Pacific Jazz launched a line of jazz anthology LPs in 1955 to complement the release of William Claxton’s portfolio of photographs entitled JAZZ WEST COAST. The logo for the LP series used the same title artwork that Stuart Fox had designed for the portfolio, plus his solarized portrait of Don Fagerquist that was used intermittently on labels and LP covers.
The series also featured the only 45 EP box set issued by Pacific Jazz, a three EP set offering the same music available on the first LP in the series, JWC-500. A total of fifteen LPs would be issued in the series that ended with JWC-514.
Several of the albums in the series were issued in the Stereo-1000 series as well, Stereo-510 as Stereo-1009, Stereo-511 as Stereo-1031, Stereo-512 as Stereo-1029, Stereo-513 as Stereo-1021 and JWC-514 as Stereo-1015. Although the jacket for this last item, JWC-514, bore that number, the labels were identical to the WP-1257 release and our research has not yielded a label bearing JWC-514.
Pacific Jazz issued a special Jazz West Coast catalogue flyer in the summer of 1957 devoted to the series. The interior pages listed the first seven releases in the series.
We are departing from our normal presentation of “labels only” to include the covers of these albums in this unique series.
ALL FRONT COVER PHOTOS,
GRAPHICS, AND REAR LINER NOTES
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