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Fine and mellow

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“Easy Does It”  Epic Records EP  Lester Young with Count Basie and his Orchestra  Illustration by Birger Roos . (1955)

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Sophisticated Sassy

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Another pretty EP from a recent score of Jazz picture sleeves from the fifties.  Sarah Vaughan  “Imagination” on Mercury Records (1955)  From the liner notes:  “A pretty melody to Sarah Vaughan is a plaything to color, to add to, to take from, to twist into graceful new shapes.  It is her creativity and delightful musical imagination that sets her apart for the ordinary merchants of words and music”

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Men with horns

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“Riff Medley”  Conrad Gozzo and his Swing Wing  RCA Victor Records

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Cool Jolly

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Pete Jolly and His Trio  (w/Buddy Clark, Bass and Art Mardigan, Drums) RCA Victor Records (1955)  I picked up a bunch of nice jazz 45s with fun sleeves recently.  This has a nice 50’s beatnik quality to it and that cool line drawing style that David Stone Martin and Jim Flora made famous.  This one done by Romano Ross.

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Killing me softly

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“Speak Low”  Tempo Records (UK)  A nice compilation of Tempo jazz recordings.  “More Mood Music in the Modern Manner, featuring Victor Feldman, Jimmy Deuchar, Tubby Hayes, Dizzy Reece, Don Rendell, Ronnie Scott, Allan Ganley, Derek Humble, Tony Crombie, etc.”

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Lady in red

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Dance with Robledo and His Group Volume II  Alta Fidelidade Records (Brazil)   Look at the sheen on the dress and on that bass with it’s mirroring curves. Luscious!

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Mmm, bop

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Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra  Horizons du Jazz #9  RCA Records (France)  1963 release of material from 1946 – 1949

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Groove me

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“Music for Play Boys”  Volume 5   Richard “Groove” Holmes  Prestige Records (Japan)

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Jazz royalty

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Ella and Louis Vol. 3  Karusell Records (Sweden) (1957)  Under a Blanket of Blue / Can’t We Be Friends // April in Paris

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Top of “pops”!

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Louis “Pops” Armstrong on the French Odeon label.  Saint Louis blues / Mahogany Hall Stomp // After You’ve Gone / I Can’t Give You Anything But Love  (1954).  Louis was both pure joyful entertainment and the highest level of artistry.  For five decades he was an American ambassador around the world for the music he helped create.  In and out of style, he remained true to himself through the worst Jim Crow racism and blew down barriers with his genius.  Good to go back and listen still!

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