LJAS has an extensive library of jazz CDs, DVDs, and Books available for loan to members.The whole collection is too great to list here. However, we are greatly indebted to a member for a recent substantial donation which has enabled us to add to our stock of CDs available for members to borrow..


We have considered very carefully how to make best use of this windfall for the benefit of members. Given the breadth and diversity of members’ interests and tastes in jazz, we concluded that we should give preference to sets of CDs since these tend to give better value for money than single CDs.

Adopting this approach, we have been able to add 18 items to the collection, amounting to 50 CDs. These cover a pretty wide range of jazz and we hope that members will find plenty of music to enjoy.

LJAS Secretary Bob Wright has kindly provided the following comprehensive details of the 18 items, listed in alphabetical order of leader, as follows:

Chris Barber: “The Absolutely Essential 3-CD collection”

This has 60 tracks recorded between 1954-1962 (predominantly 1954-1957), including the likes of Monty Sunshine, Ottilie Patterson and Lonnie Donegan.

George Benson: “5 Original Albums”

Guitarist and vocalist George Benson is something of an enigma, starting out in jazz but subsequently straddling jazz, R&B and middle of the road. This 5-CD set has albums recorded between 1996 and 2005[1].    


Trumpeter/cornettist Buddy Bolden, who was born in New Orleans in 1877, was a legendary figure in the music of that city. But personal problems – and, in particular, alcohol – led to his downfall and, in 1907, he was committed to a mental hospital where he remained until his death in 1931. Although it was rumoured that Buddy was once recorded (on a cylinder), nothing has ever been found.

Recently, work has been done on producing a film about Buddy’s life. In the event, the film was not completed. But work on music for the film has continued and a CD has been produced – with 26 tracks – re-creating music from that period. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, had responsibility for the music. A copy of the CD is now in the LJAS collection.  

“Bob Brookmeyer and Friends”

A 1964 set led by valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer with Stan Getz (ts), Herbie Hancock (p), Gary Burton (vib), Ron Carter (b), and Elvin Jones (d). This issue has 3 additional tracks, including one with a vocal by Tony Bennett.

Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane: “Classic 1956 Sessions”

This 2-CD set has 4 albums by the quintet – “Cookin’”, “Relaxin’”, “Workin’” and “Steamin’” – with Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Philly Joe Jones (d).

Miles Davis: “A Tribute to Jack Johnson”

This celebrated album from 1970 marked a radical change of direction by Miles.

Bill Evans: “3 Essential Albums”

A recent 3-CD set, one in a new series of Verve albums (see further below), this contains the albums “At Town Hall” (1966), “Conversations with Myself” (1963 - his first solo piano venture) and “California Here I Come” (1967, recorded “live” at the famous Village Vanguard club).

Ella Fitzgerald: “The Singles”

Another recent release, this 3-CD set contains all of her single issues between March 1954 and October 1962 – 62 tracks in all, with backing by a host of different orchestras.

Stan Getz: “Five Original Albums”

A 5-CD collection of Verve albums from the second half of the 1950s – “West Coast Jazz”, “In Stockholm”. “The Steamer”, “And The “Cool” Sounds” and “Stan Meets Chet” [Baker, of course].

Grant Green: “3 Essential Albums”

From the same Verve series as the Bill Evans set above, this 3-CD set has the great guitarist on “Green Street” – a trio set from 1961; “Am I Blue” – a quintet set from 1963 with Johnny Coles (t) and Joe Henderson (ts); and “Live at Club Mozambique” – a quintet outing from 1971 with Clarence Thomas (ts, ss) and Houston Person (ts).

Johnny Hodges: “Four Classic Albums”

From the well-regarded Avid Jazz series, this has the albums “Castle Rock”, “In A Mellow Tone” (also issued as “Memories of Duke Ellington”), “Perdido” and “Creamy” recorded in company with various other Ellingtonians between 1951 and 1955.

Freddie Hubbard: “5 Original Albums”

“Hubbard was one of the liveliest of the young hard-bop lions of the late-’50s and early ’60s. As a Jazz Messenger, and with his own early albums for Blue Note, he set down so many great solos that trumpeters have made studies of him ever since”: “The Penguin Guide to Jazz”, 9th Edition. This set has “Goin’ Up” and “Open Sesame” from 1960, “Hub-Tones” and “Here To Stay” from 1962 and “Blue Spirits” from 1965-66 – all in top-notch company.

Lee Konitz / Zoot Sims: “Star Eyes”

Recorded “live” in Amsterdam in September 1958, this has the 2 saxophonists plus pianists Phineas Newborn and Red Garland, legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford and another legendary figure in Kenny Clarke on drums.

Peggy Lee: “Four Classic Albums”

Another set from the Avid Jazz series, this has Peggy’s albums “Dream Street” from June 1956 (backed by a West Coast octet including saxophonists Bud Shank and Bob Cooper, and Larry Bunker on vibes, and with arrangements by Shorty Rogers and Bob Cooper); “The Man I Love” from April 1957 and “Jump For Joy” from December 1957 – January 1958 (with orchestras arranged by Nelson Riddle, again with a variety of jazz musicians on hand); and “Blues Cross Country” from April and May 1961 (with an orchestra arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones and including the likes of Benny Carter, Buddy Collette, Bill Perkins, the ill-starred Frank Rosolino and Jimmy Rowles).

Lee Morgan: “3 Essential Albums”

This third set in the new Blue Note series of 3-CD albums has another ill-starred figure in the form of Lee Morgan, shot dead by a female friend. The absolute classic “The Sidewinder” from 1963 is the opener (with Joe Henderson (ts)). The others are the earlier “City Lights” from 1957 (with Curtis Fuller on trombone and George Coleman on saxophones); and “Charisma” from 1966 with Jackie McLean on alto saxophone and Hank Mobley on tenor.

Gerry Mulligan: “Quartet with Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Benjamin and Dave Bailey – Complete Recordings”

This mixed 2-CD set brings together recordings by this particular quartet – “live” sets from the Newport Jazz Festival in July 1957, from the Hollywood Bowl a month later but principally from an earlier concert in Stockholm in May of that year plus a variety of other formations of Jeru’s quartet recorded in Los Angeles between 1952 and 1962.

John Scofield – “3 Essential Albums”

This fourth set in the new Blue Note series of 3-CD albums opens with the very highly-regarded album “Quiet”, from 1966, with the guitarist’s trio augmented by Wayne Shorter’s tenor saxophone on 3 tracks and with further support by brass and reeds. “Works for Me”, recorded in 2000, is a quintet album with Kenny Garrett (as), Brad Mehldau (p), Christian McBride (b) and Billy Higgins (d); and “EnRoute” (sic), from 2003, is a trio album with Steve Swallow (b) and Bill Stewart (d).

Horace Silver – “5 Original Albums”

The pianist’s 5 albums here - “Further Explorations”; “’Doin’ The Thing – At the Village Gate”; “The Tokio Blues”; “Silver’s Serenade”; and “The Cape Verdean Blues” span several years. Sidemen across the years include Art Farmer, Blue Mitchell and Woody Shaw (t), Clifford Jordan, Junior Cook and Joe Henderson (ts) and trombonist J J Johnson on one album.     

[1] In last month’s in memoriam note, we reported that George had died. It subsequently came to light that his reported death was a hoax.


Many thanks, Bob for this great news of our ever-improving resources – the best just got better!

I imagine that there will be queues round the tables for these on the night!