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)