Selection: Birk’s Works (Gillespie)
Tina Brooks (ts) Bobby Timmons (p) Kenny Burrell (g) Ben Tucker (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded live at the “Five Spot Cafe”, NYC, August 25, 1959 recorded by Rudy Van Gelder
December 12th – United Nations Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established. Everyone is greatly reassured, knowing the UN is on the case. Space Invaders continue to draw up their plans for the invasion of Earth, regardless.
Music: unfree jazz
What else can I say? Tina Brooks!! He did not leave much recorded material, unlike Kenny Burrell, so this record is to be treasured more for Tina’s presence on tenor.
RVG has worked his miracle again, capturing live atmosphere in a way that plunges you into the front row of the Five Spot café. It’s an appreciative audience, polite applause, intimate atmosphere, and I especially like the absence of piercing whistles beloved of today’s lame-brained concert-goers, or the talent-show whooping required to remind you are watching something exciting. No need to cheer on Tina Brooks, just enjoy.
According to Wiki, English ex-Police guitarist Andy Summers referred to Burrell’s solo on “Lover Man” as “one of the best jazz guitar solos ever recorded”, so that’s two good reasons to revisit this classic if it is on your shelf.
Vinyl: BLP 4021 NY labels (2nd pressing) RVG stamp, ears, deep groove, 170gm.
This upgrade is to a second pressing – second in the generic sense of “not the first”, but within the Blue Note Years before 1966, from the RVG master. Pressed in 1964 if the Blue Note corporate inner sleeve “25 Years of ” is a correct match to its owner. I’m a huge fan of seconds. First pressings attract too high a collector premium for my pocket – easily three times the cost – and I would rather have a lot of seconds than a few firsts, though I have every respect for serious collectors, the First Pressing Fundamentalists and their fastidious requirement for the suffix 23 after New York in the label address. The 47 West 63rds do sound astonishing, but there is always individual variation, and RVG masters turn out reliably fabulous listening, whether first or second pressing.
Title Previously blogged (2012) as a Division of United Artists reissue . Judge for yourself what United Artists house engineers created around ten years later and how it differs from a Blue Note “original” pressing, both boiled down to a 160 kbps mp3 rip – MC VeeGee of Comparethepressing assures me they each sound quite different.
Division of United Artists 1970-3 are generally very good, closer to the original than later reissues.
Kenny Burrell – BLP 4021 Mono with Art Blakey New York USA RVG Ear pressing. Record and Sleeve in VG+ condition. From my own collection and sound checked. A very nice copy.
LJC’s First Law of Collecting: If you see it, buy it.
The occasion buying turns out a mistake can be undone, simply by selling, or by just forgetting about it.
A mistake not buying can never be undone, and will haunt you the rest of your collecting life.
LJC’s Second Law of Collecting: Equilibrium
For the would-be audiophile however, the best possible sound is mostly (it must be said, not always) from vintage vinyl, and records demand nothing less than the best possible Hi Fi, to extract what’s in the grooves. That is why your record collection and your hi fi should be of roughly equal financial value.
Improve the hi-fi, you need to buy more records. Buy more records, time to improve your hi-fi. Each one repays not through itself but through the other. Equilibrium.
(Hey, what’s with all the philosophy, LJC?!)
A new custom-built valve-based phono stage amplifier, arriving at LJC shortly. All the records on the shelf are whooping with excitement. Go LJC go! And is that Tina Brooks I hear in the background, wolf-whistling?
More on this in a future post. Stay tuned to LJC. The only blog to give you both music and hifi porn.