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Al Donahue: Best of Al Donahue
Best of Al Donahue encompasses several of the bandleader's sweet light pop arrangements of familiar songs, including 'Darn That Dream,' 'Jeepers Creepers,' 'Spring Is Here,' 'In the Mood,' and 'Tuxedo Junction.' Best of Al Donahue music CDs These 25 tracks should be more than adequate for the majority of fans of favorites from the big-band era. ~ Al Campbell

Al Donahue: Paula Kelly , Phil Brito.

Personnel: Paul Henderson Kelly, Barry McKinley, Phil Brito, Hoagy Carmichael (vocals).

Liner Note Author: Gary Theroux.

Recording information: 05/31/1938-01/07/1942..
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Artie Shaw: Artie Shaw Story
Personnel: Artie Shaw (vocals, clarinet); Tony Pastor (vocals, tenor saxophone); Hot Lips Page (vocals, trumpet); Betty Beveridge, Ginny O'Connor, Bernie Parks, Helen Forrest, Lena Horne, Leo Watson, Les Baxter, Mel Torm?, Peg LaCentra, Billie Holiday (vocals); Mike Bryan, Dave Barbour, Tony Gottuso, Al Avola, Jimmy Raney, Jimmy Shirley, Al Hendrickson, Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel, Weston Vaughan, Bobby Sherwood (guitar); Laura Newell (harp); Robert Barene, Lou Klayman, Julie Schechter, T. Artie Shaw Story music CDs Klages, B. Bower, Jerry Joyce, Mark Levant, Dave Cracov, Bob Morrow, E. Lamas, Alex Law, Sid Brokaw, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone (violin); Samuel Persoff (viola, strings); K. Collins, Jack Gray, Stanley Spiegelman, David Sturkin, Allan Harshman (viola); Fred Goerner, Julius Tannenbaum, Irving Lipschultz (cello); Jerry Gray, Ben Plotkin, Bill Schumann (strings); Martin Ruderman (flute); Joe Kretcher (bass clarinet); Phil Nemoli (oboe); Artie Baker, Bus Bassey, George Koenig, Lesley Mitchell Clarke, Blake Reynolds, Art Masters, Bud Carlton, Frank Socolow, Jack Stacey, Charlie DiMaggio, Harry Freeman, Lou Prisby, Tom Mace, Neely Plumb, Skeets Herfurt, Les Robinson, Hank Freeman (alto saxophone); Ronnie Perry , Jules Rubin, Georgie Auld, John Walton, Herbie Steward, Tony Zimmers, Jerry Jerome, Dick Clark , Al Cohn, Fred Petry, Mickey Folus (tenor saxophone); Danny Bank (baritone saxophone); George Thow, Manny Klein, Harry Geller, Tony Faso, Clyde Hurley, Malcolm Crain, George Wendt, Don Fagerquist, Willie Kelly, Dale Pierce, Chuck Peterson, Steve Lipkins, Lee Castaldo, Henry 'Red' Allen, George Schwartz, Jimmy Pupa, J. Cathcart, Don Paladino, Claude Bowen, Lee Castle, Max Kaminsky, Ray Linn, Roy Eldridge, John McClanian Best Jr. , Bernie Glow, Billy Butterfield, Zeke Zarchy, Stan Fishelson, Bernie Privin, Paul Cohen (trumpet); Jack Cave (French horn); Bill Rank, Ted Vesely, Sonny Russo, Babe Bowman, Charles Coolidge, Mike Michaels, George Arus, J. C. Higginbotham, Jack Jenney, Morey Samuel, Randall Miller, Bob Swift, Russell Brown , Max Bennett, Porky Cohen, Ray Conniff, Si Zentner, Vernon Brown, Harry Rodgers, Ollie Wilson, Buddy Morrow, Bart Varsalona (trombone); Johnny Guarnieri (piano, harpsichord); Dodo Marmarosa, Stanley Wrightsman, Fulton McGrath, Joe Lipman, Gil Barrios, Hank Jones , Bob Kitsis, Milt Raskin, Sonny White, Les Burness (piano); Joe Roland (vibraphone); Shep Shepherd, George Wettling, Carl Maus, Irv Kluger, Nick Fatool, Sam Weiss, Cliff Leeman, Buddy Rich (drums).

