Selection: Mambo Ricci (Amalbert/ Ricci)
Eric Dolphy (as, bclar, fl) Carlie Simons (vib) Gene Casey (p) Bill Ellington (b) Manny Ramos (d, timb) Juan Amalbert (congas) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 19, 1960
LJQ brought to you by LJC. Concord Music say:
The combination of a Latin quintet featuring vibes and timbales and explosive multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy might seem an oil-and-water mix. It actually worked extremely well, so well that Dolphy and the LJQ joined forces again on United Artists. The key is the material, which is heavily tinted with blue, and the extraordinary versatility of the immortal Dolphy.
The bringing-together of unlikely combinations of flavours is commonplace today, staving off consumer fatigue, quenching the endless thirst for novelty with ever more unlikely pairings. But it’s hard to imagine what the 1960 listener made of this release: Did the goatee-stroking beatniks breathe “yeah…cha cha cha“? Dolphy rips ballroom dancing, ay caramba! Shock of a different sort, perhaps. To todays ear, the Latin sound is almost kitsch, so it works, but in a different way.
NJLP 8251; OJCCD 819-2 ; Prestige MPP 2503
Vinyl doesn’t come much more cheap-skate than this – green Prestige label 1980 pressing, 110 gm vinyl.
Have you no self-respect LJC? Do you realise this blog may be read by impressionable young collectors who may now think its OK to buy lightweight Eighties reissues? Not even any old reissue, but these black cover repackaged alternative Prestige covers? Real collectors Don’t Buy Re-issues, wasn’t that your maxim? Ummm yes, sort of.
Poundland! Cheapskate Alert!! Vinyl collector ratings off the bottom of the scale.
Repeatedly failed to secure a New Jazz purple label copy, twice alone in the last week, second-placed in the UK Scottnichol auction, pipped by a dealer with a score over 4,000, all of their history being LPs, Yes, it was “snatched” by the dreaded TokyoJazzCollector raiding British Ebay auctions with XXL bids – Ahoudori1947 – the pseudonym for the Disc Union Japanese record shops. That is doubly annoying. No, make that triply so. I don’t have a problem with losing to another collector – all’s fair in love and war – it’s a fair fight. I simply dislike arbitrageurs who buy in one market to sell in another.
So I have given up for now. I shall sit and enjoy my Prestige reissue, which doesn’t actually sound that bad, though the less said of the cover, the better. At least I haven’t stooped as low as the evil silver disc, so there’s hope yet.
On the upside: price in single figures, vinyl in mint condition, quite nice stereo, no risk of recycled vinyl hiss, (and you can hide the cover) so may be just nudge a 1 Smug Rating.
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