Weekend In London

Looks like George Benson will have two “new” releases later this year. News has reached me that Benson’s new label, Provogue, part of the Mascot Label Group, are going to release a sequel to the 1978, Warner Brothers, Weekend In LA live album. The new album, also recorded live, is titled Weekend In London”. As I understand it, was recorded […]

Be “Hip” – Stonebone slips again

The #RSD2020 release of Stonebone has slipped again. Originally scheduled for April, then June 20th, Record Store Day is now split over three “drop” days. Releases scheduled for a single day will actually now be released on 3-days, Stonebone will be on the 3rd and last “drop” day, October 24th. The other drop days are August 29th and September 26th. […]

Live at the Village Vanguard

Label: Laser Vision ‎– MJ122-15FLFormat: Laserdisc, 12″, Single Sided, Stereo, NTSC, CLVCountry: JapanReleased: 1983Genre:Jazz Another in the laserdisc series, again not produced by Creed Taylor, but featuring artists that earned their “chops” performing, writing, and recording with Creed, so of particular interest. Interestingly, when I was offered this laserdisc, I was unaware it existed. It wasn’t listed on discogs until […]

Happy Birthday Creed Taylor!

Today, May 13th, 2020 marks Creed Taylor’s 91st birthday. Hopefully Creed is still well and keeping safe during the current pandemic. I personally owe Creed a debt of gratitude for all the great music and musicians he enabled during his career. Creed is/was a controversial producer, and as Creed himself has said: The critics, that’s what they get paid for, […]

CT 507

CT 507 Brazil – Antonio Carlos Jobim Side A: Brazil (part 1) (3:15)Side B: Brazil (part 2) (2:15)(from Stone Flower)Antonio Carlos JobimIssues: CTI CT 507 [45]Master No.: CT 507 A/CT 507 BRecorded: March 16; April 23, 24 and 29, 1970(strings and horns overdubbed May 8, 20 and 22, 1970Released: July 1970 [Thanks to Doug Payne, and Arnaldo DeSouteiro for recording dates, musicians] One of two 45’s released […]

For The Record

Let’s Talk Laserdiscs I’ve been working through the process of curating, archiving, converting, call it what you will, laserdiscs. Between 1978 and the late 1990’s, laserdiscs, or MCA Discovision were digital media. [See my first effort, Ron Carter Live / Double Bass] While the video was almost always only the same quality as VHS tape, effectively analog rather than 4k, […]

Picture of the Original laserdisc

Ron Carter Live

[I made a mistake and declared March 4th Ron Carter’s birthday, it wasn’t, it’s today, May 4th.] To mark Ron’s birthday, I’ve restored a laserdisc of performances played live by Ron Carter. Before we get to that, enjoy this short 2012 tribute to Ron. When I started filling out my Creed Taylor collection, I had no special appreciation for jazz […]

M*A*S*H – Due to a possible infection…

April 24th, thanks to Harry in Sunny Central Florida this post has been updated to correct my oversight about the original soundtrack release which did in fact include Suicide is Painless, the vocal track, as the theme tune. The update contains information from Billboard Magazine and Gale Sherwood Magee’s book Robert Alman’s Sountracks. It also includes additional information from Doug […]

On This Day: The GETZ / GILBERTO Grammys

On April 13th, 1965, 55-years ago today, Jazz had it’s most successful night at the Grammys ever. On a night that originally declared “the British Invasion was complete” , what actually happened was that Jazz arrived on the top step at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills in Los Angeles. Despite the presence of the Fab Four, who’d arrived in […]

picture of Freddie Hubbard playing trombone

Happy Born Day Freddie Hubbard

April 7th, 1938 marks the day Freddie was born. Sadly, Freddie Hubbard passed on December 29th, 2008 aged 70. This post is my way of celebrating his time with us. Freddie burst onto the music scene in the late 1950’s and working with, and featured on the 1958 album by The Montgomery Brothers called And 5 Others. He moved to […]