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Five Steps To Dankworth

LP (Item 931307) Verve, 1957 — Condition: Very Good+

An early gem from Johnny Dankworth – the hard-swinging British arranger who'd release some great work on these shores in the 60s! Five Steps To Jazzis- slightly unusual in that all of the arrangements (and most compositions) are by Dankworth, but half of them are played by the Laurie Monk Quartet and Dickie Hawdon Quintet – and not Johnny's own group! The larger Dankworth ensemble is full on horns, and heavy on rhythm – a tightly-swinging large group that's one of the best manifestations of the big band in the post-swing era of the time. Monk's group has a smaller, intimate feel that's heavy on Laurie's trombone and Johnny Dankworth's alto – and Dickie Hawdon's combo features some great sax work from Dankworth himself. Titles include "One For Janet", "Somerset Morn", "Horoscope", "Somebody Loves Me", "Export Blues", and "Magenta Midget".  © 1996-2020, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Mono blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover is stained on the bottom half, with peeled spots on front and 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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