As part of the John Hammond Masters series, this combines two dates that Hammond produced for the label in the 1950s. The first is a septet date in 1953, which yielded nice versions of "Jeepers Creepers" and "Russian Lullaby" to close the disc. The rest of the collection comes from an album entitled Vic Dickenson Showcase, Volume 2, recorded in 1954 in the company of Edmond Hall on clarinet, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, Walter Page on bass, Steve Jordan on guitar, Jo Jones on drums, and Shad Collins and Ruby Braff sharing the trumpet honors. Solid, no-nonsense versions of "Running Wild," "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," and "Everybody Loves My Baby" are the high spots here. Dickenson had a broad, almost brassy and declamatory style on trombone, but no one's mastery of melody was any better. A classic that deserves to be reissued. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi
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HPB condition ratings
- New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
- Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
- Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
- Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
- Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
- Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
- Format: Compact Disc
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- Label: Vanguard
- UPC: 015707961028