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A long-time want-lister, we finally found this most rare of all 3 Stooges picture sleeves!  “Have Rocket, Will Travel”  Colpix Records  (1959)

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Say it loud

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Here’s this week’s exciting new find.  “Black is Beautiful”  The Douglass High School Choir, Orchestra, Chorus  (Oklahoma City)   Century Records – Dimension 70  (1970)  “Black Is Beautiful”

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Let’s go trippin’

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Two on a favorite children’s record label – Robin Hood!  One from the “Famous Children’s Stories” series and one from the “Children’s Playtime Songs” series.   Each is kind of trippy in that children’s fairy tale way.

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Dolly dagger

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Terreur et Tangos  Etienne Lorin  Pacific Records (France)  An EP with four tangos:  Kriminal Tango, Mystere Tango, Texas Tango and Tango Della Morte!

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Spinning only 45’s

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Merveilles de L’Enfance  Panarama Records (France)

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Flying high

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Fernand Raynaud  Philips Records

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Invitation to the Blues

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A early David Stone Martin cover (a 1950 reissue of the 1946 original 78 RPM set on DISC Records from 1946).  Norman Granz’ Jazz at the Philharmonic  Volume #4  Mercury Records  From a 1944 concert featuring  Jack McVea, Illinois Jacquet (tenor saxes), J. J. Johnson (trombone), “Shorty” Nadine [Nat King Cole] (piano), Johnny Miller (bass), Les Paul (guitar), Lee Young (drums)

“Blues”, a simply titled three-part jump blues running for over ten minutes, was the highlight of the first “Jazz at the Philharmonic” concert, at Los Angeles’ Philharmonic Auditorium on Sunday afternoon, July 2, 1944, because of Illinois Jacquet’s honking and screaming tenor sax solo on Part 2 and the humorous piano and guitar chase sequence by Nat King Cole (billed “Nadine” Shorty on the record label for obvious contract reasons with Capitol Records) and Les Paul on Part 3.  In addition, it has fine solos by R&B tenor saxist Jack McVea nd a young J.J. Johnson on trombone on Part 1, all driven by an irrestible rhythm section, consisting of Johnny Miller, then bassist of the King Cole Trio, and Lee Young, Lester Young’s drumming brother, besides Nat Cole and Les Paul.

“Lester Leaps In”, although not the definitive JATP version of the tune (Lester Young is missing), is played with a similar attitude, showcasing some excellent solos (another tenor sax outburst of Jacquet among them) in front of the driving rhythm for over nine minutes.   Via.

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A plane cover

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An uphill battle

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Art Pepper Returns  A cool cover to an Art Pepper EP on Sonet Records (UK).   Art Pepper’s autobiography “Straight Life” is a great read about the West Coast jazz scene and the alto legend’s addiction to heroin, prison stints and memorable comebacks.   I believe this cover photo is by Bill Claxton.

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Burning love

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Two Cigarettes in the Dark   The M-G-M Strings conducted Leroy Holmes   M-G-M Records

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