Bobby Hutcherson - Ankara (1968)
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Wayne Shorter - The Soothsayer (note the different cover)
Sounds to accompany the new sleeve art Atane kindly shared with us.
Freddie Hubbard - For Spee’s Sake (1962)
Another crowd-pleasing burner from one of the greatest.
Happy birthday “Hub.”
Freddie Hubbard: Cunga Black - from Blue Spirits (1965)
Personnel: Freddie Hubbard: trumpet; James Spaulding: alto saxophone; Joe Henderson: tenor saxophone; Harold Mabern, Jr.: piano; Larry Ridley: bass; Clifford Jarvis: drums; Big Black: conga; Kiane Zawadi: euphonium
Happy birthday Freddie.
I love Ordinary Finds.
Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan, with James Spaulding looking on during Mobley’s A Slice of the Top session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, March 18 1966 (photo by Francis Wolff)
Woody Shaw (with James Spaulding in the background) during Horace Silver’s The Jody Grind session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, November 23 1966 (photo by Francis Wolff)
Lee Morgan - If I Were A Carpenter (1967)
The assembled group of heavies dusts off this wheezy old standard and administers some much needed CPR.
Bobby Hutcherson - Components (1965)
More literal and figurative hard bop vibes from Bobby Hutcherson. Herbie Hancock and Joe Chambers are at it again, joined by a front line of James Spaulding and Freddie Hubbard. Ron Carter is on the bass, yes my man Ron Carter is on the bass.
Bobby Hutcherson - Effi (1968)
Another hard-to-find Bobby Hutcherson LP recorded in 1968 that languished on the Blue Note shelves until 1980. The playing here is hot and heavy, with some great flute work from James Spaulding, beautiful piano from Stanley Cowell—who wrote this cut—and sterling drum work from Joe Chambers, who contributed four compositions to the LP.
Hank Mobley - A Touch of the Blues (1966)
Mobley puts together an octet for the ages.
This record wasn’t released when it was recorded in 1966, due to a lack of commercial appeal, but it’s important to give this unissued Blue Note recording the time it deserves.
This LP is a Hank Mobley tour de force, highlighting his triple-threat skills in composing, arranging and inspired playing throughout. For as free and beautitful as this record sounds, Mobley wrote all these cuts in jail.
McCoy Tyner also rises to the occasion on this humdinger.
Wayne Shorter - Angola (1965)
Very similar in personnel and style to Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage, the jazz here is by turns beautiful and mysterious, and underpinned by the relentlessly inspirational drumming of Tony Williams.
This is yet another Blue Note recording that took over a decade to see the light of day.
Wayne Shorter - Tom Thumb (1967)
This tune was first recorded in a quartet format on the Bobby Timmons LP The Soul Man! in 1966. Listen for the different treatments of sound and space based on personnel. Either one is a ripper.
Freddie Hubbard - Cunga Black (1965)
I woke up with this song resolutely stuck in my head. I haven’t listened to this LP in months, so I attribute the sudden appearance to the specific mysteries of a remarkably catchy, whistle-able melody. It seems serendipity often dictates how a song makes its way here.