Miles Davis (t), John Coltrane (ts), Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers (b), Philly Joe Jones (d); Recorded October 26th, 1956.
Track Selection is from the stage play “Guys and Dolls”, with excellent solo’s from Coltrane and Garland. Solid bop, happy music. For anyone preferring a more intellectual analysis, wiki suggests ” it emphasizes the Miles Davis’ concentrated ballad-style playing with his medium-register trumpet”
The record includes snippets of studio conversation which add a nice touch. A performance by a group of people, recorded by another group of people, ao it could be listened to by yet another group of people. Frozen for all time on record, a piece of history for our enjoyment..
There was a spate of Miles albums recorded between May and October,1956, whose titles all contain the essential street-talk n-apostrophe: Steamin’, Cookin’, Relaxin’, an’ Workin’. . Miles is happy whichever you prefer. Seen here outside Prestige Records, with a copy of Relaxin’ prominent in the window display, as well as a few others I recognise, like Jackie McLean and Bill Hardman’s Jackies Pal, the ever so rare Moondog. Miles stylish round-collar shirt, and an even more stylish automobile reflected in the window.
We rarely see original Prestige come to light in the UK, mainly because Esquire Records was channel for the UK release of Prestige recordings, so few if any were imported. The original US Prestige cover seen in the window is more cubist than cartoon.
Vinyl: Esquire 32-068 UK release of Prestige PRLP 7129
RVG stamp and a prominent stamper of mother code “3”, not AB (Abbey Manufacturing, NJ)
The nicotine stains around the spindle hole of my copy indicate the previous owner was a heavy smoker. They say such copies turn up on the market much sooner than non-smoker copies. Or so the actuarial statistics suggest.
Found in a record store in London’s West End, which is itself unusual, in that it puts out in the racks everything including the occasional gem like this. Other dealers are fly enough to sell high-value collectibles on the side through eBay to maximise the price, but this is a high-footfall store. It buys a lot of vinyl and sells a lot, depends on volume to pay the rent. It must be a succesful formula as I have been shopping there for probably twenty or thirty years and they are still going strong. But you have to be quick and visit frequently to catch one, as they fly off the shelf in hours.