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United Notions

LP (Item 8730) MGM/Metro, 1958 — Condition: Very Good+

A unique early large group session from pianist Toshiko Akioshi – recorded with a hip group of international players! The record's almost a precursor of some of Akioshi's better-known big band work of later years – but it's got more of a small combo feel overall, thanks to a tight septet lineup that includes Toshiko on piano, Nat Adderley on cornet, Rolf Kuhn on alto and clarinet, Bobby Jaspar on tenor and flute, Rene Thomas on guitar, John Drew on bass, and Bert Dahlander (aka Bart Dahl) on drums. Doc Severinson stands in on trumpet for Adderley on a few numbers – but the real stars of the show are the reedmen, who get plenty of space to do their thing, and seem to show Toshiko's early preference for sharp-edged solos with a lot of feeling. Titles include "Sukiyaki", "Swinging Till The Girls Come Home", "United Notions", and "Civilized Folk".  © 1996-2022, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Original red label pressing, with deep groove! Cover has green tape on the bottom seam, but this is a great copy overall.)

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.

Additional Marks & Notes

If something is noteworthy, we try to note it in the comments — especially if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record. This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip, cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.



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