Recording information: Hollywood, CA (06/11/1936-??/??/1954); New York, NY (06/11/1936-??/??/1954).

The Artie Shaw Story is a decent collection that features the majority of the clarinetist/bandleader's most popular songs recorded for RCA/Bluebird in the late '30s and early '40s. The 107 tracks include the standards 'Frenesi,' 'Summit Ridge Drive,' 'Concerto for Clarinet,' and 'Begin the Beguine. ' While the majority of this material is timeless, it may be too much Artie Shaw to digest at once for the curious listener. A better place to start would be the single-disc collection The Very Best of Artie Shaw on RCA. ~ Al Campbell
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Ben Pollack: Vol. 5 - Ben Pollack
Vol 5 Ben Pollack music CDs Although it had shifted from being a jazz group to being a dance band with the rise of the Depression, Ben Pollack & His Orchestra was still an impressive group in early 1931. Vol 5 Ben Pollack songs Trombonist Jack Teagarden was its star soloist and the band contained the nucleus of what would become the Bob Crosby Orchestra a few years later, including tenor saxophonist Eddie Miller, altoist Gil Rodin, guitarist Nappy Lamare, and drummer Ray Bauduc. In addition, Benny Goodman and Jimmy Dorsey made guest appearances with the ensemble on some of the recording dates. So listeners with an open mind toward the many vocals and arranged ensembles will find moments to enjoy during these performances, including a variety of brief solos. The best selections are 'Loveless Love,' 'Sweet and Hot,' and 'Beale Street Blues. ' This entry in Jazz Oracle's very complete Ben Pollack series has music released originally as by Pollack, Gil Rodin, Jack Teagarden, and the New Orleans Ramblers, all using virtually the same personnel. In addition, the 16 selections are augmented by eight alternate takes. ~ Scott Yanow

This is the fifth volume of a six volume chronological study of Ben Pollack. The CD features Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Eddie Miller, Charlie Spivak, Gil Rodin, Nappy Lamare and others. The music ranges from hot sides of superb jazz per

Audio Remasterer: John R. T. Davies.

Liner Note Authors: Joe Showler; John Wilby.

Recording information: New York, NY (01/??/1931-03/02/1931).

Personnel includes: Ben Pollack, Jack Teagraden, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Eddie Miller, Charlie Spivak, Gil Rodin, Nappy Lamare.

Personnel: Ben Pollack (vocals); Nappy Lamare (vocals, guitar, banjo, soprano saxophone); Eddie Miller (vocals, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Jack Teagarden (vocals, soprano saxophone, trombone); Eddie Gale (vocals); Alex Beller (violin); Gil Rodin, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman (clarinet, alto saxophone); Harry Goodman (bass saxophone, tuba, double bass); Sterling Bose, Charlie Spivak (trumpet); Sammy Prager, Gil Bowers (piano); Ray Bauduc (drums).


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Bennie Moten: Victor Recordings, Vol. 1
Victor Recordings Vol 1 music CDs Recorded in Chicago, Illinois and Camden, New Jersey between 1926-1928. Victor Recordings Vol 1 songs

25 tracks performed by Moten's Kansas City Orchestra from 1926-28 in 5 separate sessions, recorded in Chicago & Camden, N. J.

Contains 25 tracks.

Personnel: Bennie Moten (piano); Sam Tall, Leroy Berry (banjo); Jack Washington (clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Harlan Leonard (clarinet, alto saxophone); Woodie Walder (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Laforest Dent (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Booker T. Washington , Ed Lewis, Paul Webster (trumpet); Lammar Wright, Sr. (cornet); Thamon Hayes (trombone); Willie McWashington (drums).

