The back-to-back complete Esquire Prestige series continues with the incredibly rare titles of Donald Byrd on the short-lived Transition label, then we pick up with the complete New Jazz Esquires, and tie up some loose ends – at the very end – where else?
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.