Paul Gonsalves for Vocalion from 1964.
Paul Gonsalves-Tenor;Pat Smythe-Piano;Kenny Napper-Bass;Ronnie Stevenson-Drums
What better way to celebrate a million hits at Orgy in Rhythm than with one of the most expensive and toughest albums ever to track down.This sells for over a grand on ebay if it shows up and the recent Japanese vinyl repress is now appearing at $400 !!!! Only 500 copies were pressed on the British lable Vocalion and since the title track appeared on the second volume of the " Impressed With" British Jazz comp it's desirability has increased further still.The latin flavoured title track is a dedication to Jack Sharpe,one time jazz club owner,taxi driver and legendary London character.Gonsalves was a good mate of Sharpe's, and Jackie "supervised" the album. Gonsalves died in Sharpe's flat in 1974.
Here's a write up from Dusty Groove who had the recent Japanese cd issue in stock but have now sold out (like most other places)
Tremendous work from saxophonist Paul Gonsalves -- one of his rare UK sessions from the 60s, all of which show that he had a tremendous sound that went way beyond his more famous work with Duke Ellington! The style here is tight, hip, and very grooving -- work by a quartet that features Gonsalves on tenor, plus Pat Smythe on piano, Kenny Napper on bass, and Ronnie Stevenson on drums -- all hitting a soulful hardbop style that's very much like the best Tubby Hayes records from the time! Gonsalves' tone is incredible -- with that raspy, almost flatted mode that he used with Ellington -- and it really stretches out here with plenty of room for creativity, in a way that makes us wonder why nobody ever got this one issued over on our side of the Atlantic.
Ripped @320 from the Japanese cd issue.