Vinyl Spotlight: Herbie Hancock, Empyrean Isles (Blue Note 4175)


February 28, 2017 /

United Artists stereo reissue circa 1972-1975 “VAN GELDER” stamped in dead wax Personnel: Freddie Hubbard, trumpet Herbie Hancock, piano Ron Carter, bass Tony Williams, drums Recorded June 17, 1964 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey Originally released November 1964 Selections: “One Finger Snap” “Oliloqui Valley” This is one … More→

Spotify Playlists: Moods


February 24, 2017 /

On numerous occasions, listening to a general jazz playlist covers too broad a range of emotions. In these instances I want a playlist that captures the mood perfectly. Over the years I have made several playlists of this sort for my own personal use and now I’m sharing them with … More→

New Lee Morgan Documentary to Screen in NYC This March


February 22, 2017 /

Lee Morgan was a profound talent that the world was sad to lose when he was tragically shot and killed at the age of 33 by his common-law wife, Helen Morgan. In the new documentary “I Called Him Morgan”, Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin elects to tell the tale of the … More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Cliff Jordan (Blue Note 1565)


February 21, 2017 /

United Artists mono reissue circa 1972-1975 “A DIVISION OF UNITED ARTISTS RECORDS, INC.” on both labels Personnel: Lee Morgan, trumpet Curtis Fuller, trombone John Jenkins, alto saxophone Cliff Jordan, tenor saxophone Ray Bryant, piano Paul Chambers, bass Art Taylor, drums Recorded June 2, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New … More→

Mono Playback on a Modern Stereo Audio System


February 17, 2017 /

Since its introduction in the 1950s, the stereo audio format has become an inseparable part of listening to recorded music. This two-channel standard has been implemented on such a universal scale that the terms “stereo” and “audio system” are virtually interchangeable today in everyday language. The original theory of sound … More→

Vinyl Spotlight: The Cats (New Jazz 8217)


February 14, 2017 /

Original Jazz Classics reissue circa 1983 (OJC-079) “GH” etched in dead wax Personnel: Idrees Sulieman, trumpet John Coltrane, tenor saxophone Tommy Flanagan, piano Doug Watkins, bass Louis Hayes, drums Recorded April 18, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey Originally released in 1959 Selection: “Solacium” When I lived in … More→

Spotify Playlist: Showtune Standards


February 3, 2017 /

Deep Groove Mono is very excited to announce the release of a project that has been in the works for quite a while now. After many hours of research and curating, I am releasing my “Showtune Standards” playlist on Spotify! The idea for this playlist came from the realization that … More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Hank Mobley, No Room for Squares (Blue Note 4149)


January 31, 2017 /

United Artists stereo reissue circa 1975-1978 “VAN GELDER” stamped in dead wax Personnel: All but “Up a Step”, “Old World, New Imports”: Lee Morgan, trumpet Hank Mobley, tenor saxophone Andrew Hill, piano John Ore, bass Philly Joe Jones, drums “Up a Step”, “Old World, New Imports” only: Donald Byrd, trumpet … More→

Vinyl Spotlight: John Coltrane, Coltrane Live at Birdland (Impulse 50)


January 24, 2017 /

Original 1964 mono pressing “ABC-Paramount” on labels “VAN GELDER” in dead wax Personnel: John Coltrane, tenor and soprano saxophone McCoy Tyner, piano Jimmy Garrison, bass Elvin Jones, drums All but “Alabama”, “Your Lady” recorded October 8, 1963 at Birdland, New York, New York “Alabama”, “Your Lady” recorded November 18, 1963 … More→