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For 1958’s “Blues for Dracula” (Riverside), Philly Jo Jones’ debut album as a leader, the drummer led a sextet including tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, cornetist Nat Adderley, and trombonist Julian Priestley.

Joining Jones in the rhythm section were pianist Tommy Flanagan and bassist Jimmy Garrison.

Scott Yanow, in the All Music Guide: “Drummer Philly Joe Jones’ debut recording as a leader, made shortly after he left Miles Davis’ Quintet, starts out with his amusing but overly long monologue on “Blues for Dracula,” during which he does his best to imitate Bela Lugosi. The remainder of the set (which has been reissued on CD) is more conventional, with fine playing from cornetist Nat Adderley, trombonist Julian Priester, the great tenor Johnny Griffin, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and the drummer/leader. Dizzy Gillespie’s “Ow” and Cal Massey’s “Fiesta” are heard in lengthy versions on the worthwhile but not overly essential release.

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