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Hank Mobley "Soul Station" on Blue Note 4031

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Hank Mobley "Soul Station" on Blue Note 4031

Classic Mobley…

Back from a summer vacation which provided a healthy dose of sun and outdoor activities. Great to be back posting vintage jazz albums though. This is a great album. A really nice copy. The images aren’t doing it justice. My camera on my old iPhone 6 Plus is pretty thrashed and is not working well at all. I will upgrade to an iPhone XS before long. Let’s hope the images will be of better quality then.

I have several albums featuring Mobley but this is the only one where he plays the only horn in the band. He does a great job. It’s smooth, warm and relaxing music even when the tempo is a bit faster. I’m impressed Blakey’s playing on this one as well. He plays quite delicate. He usually is a force of nature pounding away on the drums and crashing cymbals, sometimes lacking a bit of finesse. But on this album he plays a bit lighter it seems. I like that. A good and interesting contrast. The tunes are all very nice. The band is cooking. You can’t really go wrong with Hank Mobley on the tenor sax, Wynton Kelly on the keys, Paul Chambers on the double bass and Art Blakey on drums.

I have searched and waited for a good copy. I really enjoy it so the search have been on for quite a while. Really happy to finally have secured it. One interesting thing is that many fellow jazz fans hold “Soul Station” in very, very high regard. Citing it as their favorite Mobley album. I think it’s great. It’s up there among his best output. But is it the best, for me? I’m not sure. I haven’t listened to all of his albums, but of the ones I have listened to it has to be in the top 3.

I think it would be really interesting to hear you guys opinion on this album and where it’s placed on your Mobley favorites list. Maybe you can name your top 3 Mobley albums? He is such a loved artist among jazz record collectors, as his albums frequently sell for very high prices. Maybe that is also because of other factors, as if it’s on Blue Note, if it’s really rare or if it has some other really popular cat on it. But I believe people want his albums because of his beautiful, laid back playing and composing skills as well.

I have managed to acquire some nice pieces lately and I’m excited about that. Stay tuned for those showing up here on the site. I’d like to expand my collection a bit faster, but it’s very difficult when you are after these type of original 1st pressings in decent condition. Slowly but surely… it has to be that way.

Have great day everyone, cheers!

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Hank Mobley Quintet on Blue Note 1550

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Hank Mobley Quintet on Blue Note 1550

This original 1st pressing is in stunning condition.

This album represents all of the things that makes collecting vintage jazz vinyl such a fulfilling endeavor. It's awesome music wise. It's very rare and desirable. The condition is astounding. The cover art is iconic and oozes jazz from the era. And the cats on this great album all play with fire and express themselves in a beautiful way.

The line up is top notch with Mobley on tenor, the fantastic Art Farmer on trumpet, Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on double bass and Art Blakey on drums.

I adore these early Blue Notes. The raw energy. Playing that comes straight from the gut. Everything has soul. It's a pure joy to listen to these albums.

The ballad "Fin de L'Affaire" is one of my favorite ballads. It's melancholic, smooth and beautiful. The opening tune "Funk In Deep Freeze" is another hot favorite. I love Art Farmers first few notes when he takes his solo in the beginning of that tune. The entire album is great with each of the tunes adding something special.

BLP 1550 is one of those titles I thought I would have to wait on a good while until I could find it. Sure, it took several years but it's so difficult to find and so desirable that I thought I would have to wait until my beard turned completely grey before a copy made it's way onto my shelves. Like I mentioned, the condition of this copy is simply amazing. Extremely well preserved. An archival copy. To be able to find such a copy of this title is most thrilling and deeply satisfying.

Vacation time is here in just a few weeks. It feels like this spring has just flown by. I haven't purchased a single record this year up to this point, except for this one back in January. All the dough has been put aside for the summer vacation. I hope I will be able to purchase some new vintage jazz albums very soon. As a vinyl junkie I've definitely felt the withdrawal symptoms of not buying an album for a while.

I'm curious about what you guys think of this album and which Mobley album in the 1500 series specifically is your favorite? While we're at it, name your top 5 Blue Note albums in the 1500 series. That should be interesting to read.

Take care and stay tuned for more superb vintage jazz wax from the 50's and 60's... Cheers!

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J.R. Monterose on Blue Note 1536

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J.R. Monterose on Blue Note 1536

A Lexington Blue Note... lovely.

It's refreshing to put this album on the turntable. It's by an artist who doesn't feature on any other album that I have. I'm talking about J.R. Monterose and he played the tenor sax. And boy could he play it well. I really dig his style. He had a voice of his own.

This is his debut as a leader and it is a Lexington Blue Note. For me, a Lexington Blue Note in great condition is the crème de la crème of vintage jazz vinyl collectibles. They feel truly genuine, the real deal, with all the attributes an original 1st pressing has. I only have a few of them to date but I'm aiming to acquire some more of course. But I'm very proud to own the ones that I've got already. I really appreciate my collection as it stands. All the albums I've managed to collect up to this point. It's a beautiful thing.

Ira Sullivan is the trumpeter on this date. Haven't heard much of him as of yet. I think I only have one other album on which he appears and that is the Red Rodney on Signal. He plays great! The rest of the cats are very good as well with the great Horace Silver on piano, Wilbur Ware on the double bass and 'Philly' Joe Jones on the drums.

