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Spring 1964. A 14 year old teenager visits a friend of his parents'. He sits on the floor, surrounded by a small collection of LPs. On the record player in front of him a cute LP turns its 33 1/3 revolutions per minute. The LP had been pressed in red vinyl. The sounds from the loudspeaker (stereo has already been invented but isn't available here) is different from anything he has heard before. It's created by a quartet of musicians, trumpet, baritone saxophone, double bass, and drums. Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Carson Smith and Chico Hamilton are the musicians playing Vincent Youmans' Carioca, Charles Chaplin's Limelight and this unmatched version of Rodgers' and Hart's My Funny Valentine.
Two other LPs attract him due to their covers. One shows a beautiful black lady in a formfitting yellow dress looking at a black saxophone player. Nancy Wilson gives her debut as a jazz singer supported by the already well known Julian "Cannonball" Adderley Quintet begging: Save Your Love For Me.
The other cover shows the portrait of the young actress Jackie Collins from Great Britain, a long blonde braid falling over her naked shoulder, looking seductively at the innocent listener. COOL MUSIC FOR A HOT NIGHT is the title of this sampler, gathering the jazz musicians from the U.K. in various combinations. A "who is who" of the jazz scene including the young Victor Feldman, Dizzy Reece, Tubby Hayes, Jimmy Deuchar, Ronnie Scott and Derek Humble. Among the titles presented are How Deep Is the Ocean?, Yesterdays, Stars Fell On Alabama, Body And Soul and These Foolish Things.
Love at first sight. Love at first eavesdropping. A young hepcat is born. While his classmates divide into Beatles and Rolling Stones fans, he is completely addicted to jazz. "There is no rhythm at all," is the first comment of a classmate listening to one of his first records. Over the years he'll get used to this kind of reaction.
Concerto For Drums by Louie Bellson, Mahalia Jackson and the Golden Gate Quartet are the small foundation of a collection of jazz recordings which is still growing.
Most of his pocket money is now spent on jazz LPs: Dave Brubeck's Time Further Out and Jazz Impressions of Eurasia (Time Out will not follow until 1971!), Klaus Doldinger's Jazz Made In Germany, Oscar Peterson Plays My Fair Lady, Albert Mangelsdorff's Now Jazz Ramwong and Sonny Rollins on impulse are paid for out of his own pocket.
April 9, 1966 will remain one of the most important dates in the life of our young teenager. His first encounter with Miles Davis will become the most important recording to date: Kind of Blue.
to be continued