Selection: “Hear Ye!” (again)
Carmell Jones (trumpet) Harold Land (tenor sax) Frank Strazzeri (piano) Red Mitchell (bass) Leon Petties (drums) recorded Los Angeles, CA, October 14 and December 13, 1961
Good bop, straight ahead, no time-wasting. I have come to like Land’s playing a lot through his Contemporary West Coast releases and another record is always welcome. Red Mitchell I don’t know, but am in no doubt how he acquired the nickname “Red” from his cover photo.
Vinyl: Atlantic 1376
Original 1961 1st pressing mono, orange and plum white fan Atlantic, (not to be confused with the 1964 Black Fan pressing, which is less desirable due to the colour of the fan indicating the later issue) Sound is fantastic. Certainly the Orange/Green 1975+ Atlantic’s I have had the misfortune to acquire have been universally horrid while the earlier Orange and Plum have been all good. Cover is a gorgeous glossy laminate, in near perfect condition, carrying the 1841 Broadway address, which some collectors think were the last decent audiophile pressings by Atlantic.
I admit this was an impulse purchase from the UK vinyl giant Eil.com, famous for their listings of items “out of stock” and eccentrically high pricing when in stock. However they sometimes turn up the goods, and an email seasonal promotional offer of 40% off, coupled with a 24-hour buy now promotion of an extra 15% off meant it came to a much nicer figure than the original price, enough to get me to push the “buy” button. Bargains are hard to resist, and sometimes it’s nice not to be locked in an auction setting.
Update: Album Photos updated May 11, 2016