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Lazaro Vega

Felsted Records

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Been looking for Billy Strayhorn's "Cue For Saxophone" pretty much forever. Was about to pull the trigger when a friend suggested buying the entire jazz output on Felsted. So now I know "The High and Mighty Hawk" and a brilliant Budd Johnson session with Charlie Shavers, Ray Bryant and Jo Jones. Had to share...(blurb)... British-born jazz writer/producer Stanley Dance was a close associate of Duke Ellington and Earl "Fatha" Hines who was given the green light to record a series of "mainstream" jazz recordings for the Felsted Record label in 1958 and 59. We featured them in the first part of each hour Friday night during Jazz From Blue Lake, available through the end of today here:www.bluelake.org/ondemand  

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The High & Mighty Hawk is a particular favorite of mine.

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I had a tough time finding "Cue For Saxophone" on CD back in the day. It's a great date, as is "The High And Mighty Hawk" if only for the 11+ minute "Bird of Prey Blues".

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While we're in the neighborhood, attention must be paid to the Rex Stewart and Buster Bailey dates.

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Attention was paid, and to the Budd Johnson date with Jo Jones, Ray Bryant and Charlie Shavers, too. 

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