There is something about putting a Blue Note of this vintage on the turntable. It just feels special. And the fact that it's an early title in the 1500 series just makes it even more special. I'm a happy man, sitting here listening to Side 1 as I'm writing this.

It's a great album. Lovely hard bop. If you're unfamiliar with this one, check it out. It doesn't disappoint. All the tunes are very good and pleasurable. A solid session.

At the moment I'm saving up for a summer vacation with the family. So the amount I will be able to spend on vintage jazz albums will be somewhat limited for a while. I'm looking forward to the summer vacation as well as the next jazz vinyl purchase.

Until next time, have a great time listening to your vinyl collection... cheers!

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Afternoon Listening: Some Cuban vibes with Kenny Dorham

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Afternoon Listening: Some Cuban vibes with Kenny Dorham

Cuban vibes on an Autumn's day...

Today I took the day off of work. All alone in the apartment. That means I got some time for myself to listen to some jazz. I decided to put on Jackie McLeans 4, 5 & 6 first. Listened to the whole album. And what an album that is. McLean is one of my favorite jazz artists. And speaking of him, I have an album by him which is the next on the purchase list. The deal is confirmed and I'm aiming to get it secured at the end of the month.

Next I put on Side A of "Afro-Cuban" by Kenny Dorham on Blue Note 5065. This is an album I haven't listen to for a while... it's a beautiful album for sure. Those Cuban vibes... filling my room here in good ol' Stockholm where the Autumn breezes are blowing outside. Speaking of 10 inch albums, I just won an auction on eBay the other day. I never buy anything from eBay or very, very seldom anyway. It was a 10 inch album. I'm super excited about this album, because it's one that I've been after for a long time. This particular album is extremely rare. It's very difficult to find in any condition. I had a copy of this title borrowed home from a dealer in Stockholm a few years back, to see if it was up to scratch condition-wise. It didn't make the grade unfortunately. But now at last I've found another copy which should be tip-top. We'll see when it arrives. I'm very hopeful. So, look out for that one here on the site...

Looking to post more beautiful albums from my collection very soon, stay tuned everyone. Have a great Wednesday! Cheers...

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Freddie Hubbard's "Open Sesame" on Blue Note 4040

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Freddie Hubbard's "Open Sesame" on Blue Note 4040

A truly wonderful piece of music...

Allright... what to say about this album... Well, it's in my top 10 jazz albums of all time... it has to be. The tunes, the clarity of the sound and the overall mix, the virtuosity of Hubbard, the brilliance of Tina Brooks. It really doesn't get any better than this if you're looking for a great hard bop recording. This particular album has been on the want list for a very long time. I have probably had the opportunity to buy it at some point earlier, but as you all know, there's so many great albums out there and for some reason I've bought other albums. But I'm glad I have waited for this copy cause it's in absolute pristine condition. M- for the vinyl and M- for the jacket. It's very, very difficult to get your hands on pieces that are this clean from the 50's and 60's. I'm extremely happy to have been able to add this wonderful album to my collection. It's a beautiful thing when you take a vintage album like this, in this kind of shape, off of your shelf and put it on the turntable. It's hard to describe the satisfaction you get when the needle drops and you just marvel over how an album this old can sound so damn good. And that you have been able to get a 1st pressing copy of it... it's like I said, a beautiful thing...

All the tunes are top notch and you just have to sit back and enjoy the moment. It's amazing how mature Hubbard sounds here considering it's his debut. He just blows everything away, it's quite astonishing. I love Tina Brooks, his playing is so soulful. So to have these two cats together is a recipe for greatness. Just like on Brooks' "True Blue" on Blue Note 4041 which was recorded less than one week after this album. Both of these albums are absolutely superb. The drummer Clifford Jarvis I haven't heard much of before. I really dig his style here and I need to check out more of his stuff.

This is really essential jazz to have in your collection. I'm sure you've all heard this album and it's truly one of those records you can listen to all of the time and not get tired of it one bit. Like I've mentioned, this year has been a very good year in record collecting for me. I have acquired more albums this year, some great collectibles, than any other year. I still have a few more to post before the turn of the year. One of the albums is one of the most coveted of the jazz collectibles and an amazing album. I doubted I would be able to purchase it and add it to the collection this soon, but I have been very fortunate to accomplish it and I couldn't be happier. Look out for that one!

I hope you guys will have a great rest of the weekend and stay tuned for more great stuff from my collection. Cheers!

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"A Blowing Session" by Johnny Griffin on Blue Note 1559

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"A Blowing Session" by Johnny Griffin on Blue Note 1559

One of the truly great Blue Note sessions.

One of the truly great Blue Note sessions.

Man, this album is truly one of the great Blue Note sessions. I feel very happy to have been able to add this gem to my collection. The album boasts a magnificent line-up, and they are: Griffin, Mobley, Coltrane on tenor saxes, Morgan on trumpet, Kelly on piano, Chambers on bass and Blakey on drums. I mean, it's a dream line-up and a dream session. The music is so full of energy, joy, technical and lyrical brilliance. If one would choose to own only one Blue Note, this album wouldn't be a bad choice let me tell you. I just marvel over this session and I wonder to myself why I haven't made this album the number one, top priority to acquire over the last few years. I've been adding some wonderful, beautiful albums of course... but right at this moment I feel this beats them all. I guess you could say this album has broken into maybe my top 10 jazz albums of all time. It's that good.

