Charles, Waldron, Addison Farmer and Jerry Segal were playing together for the first time here, and were not yet known as the Prestige Jazz Quartet, but they would work a few more sessions together under that name.
Drummer Jerry Segal had done an earlier Teddy Charles recording for New Jazz, and had recorded with Terry Gibbs, so he knew something about playing behind vibraphonists. He would join Mose Allison for a few albums after Allison's move to Columbia.
This was John Jenkins's recording debut. 1957 would be his busiest year, touching the heart of New York indie jazz, as he recorded with Prestige, Blue Note, Savoy and Riverside. Like Teddy Charles, he would leave jazz a few years later to take up other pursuits, but unlike Charles, he doesn't seem to have found a more secure profession, For most of his non-jazz years, he was a street pedlar, and when he returned to music in the mid-1980s, it was as a street musician. This is no reflection on his ability--the world of street music in New York is highly competitive, and of a very high level. He did record once more, with Clifford Jordan, before his death in 1993.
The album was entitled Coolin'. The 1949 Miles Davis nonet sessions were finally released on LP by Capitol right around the time of this session, and were receiving the acclaim from the jazz public that they had always had among musicians, so that may have influenced the choice of title. And of course gerunds with dropped g's had been, and would continue to be featured in Prestige's releases of the Miles Davis Contractual Marathon sessions. All this seems to have had more to do with marketing than with the music.But whatever marketing strategy went into the naming of this album, there seems to have been not much followup. It was not released until 1959, and then only on New Jazz, and there were no repackagings of it under Teddy Charles's name. In fact, no repackagings at all, until finally a release on Concord's Original Jazz Classics series.
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