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Various Artists – Best From The West – Modern Sounds From California, Vol. 1 (1955/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Best From The West: Modern Sounds From California, Vol. 1 (1955/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | MONO | Time – 23:55 minutes | 778 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | @ Blue Note Records

Originally released on 10-inch vinyl in early 1955, this album spotlights some of the best from Blue Note’s West Coast jazz roster of the day, as the title implies, recorded in Los Angeles and featuring prominent jazz musicians from both coasts such as Harry “Sweets” Edison, Stan Levey, Conte Candoli and Marty Paich. The “blindfold test” refers to the fact that this was originally issued with no credits, presenting a challenge to jazz fans to identify the players who were only revealed on the second volume of this series.

This note appeared on the original record jacket: “We’re curious to see which of Blue Note’s customers, long noted for their astute jazz tastes and discernment, can come up with a complete or at least partially correct answer”.

01 – Santa Anita
02 – Santa Monica
03 – The Blindfold Test No. 1
04 – Culver City
05 – The Blindfold Test No. 2
06 – Hooray For Hollywood

Recorded: Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, December 31, 1954.

Harry Edison, trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen, valve trombone, tenor saxophone
Herb Geller, alto saxophone
Lorraine Geller, piano
Joe Mondragon,bass
Larry Bunker, drums
Conte Candoli, trumpet
John Graas, French horn
Charlie Mariano, alto saxophone
Marty Paich, piano
Monty Budwig, bass
Stan Levey, drums
Jimmy Giuffre, clarinet, tenor saxophone
Buddy Collette, alto saxophone, flute
Clyde Dunn, baritone saxophone
Gerald Wiggins, piano
Howard Roberts, guitar
Curtis Counce, bass
Leonard Feather, director


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