All of the tunes from this historical session are superb. Played with fire, passion and unwavering energy and love for the art of jazz. This is a very difficult album to get as an original 1st pressing, but I've managed to find it and I didn't hesitate to jump at the opportunity to add this Blue Note to my collection. Three of the top tenor saxophone players of modern jazz are featured here together. One of them is Coltrane. He's only part of a few Blue Note sessions and he's always a joy to listen to.

On the drums is Blakey, who I've historically not rated as one of my favorite jazz drummers. I always thought his playing was too forceful, unrefined and without much finesse. He was always 'good' to my mind, but wasn't even close to, for example; Art Taylor, 'Philly' Joe Jones, Charlie Persip or Louis Hayes. The last year though, I've come to love him. For his own style, his energy. And, of course he has finesse, but in a different way than the rest. He's a force of nature and his style fits perfectly on this record, together with these players and these tunes. He also plays on the wonderful 'Soul Station' by Mobley and on that album he shows a more laid back style with lots of finesse and class. He's a truly great drummer. I rate him very highly now. As a drummer myself, you have maybe a different perspective than the average jazz listener when it comes to the drums specifically. I don't know. You just love certain nuances, the touch with which the sticks or brushes are used on the skins, the sound of the drums and cymbals in general, the fills and rolls which are used and how the drummer swings. Anyway, Blakey is one of the favorites now and he smokes on this record.

Lee Morgan is on this as well, which is a treat, cause he's my favorite jazz trumpeter. Mobley is always great and Griffin, the leader, is superb. I dig Kelly as well. A great pianist. All in all this album is an absolute must. So many albums are it seems, but this is essential modern jazz. It belongs on every jazz lovers shelf. Add this album to your collection as soon as possible if you haven't got it already. It's a masterpiece.

It's Saturday and summer is here in Stockholm. I've just received a note that I've won an album from an overseas auction, not eBay, and this album is fantastic and one that I've been looking for for a long time. It's extremely difficult to find and I'm really looking forward to receiving it before my summer vacation. This auction is not like eBay, cause you put in a max bid and that's what you pay, even if the second highest bid was way lower. For example, if you put in a bid of $3000 and the second highest bid is $2000 you still pay $3000. So, you really need to think hard about what your max bid is cause, for sure, that's what your paying. And you need to think about what other collectors are willing to pay for a record, and what you need to put in to be 100% sure of securing it. This kind of auction has maybe made me pay more for the records than if they were put on eBay. But when will that specific record in that condition come along again? And how many other collectors are willing to go higher than me on that day? You never know, and this non-eBay auction always delivers amazing stuff, so I know what I'm getting. And there are needle drops of every record in the auction, both sides all the way through, in great quality. This makes it much easier to decide if the record is for you. In the end, what is it worth to own the LP and cherish it in your collection for the rest of your life? And when will you have the chance to purchase it again? Ok, enough rambling... I will post the record later here on the site, for your viewing pleasure.

So folks, two questions: what are your thoughts on the Griffin LP and have you had any experience with the kind of auction I'm mentioning above? Stay tuned for more superb, original 1st pressings from my collection. Have a great weekend! Cheers...

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Thad Jones "Detroit - New York Junction" on Blue Note 1513

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Thad Jones "Detroit - New York Junction" on Blue Note 1513

Thad Jones, with his unique style and approach, is always a treat to listen to...

Thad Jones, with his unique style and approach, is always a treat to listen to...

Up to this point this is the earliest Blue Note in the 1500 series I have on vinyl as an original 1st pressing. I love Thad Jones. He has a special tone and style. It's a brilliant album, with a old-timey feel. The mix is a bit laid back, not in your face sharp and crystal clear, which I like. It feels very 1950's. One of the few jazz albums I have which features a guitar player. In this case it's Kenny Burrell. I'm not a huge fan of jazz guitar but it's nice from time to time. Burrell is a great jazz guitarist. The drummer is a cat I haven't heard on any other album I have. His name is Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson. According to what I've read his nickname came from "his beautiful light touch with brushes", in the words of bassist Peter Ind. The music is very nice and smooth on this one. A very relaxing album, even on the more up-tempo stuff. It just flows nice from tune to tune, with a nice mix of tempos throughout. You know right from the start of the first tune and the first few bars that this album is going to be a sweet experience. Favorite tunes are "Blue Room", "Tariff" and "Scratch". For me, very smooth and soothing jazz, despite the tunes not all being ballads.

This particular album is quite hard to find with all the right attributes, on especially the jacket, with Thad facing the right way and the frame construction. I love these old Lexington Ave. pressings. I only have a few so I'm looking for a lot more of them. I hope I can add a few more before long. Anyway, the BLP 1513 is a great addition to any jazz collection. Highly recommended.

Right now I'm in a pleasant situation with a nice dilemma on my hands. Cause I have some money to spend on one or two gems. But I have several different options to buy some amazing original LP's, and I'm not sure which I should buy first. A luxury problem, I know. I think it's important that I choose the right stuff though, cause who knows how long these LP's will be within my reach, and who knows how long I will be in the position to save up for them. I need to focus on the one's that are essential for me. I think I have an idea, but I need to cement that thought and get to work.

