Sonoma Valley Jazz Band: Spectacular ’74
Surprisingly great High School record from right in my own backyard that I’d never come across ’til recently. Sleeve is scant on info but it seems to be split between two local schools of which the kids on side B especially get down like nobody’s business. Very together playing and well chosen covers really set this apart from the slew of other one-track (or worse) school records one comes across so often. Their supercharged versions of Eli’s Coming & Spinning Wheel take a page right out of Maynard Ferguson’s late 60’s playbook and are particular highlights.