Selection: B Quick (Rollins)
(Update: Bonus track – featuring Earl Coleman vocals)
My Ideal (Whiting)
Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Kenny Drew (piano) George Morrow (bass) Max Roach (drums) Earl Coleman (vocals) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, December 7, 1956
Recorded the same year as Saxophone Collossus, Sonny gets a traffic ticket for speeding in charge of a saxophone. Two compostions, B Swift and B Quick showcase Sonny’s extraordinary finger-rapidity on the tenor. It is difficult however to account for Rollins decision to feature two vocal tracks with baritone crooner Earl Coleman here.Perhaps he was thinking of the pairing between a saxophone voice and a human voice. Whatever the reason he seems not to have repeated it, which tells you how successful he thought the idea.
Vinyl: Esquire 32-085, 1st UK release of Prestige PR 7126
Cover: Over to LJC resident art critic and connoisseur of record sleeve design, Auguste Renoir de Meerkat, leading authority on semiology in pop-culture, who shares his critical insights:
” Ze Prestige original (right) makes a bold graphical statement about …err.. wooden frame shuttering, with…umm, bits of wood, well planks … forced, nailed together — umm…in what must be, as they say in France, un tour, obviously. Myself, I prefer the Esquire. I like Green, cheers me up. Prestige is an animal cage, isn’t it?”
All this from a young tenor-player who modestly described himself as a Saxophone Collossus. Fortunately for us, it was all true.
The vinyl carries an AB marking, pressed by Abbey Manufacturing, and RVG stamp.
Source: Collection of the late Brian Clark, founder of Lenco Heaven forum..
Initially I had reservations about the vocals on this album, but in a cheesy way, I quite like the Earl Coleman crooning, but only ironically. At the hairdressers the other day, the in-salon music system was also playing songs, from another crooner, Frank Sinatra: Come Fly With Me, a cultural signpost to 1960’s romance of travel, before everyone had been everywhere
…if you can use some exotic booze, there’s a bar in far Bombay…
Those lyrics are a perfect retro-Hollywood view of the world, much preferable to the real world. Rick’s café Americain, Casablanca. There was a time when people used to say “get real!” I say, we should be able to come up with something better than the real world, which in large measure, sucks.
LJC’s eBAY Tales: despatches from the collector’s front line
Shill-bidding: a cautionary tale
An Ebay auction on a low-value reissue closed today, which unfortunately I won, but which gave me an unexpected shock. From nowhere a snipe appeared which pushed the final price up fivefold. A quick search on the price-setting mystery bidder showed he had only ten bids in the last month – all with the same seller, 100%, bidding with no-one or nothing else: a shill account.
Delving through the feedback history of the seller, this same “mystery bidder” had appeared repeatedly, stretching back over years, sometimes ten wins the same day. Almost all the auctions they won from the seller were for nominal amounts, because they were auctions in which were no other bidders.
On this occasion because I sniped a proper bid, they appeared with a £24 bid, which bumped the final selling price for me to £25 instead of £5.The abuse of Ebay polices quickly became apparent. The seller was using a second account to place a hidden higher bid on each of their record auctions. If there were no other real bidders, the second account bid won, cost next to nothing. However if there was a serious real bidder, the second account hidden bid became price setter, ensuring the seller got a high reserve price while avoiding Ebay reserve price charges. Cute.
Taking the hit, I resolved to go down fighting.
Ebay have an explicit policy against shill-bidding, and claim they have all sorts of algorithms to detect it, which of course they are obliged to keep secret. They urge you to report suspicious activity, but if you try and raise suspicions through Ebay’s automated reporting systems, it is hopeless, there is no relevant item in their picklists, and it’s tempting to just write it off and give up. Easy life for them.
There is nothing you can find on Ebay online reporting to raise suspicion of a shill-biding set up, so I went to their online chat facility with customer service, which was a pleasant surprise. A service agent quickly came on line, and over the space of a half dozen typed interchanges we nailed this seller. He hadn’t hidden his tracks, instead leaving himself phoney feedback from a second account with a long track record of only bidding on his own auctions. He is toast.
An auction is a legal contract of sale and purchase, to which rules and policies apply. . A seller who rigs an auction to artificially increase the price is a fraudster. If you think you have been caught in a shill-bidding scam, I recommend you raise the case direct with Ebay customer support through the chat facility. It is straightforward and is good for honest buyers and sellers in the long run.
Do you have any Ebay tales to tell? Feel free to share.
POSTSCRIPT (Feb 8, 2014)
One of the Rollins/ Earl Coleman vocal tracks uploaded in case anyone wants to experience the combination.This Esquire copy is in far from perfect condition, and for some reason both the vocal tracks have a few scratches and some background crackle.
My Ideal (vocals Earl Coleman)
I recommend approaching it as a period movie soundtrack, complete with authentic surface noise. Perhaps set in Rick’s café Americain.