Track Selection 1 Bee Bop (Gillespie)
Selection 2: Bags and Trane
John Coltrane (ts) Milt Jackson (vib) Hank Jones (p) Paul Chambers (b) Connie Kay (d) recorded NYC, January 15, 1959
I’m not big on Modern Jazz Quartet – that sort of cerebral chamber jazz , have tuxedo will travel, hasn’t worn well, What they needed was an injection of crack cocaine, a high voltage jolt, and that is exactly what Coltrane added. Cool mixed in equal proportion to hot. There is hardly a track that isn’t outstanding, my gosh, this record is a stunner.Now I understand why I only ever came across it in the 180gm New Re-issue section. It is a classic.
Vinyl: UK London release of Atlantic 1368, mono
Decca New Malden pressing. Dekk-ahhhh Nu-maahl-den… I used to drive through New Malden, every day, for ten years. Beneath its sleepy exterior is an equally sleepy interior. It is terminally dull. Nothing ever happened in New Malden, certainly nothing “new”. But they pressed great records. New Malden was also home to Decca Navigational Instruments, the wartime technology equipment developers that gave Decca a technical head start, with its engineering skills.
Source: eBay Seller Description: “Record in very good condition”
So what do we know. It’s a record. Yes, we had that about figured, black round flat shiny thing. And it is in very good condition, what more might you want to know?
Well, how very good condition would be helpful. VG? VG+? strong VG+? VG ++? Would be Excellent but for the scratches? “A few marks that don’t affect play” is the latest line. Marks have turned out to be scratches, a particular kind of mark quite different to fingerprints or spindle-skates. Or visually graded only . Would you buy a car on the strength of the seller saying “I haven’t actually driven it but it looks alright“.
Turned out OK in the end.