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GOLD COAST JAZZ: THE OCTET
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Recorded August, 1957 at Criteria-Reela Studios, Miami, Florida.
Production and Technical Supervision: Mac Emerman.
Recording Engineer: Mac Emerman.
Mastering: Rudy Van Gelder.
Original Liner Notes: Val Machen.
Photos: Mac Emerman
All Arrangements by Lon Norman.
This is the first recording released on Criteria and the fourth of several VSOP releases of Criteria recordings. Criteria was a small jazz label founded by Mac Emerman that showcased Miami jazz musicians of the late 1950's. All Criteria LPs are extremely rare and highly sought after. This 1957 recording exemplifies the high caliber of jazz that made it onto this label. The Octet played straight ahead West Coast style jazz in the Shorty Rogers, Marty Paich manner. The arrangements by Lon Norman are excellent. The solos by Berry Poger, Marvin Marvin, Eddie Gralka and Jerry Marshall are top notch. This is very fine music, and compares most favorably with Hollywood sessions of the day.