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Jam Session [Ray Lawrence Ltd. #1]

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This low-budget LP put out by Ray Lawrence Ltd. is comprised of an all-star concert from 1952. Tenor-saxophonist Wardell Gray, trumpeter Art Farmer, guitarist Howard Roberts, bassist Joe Mondragon, drummer Shelly Manne and either pianist Hampton Hawes or Amos Trile jam on four bop standards. The solos are better than the recording quality but fans of early-'50s jazz will want this one anyway; every Wardell Gray recording has its value.