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On 22/04/2012, Peter Hirsch wrote:

> 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"
> 
There is a similar LP called just "Continental Jazz", which might
involve a similar cast. Listed on Amazon as:

 Les Cinq Modernes (Performer), Al Hendrickson (Performer), Irv Cottler (Performer), Jimmy Bundy (Performer), Gene Estes (Performer), Pete Jolly (Performer), Paul Horn (Performer) 

See also here:
http://radicaltradingcompany.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=149

My guess is that these budget records were made by whoever was available
for a studio session on that day.

> 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.
> 
One could compare the timings with those on better documented reissues
such as the ones on the Hep label (which I have). It would be better to
throw away the Past Perfect CD and buy the Hep ones, of which there are
eight.

If you post a list of titles with vovalists and timings, I could
compare.

Regards
-- 
Don Cox
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