Various Artists

Black California, Vol. 2

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The second of two Arista/Savoy two-LP sets that focus on the lesser-known Los Angeles bop scene of the 1940s and early '50s, this two-fer contains many interesting performances. Tenor-saxophonist Wardell Gray leads a live jam session with trumpeter Al Killian and altoist Sonny Criss, the tenors of Wild Bill Moore and Gene Montgomery square off during a different club appearance and there are three versions apiece of two numbers by trumpeter Russell Jacquet's octet. In addition singer Helen Humes is heard in excellent form, guitarist/vocalist Slim Gaillard has a good time on four humorous numbers and there is a 1954 session by drummer Kenny Clarke that features altoist Frank Morgan and vibraphonist Milt Jackson. This is one for bop fans to search for.

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