Track Selection: Out of the Past
Kenny Dorham (tp) J.J. Johnson (tb) Benny Golson (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Max Roach (d) recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, December 19, 1957
Track selection composed by Benny in the tradition of a standard, without actually being a standard. Sounds a thoroughly modern approach to me. What a line up! Reads like a super-group of Mainstream Bop. Benny’s second record for Riverside, recorded after his “Benny Golson’s New York Scene”, at the age of 28.
Vinyl: UK Riverside RLP 12-256
White label Twin reels, mono. UK press from 1958
The cover style is – is – so retro its chic!. The brown dralon cover sofa, the coffee table with anorexic legs, the liberal use of orange as a furnishing colour, it’s just so good. And to finish the scene, Benny “wears a tie around the house”.That is style, wearing a tie when you don’t have to. I wore ties every day for forty years, an elegant symbol of the wage-slaves indenture. I haven’t worn one for even a day since leaving behind the world of work. But seeing Benny, you know, I just might…
But this is where Benny went wrong. He is just a hugely talented nice guy always a smile to camera. No heroin-chic, angry, soul-searching angst, no badness, looking like a bouncer in dark glasses outside a questionable nightclub. He looks happy and content, like the music he plays.
Yum yum, UK Riverside pressed by Decca, jolly good.They don’t come much better. Riverside UK switched pressing to Philips around 1961, with the introduction of the Twin reels/ Blue label, and though good, Philips lack the sparkle of Decca.
Source: eBay Sellers grading: “Sleeve is in Poor condition suffering from dirt and damp.Split halfway down seam. Disc is in Near Mint condition”
About the cover. Really, I can explain. Well no, actually, I can’t. How do you manage to get a large red footprint sized on a record sleeve? Mum, the Yeti followed me home and stamped on my records! The “Vampires-Stole-my-Lunch-Money” defense.
No matter, it saved me a fortune. The cover is unlaminated, and had suffered, and that was enough to put off all other buyers. Musically, I am delighted, Golson at his tip-top best, and where else are you going to get a line up like JJ and Kenny Dorham, and Wynton Kelly as sidesmen, for small change, little more than the postage.