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Howard McGhee, Vol. 2 (1953)

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Horace Silver

Among the rarest Blue Note recordings are the ones issued in the early '50s on 10" LPs, a format that did not catch on (being quickly overshadowed by 12" LPs). Among the two albums that fell into the cracks were sessions by Howard McGhee (another CD has his initial Blue Note date) and Tal Farlow. This 1998 CD contains all of the music from two former albums. McGhee's half matches the trumpeter with altoistGigi Gryce (doubling quite effectively on flute), guitarist Farlow, pianist Horace Silver, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Walter Bolden.