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Jazz Studio 1

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Jazz Studio 1 was Decca's answer to the extended all-star studio jam sessions organized by Norman Granz for his various labels (Clef, Verve, etc.) and Buck Clayton's similar records for Columbia. This all-star octet includes tenor saxophonists Paul Quinichette and Frank Foster, trombonist Bennie Green, trumpeter Joe Newman, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Eddie Jones, drummer Kenny Clarke and guitarist Johnny Smith (listed under the pseudonym Sir Jonathan Gasser for contractual reasons, though one issue incorrectly named John Collins). Like bop-oriented jam sessions for other labels, each selection is expanded for an entire LP side, with plenty of room for nearly everyone to solo. Though focusing primarily on the reeds and brass, the standard "Tenderly" begins as a ballad feature, though the octet eventually turn up the heat to turn it into a mid-tempo cooker. The flip side is "Let's Split," a brisk blues jam. It's hard to name top performers for this session, though Frank Foster and Joe Newman leave the most lasting impression. This disc has been reissued by several labels, but only Lone Hill Jazz has released it on CD.