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BN 4027 Freddie Redd Music from The Connection: Jackie McLean (as) Freddie Redd (p) Mike Mattos (b) Larry Ritchie (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 15, 1960
Following an upgrade to an original pressing, I feel I now “own” a proper copy of this essential record, and it is a good choice to celebrate the 100th post of LondonJazzCollector. My thanks to all for over 5,000 page views in the last three months.
Previously posting my favourite track “Sister Salvation” it is time to select a new one, plus a YouTube excerpt from the film version of The Connection which provides jazz lovers in search of the authentic 60’s jazz experience a helpful guide to heroin consumption: correct table-laying etiquette in a NY shooting gallery (spoon, knife, fork, needle, tourniquet) and how to avoid embarrassment to your host by grimacing properly in the event of an overdose.
Fashion Notes: Fashionistas will note the junkie check shirt completing his heroin-chic ensemble. Jackie McLean, as part of the shooting gallery in-flight entertainment, is dressed casually, forsaking the formal suit of the record cover.
Labels, run-out and Liner Notes
47 West 63rd St labels, Deep Groove both sides, RVG machine stamp, figure that makes it a first press. Good, yes?
Got to love that ear. Rings all the right bells – the ones that failed to go off when I previously bought a stereo in very old stock 47 West 63rd labels but no ear – early reissue by Liberty
. A slightly grubby cover, showing its age, though not unlike its’ new owner.
I have wanted an original pressing of this for many years and always it escaped my reach in auctions, or the condition was trashed. My previous copy was carelessly chosen – turned out to have no “ear” despite 47 West 63rd labels and original cover and a price ticket with “orig” on it. Stereo too. Niavete on my part, all in the learning curve.
This trade up cost me a total of only £33 on eBay against nine other bidders. Not bad for an original pressing this time, with the ear. Mono original. Jackie McLean sounding sharp. Sounds as it should: great.