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I have some items in hand with murky discographic trails that I am
hoping to unscramble, if possible.

Item number one: and LP Crown Records CLP 5212 "Modern Jazz Greats"
with "The Continental Jazz Octette"

I am assuming that this is a west coast group of players, given the
presence of Shorty Rogers "Popo", Gerry Mulligan's "Soft Shoe" and
Chet Baker's "Freeway" plus they sound like it. There are no personnel
or venues on the jacket. The back is, in fact, a list of all the Crown
releases, with no notes at all; the sort of thing you used to find at
the supermarket or discount store. Crown's address, 1435 S. La Cienega
Blvd., LA, is at the bottom, which further adds to my conviction of
it's location of origin. I checked my CD-ROM (a very old version -
3.3) of Lord and it is there, but with no more info and I can find no
other release of these same tunes together, so it may be an original
recording and it is not all that bad. I'd be curious to know if anyone
has deeper knowledge of who is concealed behind "The Continental Jazz
Octette"

Second on my list is a CD on the Regis/Forum label (FRC 6108), "Kenton
Classics". Each tune is identified as to what year it came out and any
solo singer is also noted, but no more than that. The recordings span
1943-51. I would like to link the tracks to specific dates and
personnel.

Thirdly is another CD with similar problems, Past Perfect 204354-203 -
"Claude Thornhill - Snowfall". Tunes and vocalists are listed and
there is a notation "No detailed informations available" at the end of
the track list on this Japanese production. All of the tunes were
recorded multiple times by Thornhill and with the same vocalists. I
don't find mention of either this or the previous CD in my copy of
Lord, though it may have made it into more recent releases. Help.

I realize that I am probably staring into a black hole, but you never know.

Thanks,

Peter Hirsch