NJLP 8243 Richard Williams (tp) Eric Dolphy (as, bcl, fl) Oliver Nelson (as, ts) Richard Wyands (p) George Duvivier (b) Roy Haynes (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 27, 1960
My first experience of playing music was in a Blues Band back in the mid-Sixties when I was lead guitarist. We didn’t amount to anything much, apart from some support band gigs, but I always liked the blues format, and I was intrigued to come across this jazz/blues New Jazz record from 1960, featuring Eric Dolphy, for all the world probably what Jimmy Hendrix might have played like if he had picked up a saxophone instead of a guitar. A lot of similarity in how the lead instrument solo lines develop, the phrasing and vibrato. So I grabbed this UK Esquire release on ebay, against stiff competition. The original Prestige / New Jazz cover below:
The record offers a variety of blues formats, allowing Nelson and Dolphy to thrash out “air-saxophone” to their hearts content. A different kind of “jazz” for a change, and a welcome one. And it’s got an RVG machine stamp in the runout, indicating a common source mother.
Beautiful laminated cover, the quality of which has not commonly seen on Esquire releases. More New York than British production values, mongrel design, half original, half typography.