So, it would be great to hear what you guys think of this Thad album, and maybe which Lexington Ave. era album is your favorite? Stay tuned for more original 1st pressings from my collection. Have a great rest of the weekend folks. Cheerio.

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"The Cooker" by Lee Morgan on Blue Note 1578

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"The Cooker" by Lee Morgan on Blue Note 1578

It's great, it's Lee Morgan.

And so another year has begun. I'm celebrating 2 years maintaining this version of the site. I've posted many great albums so far and many more are coming. Let's start this year with a real gem, namely "The Cooker" by Lee Morgan. I have an original 1st pressing in amazing condition. It sounds phenomenal. The 1st track of the album is a wonderful rendition of the Dizzy Gillespie classic "A Night In Tunisia". Lee Morgan's trumpet is smokin' on this, not to mention the brisk, lively tones of Pepper Adams' baritone. Now this is a player I haven't yet explored much. He is a superb player, and the blend of Morgan's trumpet and his baritone really works great. There are not many albums with horns that only has a trumpet and a baritone which I can recall, besides from the famous, and beautiful Mulligan-Baker interplay. The combination is really interesting with the two miles apart register-wise, but still complements each other so smoothly. The rest of the album is a joy to listen through. It contains two original compositions by Lee Morgan. The highly enjoyable medium-tempo effort "Heavy Dipper" and the relaxing, slower paced and bluesy "New-Ma". The tune "Just One Of Those Things" by Cole Porter contains fantastic solos by Adams and Morgan played with lightning speed. A nice and crisp version of "Lover Man" is also included to make the package complete. On this album I also have to mention pianist Bobby Timmons who is growing into one of my favorite jazz pianists. A really talented player who died far too young, like so many other jazz greats.

As with all the early Lee Morgan albums, this one doesn't disappoint. It's from the sweet spot of his amazing body of work. It's one of my favorites, and one of the best Morgans released. Of all the albums in my collection, I have to say that the Lee Morgan albums stand out as records of supreme quality. The music is so full of life, joy, lyricism and total technical brilliance. I have a few early Morgan albums that I still need to get my hands on. I don't need all of his work, but there's a handful of albums that I really need to find to make the Lee Morgan part of my collection feel a bit more complete. In that sense I'm far from a completist. I just want what I consider the cream of my favorite artists' work to be fully satisfied.

It's always a pleasure to put an original 1st pressing Blue Note from the golden era on the turntable and be totally amazed at the sound and quality of the record. When it's in pristine shape, it's almost what I would call a religious experience.

The 2017 collecting year has just begun and I'm looking forward to acquiring some beautiful historical pieces this year. I finally got my hands on a real Prestige gem back in December which I maybe will post next. It's an album which has eluded me for quite some time and I'm really happy to have secured it in amazing condition. Stay tuned for that.

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Afternoon listening: A beautiful day for some Hank Mobley

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Afternoon listening: A beautiful day for some Hank Mobley

Today I have some time by myself to listen to jazz. These are rare moments when I'm all alone, so I'm enjoying it to the full. I decided to put on Hank Mobley's "Hank" on Blue Note 1560. I haven't listened to this album on the new, updated system. It sounds phenomenal. The clarity of every possible detail when the band is playing is magical. It's a superb hard bop album. I've got a very clean copy which sounds as new. You could says it's a surreal feeling to put on this 50's original 1st pressing and having it sound as new. The jacket is also as new, just some beautiful patina giving away it's age.

Christmas will soon be here, with some days off work. Looking forward to that. This time of the year is actually one of my favorite times, cause I love Christmas. I love the food and the drinks and being with my family. I will try and find some quality time to relax with some more jazz then as well. A glass of some Christmas ale and a few candles and maybe some Chet Baker or something...

It's been a great moment to soak up some jazz on vinyl. Have a nice Sunday and stay tuned for more rare pieces.

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Kenny Drew "Undercurrent" on Blue Note 4059

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Kenny Drew "Undercurrent" on Blue Note 4059

A smokin' session.

There are a lot of great Blue Notes sessions. For me, this is one of the best. A superb date. You get a great taste right from the get-go with the opening title tune. It's just so flowing and brilliantly executed by all of the players. The one that sticks out is Freddie Hubbard, who is a virtuoso, plain and simple. His improvisational brilliance and clear, beautiful tone is something else. Probably almost equal to Lee Morgan in my view. Great punch and technique. This is, for me, essential music to own in any form. My preferred form is of course a 1st pressing vinyl copy, which I show here, in fantastic condition. 

This is the first album post from the new apartment. 4059 sounds absolutely wonderful on the new, updated system. Every detail is present and audible. I've found for example that the cymbal and hi-hat work is coming through with such more clarity with the new stuff. Louis Hayes brings it to me with such style. I really dig his drum work. I'm over the moon to have this new setup and will not feel the need to upgrade anything ever again.

