50th Anniversary Blue Notes for December, Including The Rare Jazz Wave on Tour

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50th anniversary Blue Notes from December 1969 this week from Jack McDuff (Moon Rappin') and Reuben Wilson (the seriously greasy Blue Mode) and part of a Donald Byrd session (Kofi) only released 25 years after the fact! Then, there's this one: Jazz Wave Ltd. on Tour, Volume 1. It's a double LP (it's in my lap as I write this), never reissued in any form and if it's streaming somewhere, I haven't found it. Recorded live in Germany, it features Jeremy Steig, Kenny Burrell, Jack McDuff, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy McGriff and the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Remembered; we play the two top tracks. Along the way, BN-16 from Meade Lux Lewis, classic Steve Grossman, Bennie Wallace with Chick Corea and Wes Montgomery. Enjoy the show. If you're not listening to jazz on Gifts & Messages, you're missing something.


  • Steve Grossman "Zulu Stomp" from Some Shapes To Come (PM Records) 00:00
  • Jack McDuff "Flat Backin'" from Moon Rappin' (Blue Note) 07:16
  • Jack McDuff "Foot Loose" from Moon Rappin' (Blue Note) 17:26
  • Jack McDuff "Moon Rappin'" from Moon Rappin' (Blue Note) 22:46
  • Donald Byrd "Kofi" from Kofi (Blue Note) 29:49
  • Donald Byrd "Fufu" from Kofi (Blue Note) 37:20
  • Bennie Wallace "Mystic Bridge" from The Bennie Wallace Trio & Chick Corea (Enja) 47:30
  • Wes Montgomery "Con Alma" from Bumpin' (Verve) 57:41
  • Reuben Wilson "Bus Ride" from Blue Mode (Blue Note) 1:01:51
  • Reuben Wilson "Orange Peel" from Blue Mode (Blue Note) 1:07:52
  • Reuben Wilson "Blue Mode" from Blue Mode (Blue Note) 1:14:34
  • Meade Lux Lewis "Six Wheel Chaser" from The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Albert Ammons And Meade Lux Lewis (Mosaic) 1:22:40
  • Meade Lux Lewis "Bass On Top" from The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Albert Ammons And Meade Lux Lewis (Mosaic) 1:26:36
  • Jeremy Steig "Reza" from Jazz Wave, Ltd. on Tour, Volume 1 (Blue Note) 1:31:13
  • Freddie Hubbard "Body And Soul" from Jazz Wave, Ltd. on Tour, Volume 1 (Blue Note) 1:43:57

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