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French Jazz

LP (Item 1391) Bally, 1956 — Condition: Near Mint-

An early batch of tracks from French arranger Claude Bolling – probably best known for his later "jazz meets classical" work, but heard here in a great straight set from the 50s! The album features Bolling at the head of a largeish group that features Parisian players Roger Guerin, Pierre Gossez, Martial Solal, and Pierre Michelot – all working with Bolling in a set of tightly-arranged tracks that have a similarity to the west coast mode of the time. The main difference, though, is Claude's earthier touch on piano – one that, even amidst the clean-edged arrangements, stretches back to earlier eras of expression – and brings forward a few decades of tradition in his touch on the keys! Tracks include "French Beat", "Nuances", "Gee Lee", and "The Jockey".  © 1996-2020, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Blue label pressing with deep groove, including the rice paper inner sleeve.)

Near Mint - (minus)

  • Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
  • Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
  • One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so. These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play, but might detract from the looks.
  • May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record. (Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
  • May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
  • Possible minor surface noise when played.

Additional Marks & Notes

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