Paul Chambers — Chambers’ Music


This is Paul Chambers’ first record as a leader, released on the Jazz:West label in 1956.  Recorded early that year with a quartet including Kenny Drew on piano and his partners in Miles Davis’ new group, John Coltrane and Philly (Philadelphia on the cover!) Joe Jones.  It’s an excellent session of standards with one original composition each from Chambers and Drew.  Charlie Parkers’ “Dexterity”, which features the leader, is included below.  It’s been particularly great to listen to Kenny Drew. I don’t have many recordings of him, but I really like his playing.

The Jazz:West label had only 10 releases in the mid-1950’s and are quite rare.  The vinyl is fairly thick and heavy and has the flatedge like the Blue Note LP’s of the era.  This record was reissued by the Score label in 1958, but this is the original release.  Both the cover and LP show a fair amount of wear, grading at VG, but are still very enjoyable.

(Details: Jazz West JWLP-7/red deepgroove label/flatedge)

Paul Chambers — Dexterity

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6 Responses to Paul Chambers — Chambers’ Music

  1. dottorjazz says:

    I’ve listened to this yesterday, alas the Blue Note reissue series that has a couple of inedits.
    I’m still looking for Jazz West.

  2. dottorjazz says:

    one of my idols is Trane, of which I’ve almost all works as first pressing, and this is missing.
    if you would like to have all of PC records, you gotta change home: they are thousands!

    • vinyltim says:

      Very true. It’s pretty staggering how many important recordings he was part of in a short amount of time.

  3. Nice find!! This is rare. I must be looking in the wrong places.
    Do tell. Was it 50c in a thrift store, hand to hand combat on eBay, or did an ageing distant relative bequeath you his entire collection of Jazz rarities?

    • vinyltim says:

      Thanks a lot, it was part of a collection that I purchased. I’ve already posted several on the blog from that group.

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