby! (Blue Note BNST 84192)”

2014’s Top Scores

The seed was sown for this blog almost exactly a year ago when, over the 2013-14 Christmas/New Year holidays, I stumbled across Andy’s London Jazz Collector blog. So, on this (more or less) first anniversary of that discovery, rather than sitting on the sidelines and posting the occasional comment, now seems a good time toContinue reading “2014’s Top Scores”