Track Selection: Body and Soul
Rolf Ericson (tp) Ray Nance (tp, violin) Johnny Hodges (as) Paul Gonsalves (ts) Walter Bishop Jr. (p) Ernie Shepard (b) Osie Johnson (d) recorded NYC, September 4, 1963
Paul Gonsalves was a name I recognised but knew little of – this was my first record of his. A stalwart of the Ellington band, he has an unusual tenor voice, sounding a little off-key at times, though not necessarily in a bad way once you get accustomed to his accent. His phrasing is likewise unusual , a lot of historical bases covered, sound owing a little to Webster and Hawkins, style to Dexter, but he still seems to manage to sound an original voice.
His most sought after and expensive record was his previous title Boom Jackie Boom Chick , of which only 500 copies were ever pressed, on the British label Vocalion. 500 seems the benchmark for super rare, in the order of magnitude of Mobley 1568.That averages $500 and maxes at $2,000
Too rich for you? A little less expensive is Gonsalves with Tubby Hayes “Just Friends”, which comes highly recommended but not by my bank manager. Popsike indicates an average price of around $300 and a max of $800, and even a VG minus fetched over £50. Seems Gonsalves is the man collectors drool over. And these covers are vastly better than mine.
Tell it the Way it Is is not at all rare. He has surrounded himself with other members of the Ellington band, and the warm-toned ballad “Body and Soul” plays to his strengths.
Vinyl: HMV CLP 1758 UK release of Impulse A55, mono
EMI Hayes for HMV label (“small nipper”) Reliable, quality pressing.
Impulse-derived matrix code
Simple cash over the counter, no great story, just an interesting record. Now, about that Boom Jackie Boom Chick…..