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German Festival Symphony Orchestra, John Graas & West Coast All-Star Jazz Ninet
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||Chaconne, Pt. 1 (Take 4)||John Graas & West Coast All-Star Jazz Ninet||5:44||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Chaconne, Pt. 2 (Take 5)||John Graas & West Coast All-Star Jazz Ninet||5:39||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Chaconne, Pt. 3 (Take 2)||John Graas & West Coast All-Star Jazz Ninet||6:21||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Chaconne, Pt. 1 (Take 1)||John Graas & West Coast All-Star Jazz Ninet||5:33||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Chaconne, Pt. 1 (Take 3)||John Graas & West Coast All-Star Jazz Ninet||3:27||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Chaconne, Pt 2b (Take 1)||John Graas & West Coast All-Star Jazz Ninet||4:07||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Chaconne, Pt. 2b (Insert)||John Graas & West Coast All-Star Jazz Ninet||1:36||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Jazz Symphony No. 1: First Movement - Allegro Moderate||German Festival Symphony Orchestra & John Graas||7:12||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Jazz Symphony No. 1: Second, Third and Fourth Movement||German Festival Symphony Orchestra & John Graas||15:03||Album Only||View in iTunes|
John Graas was a multi-talented French horn player not shy to take chances in both his solos and his writing. On this V.S.O.P. CD reissue of two sessions for Andex, Graas performs his 17-and-a-half-minute three-part "Jazz Chaconne No. 1" and four alternate takes with a nonet including altoist Art Pepper, trumpeter Jack Sheldon, and flutist Buddy Collette. In addition, Graas' four-movement "Jazz Symphony No. 1" is played by the Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra with guest soloists taken from the Erwin Lehn band (German musicians who have remained quite obscure). The lack of liner notes is unfortunate, for it would have been interesting to hear what John Graas' goals were in writing this music. Overall, the performances hold one's attention, particularly the "Jazz Chaconne." This CD is recommended to adventurous listeners.