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In A Twentieth Century Drawing Room

LP (Item 75164) RCA, 1955 — Condition: Near Mint-

Reed player Hal McKusick has always been one of our favorite talents from the 50's, but he always seems to be overlooked by the history books because he's not easy to fit in with any of the larger schools of jazz. With his beautiful measured style on alto and clarinet, he certainly wasn't a bopper, but since he still could swing, and arrange for tight little groups, he wasn't as much of a modernist as you might expect. Instead, he serves as a great bridge between the more out stuff of artists like Jimmy Giuffre and the refined bop of reed players like Zoot Sims and Al Cohn. This 1955 RCA recording is one of his best efforts ever, and features a tight octet playing what appears to be "chamber jazz", but which swings a lot more than any of the west coast stuff of the same name that was coming out at the time. A core group of alto, guitar, bass, and drums is backed by a string quartet, for a sound that provides a haunting platform for McKusick's beautiful reedwork. Tracks include "Gift Of The Magi", "Theme", "Alto Stratus", and "Brother Jack".  © 1996-2021, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(80s Spanish Fresh Sound reissue.)

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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