Audio Remasterer: John R. T. Davies.

Liner Note Author: John Capes.

Recording information: Camden, NJ (12/13/1926-09/06/1928); Chicago, IL (12/13/1926-09/06/1928).

Director: Bennie Moten..
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Bennie Moten: Victor Recordings, Vol. 2
Victor Recordings Vol 2 music CDs Recorded in Chicago, Illinois and Camden, New Jersey between 1928-1929. Victor Recordings Vol 2 songs

24 tracks performed by Moten's Kansas City Orchestra from 1928-29 in 5 separate sessions, recorded in Chicago & Camden, N. J.

Contains 24 tracks.

Personnel: Bennie Moten (piano); Leroy Berry (banjo); Harlan Leonard (clarinet, alto saxophone); Woodie Walder (clarinet, tenor saxophone, trumpet, piano, drums); Jack Washington (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, piano, drums); Booker T. Washington , Ed Lewis (cornet); Willie McWashington (drums).

Audio Remasterer: John R. T. Davies.

Liner Note Author: John Capes.

Recording information: Camden, NJ (09/06/1928-09/07/1928); Chicago, IL (09/06/1928-09/07/1928).

Director: Bennie Moten..
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Benny Goodman: 'Live' Coast To Coast
'Live' Coast To Coast music CDs 20 tracks of prime Benny Goodman taken from live broadcasts and studio sessions recorded in 1945-1946. 'Live' Coast To Coast songs Tracks include Body And Soul, Slipped Disc, Liza, Stompin' At The Savoy, Exactly Like You, Sweet Georgia Brown.

Liner Note Author: Wayne Knight.

Recording information: Hollywood, CA (01/03/1946); Meadowbrook Gardens, Culver City, CA (01/03/1946); NYC (01/03/1946); Hollywood, CA (01/11/1946); Meadowbrook Gardens, Culver City, CA (01/11/1946); NYC (01/11/1946); Hollywood, CA (01/14/1946); Meadowbrook Gardens, Culver City, CA (01/14/1946); NYC (01/14/1946); Hollywood, CA (01/26/1946); Meadowbrook Gardens, Culver City, CA (01/26/1946); NYC (01/26/1946); Hollywood, CA (01/28/1946); Meadowbrook Gardens, Culver City, CA (01/28/1946); NYC (01/28/1946); Hollywood, CA (02/26/1946); Meadowbrook Gardens, Culver City, CA (02/26/1946); NYC (02/26/1946); Hollywood, CA (12/08/1945); Meadowbrook Gardens, Culver City, CA (12/08/1945); NYC (12/08/1945)..
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Benny Goodman: 1945-1946: Magic Carpet Selections
MAGIC CARPET SELECTIONS features recordings of Benny Goodman's sextet and orchestra for AFRS' Magic Carpet radio program. 1945 1946 Magic Carpet Selections music CDs

Recorded between November 1945 and November 1946. Includes liner notes by Tony Middleton.

Beaming with energy, Benny Goodman and his orchestra put on a fantastic performance on 1945-1946: Magic Carpet Selections. Despite his top bill status, he never uses these performances to show off his amazing clarinet skills. Instead, Goodman and his fellow jazz musicians dive headfirst into the material, sculpting excellent versions of these songs with their barrage of instruments. The best songs here mostly feature guest vocalists, especially the bopping 'Give Me the Simple Life' and the melancholy 'It's the Talk of the Town,' featuring Liza Morrow and Art Lund, respectively. Anyone looking for a solid album of classic swing music should give this a try. It may not have his best known material but it showcases an American legend performing in his prime. ~ Bradley Torreano

The AFRS recorded Goodman from various locations throughout the USA for broadcast as fifteen minute shows on their Magic Carpet program; selections have been made from 1945/46 to produce 68 minutes in both full orchestra & sextet settings, with vocals by

Personnel includes: Benny Goodman (clarinet); Lisa Morrow, Art Lund, Eve Young (vocals); Bill Shine, Larry Mollinelli, Clint Bellew (alto saxophone); Cliff Strickland, Lester Clark, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Johnny Rotella (baritone saxophone); Johnny Best, Nate Kazebier, Dick Mains, Tommy DeCarlo, Dale Pierce (trumpet); Addison Collins (French horn); Cutty Cutshall, Leon Cox, Kai Winding (trombone); Johnny White (vibraphone); Joe Bushkin, Jess Stacy (piano); Mike Bryan, Barney Kessel (guitar); Barney Spieler, Harry Babasin (bass); Louis Bellson, Dave Tough (drums).

