Billy Strayhorn SIGNED, “Billy Strayhorn Trio”, Mercer Records, 1950 Mono 10” LP 1001 [SOLD]
Billy Strayhorn SIGNED, “Billy Strayhorn Trio”, Mercer Records, 1950 Mono 10”  LP 1001 [SOLD]
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Billy Strayhorn, “Billy Strayhorn Trio”, Mercer Records, Mono 10” LP 1001, deep groove, first pressing, recorded Oct.-Nov. 1950, SIGNED by the great composer and arranger on the front panel in blue ink. The “trio” featured on these sessions actually consists of Strayhorn and his boss, Duke Ellington, at the pianos, accompanied by either Wendell Marshall or Joe Shulman, on bass. The short-lived Mercer label was started by Duke Ellington’s son Mercer and jazz journalist, historian and producer, Leonard Feather, early in 1950. W.E.Timner’s exhaustive Ellington discography shows only about a dozen recording sessions were made for the label, beginning in Sept. 1950 and ending in Nov. 1952, which makes these among the earliest sides produced. Nearly all of the recordings featured members of the Ellington orchestra and, as jazz scholar Jack Chambers points out, “Ellington’s [later] practice of recording his musicians at his own expense had its roots in [this] commercial venture…the label existed as a public entity for only a couple of years…and after that had a shadow existence as a tax haven for Ellington”. Feather in his memoir, The Jazz Years, recalled that all the master recordings made for Mercer Records were destroyed in a fire, although some tapes which had been shipped oversea survived. The simple printed card cover, with Feather’s liner notes to the front slick is near fine, seams are tight, with a touch of wear and rubbing .The recording surface is visually very good+, with a nice luster and a few minor scratches and light scuffing. A scarce small label recording with the uncommon signature of a jazz great, a wonderful piece of Ellingtonia. J1884

Billy Strayhorn SIGNED, “Billy Strayhorn Trio”, Mercer Records, 1950 Mono 10”  LP 1001 [SOLD]
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Billy Strayhorn SIGNED, “Billy Strayhorn Trio”, Mercer Records, 1950 Mono 10”  LP 1001 [SOLD]
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Billy Strayhorn SIGNED, “Billy Strayhorn Trio”, Mercer Records, 1950 Mono 10”  LP 1001 [SOLD]
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Billy Strayhorn SIGNED, “Billy Strayhorn Trio”, Mercer Records, 1950 Mono 10”  LP 1001 [SOLD]
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