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February 08, 2005
Lone Hill Jazz
Jazz, West Coast Jazz, Bop, Jazz Instrument, Trumpet Jazz

Album Review

It is strange that Complete College Goes to Jazz has been reissued under Jack Sheldon's name, for the trumpeter is only on the three-part "Jazz Chaconne No. 1," and this disc is really part of a series featuring the French horn and writing of John Graas. The first 11 selections on this reissue have the Westlake College Quartet playing Graas' arrangements. Of the five musicians in the 1956 quintet, pianist Dick Grove is best known, becoming in future years a major educator. The front line of tenor and valve-trombone works quite well on the advanced cool jazz date. Graas is present on the remainder of the selections, which include his three-part "Jazz Chaconne No. 1" (with Sheldon and altoist Art Pepper) and eight other selections heading his own all-star septet with Bud Shank, Bob Cooper and Shorty Rogers. The music is thought-provoking, swinging at a generally low volume, and pushing the boundaries of jazz of the period.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Westlake Bounce
  2. Theme
  3. Jive at Five
  4. Topsy
  5. Ghost Talk
  6. Motif
  7. La Paz
  8. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
  9. Billy Boy
  10. Mood
  11. Billie's Bounce
  12. Jazz Chaconne No.1: Chaconne, Pt. I
  13. Jazz Chaconne No.1: Chaconne, Pt. II [Medium Fast]
  14. Jazz Chaconne No.1: Chaconne, Pt. III [Slow in 6-4]
  15. Egypt
  16. Argyles
  17. Pyramid
  18. 6-4 Trend
  19. Not Exactly
  20. Be My Guest
  21. Frappé
  22. Bananera
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