Jazz-Lab 1&2

Jazz-Lab 1&2

by John Graas
     
 
One of the most overlooked musicians considered to be a part of the so-called cool school is John Graas, who initially played French horn in a classical setting then switched to jazz for good in 1946. This Lone Hill Jazz compilation gathers most of the tracks from his two Decca LPs, Jazz Lab 1 and Jazz Lab 2 (with a missing cut added to a later

Overview

One of the most overlooked musicians considered to be a part of the so-called cool school is John Graas, who initially played French horn in a classical setting then switched to jazz for good in 1946. This Lone Hill Jazz compilation gathers most of the tracks from his two Decca LPs, Jazz Lab 1 and Jazz Lab 2 (with a missing cut added to a later compilation by the label), featuring musicians like Herb Geller, Dave Pell, Jimmy Giuffre, Marty Paich, Curtis Counce, Gerald Wiggins, Jack Montrose, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones over the five sessions heard in this collection. In addition to the leader's compositions, the various small groups delve into standards and works by the bandmembers. Graas' classical background is apparent on most of the songs, though the music is consistently swinging and never overly arranged. John Graas' death from a sudden heart attack at age 37 in 1962 cut short a promising career.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
Label:
Lonehill Jazz Spain
UPC:
8436019581483
catalogNumber:
10148

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Graas   Primary Artist,French Horn
Curtis Counce   Bass
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Giuffre   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Red Norvo   Vibes
Dave Pell   Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wiggins   Piano
Bob Enevoldsen   Valve Trombone
Claude Williamson   Piano
Larry Bunker   Drums
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Marty Paich   Piano
Paul Moer   Piano
Jack Montrose   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

John Graas   Arranger,Composer
Shorty Rogers   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Kelley   Liner Notes
Jack Montrose   Arranger,Composer
William Claxton   Inlay Photography
Don Gold   Author
George Liberace   Composer
John Flanagan   Liner Notes
John J. Grass   Composer

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