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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. 431 more words


Further Reflections on Sound, Image, and Time as Imprisoned and Then Released by Memory

We were getting close to Leesburg, Virginia on a Monday when the Rahsaan Roland Kirk song that was playing on the car stereo ended. Right away, my son Julien (who was almost six years old then) asked me to play it again. 641 more words

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Jackie McLean: Lights Out (1956) Prestige

Van Gelder fakes fake stereo: it’s all good!

Selection: Kerplunk (Byrd)


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Selection chosen for the scarce recording presence of Elmo Hope, and the young Byrd and McLean strutting their stuff backwards and forwards running the changes double quick time in a delightfully simple mainstream bop piece. 894 more words


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. 468 more words


Things Weren't What They Used to Be

In 1962,  many very talented, young jazz artists were beginning to make their voices heard on the scene. Consider the following, along with the age they turned that year: 636 more words


8 Great Jazz Movies

These are 8 of my favorite jazz-related movies. As I write below, maybe they’re not all “Great®“, but they’re all worth seeing.

What am I missing here? 1,909 more words


Fifty Year Friday: Jackie McLean "Demon's Dance"

Unlike most rock albums of 1967 and 1968, in which there is a focused effort to release the material fairly soon, perhaps partly due to the quickly changing musical landscape in pop, many jazz recording sessions of 1967, did not get released until some time later, partially due to the lack of commercial interest in jazz music at that time: the six tracks that make up  481 more words

Fifty Year Friday