Track Selection: Velvet Scene (Waldron)
(Audio Note: as first track, the first minute has a few clicks, fine thereafter. Skip it if you prefer)
John Coltrane (ts) Pepper Adams, Cecil Payne (bars) Mal Waldron (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, April 20, 1957
A Coltrane album? No, a Pepper Adams album, Pepper as leader, rebranded as a Coltrane album to capitalise on his rising fame in the early Sixties .Originally credited to the Prestige All Stars and released as part of Prestige’s short-lived experiment with “double length” 16-rpm discs. It was credited to Coltrane on its 33 rpm re-release in 1963. As a fan of Pepper, I was doubly pleased. Bonus players.
What is distinctive about this album is double baritone sax. Pepper Adams and Cecil Payne, in addition to Coltrane. No difficulty in telling the two apart: Payne is smooth and polished, Adams is fiery, energetic. Coltrane is the young Coltrane of 1957, a year after departing Miles Davis,and his first record as leader, Coltrane, which featured another baritone – Sahib Shihab. A good year for the bari, 1957.
Dakar is the capital of Senegal, on the Cap-Vert Peninsula on the Atlantic west coast of Africa. Perhaps its name filled the bill of a suitably exotic title, as there doesn’t seem any obvious connection.
Vinyl: Transatlantic first UK release (1967) of Prestige 7280
Indistinct engraving, possibly EMI but not immediately recognisable as one of the majors.
Source: Ebay Location: London
Seller Description: This is a EX UK pressing (A1;B1) of “Dakar” which is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane. …. It is a reissue of one side of a 16 rpm LP called “Baritones and French Horns”
RECORD – TEXTURED LABEL: EX
COVER – LAMINATED FLIP BACK, RESIDUE OF TAPE ON BACK, SOME OF THE LOWER FLIP BACK IS MISSING: G
The seller told me it came from a collector with an unhealthy interest in Sellotape. Not just clear Sellotape, but red and green coloured tape, binding all the edges of his records. I was grateful the seller had spent many hours removing it rather than me. Somewhere is the germ of a business idea, Professional Sellotape Removers.