Track Selection: Lem & Aide
Oliver Nelson, Curtis Peagler (as, ts) Lem Winchester (vib) Billy Brown or Roy Johnson (p ) Wendell Marshall (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 19, 1960
A serving policeman briefly turned professional musician and a name linked with a famous rifle offers a rich choice for play on words Winchester’s second album Lem’s Beat is no exception. The vibraphonist draws heavily on Oliver Nelson and his sidesmen and arguably its as much Oliver Nelson’s record with half the songs to his credit.
With distinctive vibraphone sound associated with Milt Jackson, the presence of the sextet prevents if from falling into the MJQ mould. Bobby Hutcherson and Walt Dickerson were the few vibraphone players who managed to break with that pervasive association, not to mention our own Tubby Hayes.
Winchester was killed in a shooting accident in 1961, which brought his recording career, not to mention his life, to an abrupt end.
Vinyl Esquire 32- 152 UK release of New Jazz NJLP 8239
Prestige’s New Jazz label suffered more than most from the intermittent use of substandard vinyl so the UK release is a surefire way around the problem, even if it does involve the bizarre artistic (lack of) judgement in cover design. This time Esquire opted for no good reason to re-colour the original orange – Lem’s been Tango’d..
New Jazz US stampers with RVG stamp.
Source: Ebay Sellers Description not recorded but VG+ cover and record.
Modest record modest price, easyupbeat bop session.
An antidote to Milt Jackson is the glorious sketch of Jazz Club featuring Caroline Aherne – on vibes, sort of…
also starring “myself” of course.
Hopefully YouTube geographical restrictions don’t apply.