Personnel: Benny Goodman (clarinet); Eve Young, Liza Morrow, Art Lund (vocals); Bill Shine, Gerald Sanfino (alto, alto saxophone); Gish Gilbertson (tenor, tenor saxophone); Mike Bryan, Barney Kessel (guitar); Larry Molinelli, Clint Bellew (alto saxophone); Cliff Strickland (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Peanuts Hucko, Stan Getz , Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Danny Bank, John Rotella (baritone saxophone); Nate Kazebier, Dick Mains, Conrad Gozzo , Brody Schroff, Dale Pierce, Tommy DeCarlo, Billy Butterfield, Bernie Privin (trumpet); Addison Collins (French horn); Dick Le Fave, Leon Cox, Kai Winding, Chauncey Welsch, Cutty Cutshall (trombone); Jess Stacy, Joe Bushkin, Mel Powell (piano); Johnny White (vibraphone); Johnny DeSoto, Dave Tough, Louie Bellson & His Jazz Orchestra, Louie Bellson (drums).

Liner Note Author: Tony Middleton.

Recording information: 400 Restaurant, New York, NY (11/1945-11/1946); Meadowbrook Gardens, Culver City, CA (11/1945-11/1946); Terrace Room, NJ (11/1945-11/1946).

Arrangers: Joe Bushkin; Mel Powell; Buck Clayton..
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Benny Goodman: B.G. & Big Tea In Nyc
BG Big Tea In Nyc CD music CD reissue of some early '30s material that doesn't feature clarinetist Benny Goodman in a leadership role. BG Big Tea In Nyc music CDs Instead, he's in bands under the direction of Red Nichols, Arthur Rollini, and Irving Mills. Yet, he's the star soloist, along with trombonist Jack Teagarden. ~ Ron Wynn

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

Personnel: Benny Goodman (clarinet, saxophone); Treg Brown (vocals, banjo, tenor saxophone); Jack Teagarden (vocals, trombone); Ella Logan (vocals); George Van Eps, Carl Kress (guitar); Wladimir Selinsky, Edward Bergman, Joe Venuti, Matty Malneck (violin); Sid Stoneburn (alto saxophone); Arthur Rollini, Babe Russin (tenor saxophone); Min Leibrook, Adrian Rollini (bass saxophone); Manny Klein, Leo McConville, Ruby Weinstein, Ray Lodwig, Red Nichols, Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); Bix Beiderbecke (cornet); Glenn Miller, Bill Trone, Herb Taylor (trombone); Jack Russin, Frank Signorelli, Howard Smith , Joe Sullivan, Arthur Schutt (piano); Gene Krupa, Neil Marshall, Stan King (drums).

Liner Note Author: Dan Morgenstern.

Recording information: New York, NY (04/1929-10/1934).

Personnel includes: Benny Goodman (alto saxophone, clarinet); Jack Teagarden (vocals, trombone); Ella Logan (vocals); Red Nichols, Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); Glenn Miller (trombone); Joe Sullivan (piano); Joe Venuti (violin); Eddie Lang (guitar); Art Miller (bass); Gene Krupa (drums).

Compilation producer: Orrin Keepnews.

