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Best Of The Vanguard Years

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2000

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Oregon: Best of the Vanguard Years

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Best of the Vanguard Years is a compilation CD from the innovative group Oregon; a band that was based in the state of the same name, featuring the collaborative efforts of Paul McCandless, Ralph Towner, Glen Moore, and Collin Walcott. A historically important group, the founding members of Oregon combined their classical backgrounds with jazz improvisations ...

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John Hammond: Best of the Vanguard Years

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John Hammond Jr. is a steady performer who continues to revive some classic blues material that might otherwise be forgotten. Best of the Vanguard Years provides a nice overview of his early days. Hammond began his recording career on the Vanguard label, generating five albums between 1964 and 1967. After stints with Atlantic and Columbia, Hammond ...

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Charlie Musselwhite: Best of the Vanguard Years

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When 18-year-old Charlie Musselwhite left Memphis for Chicago in 1962, he wasn't even aware that the Windy City was the center of the blues universe. His only objective was to land a decent factory job. But Musselwhite would soon discover how vital the blues scene was in his new hometown. He would also notice that there ...

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Otis Spann: Best of the Vanguard Years

Read "Best of the Vanguard Years" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Nowhere are Otis Spann’s piano skills better showcased than on this CD’s first five tracks, lifted from the classic 1969 album Chicago/The Blues/Today! Volume 1. These cuts feature Spann in a spare format with drummer S.P. Leary as his only backing, and they contain some of the most accomplished blues piano ever recorded. The rest of ...


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