Julius Wechter was born in Chicago on May 10, 1935. He took up piano lessons when he was five, and as a teen enjoyed a series of small roles in Hollywood films before taking up the vibraphone as his preferred instrument. Wechter played vibes in a combo that won first place at the initial Festival of Inter-collegiate Jazz in April of 1954 sponsored by Howard Rumsey at the Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach.
Saxophonist Cy Colley was part of that combo and joined Wechter as they formed a quartet to play clubs in Los Angeles after graduating from Los Angeles City College. Herb Kimmel heard the quartet and recorded them for his Jazz:West label in 1956. The resulting album, 'Linear Sketches,' (JWLP-9) was awarded three and a half stars in Nat Hentoff’s review of the album in Down Beat.
Herb Kimmel departed the jazz scene after recording his last album, 'The Return of Art Pepper', (JWLP-10)...