This album is truly one to set your sights on if you haven't got it yet in your collection. It's the latest released Blue Note which I have an original 1st pressing of, so far. My focus has been earlier releases first and foremost. I haven't really explored many titles post this release. There are so many titles I want released pre this one so I think this is as far as I'll go for a while now in the Blue Note catalogue and I will instead focus on some earlier titles. But the early 4000 series is absolutely amazing, no doubt. I have only a handful of titles from this series and I intend to get a few more. First though, I'm keen on adding a few more from the 1500 series.

At this moment I'm waiting on a new album. It's a sweet one for sure. It's a Prestige this time. Stay tuned, and you'll find out which one. Right now, it's about 9 P.M. here in Stockholm and I have just put The Return Of Art Pepper on Jazz:West on the turntable. Have a great, jazzy rest of the weekend. I know I will.

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Afternoon listening: on the brink to the month of May with Sonny's Crib

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Afternoon listening: on the brink to the month of May with Sonny's Crib

The soundtrack to the last day of April.

Just checking in. Spring is in the air here in Stockholm and today I got around to listening to one side of Sonny's Crib. Beautiful album. The copy I have is a nice 1st pressing and it's spinning as I write this. This is one of those truly great Blue Notes. I'm lucky to have a copy, especially the version with both sides NY23. Coltrane is present on this which makes it a tad more interesting than your average Blue Note. A great soundtrack for this day which is the last day of April as we're sliding into May with not too long to go until the summer begins and vacation time is here. We have booked a trip to California which I'm looking forward to tremendously. I have some awesome stuff lined up for purchase after the summer and through the autumn and winter. Stay tuned for that, but in the mean time I will post records from my collection for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy your day/night and be sure to listen to some jazz. Cheers!

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"Cliff Craft" by Cliff Jordan on Blue Note 1582

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"Cliff Craft" by Cliff Jordan on Blue Note 1582

One of the best Blue Notes ever released.

This is one of the very best Blue Notes if you ask me, and one of the rarest. It's a superb flowing effort by Cliff Jordan, playing together here with the brilliant Art Farmer (trumpet), Sonny Clark (piano), George Tucker (bass) and Louis Hayes (drums). This is one of those truly sweet jazz pralines that the Blue Note 1500 series has to offer. The 1500 series is special. For me, it's the definite jazz go-to series. So many superb albums. The sound is very nice on the ones I have, so tasteful, organic, vibrant and full of soul.

"Cliff Craft" starts off with one of Cliff Jordan's own compositions "Laconia", and once the first few notes have made their way from the speakers to your ears you know this album is going to be something special. This music is smooth, relaxing and it makes you forget your troubles in a jiffy. This is my kind of jazz. I'm highly impressed by the craftmanship of Jordan on this one. After that superb first tune it's time for another Jordan original. A bluesy, very enjoyable tune called "Soul-Lo Blues". I really appreciate this kind of jazz tune that contains a good portion of bluesy aspects. This Jordan guy can sure write some good stuff. I dig him a lot. Have really just started to explore his albums. This album is an extremely good example of his work for anyone looking to get into his music. I'm listening to my original 1st pressing as I write this. Very nice copy. The tune is coming to an end now. Soon, the title track, also a Jordan original will start. Ok, now it's on it's way... Fast tempo stuff here. Classic harb-bop. The tenor sound of Cliff Jordan is full and rich. He plays really well. Already up there with my favorites. The rhythm section is superb. Side 1 = very, very good stuff.

Now for Side 2, which holds three standards. Ah, Bird... you hear it straight away. "Confirmation" is the tune and it's wonderful. A medium-tempo effort which really speaks to me. Jordan plays superbly. Art Farmer then comes in with a relaxed solo. He has a sweet tone. Very laid back. The Blue Notes he plays on are all worth trying to get. Sonny Clark is a favorite and his solo on this is smooth and flowing. Of course, his stuff on Blue Note is highly regarded among collectors for a good reason and I'm aiming to try and get it all. I'm quite keen on the Trio album with Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones on Blue Note 1579. The theme rounds off the song and I love it. Next up is the ballad "Sophisticated Lady" composed by Duke Ellington in the early 1930's. A beautiful tune which is already among my favorite slow ones. This extremely nice album concludes with Parker and Gillespie's classic composition "Anthropology". Doesn't get much better than this folks. A very nice theme. A driving tune which leaves you wanting more. Such a great sign off to this album. If you haven't got it, you should buy it right now. Today. For me, one of the best Blue Note records ever made.

It's a grey and dull day here in Stockholm, but listening to this masterpiece sure lightened things up a bit. Have a great rest of the weekend and stay tuned for more jazz history.

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Tina Brooks - "True Blue" on Blue Note 4041

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Tina Brooks - "True Blue" on Blue Note 4041

Doesn't get much better than this.

Splendid album here with the highly underrated tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks. This is, I guess, considered a "holy grail". Which to me means it has to be musical-wise outstanding, very rare, highly priced and very sought after. This record has all of those attributes. All the tunes are a pleasure to listen to, and the album has a good mix of tunes which makes it interesting. An absolutely outstanding ensemble work their magic on this, and they consist of Tina Brooks on tenor sax, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Duke Jordan on piano, Sam Jones on double bass and Art Taylor on drums. Very difficult to pick favorite tunes, as they are all so good, but my picks for the moment are "Good Old Soul" and "Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You".

