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Various Artists: Modern Sounds from California 1954-1957

From the ’50s to the ’70s, Hollywood session work was plentiful for jazzers who could read music. During the beginning of that lucrative era, some of the cream of the crop got together in various-sized combos, and in 10 Hollywood sessions between ’54 and ’57 made what’s collected on this 38-track, two-CD sampler. It should have been collectively called Jazz Muzak, but to be honest, it’s a kick listening to the dearly departed again. Who wouldn’t want to hear Conte Candoli and Frank Rosolino in their prime? Or others like Buddy Collette, Art Pepper, Bob Cooper? How about Leroy Vinnegar and Shelly Manne? And is that Pete Jolly on accordion?

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