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Complete College Goes to Jazz Import


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Audio CD, Import, November 15, 2004
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  • Audio CD (November 15, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Lonehill Jazz Spain
  • ASIN: B0006GMYSO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Westlake Bounce
2. Theme
3. Jive At Five
4. Topsy
5. Ghost Talk
6. Motif
7. La Paz
8. Siftly As In A Morning Sunrise
9. Billy Boy
10. Mood
11. Billie's Bounce
12. Jazz Chaconne No 1 (Chaconne Pt 1)
13. Jazz Chaconne No 1 (Chaconne Pt Ii-Medium Fast)
14. Jazz Chaconne No 1 (Chaconne Pt Iii-Slow In 6/4)
15. Egypt (J Giuffre)
16. Argyles (S Rogers)
17. Pyramid (N Riddle)
18. 6/4 Trend (J Graas)
19. Not Exactly (J Graas)
20. Be My Guest (S Rogers)
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Geiger on January 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's unclear why this CD is credited to Jack Sheldon, seeing as he appears on only 3 of the 22 tracks.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan McKeever on October 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
John Graas coached the quintet at the Westlake College of Music who play on the first half of this CD, besides arranging or composing all the music. The second half of this CD is tremendous, a reissue of John's LP "French Horn Jazz". This is definitely worth considering.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on June 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This CD is an interesting compilation of three different LP items: the Westlake College Quartet's 1956 Decca release (their only recordings); John Graas's first album, a 10-inch Trend LP made in 1953; and another Graas album from 1958 on the Andex label. My favorite sides come from the Westlake album, featuring Luther McDonald on valve trombone and Sam Firmature on tenor - players that never became household names in the jazz community. Firmature is a particularly fine performer, with a warm sound and lyrical approach. He stays close to the middle and lower registers and is just a pleasure to listen to. Graas arranged and wrote a number of the tunes; WESTLAKE BOUNCE, GHOST TALK, and MOTIF are especially good. Drummer Fred Taggart's delicate brush work on the last two, which are taken up tempo, is superb. McDonald is a good v-trombonist, though no Bob Brookmeyer.

The Grass septet sides from 1953 have excellent moments from Shorty Rogers (tp) Bud Shank (as) and Bob Cooper (ts), though their solo time is limited by the nature of the compositions and the predominance of Grass solos on French horn. That axe is a difficult one to wield, and Grass is crisper here than on other recordings. Cooper takes a very nice solo on ARGYLES, and everyone gets a taste on the up-tempo swinger NOT EXACTLY.

JAZZ CHACONNE Nos. 1-3, from 1958, are so-so, very classical in nature with interspersed sections of all out jazz improvisation. No. 3 is quite pretty.

There is some good swinging West Coast-flavored jazz on this CD - heady stuff if somewhat lacking in fire from the gut. Fans of the music should be delighted; collectors will also be: this is pretty rare stuff seeing the light of day again.
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Format: Audio CD
Don't waste your money! While it is a fair example of west coast 50's jazz, as a Sheldon disk it's a rip-off. I bought it and discovered out of 22 cuts, Jack is on only 2 or 3 mediocre cuts. I called Amazon's attention to this misleading and mislabeling several years ago but there still has been no correction, or no acknowledgement. A track and artist listing would easily solve the problem. Had that been shown I would not have wasted the money.
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