Music: New Pop Records, may 3, 1954

Jazz albums were fairly esoteric items until 1950, when Columbia's first Benny Goodman collection made a smash success. Since then, a dozen new jazz labels have sprung up (mostly on the West Coast), and by last week the major record companies were up to their spiral grooves in the hot and the cool. On its new "X" label, RCA issued ten LPs, first of a whopping series of 100 LPs dubbed from "vault originals."

Most of the first "X" recordings go back to the '20s, when many a later famed jazzman was playing with...

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