All records here are from my personal vinyl collection. You can expect the big boys of Bop and Modern Jazz: Bird, Monk, Mingus, Powell, Coltrane, Rollins, Davis, Mc Lean, Mobley, Blakey, Golson, Woods, Dorham, Shihab, Sims, Henderson, Green, Hayes, Hill, Evans, Pepper, the list is l o n g.
When not much is coming in, I look on my shelves for something of interest to write about. But also some lesser players you may not be“: an infinite variety of sensuous tastes with no unpleasant after-effects that I know of.
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Otherwise, writing is like talking to an empty room. Here are some of the hipster “alter-egos” who appear occasionally in my blog with a little help from Photoshop. Plus, exclusive to LJC – occasional guest posters who give you some personal stories. Your email is never shared, you can quit any time, no offence taken.
My interest in jazz and vinyl is recent – just the last seven years, unlike some, whose collection and knowledge has been built up over a lifetime.
Making up for lost time, this blog features the fruits of “panning for gold” in London’s remaining record stores, bidding on e Bay, shopping at Discogs, and inspiration from other jazz collectors.
Every week or so a new post features a vintage modern jazz record from the Fifties and Sixties, including one or two tracks from the original vinyl ripped to MP3 at 160 or more recently 320 kbps, clicks and all, to illustrate the music written about.
If it’s of any interest my set up is here, or see the “For Audiophiles” page in the blog header. With a little practice you can learn to recognise and ignore its’ whinny little voice.
Attend instead to your feelings and your emotional reaction to the music. Or does it leave you uninvolved, wondering what to play next? Feel free to make comments (see comments policy), offer corrections, give advice, and make other recommendations from your own experience. Note regarding Intellectual property and copyright. ”Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.
The Fifties and Sixties were an intensely creative period in all the arts, no less in Jazz, with the period 1956-66 the golden era.
After the Sixties, Modern Jazz fragmented, and many of its finest exponents became what doctors refer to as “dead” or followed the money, and who can blame them. Good modern equipment can retrieve that analogue information and reproduce it much as it would have sounded when performed.