Behind The Session: “Got To Take Another Chance”

Got To Take Another Chance is from Philly Joe’s next album as a leader after his 1959 “Showcase” LP for Riverside. Joe started 1960 by recording a couple of multiple drummer dates: “The Soul Of Jazz Percussion” (Warwick) and “Gretch Drum Night At Birdland” (Roulette). Two days later he recorded a Wynton Kelly trio date for Vee Jay records (April 27), followed on May 20 with the “Philly Joe’s Beat” recording. Before he went back to Blue Note to record another string of albums starting with Freddie Hubbard’s “Goin’ Up” LP (November 6, 1960), Philly Joe did another session for Atlantic as a leader on October 4, 1960 that remains unissued. The 8 tracks that were recorded that day are all clearly titled in discography listings. For us Philly Joe fans, wouldn’t it be great to get that session released? Of course it would. Unfortunately, in February 1978, Atlantic Records had a fire in their Long Branch, New Jersey, non-air-conditioned storage facility which “destroyed virtually all of Atlantic’s unreleased masters, alternate takes and sessions tapes by artists who had recorded for the label and its offshoots throughout its classic 1948-1969 first golden era.”

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