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Best From The West: Modern Sounds From California Vol. 1 [10-inch LP] by Various Artists
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Artist/Band:Various Artists
Name:Best From The West: Modern Sounds From California Vol. 1 [10-inch LP]
Cat No.:TOJJ-5059
Performed by:Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet)
Herb Walsh (alto sax)
Bob Enevoldsen (trombone)
Lorraine Geller (piano)
Joe Mondragon (bass)
Larry Bunker (drums)
Conte Candoli (trumpet)
John Graas (French horn)
Charlie Mariano (alto sax)
Marty Paich (piano)
Monty Budwig (bass)
Buddy Collette (alto sax,flute)
Jimmy Giuffre (baritone sax,clarinet,tenor sax)
Gerry Wiggins (piano)
Howard Roberts (guitar)
Curtis Counce (bass)
Release Date:04/28/1999
Description:Eastwind Import has managed to secure a few copies of out-of-print, 10-inch Blue Note LPs reissued by Toshiba EMI in Japan in 1999. Typical of the Japanese pressing, these 10-inch records are of highest quality, and lovingly prepared jackets are faithful reproductions of the original. A true collector's item!

Best From The West: Modern Sounds From California Vol. 1 is a very unique LP. First, it is one of the few Blue Note records featuring West Coast jazz musicians as the label's primary focus was decidedly on the East Coast jazz scene. Second, it is a part of a two-LP set which constituted a "blindfold test" for the record-buying public. There were no credits on the first volume, and the listener was supposed to guess who the musicians were before they were revealed on the second volume which was released later.

We can now safely say that both volumes feature wonderful original music by Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, John Graas, Marty Paich and Buddy Collette, and prominent West Coast musicians including Lorraine Geller, Joe Mondragon, Conte Candoli, Charlie Mariano and Stan Levey.

Recorded on December 31, 1954 in Los Angeles, CA. Originally released as Blue Note 5059. This is a mono, 10-inch LP.

Album Tracks:
1. Santa Anita
2. Santa Monica
3. The Blindfold Test No. 1
4. Culver City
5. The Blindfold Test No. 2
6. Hooray For Hollywood
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