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Decca Jazz Studio 1 and 2

Decca jazz studioIn the early 1950s Decca responded to Clef/Verve jazz impresario Norman Granz’s Jam Sessions releases with a series of “Jazz Studio” titles. We’ll hear “Tenderly” from Jazz Studio 1, which featured lengthy numbers much in the manner of the Granz records; soloists include tenor saxophonists Frank Foster and Paul Quinichette (aka “the Vice-Prez,” so called for the Lester Young influence in his playing), trombonist Bennie Green, pianist Hank Jones, and mystery guitarist “Sir Jonathan Gasser” (Johnny Smith).

With Jazz Studio 2: From Hollywood, the series took a West Coast turn that it would retain throughout its remaining releases. Nominally led by French hornist John Graas, the session included standards such as “Laura” and “Darn That Dream,” in addition to originals by Graas and session pianist Marty Paicheck. Alto saxophonist Herb Geller, guitarist Howard Roberts, trumpeter Don Fagerquist, bassist Curtis Counce, trombonist Milt Bernhart, and drummer Larry Bunker also participated in the date.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Do It Again
Various artists/John Graas — Jazz Studio 2: From Hollywood (Verve/Decca, 1954)

Notes: George Gershwin tune.

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Tenderly
Various artists — Jazz Studio 1 (Verve/Decca, 1953)
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Laura
Various artists/John Graas — Jazz Studio 2: From Hollywood (Verve/Decca, 1954)
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Paicheck
Various artists/John Graas — Jazz Studio 2: From Hollywood (Verve/Decca, 1954)

Notes: Written by pianist Marty Paich.

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Graas Point
Various artists/John Graas — Jazz Studio 2: From Hollywood (Verve/Decca, 1954)

Notes: Written by French hornist John Graas.

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Darn That Dream
Various artists/John Graas — Jazz Studio 2: From Hollywood (Verve/Decca, 1954)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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  • Vernon

    Hi ..Would love to replace a copy of ‘Jazz Studio One’(Tenderly/Lets Split)lost mine many years ago(lent to someone!),think it came out on Decca label around 56′
    Prepared to buy/postage etc
    Can anyone help?
    thanks
    Vernon

  • Rswinn

    My copy Jazz Studio One, all scratched and worn but OH what a record..still my favourite after all these years, can’t find a replacement and don’t want one.
    Richard  UK

  • Vincent Nesfield

    Hello Vernon

    I have a copy of Jazz Studio One on audio tape back in storage in England.  It was a great LP and I am now trying to find out if it has ever been released on CD.  Somewhere also in storage I have my original LP.  I am  certain that it came out in the late 1950s.

    Good luck with your hunt

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