Tina Brooks was a very gifted musician who made a few very nice recordings during a far too brief career, which was cut short by heroin dependency, gradually deteriorating health and ultimately death, caused by liver failure at age 42. I'm just starting to get into this magnificent artists work, and "True Blue" is a nice way to start. Freddie Hubbard is another artist which I'm really getting into at the moment, though I have listened to him before. But now, I hold him in very high regard and I'm planning to buy a lot more stuff with him. What a trumpeter. A virtuoso. Clean, brilliant sound and a lot of amazing technical abilities. The other cats are top notch as well.

There are a lot of albums in the early Blue Note 4000 series which are very, very good and superbly recorded. The sound quality is outstanding. The copy I have is very nice, with a VG++ cover and a NM record. It's the first catch of 2016, and a pretty sweet way to start another year full of collecting rare jazz vinyl. I'm extremely happy to have been able to add this masterpiece to the collection. I'm aiming to secure some more pieces from the 4000 series very soon.

If you have the chance to buy an original pressing of this baby, don't hesitate for one second. It'll be worth every penny spent and a joy to slide off the shelf and put on the turntable and listen to. If you don't have it and if you're not able to purchase a 1st pressing, buy another version as soon as possible. This album should be on the shelf of every jazz lover.

It's cold and frosty here in Stockholm tonight, about -10°C. But the warmth of playing a few jazz tunes and looking at the collection makes it quite cozy.

I'll be back soon with another post, so stay tuned and have a good day/night. Cheers!

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"Sonny's Crib" by Sonny Clark on Blue Note 1576

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"Sonny's Crib" by Sonny Clark on Blue Note 1576

A classic, original Blue Note feat. Coltrane.

This LP was recorded in 1957 and released in 1958. What a fantastic record. To have this original, vintage jazz  1st pressing in my collection is a great pleasure. Especially as it's a true 1st pressing with the NY23 label on both sides. The vinyl sounds great. The jacket has some stains and an old sticker with a previous owners name and address, but that doesn't bother me too much. It's part of the charm. To know that this was once owned by someone from Georgia is quite cool, and it makes the mind wander a bit. That this piece has found it's way to my collection through the years, from at least one confirmed place, the deep south. I'm very happy to have been able to add this masterpiece to the collection in it's original form. It seems like a 1st pressing of this title is quite hard to find, you almost never see it with the NY23 on both sides. How many copies have you seen with the NY23 on both sides in the last 5 years? Only a handful I suspect.

The presence of John Coltrane makes this a rare Blue Note in itself. He was only present on a few Blue Note records. The tunes are all top notch. Superbly executed. My favorites being maybe the opening track "With A Song In My Heart" and "Speak Low". A great, classic LP from Blue Note's golden era. The personnel are: Donald Byrd on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, John Coltrane on tenor sax, Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums. I really dig Curtis Fuller's contribution on this LP. I have a few records on which he is present as a sideman, but I should really check out his sessions as a leader more in depth. There's a few on Blue Note which are quite desirable. He is great on all the recordings I have with him. As you'd expect, Coltrane is smokin' on this recording. I still prefer his earlier work over the later stuff. I'm getting more and more into the later stuff though. But at heart, I think I will always be a 50's hard bop fan, with Coltrane playing beautiful and fiery. Donald Byrd is a player which I enjoy. He always delivers a smooth, swinging touch to any record. Maybe not a superb virtuoso, like Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan or Freddie Hubbard, but a reliable trumpeter with great qualities and is featured on so many outstanding recordings. Sonny Clark is of course a great pianist. I enjoy his stuff and the amount of extremely desirable recordings he's on is second to none. I'm getting more and more into the piano as a instrument in jazz. I truly enjoy piano trios for example. I'm still more into the different horns and the drums in jazz but the piano is getting quite a bit more interesting and important to me with every year that passes. I'm delving into Bill Evans work. I've touched a little early Monk as well.

Sonny's Crib is a great addition to any jazz collection, and to have an original 1st pressing, NY23 both labels copy is a blessing. If you haven't checked this LP out before, now's the time. It's a joy to put this on the turntable.

In the end of January I will buy a superb, highly desirable, very rare LP. I'm looking forward to that one. I will post it here as soon as I've listened through it. Stay tuned for that. In the mean time I will post some nice records from my collection. Enjoy the images, and be sure to click on "Post History" in the top menu, to browse through older posts with a lot of great records from my collection, if you have missed those. Have a great Sunday!

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"Blues in Trinity" by Dizzy Reece on Blue Note 4006

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"Blues in Trinity" by Dizzy Reece on Blue Note 4006

A very rare Dizzy Reece.

I'm back after another extended period of not posting. Sorry to keep you waiting. I'm back with this original, 1st pressing gem by Dizzy Reece which is very rare. I very seldom see it for sale in nice condition. I dig Dizzy Reece a lot and I've set myself a target of collecting 4006, 4023, 4033 and 4046 which features Reece and I've now got the first three LP's. I'm very happy about that, as they are quite difficult to find. I hope to be able to add 4046 as well and also the one on Tempo which is almost impossible to find. I'm quite interested to find out what you all think about this LP, or the other ones on Blue Note and if you have any opinions on Dizzy Reece in general.

