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LP (Item 23838) Norgran, Early 50s — Condition: Very Good

An incredible album of Latin jazz! Both sides are fantastic, and the LP assembles material from two earlier sessions issued on 10" LPs. The Jack Costanzo side features some of his best work – searing west coast Latin material, played with soloists like Bill Holman, Gerald Wiggins, and Tom Brown. Larry Marable's on drums, and the tracks are totally great. Titles include "Bottlabud", "Mambo Costanzo", and "G & J Blues". Even better is the other side of the record – killer material by Andre's Cuban All Stars, a group that features Gustavo Maas, an amazing tenor player, Bebo Valdes on piano, and Alejandro Vivar, a Cuban trumpeter. The band on these 5 tracks is incredible – and titles include "Blues For Andre", "Con Poco Coco", and "Duerme". Great Latin Jazz, with an emphasis on the Jazz – and one that we won't be likely to see again soon!  © 1996-2019, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Yellow label Norgran pressing with deep groove, and the trumpeter logo. Cover has light wear.)

Very Good

  • Vinyl can have some dirt, but nothing major.
  • May not shine under light, but should still be pretty clean, and not too dirty.
  • May have a number of marks (5 to 10 at most), and obvious signs of play, but never a big cluster of them, or any major mark that would be very deep. Most marks should still not click under a fingernail.
  • May not look near perfect, but should play fairly well, with slight surface noise, and the occasional click in part of a song, but never throughout a whole song or more.
  • This is clearly a copy that was played by someone a number of times, but which could also be a good "play copy" for someone new.

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