Hank Garland – Jazz Winds From a New Direction (CBS JCS 8372) (1961)

If I were to ask you to imagine what you thought guitar jazz sounded like and you were bereft, I would simply point you in the direction of this 1961 album by quintessential Nashville Cat Hank Garland (Elvis, the Everlys, Roy Orbison, Patsy, ad infinitum) . Choc full of bubbly, hollow-bodied, blindingly fast pointillist lead runs, Garland is matched by teenage vibraphone virtuoso Gary Burton on what must be one of his first on record performances. Jazz Winds‘ rhythm section comes on loan from the Dave Brubeck quartet.

What should have been the opening salvo in a long, illustrious career in jazz was in fact a sad last testament to his genius when a serious car accident left the guitarist unable to play at all for some time and never again in the studio. A sweet find, it was the “other album” mentioned in the MJQ post.

We’ve all bought reissues where previous label information is obscured, usually where a piece of like coloured art is placed over top during the redesign before printing. A peculiarity of this 1974 Columbia Special Products (A Service of CBS Records) Collectors’ Series reissue are the extraordinarily inefficient and ugly CIA-style hand-stuck, black-out tape coverings of Columbia logos, etc. on the front and back covers. Given that the record is assembled old-school tip-on fashion, one wonders if they re-used vintage materials. A mystery.

Published in: on April 18, 2011 at 8:06 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. This was in fact done because the European rights to the Columbia label name were owned by EMI at the time, so CBS releases bearing the Columbia label could not be imported without the name being obscured. Nothing to do with re-using old materials.

  2. Mystery solved! That’s the kind of scholarship I like to see–cheers Boursin. What a pain that must have been to organise covering up all those trademarks; I note however, the Columbia concentric ovals logo were not taped over on the Lp’s label.

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