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LP (Item 388785) Decca, 1955 — Condition: Very Good

A classic session from the second wave of LA cool jazz of the 50s – headed up by French horn player John Graas, a player as important to his instrument as Gerry Mulligan was to the baritone sax! Like Mulligan, Graas was working with an instrument that you might normally think of as clunky – but he managed to swing with an incredibly fluid style – bringing the French horn into jazz with amazing skill, and working with groups of top-shelf LA players in a tightly arranged style that crackled with energy! Graas is working here in a slightly experimental "lab" style – with larger groupings that include well-suited LA soloists like Herb Geller, Bob Enevoldsen, Dave Pell, Marty Paich, Howard Roberts and Jimmy Giuffre. 10 tracks in all, including "Canon Ball", "Friar Tuck", "Minor Call", "Le Chasse", "Mozartesque", "Pick Yourself Up", "ANdante", "Allegretto", "Softly The Horn Blows" and "Lighthouse 6/4".  © 1996-2019, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Mono small black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some aging and small notes in pencil on back.)

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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