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Tyree Glenn / Hank Jones Quintet/Sextet: Complete Recordings

Read "Complete Recordings" reviewed by Joe Alterman

In the history of jazz, few pianists have been as prolific as the recently deceased Hank Jones. His tasteful and subtle playing is documented on literally thousands of recordings. Many of them are today known as jazz classics--benchmarks to the greatness of this music--and Jones' playing and support on all of them were crucial in creating ...

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Various Artists: Christmas With the Jazz Legends, Vol. 2

Read "Christmas With the Jazz Legends, Vol. 2" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Lone Hill Jazz is best known for their straight reissues of long unavailable, valuable jazz sessions. But this anthology is a messy hodge-podge of holiday songs, ranging from legitimate jazz instrumentals and vocals, to crossover vocals awash in strings and vocalists who are well outside of jazz.

There are some memorable diamonds mixed in ...

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West Coast Jazz All Stars: Original Jazz Compositions

Read "Original Jazz Compositions" reviewed by David Rickert

You can't judge a CD by its cover. Based on the title and the lineup on the front--Bob Cooper, Bud Shank, Don Fagerquist, Jimmy Rowles, and Shelley Manne--one would think that this would be a classic West Coast blowing session, something recorded on a Sunday afternoon at the Lighthouse, perhaps. However, the music contained on this ...

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Manny Albam: Jazz Workshop

Read "Jazz Workshop" reviewed by David Rickert

Behind the scenes Manny Albam contributed to the books of Charlie Spivak, Count Basie, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton. Like many other arrangers, he was also inspired to strike out on his own and record albums as a leader. This set from Lone Hill Jazz collects his first two sessions as a leader.

The ...

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Helen Merrill: Complete Recordings with Clifford Brown

Read "Complete Recordings with Clifford Brown" reviewed by David Rickert

Many people are familiar with Clifford Brown's collaboration with Sarah Vaughan, which many consider to be a classic. Far less well-known is his record with singer Helen Merrill for Emarcy from 1954, which features a similar set up and feel. Merrill has always been on the second tier of jazz singers as far as popularity is ...

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Bud Shank and Bob Cooper: European Tour '58

Read "European Tour '58" reviewed by David Rickert

Who wouldn't enjoy a nice trip overseas in Europe? Certainly many jazz musicians enjoyed a sojourn overseas because of the enthusiastic audiences, lack of prejudice, and, of course, the ability to see all the sights. Altoist/flautist Bud Shank and tenorist/oboist Bob Cooper, two West Coast musicians who formed a friendship in the Stan Kenton band that ...

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John Graas: Jazz Studio 1/2: Complete Sessions

Read "Jazz Studio 1/2: Complete Sessions" reviewed by David Rickert

Why isn't John Graas more well-known as a jazz musician? Partly because he spent his time on the West Coast in and out of studio bands, recording infrequently with jazz bands or leading his own sessions. It could also be that his chosen instrument, the French horn, is the awkward kid standing off to the side ...

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Bud Shank and Bob Cooper: European Tour '57

Read "European Tour '57" reviewed by David Rickert

Bud Shank and Bob Cooper were prolific players on the 1950s West Coast jazz scene, readily available to participate in studio sessions while making a lot of hay as studio musicians. However, they developed a unique chemistry early on as members of Stan Kenton's band, particularly in the area of unusual instrumentation. While the altoist and ...

Dick Twardzik Trio: Complete Recordings

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Dick Twardzik is one of the great “What Ifs in jazz. After a promising start backing the likes of saxophonists Charlie Parker and Serge Chaloff, showing a penchant for inventive originals and ingenious reworking of melodies, he succumbed to a drug overdose at the age of 24 while on tour with Chet Baker. He is one ...

Bob Gordon: Quintet/Sextet with Herbie Harper and Jack Montrose Complete Recordings

Read "Quintet/Sextet with Herbie Harper and Jack Montrose Complete Recordings" reviewed by David Rickert

Bob Gordon was a major player on the West Coast scene of the fifties and was on a path to become one of the greatest baritone sax players jazz had ever produced. Unfortunately, he died in an automobile accident in 1955, just as the cool jazz scene was beginning to gather some steam.

Before ...