Rudy Van Gelder recorded this live set featuring Eric Dolphy’s quintet for Prestige in July 1961. Booker Little (tp), Mal Waldron (p), Richard Davis (bs), and Ed Blackwell (dr) round out the group for this record, which includes only two tracks, each filling a full side of an LP. The music is exciting, aggressive, and experimental, ready to break apart at the seams at any second. Ed Blackwell is particularly happening–very interactive and swinging hard–definitely pushing the whole ensemble.
I think that this is the first pressing, but I’m not completely sure. Everything points to that–Bergenfield NJ address, yellow and black label, van gelder stamp–but there is no deepgroove. This is getting close to the point when they changed to the blue label, maybe in the late yellow/black era there was not always a deepgroove? Or maybe this is a slightly later pressing using an old label? If anyone has any thoughts on this or a copy of their own to compare, please comment. Either way, it’s a pretty clean early copy of some compelling music.
(Details: Prestige PRLP 7294/Bergenfield NJ/yellow+black/Van Gelder)