Elektra EKS 7099 (Stereo)
Released: June 1958
Production: Jac Holzman in association with Mark Morris
New Orleans Trad Jazz from a small combo with a 'leaning towards spirituals' led by (then) 23-year-old Ken Davern, who still plays around the world. The band were one of a small number of trad bands in New York and only Ken was a full-time musician.
Released as EKL-201-X in the short-lived 'X' stereo series. On these few early stereo discs the stereo 'sticker' was in fact printed into the sleeve design. I don't know whether any copies were pressed with the number EKS 7099 - it does have the feel of an afterthought - but you can see why the label would want to regularise their numbering system even if the discs never bore the numbers used. (Or at least they would have been stickered.) The label refers to a '45/45' recording which doesn't mean 45 rpm (there is no speed notation on the disc) but to the so-called 'Blumlein' method of cutting stereo discs with the left and right channels each at 45 degrees to the disc. This is the way all stereo discs were cut and ensures that a conventional mono pick-up would play the sum of the left and right channels.