Monday, June 29, 2009

Nat Hentoff's Liner Notes - A List


Any attempt to compile a discography of albums whose liner notes are written by Nat Hentoff will be needing a team of ten devoted researchers who could go through thousands of not only jazz albums for major labels, but also material recorded for long defunct obscure ones and beyond jazz, for pop, easy listening, folk and country music. Any result, either as a comprehensive online database or an anthology of such writings in print would prove to be one of the most invaluable examples of music criticism and journalism in 20th century.

Here, with the permission of Mr. Hentoff himself, I started taking note of every jazz albums that I knew, and whenever possible, transcribing and adding the original notes to this blog.

Abbey Lincoln Straight Ahead 1961
Al Casey Buck Jumpin' 1960
Archie Shepp Fire Music 1965
Archie Shepp On This Night 1966
Art Davis Quartet Life 1986
Art Farmer Portrait Of Art Farmer 1958
Art Pepper Modern Jazz Classics 1959
Ben Webster Soul Of Ben Webster, The 1957
Benny Carter Jazz Giant 1958
Benny Golson Benny Golson's New York Scene 1957
Big Bill Broonzy Big Bill's Blues Portrait
Billie Holiday At Carnegie Hall: The Billie Holiday Story, Volume 6 1956
Bob Cooper Coop! The Music Of Bob Cooper 1957
Bob Dylan Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, The 1963
Bobby Hutcherson Components 1965
Booker Ervin That's It 1961
Buffy Sainte-Marie Little Wheel Spin And Spin 1966
Cecil Taylor Air 1960
Cecil Taylor Quartet Looking Ahead! 1959
Charles Mingus East Coasting 1957
Charles Mingus Modern Jazz Symposium Of Music And Poetry With Charles Mingus, A 1957
Charles Mingus Jazz Portraits Mingus In Wonderland 1959
Charles Mingus Clown, The 1961
Charles Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus 1963
Charles Mingus Mingus Moves 1974
Charles Mingus Changes One 1975
Charles Mingus Changes Two 1975
Charlie Barnet Cherokee Evidence 1958
Charlie Barnet More Charlie Barnet 1959
Charlie Haden/Billy Higgins/Enrico Pieranunzi First Song 1990
Chico Freeman Beyond The Rain 1978
Clark Terry What A Wonderful World - For Louis & Duke 1993
Curtis Counce You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce 1957
David Murray Saxmen 1994
Dino Betti Van Der Noot Here Comes Springtime 1985
Dizzy Gillespie Birks Works: The Verve Big-Band Sessions 1995
Dizzy Gillespie/Sonny Rollins/Sonny Stitt Sonny Side Up 1958
Donald Byrd Fancy Free 1969
Donald Byrd Electric Byrd 1970
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra In A Mellotone 1957
Duke Pearson Sweet Honey Bee 1966
Duke Pearson Right Touch, The 1967
Enrico Rava Rava String Band 1984
Eric Dolphy/Booker Little Far Cry 1960
Erica Lindsay Dreamer 1989
Ernie Watts Reaching Up 1994
Freddie Hubbard Ready For Freddie 1961
Freddie Hubbard Backlash 1967
Gato Barbieri Chapter Three Viva Emiliano Zapata 1974
Gato Barbieri Third World Revisited, The 1974
George Lewis/His Ragtime Band Hot Creole Jazz 1953
Gerry Mulligan/Paul Desmond Quartet 1957
Gil Scott-Heron Small Talk At 125th And Lenox 1972
Gloria Lynne Miss Gloria Lynne 1958
Hampton Hawes Four! 1958
Helen Humes Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do 1959
Herbie Nichols Trio Love, Gloom, Cash, Love 1957
Ian & Sylvia Ian & Sylvia 1963
Jelly Roll Morton Original Versions Of The Music Inspiring "Jelly's Last Jam" 1992
Jimmy Smith Open House/Plain Talk 1960
Jimmy Woods Awakening! 1962
Joan Baez Joan Baez Volume 2 1961
Joe Henderson Inner Urge 1964
John Coltrane Giant Steps 1960
John Coltrane Live At The Village Vanguard 1962
John Coltrane Crescent 1964
John Coltrane Om 1965
John Coltrane Meditations 1966
John Coltrane Best Of John Coltrane Rhino 1970
John Coltrane/Archie Shepp New Thing At Newport, A 1965
John Hicks Friends Old And New 1992
John Hicks Lover Man: A Tribute To Billie Holiday 1993
King Curtis New Scene Of King Curtis, The 1960
Lee Morgan Leeway 1960
Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' In New York 1970
Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes Expansions 1974
Louis Armstrong Satchmo The Great 1955
Mal Waldron Update 1987
McCoy Tyner Real McCoy, The 1967
Miles Davis Sketches Of Spain 1960
Modern Jazz Quartet Last Concert 1974
Modern Jazz Quartet Together Again - "Echoes" 1984
Mose Allison I Don't Worry About A Thing 1962
Ornette Coleman Music Of Ornette Coleman: Something Else!!!, 1958
Ornette Coleman Tomorrow Is The Question! 1959
Oscar Peterson Trio With Milt Jackson Very Tall 1962
Phil Woods Rights Of Swing 1960
Randy Brecker Score 1969
Red Garland Quintet Soul Junction 1957
Stanley Turrentine Never Let Me Go 1963
Stephane Grappelli/McCoy Tyner One On One 1990
The Bob Thiele Collective Louis Satchmo 1992
The Kingston Trio At Large/Here We Go Again 1959
Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Carnegie Hall Concert 1992
Toshiko Mariano Quartet Toshiko Mariano Quartet 1960
Various Artists Newport Rebels 1992
Wayne Shorter Night Dreamer 1964
Wayne Shorter All Seeing Eye, The 1966
Woody Herman Herd Rides Again...In Stereo, The 1958
Woody Herman/Tito Puente Herman's Heat & Puente's Beat 1958

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