Down Beat (9/92, p. 38) - 4. 5 Stars - Very Good Plus - '...Goodman's New Orleans-derived phrases and instincts for contrast and Teagarden's bold melodies, growing in detail from session to session, make for a great CD...'
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Benny Goodman: Best of Benny Goodman
Best of Benny Goodman CD music Includes liner notes by Don Ovens. Best of Benny Goodman music CDs

1990 reissue, about the worst place to start. ~ Ron Wynn
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Benny Goodman: Complete Capitol Trios
Complete Capitol Trios music CDs Feat:Teddy Wilson,Jimmy Rowles & Mel Powell.
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Benny Goodman: Essential Benny Goodman CDs
Essential Benny Goodman music CDs One of at least seven entirely different compilations that brandish the word 'Essential' in their titles, this double-disc anthology of 40 classic swing performances actually does convey the essence of Benny Goodman, and is therefore highly recommended. Essential Benny Goodman songs The recordings, most of them cut in the Victor and Columbia studios between 1934 and 1945, are laid out in four exacting categories of ten tracks apiece. A tribute to Goodman's big-band arrangers pays homage to Fletcher and Horace Henderson, Edgar Sampson, Jimmy Mundy, George Bassman, Deane Kincaide, Spud Murphy, Eddie Sauter and Mel Powell. A 'Visit to Tin Pan Alley' salutes songwriters George & Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Richard Whiting, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter and Vernon Duke. The superb lineup of vocalists includes Helen Ward, Martha Tilton, Mildred Bailey, Helen Forrest and Peggy Lee. Goodman's small groups, from trios to septets, are well represented here. Starting with the cardinal players Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton, the potent third segment of the album gradually ushers in such brilliant improvisers as Charlie Christian, Red Norvo, Cootie Williams, Georgie Auld, Johnny Guarnieri and Count Basie. This marvelous double album closes with ten examples of Goodman performing in front of live audiences. These radio broadcast airchecks document the manner in which most people in North America heard Goodman on a regular basis. Perhaps the best of these is the final track; an exciting five-and-a-half minute version of Fats Waller's 'Stealin' Apples' performed on the roof of the Hotel Astor in New York City. This swinging performance demonstrates exactly why Benny Goodman was so popular before, during and after the Second World War. ~ arwulf arwulf

Personnel: Benny Goodman (clarinet); Helen Forrest, Helen Ward, Martha Tilton, Mildred Bailey, Peggy Lee (vocals); Mike Bryan, Arnold Covey, Benny Heller, George Van Eps, Allan Reuss, Tom Morgan (guitar); Charlie Christian (electric guitar); Eddie Rosa, Noni Bernardi, Buff Estes, Skippy Martin, Bob Snyder, Gus Bivona, George Koenig, Bill Shine, Bill DePew, Ben Kantor, Clint Neagley, Dave Matthews, John Prager, Julie Schwartz, Nuncio 'Toots' Mondello, Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone); Cliff Strickland, Bus Bassey, Art Rollini, Gish Gilbertson, Georgie Auld, Herbie Haymer, Jack Henderson , Jerry Jerome, Dick Clark , Babe Russin, Vido Musso, George Berg, Bob Taylor, Bud Freeman (tenor saxophone); Chuck Gentry, Danny Bank (baritone saxophone); Joe Rushton (bass saxophone); Bobby Guyer, Sammy Shapiro, Manny Klein, Nate Kazebier, Ralph Muzillo, Irving Goodman, Alec Fila, Jerry Neary, Harry Geller, Cootie Williams, Gordon 'Chris' Griffin, Jimmy Blake, Harry James, Johnny Martel, Lee Castle, Russ Case, Ziggy Elman, John McClanian Best Jr. , Billy Butterfield, Jimmy Maxwell, Bernie Privin, Bunny Berigan, 'Fat' Al Davis (trumpet); Addison Collins (French horn); Ted Vesely, Jack Lacey, Charlie Castaldo, Joe Harris , Lou McGarity, Miff Mole, Murray McEachern, Vernon Brown, Red Ballard, Cutty Cutshall (trombone); Claude Thornhill, Johnny Guarneri, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Frank Froeba, Jess Stacy, Johnny Guarnieri, Teddy Wilson, Bernie Leighton, Mel Powell (piano); Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo (vibraphone); Sid Weiss, Barney Spieler, Harry Goodman, Hank Wayland, Artie Bernstein, Slam Stewart (bass guitar); Harry Jaeger, Dave Tough, Gene Krupa, George Wettling, Louie Bellson, Morey Feld, Nick Fatool, Sam Weiss, Ralph Collier (drums).

