Released in 1956, this is the first 12″ LP release of Davis’ October 1951 session for Prestige. Sonny Rollins and Jackie MeLean join the leader on the front line and Walter Bishop (p), Tommy Potter (bs), and Art Blakey (dr) are in the rhythm section.
Often seen with a blue cover, this grey cover version is the first pressing. It has the W.50th St. address, deepgroove label, and the Van Gelder stamp. It shows a fair amount of wear, nothing ugly, but it has been played a lot. Luckily, like many of these old pressings, it sounds very good despite the wear–better than it looks if you know what I mean. I don’t know why, but they definitely don’t press them like they used to.
(Details: Prestige PRLP 7012/W.50th NYC/deepgroove/RVG)