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one of the best examples of mainstream jazz,
This review is from: The Essential Vic Dickenson (Audio CD)
Maynard and Seymour Solomon started Vanguard Records in 1950 their aim to record jazz music with the same care as devoted to classical recordings. John Hammond who inspired them is the producer of these sessions, first issued as two 10" LPs in 1953/4.
Finding Ed Hall on clarinet, Ruby Braff and/or Shad Collins on trumpet and Vic Dickenson on trombone you might be forgiven for thinking this is a "trad" record. Nothing could be further from the truth, ensemblem playing is minimal, very fine and full solos of the mainstream genre allow the members to develop their ideas fully; 4.39 being the shortest track. The engine consists of Steve Jordan (guitar), Walter Page (bass), Les Erskine or Jo Jones (drums) and drives every track at a compelling but appropriate pace. On piano is perhaps one of the most underrated players on the scene at that time, Sir Charles Thompson.
Tracks 1-5 are the first album with Braff on trumpet and Erskin on drums the rest of the group is common to both albums. Tracks 6-10 the second album use Collins and Jones plus Braff on 8 & 9. The music is noticeably different in each set, neither being inferior but giving a wider range of music.
Excellently recorded by a sympathetic producer, gives one of the best examples of mainstream jazz as it was when it was becoming a real force. This is music for the thinking person (who taps his foot) to enjoy.