Audio Remasterers: Vic Anesini; Harry Coster.


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Benny Goodman: Legendary Big Bands

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Benny Goodman: Live at Carnegie Hall: 1938 Complete CDs
Live at Carnegie Hall 1938 Complete music CDs All tracks have been digitally remastered using 20-Bit technology. Live at Carnegie Hall 1938 Complete songs

The Benny Goodman Orchestra was in top form when this concert was performed on January 16th, 1938. But this is more than just a concert; this date is significant because it represents the first time a jazz ensemble ever played in a concert hall.

The full Goodman orchestra is featured on many tracks of this two-disc set. Goodman also splits up the evening with some performances by his trio and quartet. Additionally, he gives a 20-year retrospective of jazz, highlighting the Dixieland sound and innovators such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and others. (On 'Blue Reverie,' some of Ellington's musicians even sit in with Goodman. ) Highlights include 'Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing),' a classic tune that helped to define the Swing Era itself. This piece features the charismatic drummer Gene Krupa, whose tom-tom rhythms convey a kind of 'jungle feel,' as the brass figures mimic the call of elephants. On 'Avalon,' another Goodman favorite, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton really shines. His meticulous arpeggiated runs up and down the vibes are just as exciting today as they must have been in 1938. LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL 1938 is truly a jazz milestone.

Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York, New York on January 16, 1938. Includes liner notes by Phil Schaap and Turk Van Lake.

Reissue producer: Phil Schaap.

Personnel: Benny Goodman (vocals, clarinet); Martha Tilton (vocals); Hymie Schertzer, Johnny Hodges (soprano & alto saxophones); Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); George Koenig, Art Rollini, Babe Russin (reeds); Ziggy Elman, Chris Griffin, Harry James, Cootie Williams, Buck Clayton (trumpet); Bobby Hackett (cornet); Red Ballard, Vernon Brown (trombone); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone); Jess Stacy, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie (piano); Alan Reuss, Freddie Greene (gyuitar); Harry Goodman, Walter Page (bass); Gene Krupa (drums).

Producer: Albert Marx.

(1938)

Down Beat (6/00, pp. 76-7) - 5 stars out of 5 - '...An instant, precedent-setting legend.... an astonishing assembly of the period's greatest modern players, all at their height, in a vigorous and sustained concert performance.... produced with original cover art and an unforgiving ear for integrity...'
JazzTimes (5/00, pp. 128-32) - '...Proclaimed as being the most significant concert in jazz history.... Outstanding.... this concert belongs in every historically-minded jazz fan's collection...'
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Benny Goodman: Trio and Quartet Showcase
Although Benny Goodman was best known for his star vocalists and big band, it is his small group recordings that stand the test of time as unadulterated jazz with no frills. Trio and Quartet Showcase CD music Primo Records provides proof in the form of 38 classic swing performances recorded between 1935 and 1938 by Goodman's trio and quartet, with pianist Teddy Wilson, drummer Gene Krupa and vibraphonist/vocalist Lionel Hampton. This excellent collection also contains a selection of live recordings including excerpts from Goodman's legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. Primo's Trio and Quartet Showcase is highly recommended as both a tribute to Goodman's groundbreaking racially mixed small group swing band and a useful introduction to the fundamental jazz repertoire commonly in use during the '30s. ~ arwulf arwulf

