A Wailin’ Session (And More)
I was piling a bunch of very nice records into my Watch List folder and noticed that many were from the same seller, including Art Taylor, Taylor’s Wailers, Prestige 7117. This is an original New York yellow label pressing that looks to be in at least VG++ condition for both the record and the cover, and perhaps even better. The auction closes in three days and the bidding is close to $500. Interesting coincidence: Just a couple of days before noticing this listing I put this record on the turntable and gave it a close listen. I don’t think I’d ever listened to it and I was expecting one of those Prestige jam sessions. It’s not. It’s a well arranged, carefully conceived album with tremendous playing all around. The main group has Donald Byrd, Charlie Rouse, Jackie McLean, Ray Bryant and Wendell Marshall, in addition to AT. I have no idea why Prestige threw in another track by a separate group with John Coltrane, Red Garland and Paul Chambers, but of course it’s wonderful that they did. Coltrane is in nice form, but it’s the rest of the album that is also quite impressive. I highly recommend giving it a listen for those of you lucky enough to own a copy.
Here are a few other highlights from this same auction:
Dexter Gordon, Daddy Plays the Horn, Bethlehem 36. This is an original red label pressing that looks to be in M- condition for both the record and the cover. Bidding is in the $200 range. Another great record.
Art Pepper, Modern Art, Intro 606. This is another original pressing that looks to be in VG++ condition for both the record and the cover. This one is already priced at more than $900 and will surely break into the $1,000 bin.