The personnel on this are Dizzy Reece and Donald Byrd on trumpets, Tubby Hayes on tenor, Terry Shannon on piano, Lloyd Thompson on bass and Art Taylor on drums. Very interesting mix of known and unknown (to me) players. Tubby Hayes I know about and is someone I really should look up more in depth. To me, this LP contains all of the ingredients that make up a good hard bop record. A very nice mix of tunes.

To be able to have this in my collection and put it on the turntable whenever I like is sweet to say the least. There's nothing like an original Blue Note. A question to you guys reading; do you fancy the Blue Note 1500 series material more or the 4000 series more, or both just as much? For me, I guess the 1500 series are a notch above the 4000 series, but the latter contains a hell of a lot of nice records, for sure. Like this one.

If you'd like to see other kinds of posts, where I talk about different things than just posting another LP from my collection, please let me know. Maybe you have certain questions for me or thoughts about jazz in general, past or present? All feedback is welcome.

News in the new arrivals department: I just purchased a very, very rare Blue Note that I will be posting here on the site later. A very difficult LP to find as a true 1st pressing which I was lucky enough to acquire last week. Keep a lookout for that.

"Patience is the best friend of a smart collector" a friend of mine put it. That's very true for me, as I need to save up for long periods to purchase the high-end gems, and I can't add as many of them to the collection, in let's say a year, as I'd like. But the thrill of receiving these LP's, maybe 5-7 times a year is worth the wait and hard earned cash, believe me. My gameplan, as I think I've mentioned before, is to concentrate on the big game first, now, when I have the funds and contacts and pick as many as I can, cause you never know what happens. The high-end stuff will probably keep rising in price, so before they are out of reach I'll try and get as many as I can. Plus, maybe I'll switch jobs or career path in the future where I will earn less. The kids grow and demand more money. The sources I have will not be around forever either. There's always eBay, and records will continue to pop up there, but the prices will rise I believe, and you need to get the ones you want as soon as possible. I wonder what a copy of BLP 4006 will cost in 10 years in this condition? It will be interesting to follow the market for the next decade.

Have a nice Halloween weekend and stay tuned for more nice vintage jazz vinyl 1st pressings from my collection.

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Hank Mobley on BLP 1560

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Hank Mobley on BLP 1560

A truly great and rare vintage jazz vinyl LP.

Beautiful is the condition of this copy. An original 1st pressing of BLP 1560 in M-/M- condition is very rare. This copy is superb, the sound is great and the tunes are all hard bop at it's best. I love Philly Joe Jones drumming on this one. He's always great though. This is the legendary collector/dealer Leon Leavitt's own personal copy. An amazing example of a truly great, rare Blue Note. The personnel on this one is stellar, with Mobley on the tenor, John Jenkins on the alto, Donald Byrd on the trumpet, Bobby Timmons on the piano, Wilbur Ware on the bass and Philly Joe Jones on the drums.

This is quite a catch and is one of my latest acquisitions. My collection of Blue Notes is growing slowly but surely. Some really big titles has been crossed of the list. This is one of the hardest ones to find and I'm happy to have been able to add this to the collection. I wonder how much this copy would be worth in 10 years. I think all rare Blue Notes are going to rise in value in the coming years. It just feels that way right now. That's not important to me though, as I'm playing and enjoying them just for myself, and I'm never going to sell any of them.

Are there any other lucky cats out there owning an original copy of this one? If so, please share. I just received this one and two other extremely nice LP's last week. I've listen to all of them and they are in amazing condition. I will of course put the other ones up here on the site later as well.

Stay tuned for more superb vintage jazz vinyl treasures.

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Dizzy Reece "Soundin' Off" on BLP 4033

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Dizzy Reece "Soundin' Off" on BLP 4033

Dizzy's soundin' off, and it sure sounds great.

I have a thing for Dizzy Reece. I think he's an excellent trumpeter. All his albums in the Blue Note 4000 series are favorites of mine. I set a task for myself, to collect all of them. I've almost managed the task. These albums are highly recommended by me, if you haven't explored them yet. The whole album is superb, all tunes are highly enjoyable. Very nice sound on this as well. This LP really exemplifies the wonderful full, clear, brilliant sounds you can enjoy when listening to an original 1st pressing Blue Note.

How about the personnel on this gem? Well you can't go wrong with these cats: Dizzy Reece on the trumpet, Walter Bishop Jr. on the keys, Doug Watkins on the double bass and Art Taylor on the drums. It's quite nice for me, as I totally love Art Taylor's drumming, that he's on so many nice records. I think I've mentioned before I'm a drummer myself, so that is always close to my heart. I often listen to the drums and their different sounds when I listen to jazz. A particular drum execution, alone, can make me fall in love with a LP. Or get me into an LP, which is quite interesting. Art Taylor is one of my favorites, but I have others that I adore as well. Maybe I should create a new poll, top ten jazz drummers, what do you say?

The early Blue Note 4000 series is very interesting to me. Many extremely good albums in there. I have managed to aquire just a few of them, but I'm really looking forward to hunting down some more. Do you have a favorite album/albums in the 4000 series? Please share.

I have some top collectibles lined up for purchase in the coming weeks. I've also got my hands on a few early Pacific Jazz 10" albums that are on their way to me, so stay tuned!

