Harry Edison (tp) Bob Brookmeyer (vtb) Zoot Sims (ts) Al Cohn (ts, bars) Hank Jones (p) Freddie Green (g) Eddie Jones (b) Charlie Persip (d) recorded NYC, December 27, 1958, – between Christmas and New Year.
We are on a Fifties roll here. Standards, strictly happy music, nothing dark or introspective (you can put the beret away - for now). Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Hank Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, every one takes a turn. I don’t pretend to understand the difference between a valve and a slide trombone, but I like it.
Vinyl: UAL 4023 Promo white label, US original.
VG, slightly noisy pressing typical of United Artists late Fifties/ early Sixties - a low level of crackle to which cleaning several times yields no improvement, probably included some recycled vinyl. In addition, there are enough handling scuffs to complete that period vintage click’n’pop sound that movies add to soundtracks to make them sound “authentic” - different time, different place, different attitude.
Having to choose between a photo of Zoot Sims with his cheeks puffed out, and a little cheescake in a gold lame bathing suit, must have been a tough call. “Hey sweetheart, what are you doing after the shoot?” The full Mae West schtick. “Come on up, I’ll have nothing on but the radio. Is there anything I can get you - like excited? I’d like to see Paris before I die. Philadelphia will do” Girly cover, perfect for the Fifties bachelor demographic.Now where’s my pipe?
Messy factory numbering process, big corporation cutting corners with product quality.
Source: South London suburban record shop.
Not expensive, great line up, white label, US original…OK, it was the cover that finally won me over. Little did I know at the time the cover makes it quite sought-after. Popsike tells its own tale:
Unfortunately my copy is not in top shape, and it definitely has some vinyl issues, but you do have to wonder about the outlier bidder at $460. For anyone contemplating a career in record-selling, take note of the speil by Music Matters that sold Stretching Out for $460, and they didn’t use the word “rare!” even once:
“LP is in Near Mint condition. The thick lustrous vinyl is nearly flawless, without scuffs, or scratches of any kind. There are a few minuscule sleeve marks that do not sound. The fidelity is superb,with no intrusive distortion, pops, clicks,or background noise of any kind.Jacket is in EX+ condition.Original hard and thick jacket features near spotless lamination.Only one small impact to the upper left hand corner and a small promo stamp on back is keeping this from a higher grade”
“I must have this record, give it to me. Give it to me! I said give it to me!!”