I Remember Clifford (And Lee Morgan, Too)
Sometimes you’re on eBay and you’re browsing and then along comes an item and it’s like, wow, I would really like to have that. And thus it is with me and this item: Brown and Roach Incorporated, Emarcy 36008. This is a Canadian pressing in G condition for the record and the cover. Not too appealing so far, right? Well, here’s the thing: The record is signed. Not just signed, but signed by Clifford Brown. If you think about when Clifford died, 1956, and how young he was, 25, you would have to think that there are very few Clifford Brown autographs anywhere. Not to mention that he is probably one of my top five favorite musicians of all time (actually, I will think further on that subject and do another post on it this weekend). So this record has Clifford’s signature and also signatures by Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, George Morrow and, presumably, Richie Powell. A few things, however, do make the record somewhat less appealing to me. One is I don’t actually collect autographed records as do some other people — hello, there, Don-Lucky. But I would love to have a Clifford Brown autograph. Two is that it seems the owner
came back to Max in 1983 and had him re-sign it on the back in a black felt marker, which, to me, kind of taints some of the things I like about it. Anyway, there are nearly four days to go on this interesting collectible and the bidding is already in the $200 range, so it seems that there are others out there who, like me, would really, really like to have a Clifford Brown signature. There’s just something about knowing that he actually touched the album, had it in his hands, took the time to sign it.
Someone had mentioned this record on another post: Lee Morgan, The Sidewinder, Blue Note 4157. And what do we make of this? It does seem to have deep grooves, which would not be characteristic of the pressings of this era. The seller doesn’t mention the deep grooves in his listing. He does mention the ear, but does not mention the RVG in the dead wax. I’d pose questions if I was buying, although the price is already up there at $220 for a copy in M- condition. The seller seems to believe he knows quite a bit about the record, perhaps more than anyone in the world. He states: “This is only one of 4,000 records made at the first pressing.” I’ve never encountered such a definitive statement about Blue Note pressings and the specific quantity pressed and I know it’s been discussed here many times over the past seven years (yes, that’s how long we’ve been around as a blog), with no definitive answer. So, perhaps if the seller is a reader of Jazz Collector, he can share with us the source of the detailed knowledge he seems to possess. Perhaps this has been settled somewhere and I either forgot it or haven’t come across it: There are, indeed, two new Blue Note books out now, so maybe I’m just behind the knowledge curve. Someone, I’m sure, will set it straight.