Charlie Rouse: Takin’ Care of Business (1960) Jazzland


Selection: Wierd-O (Miles Davis)


Blue Mitchell (trumpet) Charlie Rouse (tenor sax) Walter Bishop Jr. (piano) Earl May (bass) Art Taylor (drums) recorded NYC, May 11, 1960


“Rouse setting out in 1960 on his debut recording as leader, before embarking on a decade-long partnership with Monk.  Walter Bishop and Blue Mitchell combine to make this a strong, swinging mainstream bop session“. (Sorry, this reads like an all Music cut and paste review. Early days)

Vinyl: UK Riverside JLP 19

UK first release of US Jazzland label JLP19. Hand etched matrix not any of the UK majors, who all had drilled or stamped matrix codes. It actually looks similar to some US Riverside etchings I have seen, possibly US metal was shipped over for pressing but the 1L 2L suffix is I think a Philips numbering of  sides system.

Pressing origin unidentified.  I have seen that unusual small deep groove circle around the spindle hole before, also early ’60s, Joy label reissues of VeeJay recordings. It’s a British plant, known unknown,



Collectors Corner

Source: eBay                                                                                                            Sellers Grading: VG+

Sole bidder, inexpensive, nice happy Riverside with some great playing. Business taken care of.

(Post last updated January, 2017)

8 thoughts on “Charlie Rouse: Takin’ Care of Business (1960) Jazzland

  1. I have a slightly later LP from 1983 that features Mr Rouse alongside Kenny Barron, Ben Riley and Buster Williams. “Flight Path” by Sphere on the Elektra Musician label. It’s another that can be picked up for less than a tenner that has RVG etched into the runout.

  2. Dear fellow collectors, I have a question to those who know something more about Jazzland pressings. I thought, that original pressings were white for Promos, orange for mono and black for stereo pressings. After Jazzland belonged to Orpheum, the labels were maroon.
    Can anyone shed light on orange Bill Grauer pressings, that are stereophonic and no DG despite having a low catalogue number? From what period are they?
    Any help appreciated. Thanks.

  3. I didn’t make myself clear, sorry for that. It was not a technical issue, I just had no speakers at the PC. I just counted on the fact that UK pressings almost always sound very nice.
    For me it’s just a personal thing. I’d like to have the original issue of a record, for a couple of reasons – most of them being philosophical. My philosophy, of course. One hard fact is, that I simply don’t like the flipback-covers, even if they are much stronger. Otherwise I still cannot understand, why they released such records with blue Riverside labels. Yes, Jazzland belonged to Riverside, but it wasn’t released on Riverside, actually. I don’t like things being messed up, I guess.
    But honestly, I definitely would pick up an inexpensive copy as well (until an original comes along).
    And comin’ back to the UK for Crate Diggin’ would be great.

  4. That’s one of my favorite cover-designs. Wonderful enough to hang it on a wall.
    The music is enjoyable as well but it never really starts cooking, I’d say. I’m still looking for a inexpensive original orange label pressings. I’m still not satisfied with these european blue label Riverside/Jazzland pressings. Couldn’t listen to the soundfile, but I guess the sound is pretty decent?

    • No sound? Ipad? It doesn’t support Flash required by the browser streaming add-in. Price to be paid for trying to look cool.
      This is a nice clear rich pressing.
      I have only one orange US original Jazzland which I bought in France so its too beat up to judge the vinyl reliably. Qualitywise I find US Riversides are usually top of the tree, UK Riverside by Decca second, and later by UK Philips third, and Dutch Philips Riversides a poor fourth
      BTW, UK is 21 miles of sea water away from mainland Europe. From a distance it looks close, but …

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