Incredible stuff! The LP features work from 3 seminal modern mid 50s groups of the Bay Area scene – all recorded at the Blackhawk nightclub in San Francisco at the height of their powers! Tracks feature the Vince Guaraldi
quartet with Jerry Dodgion on alto, the Dodgion Quartet with Sonny Clark on piano, and the Ron Crotty trio with Vince
on piano and celeste – so all groups are clearly linked here, both in personnel and styles! The collection of tracks is extremely well put together – as all tunes are united by a post-bop approach that looks strongly towards modern jazz, yet which never fails to swing. Great stuff – and an essential chapter of the emerging 50s underground. Titles include "Ginza", "The Groove", "Miss Jackie's Dish", "Calling Dr Funk", "Between 8th & 10th On Mission Street", and "The Night We Called It A Day".
(Heavy early black vinyl pressing, with deep groove! Cover has a split top seam, and some old tape on the bottom, but is nice overall.)