Track Selection: Nakatini Serenade (Massey)
Donald Byrd or Freddie Hubbard (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Louis Hayes or Art Taylor (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 10 and December 26, 1958
Released in 1964 on Prestige Records , another after Coltrane moved to Impulse, with three previously unissued tracks by Coltrane as a leader from two separate recording sessions in 1958. I don’t know what possess people to record on Boxing day December 26th. Coltrane perfecting sheets of sound, “Nakatini Serenade”, later recorded by Lee Morgan, is a dark, exotic-tinged piece, with Coltrane forever restless and exploring the musical space.
Vinyl: Prestige 7292, German SABA issue
Prestige European licensing in Germany, to SABA (later known as MPS). My first German Prestige. However SABA, for reasons known only to themselves, remastered from copy tape, and did not press from US-supplied stampers like UK Esquire and Sveedish Metronome.
This was probably a mistake.
Local matrix codes indicating the source recording PR 7292 and the SABA pressing plant master code.
A 1, B 2
It was not a great day for anyone this record was released in Germany. Either the original or copy tape was sub-standard, or the engineer mastering was having a bad day. SABA and German pressing quality is supposedly legendary, however this is a very poor transfer, and probably among the worst I have heard. Dull, hollow, sounds like it is under a pile of blankets.
At LJC I don’t just share the good, I share the bad too
Pressing quality can not make up for a poor source or transfer. Even the brilliance of Coltrane struggles to shine through the dull playback. I have no idea whether this pressing is typical of the original Prestige, or other German SABA Prestiges, but it does not bode well. The UK Esquire and Sveedish Metronome Prestiges don’t have the same issues: they shine and can often be preferable to a noisy Prestige original. SABA has a black mark for this effort.
Oddly for a German release, the liner notes remain in American. Fortunately many Germans speak English, which is a fairly similar language to American, apart from the insertion of the word “like” three times in any sentence.
Source: North London record shop
Cunningly disguised by shades and paint-on stubble as famous Primrose Hill film actor and hearthrob Jude Law, I managed to slip undetected from South London over the North London border. Pausing only to sign a few autographs, I ransacked North London of everything collectable.
Returning incognito to South London required a quick change of disguise, as one of the colourful characters found south of the river. Humming Get up stand up, stand up for your rights usually does the trick. North London jazz collectors rarely come South without a bodyguard, and should be warned they will need a good grasp of the Polish language in order to ask directions here.
That’s modern London for you. Jeszcze jedno piwo proszę, Władisław. Woooman no Cry… Great.