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Holiday For Jazz

LP (Item 50146) Decca, 1955 — Condition: Very Good+
One of the rare few albums cut by 50s tenor star Joe Holiday – and a gem of a session that has him fronting a larger group, blowing lean well-cut solos on a number of very hip original tunes! The group's a large one, but the sound's still quite tight and swinging – a great follow-up to Joe's previous recordings on Prestige, showing an even more mature side of his talents. Holiday's got a great tone here – slightly echoey in its own right, and almost with some of the presence of bolder tenor players in the R&B world – yet still all jazz all the way through. Other players on the sessions include Thad Jones, Blue Mitchell, and Art Farmer on trumpets; Eddie Bert on trombone; Cecil Payne on baritone sax; and Duke Jordan on piano – and some of the arrangements are by Hal Mitchell. Titles are all originals by Joe – and include "Mimi The Champ", "Hello To You", "Opening Night", "Timmy's Tune", "Cousin Nino", "Skeetie", and "Tiny Mite".  © 1996-2022, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a lightly bent corner, a few small seam splits and a small peel spot. Includes the Decca inner bag!)

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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