Track Selection: “Prelude to kiss” >
Kenny Burrell (g) Barry Galbraith (g) Leonard Gaskin (b) Bobby Donaldson (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ May 10, 1957 and other tracks dated 1957-9
Some jazz from guitarists. “No musical surprises on this one, just down-home cookin’ from some of field’s finest” as one reviewer noted, though I’ve chosen a slower tempo ballad. What suprised me was the ambitious choice as opening track of Charlie Parker’s “Billies Bounce’, on guitar .Takes courage to tackle that in my book, but then you had mastery of the instrument in those days, which takes many years to develop – too many years for much of the current generation of laptop-based “instant musicians”.
Labels, runout and Liner Notes
Status, the “budget label” of Prestige, never the less still commands “original” status as a period historical artefact from the Fifties and Sixties, unlike later “re-issue”labels.
Browsing in a record store, this caught my eye. Not sure what I was expecting, but this pleasant guitar outing was what I got. Not expensive at £15, and chance it may grow on me. I like Burrell but more usually in the context of harder-edged jazz. “Soul” in 1957 perhaps had a different meaning to that ten years later: no James Brown sax-machine here, but then it is “Guitar Soul” and not “Soul Guitar”. A different metier.
I am sure I have seen that Prestige cover before, but in a different colour. (UPDATE: Extraordinary feats of memory, courtesy of The Amazing Memento (aka Dott. Jazz) we have the original source of that cover – Prestige 7095:
That is Bob Weinstock’s Prestige for you: every expense spared.