Calvin Jackson

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Calvin Jackson was a Juilliard-trained pianist equally at home in classical music, writing for films and jazz, though he has fallen somewhat into obscurity. Studio sessions such as this mid-'50s recording, with vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, bassist Johnny Elwood, and drummer Howard Reay, provide a set of standards that are enjoyable, yet not overly memorable. The songs are pretty much all standards, though Appleyard proves to be a more inventive improviser than the leader, who has a tendency to play hackneyed lines that haven't stood the test of time very well. Highlights include a runaway "Linger Awhile" and a hard-swinging "Stompin' at the Savoy." Long out of print, this LP will appeal to collectors looking for something that may be quite rare yet not overly expensive.

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