This record is too good to get away with just the one selection. Move on to number two. Selection 2: Reaching Out
Frank Haynes (tenor saxophone) Billy Gardner (piano) Grant Green (guitar) Ben Tucker (bass) Dave Bailey (drums) recorded Bell Sound Studios, NYC, March 15, 1961
Music: Recorded during Grant Green’s ascendancy as the guitar voice of Blue Note, shortly after Blue Note sessions with Lou Donaldson and Baby-Face Willette, and shortly before Mobley’s album Workout. Hot hot hot.
Whilst not a Blue Note recording, it dates from the same time, from the white heat of modern jazz of the early ’60s. Originally recorded for the obscure Jazztime label, that label had very little market traction. It was subsequently brought to market by Muse over a decade later in 1973. This is the stuff that falls through the cracks, vintage reissues of vintage first issues.
Historical note: Fred Norsworthy’s Jazztime label, based in Malton, Ontario, Canada, was launched in 1961. At some later point the name was changed to Jazzline The recordings (including unissued material) later appeared under many different names and titles on Polydor, Fontana, Onyx, Muse, and Black Lion Records. Muse continues to be one of those overlooked and undervalued labels. Great!
Exciting and affordable. Frank Haynes tenor is “respectable”, as is everyone else on this session. Green is not given excess space, which is granted to the whole ensemble, resulting in a thoroughly enjoyable modern jazz outing to satisfy anyone with a taste for this genre
Vinyl: Muse MR 5014 (1973)
Muse reissue of Jazztime JT 003 “Dave Bailey Quintet – Reaching Out” which fetches an extraordinary sum at auction. On further investigation it seems this recording has had a number of identities, under different claimed leadership and different covers, published in different countries at different times. A Dutch Fontana stereo pressing appears (right, hat tip Moko) title taken from one of the tracks as “Our Miss Brooks” by Grant Green and the Dave Bailey Quintet.
The Muse seems to be the vinyl of choice, compared with the cost of a Jazztime original, though I wouldn’t expect the Fontana to be much different from Muse. I have seen a price premium put on Dave Bailey records before, but I had no idea he was considered a highly collectable artists. Muse mastering and pressing is very acceptable in early years, only 1973 Collector’s Corner
It is often the case you walk into a buy-situation in a store – no information, no recognition, merely instinct – you either buy or not buy. This was a little gem, the laminated thick cardboard cover shouted buy!! as did the provenance 1961. Which I did, no regrets. The laminated cover is a real joy, as is the easy flow of the music, balanced between bop and soul-jazz, is a delight. Not something to set the world on fire, but something to sit back on the sofa to enjoy.
That April 1st post! Not the latest one, but the Elvis prank from a year ago. Observe the reader stats in the last few days! Insane. OMG. Very flattering, 27,316 page views in one day, this is Justin Beiber territory, but I am content with jazz fans 2,000 views a day .
Many people are still asking for a copy of my Elvis hoax, from last year. Perhaps someone could produce one, we may have a winner here.