From a grey and rainy Stockholm, cheers!

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Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan on BLP 1540

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Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan on BLP 1540

A nice Lexington label Blue Note that will not disappoint.

High energy blowing session with Hank Mobley joined by two of the greatest trumpet players of the golden era, namely Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan. As you've probably already gathered by now, I love jazz trumpet and Lee Morgan in particular, which makes this LP a real treat for me. It's one of those beautiful, early Blue Notes with the famous Lexington labels and the vinyl weighs a ton. All the other attributes which a 1st pressing should have are also there. It has got the wonderful coated frame cover as well. All the things that makes collecting original 1st pressing Blue Notes such a lovely thing. You can really feel the history breathing when you play and hold this historical artifact. A great feeling.

This LP is very rare. Quite difficult to find in it's original form with the coated frame cover present as well. My copy is in great condition and sounds awesome. I'm playing it right now. It's been a while since I last put it on the turntable. It's a great record. You feel happy when you listen to these tunes. Hank Mobley is truly one of the great tenor saxophonists. His tone is smooth, dark and luscious. Like a high cocoa content piece of dark chocolate. You just sip some bourbon, enjoy these amazing artists and let them take you away to a distant place.

All tunes are very enjoyable. I dig "Barrel of Funk" a lot, as it plays at this moment in the background. The personnel on this LP are absolutely outstanding. Hank Mobley on tenor sax, Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan on trumpets, Horace Silver on piano, Paul Chambers on double bass and the fantastic Charlie Persip on drums. Could it get better than that? You'd be hard pressed to find a tighter ensemble.

This is a LP from the era that you would want in your collection, no doubt. Straight forward hard bop at it's finest. Check it out if you haven't already.

Really looking forward to add some new pieces to the collection, but they will have to wait a bit, but not very long. I have some really nice stuff coming up. Really good music. Really rare.

More beautiful pieces from my collection are coming up, so as always, stay tuned. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know your opinion on this album or anything else. Cheers!

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At last a Louis Smith

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At last a Louis Smith

A coveted pearl, found at last.

I've been searching for either BLP 1584 or 1594 for quite a long time. They seem extremely hard to find. Very rare in other words. Now, at last I've found one of them in good nick. "Smithville" BLP 1594 is the first Louis Smith album to make it into my collection. I'm of course ecstatic to have found one of my most wanted after a long time of searching for a good copy. My copy is in fine condition and it sounds great. Oh, that vintage Blue Note sound. Great cover art as well!

I really like Louis Smith's trumpet playing and the tunes on this album are very enjoyable. Louis Smith only made a handful of albums back in the day, from what I've gathered, before he became a teacher. Four albums for Blue Note, two as a leader (1584 & 1594) and two as a sideman to Kenny Burrell (1596 & 1597). I intend to try and get the 1584 next and then maybe the Burrell albums. 1584 is a must but the others, well.. maybe. Louis Smith is probably quite underrated, at least to me. He plays with a lot of punch and feeling I think. Quite speedy as well. Great trumpeter, and I love trumpet as I've probably mentioned before.

I dig all the tunes a lot. The favorites are maybe "Wetu" and "Embraceable You". The personnel are; Louis Smith (trumpet), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Sonny Clark (piano), Paul Chambers (double bass) and Art Taylor (drums). What a great line-up. I haven't listened to Charlie Rouse before from what I can remember. He's a superb tenor saxophonist. Truly great. I need to check out some of his other stuff as well.

BLP 1584 & 1594 have both been on my want list for a long time. I've always loved them. One in the bag, one to go. Stay tuned for more historical artifacts...

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Afro-Cuban by Kenny Dorham on BLP 5065

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Afro-Cuban by Kenny Dorham on BLP 5065

A touch of Cuba.

This beautiful 10" LP is one of my favorite albums. Of course, much for my love of Kenny Dorham, but also, the music on this is something special. It has a very rhythmic feel to it, greatly because the conga playing of Carlos "Potato" Valdes throughout the album, and also the approach to the tunes that are influenced by the music of Cuba. You get a caribbean feeling, a rhythmic, pulsating atmosphere, that makes you wanna just sip a drink in a bar on a beach on some Carribean island. Anyway, it's phenomenal. The tunes are great, and that special, Cuban touch makes this a treat.

The copy I have is in great nick and is, of course, a 1st pressing. It's very rare and seldom comes up for sale in any condition. Very happy with my copy and I'm tempted to put it on the turntable quite often. I'm listening to it right now and there's some warmth and sunshine in Stockholm (can you believe it?) right now, so it's quite a nice setting.

The personnel on this are, Dorham on trumpet, Jay Jay Johnson on trombone, Hank Mobley on tenor sax, Cecil Payne on baritone sax, Horace Silver on piano, Oscar Pettiford on double bass, Carlos "Potato" Valdes on conga and Art Blakey on drums. In other words a great line up. I think it's cool that Mobley is on here, to hear him in a little different environment, with this Cuban touch going on.

By the way, I purchased another great Dorham LP last weekend, which is a truly great one. And rare. I will post that here on the site sooner or later. As always, stay tuned and feel free to comment or contact me about anything. Enjoy your Saturday, spring is here!

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