Hot on the heels of the Prestige Esquire pairs, Prestige’s other label New Jazz, whose artists and covers alike include some of the most iconic work in the genre. Think Eric Dolphy, Roy Haynes, Oliver Nelson, Dizzy Reece…
Esquire deliver the same sonic performance as originals, however there is one specific reason why Esquires are to be preferred. Original New Jazz pressings are occasionally marred by the presence of recycled vinyl, added somewhere in the production chain. Not all, just some, unpredictably. No risk of hiss with Esquire
The back-to-back complete series continues with the incredibly rare titles of Donald Byrd on the short-lived Transition label, then the complete New Jazz Esquires, and a concludes with a finale, at the end, where else? Hosted here on LJC for posterity in the Esquire label guide, link below.
Pedantry Alert! For the sake of accuracy, there are a handful I have not been able to access a picture good enough for an illustrated reference guide. “Complete Guide” is the intention, eventually.
TRANSITION / ESQUIRE
PRESTIGE NEW JAZZ / ESQUIRE
Bossa Nova, that’s the next big thing. No more swinging, now everybody’s swaying. Samba meets Jazz. We gotta have some, Carlo. Get me on the next flight to Rio!
Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking…
And still a number of intriguing possibilities Esquire were experimenting with, including this title, recorded July 1956, originally released on Salem Records (right) reissued on Stepheny Records, a recording of Johnny Pate at the Blue Note, Chicago,, Esquire 32-169.
All the things that could have been but sadly the cash registers fail to ring, and Esquire was no more.
But what a legacy.
Producing these image-pairs has been subversive, brought me face to face with some very desirable records that I have never seen in the flesh, and of which I probably would never have heard or thought about of otherwise. Hopefully it has the same effect on you. Those Dolphy’s I have, but… Flanagan / Coltrane The Cats, so much music, Prestige or Esquire, it doesn’t matter which.