Luminaries of mid-20th century West Coast jazz

Perfect for the Memorial Day weekend. The first part is from November 1960, recorded by the Ben Webster-Johnny Hodges sextet in studio conditions at the Jazz Cellar, in San Francisco (without an audience). In addition to the tenor and alto saxophone artists, the recording features Lou Levy on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums. This is followed by a recording made in Los Angeles in January 1961, again with Ben Webster and Johnny Hodges, and has Ray Nance on trumpet, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Emil Richards on vibes, Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass, Mel Lewis on drums, and arrangements by Jimmy Hamilton.

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