Selection 1: Asiatic Raes (Kenny Dorham)
Selection 2: Tune Up (Miles Davis)
Sonny Rollins (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Doug Watkins (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, September 22, 1957
Great Britain tests first hydrogen bomb on Christmas Island, islanders cancel traditional Christmas greeting to Great Britain; The Ten Commandments breaks box-office records, however patrons reportedly leave cinemas early, considering command not to covet your neighbour’s goods as “unAmerican”.
There is no shortage of Rollins on record, given his massive discography spanning the crucial bop years as well as the wasteland decades that followed. What seems to set Rollins works apart are the different group settings in which he is found. Some love him in trio, where he is free to roam with the barest of support for forty minutes. Others prefer him in a more disciplined quartet or quintet setting.
Newk’s Time leans more towards a group setting. No other brass, but Wynton Kelly is no mere accompanist, Philly-Joe provides the Starsky and Hutch teamwork that keeps Rollins tight, and the compositions provide a disciplined framework that I believe press Rollins to shine. I recall hearing some great guitarists in my time, but none I would want to listen to play a forty minute solo. In music, context is everything. What doesn’t change is the muscular endlessly inventive musical lines that flow, unstoppable, from Rollins tenor, always a delight. “Nuke” Rollins.
The reference to Newk in the title is apparently based on Sonny’s resemblance to Donald Newcombe, a Major League Baseball pitcher who shared the same nickname. Reference to sports heroes is a common male-bonding thing, though not in my case, having been diagnosed early with the socially embarrassing condition TDSS: Total Disinterest in Sport Syndrome.
Vinyl: BLP 4001 DG, Ear, 47W63rd labels, but label on Side 1 has the ® symbol below NOTE and BLUE NOTE RECORDS “INC”, indicating a later pressing.
“BLUE NOTE BLP 4001.ORIGINAL 1ST MONO USA PRESSING.
DEEP GROOVED LABEL. RVG & EAR ON THE RUN OFF.
BLUE NOTE INC- 47 WEST 63rd . NEW YORK ON LABEL.
RECORD VISUAL CONDITION. VG WITH VISIBLE MARKS, PLAY GRADE EXCELLENT IT PLAYS WITH LOUD CLEAR DYNAMIC SOUND.
COVER, VG CONDITION . SEE PICTURE SOME WEAR TO THE SPINE AND A TWO INCH SPLIT IN THE BOTTOM OF THE COVER.
A VERY RARE BLUE NOTE.ORIGINAL USA 1ST PRESSING. A MUCH SOUGHT AFTER RECORD WORLDWIDE. VERY HARD TO FIND.
GOOD LUCK ”
The Forensic Detective
Deep Groove both sides, 47W63rd labels on both sides, but not a 1st pressing: INC & ® present on the label of Side 1, indicating that label was printed after 1960 – some years after the original 1st pressing released in 1958. Unless Cohen lists it as an anomaly, which I doubt, I think it is not a “1st original” as claimed. However I am not fussed.
It’s within a year or two of the 1st press, from the same mother and stamper sets (9M on both sides), indistinguishable sonically, mono, reasonable laminated cover, and the price was very comfortable, cheap even.The First Pressing Fundamentalists can roll on the floor clutching their sides but really, I’m the one laughing.
Watson! Break open a fresh bottle of laudanum. I think I am going to have me a little celebration. Know anything about American rounders, Watson?