John Coltrane Dakar (1957) UK

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

Matrix/ pressing

Indistinct engraving, possibly EMI but not immediately recognisable as one of the majors.

Collectors Corner

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”



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.

3 thoughts on “John Coltrane Dakar (1957) UK

    • Sorry, definitely a bit noisy, noticeable especially on the quiet passages. “Visual inspection” I think rather than play-graded. There’s the thing – it looks fine as there are no visible feelable scratches of any duration.The clicks are on one at most two grooves, possibly needledrops from heavy tonearm early days. The reason for not taking issue is the price paid was pretty much small change – any financial adjustment would be not far off the cost of postage back. I am looking out for a cleaner copy but its not one you see very often. I’ll do better next time, promise.

      • No problem my friend – it was just a friendly observation 😉
        And yeah, I hate it when a record looks fine in an store and you come home and start playing the LP and find lots of unexpected noise. Even thin scratches can be heard if they are the wrong kind…And have you noticed that some stores have quite a dim light? Not a coincidence I guess. All the better if you can have a quick listen in the store – and no surprices 😉

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