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Mel Lewis Sextet

LP (Item 353415) Mode, 1957 — Condition: Very Good+

A classic late 50s side from the Mode label – and one of those great LA sessions that was almost more noteworthy for the sidemen than the leader! Drummer Mel Lewis heads up the group, sure, but the real strength of the set is in its three piece frontline – which features Charlie Mariano on alto, Bill Holman on tenor and baritone, and Jack Sheldon on trumpet – all of whom come together perfectly in a strong mix of ensemble chorus playing and breakout solo work. Mariano's horn really shines, as it always manages to do in such a setting – and brings a deeper level of soul to the set than you might expect. Piano is by Marty Paich, and tracks are a bit longer than usual – with tunes that include the originals "Grey Flannel", "Jazz Goes To Siwash", and "Charlie's Cavern".  © 1996-2020, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Original pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has some small press flaw bumps. Cover has split seams held with clear tape, some wear and aging, and a bit of pen on back.)

Very Good + (plus)

  • Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
  • Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
  • Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
  • This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have some signs of use (although not major ones).
  • May have slight surface noise when played.

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