Ken Nordine – Word Jazz 1957 U.S. mono LP


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Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of Word Jazz by Ken Nordine.

About this copy: This copy of Word Jazz is a 1957 U.S. mono pressing on the Dot label.

The cover is VG, with no significant wear, but the word “current” has been written on the back cover in red ink that has smeared over the years.  The cover is otherwise clean.

The disc is VG++, with just a couple of light marks on each side.  It’s a clean disc that plays well.

A nice copy of a classic LP.

Background: Released in 1957, Word Jazz was the second album by voiceover and spoken word recording artist Ken Nordine.

The cover states that Nordine is backed by the “Fred Katz Group;” this was actually Chico Hamilton’s band recording under a pseudonym. gave Word Jazz a 4 1/2 star review:

Already making a comfortable living in the world of commercial voice-overs — you could hear him pitching cars, wine, coffee, and more whenever you turned on the TV or radio — Ken Nordine felt the need to do something creative for himself, and thus he started the Word Jazz series of records. Each of the tracks here features Nordine speaking over top of a very upbeat jazz backing track provided by the Fred Katz Group, and the combination sounds not unlike a radio announcer performing beat poetry in places…mostly because that’s exactly what it is. That would be selling this album short, though, because Nordine proves himself more than capable of providing both the smooth vocal tones as well as the truly twisted creative sense necessary to pull this off: in one piece, Nordine is your guide in a museum dedicated to sounds, and elsewhere he takes you on a tour of his own mind. …Word Jazz is still an innovative album and definitely worthy of the sequels that followed.

You can listen to “What Time Is It?” here:

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Dot
Catalog Number:
DLP 3075
Year of Release: 1957
Format: Mono
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Additional information

Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in