The Skipper

Henry Franklin

Henry "The Skipper" Franklin's 1972 debut album is available on Opaque Dark Grey Vinyl.
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VMP Exclusive Pressing

This is a VMP Exclusive record, and you can't get this specific variation anywhere else.

Exclusive Features

color Opaque Dark Grey
foil stamped Yes
numbered Yes

Other Features

exclusive VMP Exclusive
jacket style Direct-To-Board
jacket type Single
label Real Gone
mastering engineer Mike Milchner
mastering studio Sonic Vision Mastering
pressing location Gotta Groove Records
release type Reissue

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Henry "The Skipper" Franklin first cut his teeth in the professional jazz landscape alongside Willie Bobo in 1968. From there, Franklin made his rounds through the east coast and performed as part of Hugh Masekela's band, and later on with O.C. Smith, The Three Sounds, Freddie Hubbard and more. In his debut album, Franklin convened Oscar Brashear (trumpet, flugelhorn), Charles Owens (tenor and soprano saxophone), Bill Henderson (electric piano) and Michael Carvin (drums) to develop a sound that goes beyond any single genre in jazz.

The VMP exclusive edition of Henry Franklin's The Skipper is pressed on 1LP Opaque Natural with Black Swirl vinyl. The record will arrive in a single direct-to-board, foil stamped and hand numbered jacket and includes a two-page insert. The reissue is mastered by Mike Milchner of Sonic Vision Mastering.

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The Skipper

Henry Franklin

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