I think that this LP sounds exceptionally great. It’s clean and glossy, but still has some light noise here and there. That doesn’t make me enjoy it any less–the stereo mix sounds vibrant and alive. Another example of the quality the music and sonics the Contemporary label had happening at this time. Howard Holzer engineered these August 1962 and March 1963 sessions.
Released in 1963, the record features two different small groups led by bassist Leroy Vinnegar as a follow up to 1957’s Leroy Walks. The shuffle posted below, Freddie Hubbard’s “Down Under”, includes Teddy Edwards (ts), Freddy Hill (tp), Mike Melvoin (p), Roy Ayers (vib), and Milt Turner from Ray Charles’ band on drums. Some of the other tracks have a different rhythm section with Victor Feldman on vibes and piano, and Ron Jefferson (dr).
(Details: Contemporary S7608 stereo/black+gold label/D3/D1 matrix)