Track Selection: YouTube
Freddie Hubbard (tp) Curtis Fuller (tb) Wayne Shorter (ts) Cedar Walton (p) Jymie Merritt (b) Art Blakey (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 28, 1961 and December 18, 1961
“Buhaina’s Delight” is a reference to Art Blakey’s rarely mentioned chosen muslim name, Abdullah Ibn Buhainia. Every one had to have one. A sextet line up, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet replacing Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller trombone, and Cedar Walton on piano replacing Bobby Timmons. Wayne Shorter fronts on tenor sax, Jymie Merrit on bass. Different musical voices, and exciting performance. Even Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” sounds fresh, and the interplay between Hubbard and Fuller, with Wayne Shorters tenor and Walton’s solid underpinning, is indeed a delight.
Vinyl: Blue Note BNLP 4104
Art Blakeys 4104 recorded 1961 has been a gap in my Blue Note collection for some years. Fellow jazz collector “Tony” featured it as a new acquisition a few weeks back, then I chance on this copy in a London store. Mono original pressing on NY labels with “ear” and “VAN GELDER” in the runout, beautiful laminated cover with dimpled gloss sheen in excellent condition. Cigarette smoke adds to the period ambiance.
The one drawback, reflected in the asking price, “Good Condition” which initially led me to dismiss it . “Good” usually means not at all good, but on second thoughts I asked to see the vinyl.
I could see why how the grading was arrived at, bearing a number of prominent surface marks on both sides. However taking it to the window daylight and testing it with fingernail, it was clear the marks were entirely superficial. The maxim is “if you can feel it, you will hear it”. None of these “scratches ” were feelable, in all probability caused by skating over a smooth spindle top and not a turntable arm needle of tracking weight 10gm . The music should be intact. Too good to pass up.
First play back home confirmed no clicks due to the marks, another win for play-grading over visual grading. A fresh lively original pressing, VG++ at a G price, a winner.