Track Selection: I Cover The Waterfront (Heyman, Green)
Dietary Advice: Paul’s nutritious tenor in this dreamy ballad contributes at least one portion of your five-a-day Healthy Listening requirements.
Listening to five jazz tracks a day has proven benefit in terms of reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, stimulating hair growth, countering the effects of ageing, and generally increasing all round intelligence and good looks. However exceeding the recommended dose will generally have the exact opposite effect. At least it did on me.
Caution: If you are over the age of forty and suffer any unexpected side effects from listening to this music, such as an irresistible urge to get up and dance, consult a qualified regression therapist urgently.
Paul Gonsalves (ts) Norris Turney (fl, as) Prince Woodyard (org) Joe Benjamin (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Studio Hoche, Paris France, 6 July 1970
A veteran of Ellington, Basie and Gillespie bands, Gonsalves was born in the US to parents from Cape Verde, the melting pot of African and Portuguese culture. He found a unique tenor voice, at times not unlike I imagine someone trying to play after sinking one too many very dry Martinis and needing help standing up. He manages to sound slurring and breathy with sudden flourishes, sort of Hawkins meets Bird. Whatever it is, he doesn’t really sound like anyone else.
Apart from Art Taylor, I didn’t recognise any of the names of the “all stars”, but that is probably just me.
Vinyl: Two pressings, one British, the other French
Very subtle differences but I chanced on both a French and British pressing of this 1970 recording, so always up for a learning experience, I went for both.
UK pressing on Barclay label, by RCA
Could be pressed by EMI – the machine-stamped matrix is more their house style than any of the other majors.
France pressing: original Riviera recording
Definitely pressed by a different company (naturelement) – French. Interesting “soup-plate” raised edge to the label area, not seen that before. But I’ve seen that label design somewhere before, can’t think where, oh yes, just now, above.
Except Barclay not Riviera. Looks similar, no?
(Flags courtesy of: http://www.crossed-flag-pins.com)
British jacket liner notes, to save the need for translation – the text is identical on the French release, apart from it being written in another language.
No it’s not Gonsalves holy grail album, Boom Jackie Boom Chick, a copy of which just sold for only £805. This one offers change from a tenner. In fact, in the same week, I picked up the original French Riviera copy AND the UK Barclay, both together, still change from a tenner.
It’s a lovely quality recording and pressing – both the UK and the French, and I struggled to decide which was better. I thought on balance the French, but on the strength of my last competition, I don’t think a USB turntable (change from fifty quid) and PC speakers is going to showcase the difference. If it did, I have wasted an awful lot of money on hifi.
(Cover photos updated July 14, 2016)