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Howard McGhee: West Coast 1945-1947

The Uptown label specializes in reclaiming valuable jazz artifacts from the dustbins of time. Their albums are peepholes into the shadows of history-like Los Angeles in 1945, when Howard McGhee, just in from New York, was playing bebop on Central Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard.

The leading figures of L.A.’s early bop scene populate West Coast 1945-1947. Some names are familiar, like Teddy Edwards, Sonny Criss and Hampton Hawes. Some are not, like Bob Kesterson, J.D. King, Roy Porter and Vernon Biddle. The material comes from radio broadcasts, some previously unknown, and from 78s with spotty reissue histories.

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