Although Benny Goodman was best known for his star vocalists and big band, it is his small group recordings that stand the test of time as unadulterated jazz with no frills. Primo Records provides proof in the form of 38 classic swing performances recorded between 1935 and 1938 by Goodman's trio and quartet, with pianist Teddy Wilson, drummer Gene Krupa and vibraphonist/vocalist Lionel Hampton. This excellent collection also contains a selection of live recordings including excerpts from Goodman's legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. Primo's Trio and Quartet Showcase is highly recommended as both a tribute to Goodman's groundbreaking racially mixed small group swing band and a useful introduction to the fundamental jazz repertoire commonly in use during the '30s. ~ arwulf arwulf, Rovi
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Benny Goodman: Ultimate Big Band Collection: Benny Goodman
Ultimate Big Band Collection Benny Goodman CD music Recording information: Chicago, IL (02/16/1938); Hollywood, CA (02/16/1938); New York, NY (02/16/1938); Chicago, IL (03/20/1936); Hollywood, CA (03/20/1936); New York, NY (03/20/1936); Chicago, IL (07/06/1937); Hollywood, CA (07/06/1937); New York, NY (07/06/1937); Chicago, IL (07/13/1935); Hollywood, CA (07/13/1935); New York, NY (07/13/1935); Chicago, IL (07/30/1937); Hollywood, CA (07/30/1937); New York, NY (07/30/1937); Chicago, IL (08/21/1936); Hollywood, CA (08/21/1936); New York, NY (08/21/1936); Chicago, IL (09/24/1945); Hollywood, CA (09/24/1945); New York, NY (09/24/1945); Chicago, IL (11/22/1939); Hollywood, CA (11/22/1939); New York, NY (11/22/1939); Chicago, IL (12/02/1936); Hollywood, CA (12/02/1936); New York, NY (12/02/1936). Ultimate Big Band Collection Benny Goodman music CDs .
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Benny Goodman: Yale University Archives, Vol. 5: NBC Broadcast Recordings 1936 - 1943
Yale University Archives Vol 5 NBC Broadcast Recordings 1936 1943 music CDs Never before released recordings from Benny's private collection. Yale University Archives Vol 5 NBC Broadcast Recordings 1936 1943 songs Featuring Bobby Hackett, Red Norvo, Flip Phillips and Bill Harris. Over 2 hours of music and includes: Let's Dance, Sleep, Sweet & Lovely, Ten-Bone, Body & Soul, Memories of You, and many more. 23 tracks.

Personnel: Benny Goodman (clarinet).

Liner Note Author: Loren Schoenberg.


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Benny Goodman / Benny Goodman & His Orchestra: Benny in Brussels
Benny in Brussels CD music Original Two-volume album (Columbia CL1247 & CL1248) in its entirety plus 2 bonus tracks from same performance not on the original album. Benny in Brussels music CDs Recorded at the 1958 World Fair in Brussels with a line-up that includes: Jimmy Rushing, Zoot Sims, Taft Jordan and then unknown pianist Roland Hanna. 78+mins 20 total tracks.

Recording information: Brussels World Fair, Brussels, Belgium (05/25/1958-05/31/1958).

Personnel: Benny Goodman (clarinet); Ethel Ennis, Jimmy Rushing (vocals); Billy Bauer (guitar); Ernie Mauro, Al Block (alto saxophone); Seldon Powell, Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Gene Allen (baritone saxophone); Emmett Berry, Billy Hodges, Taft Jordan, John Frosk (trumpet); Rex Peer, Vernon Brown, Willie Dennis (trombone); Roland Hanna (piano); Roy Burnes (drums).

Liner Note Author: Lawrence Steel.


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Bert Lown: Bert Lown's Biltmore Hotel Orchestra
Bert Lown's Biltmore Hotel Orchestra music CDs Bert Lown, who co-wrote 'Bye Bye Blues,' and led a fine orchestra that recorded fairly frequently from 1929-1933. Bert Lown's Biltmore Hotel Orchestra songs This 1997 CD has 23 of the best selections by Lown's hot dance band. Most tracks have vocals by the Biltmore Rhythm Boys or Elmer Feldkamp. Among the best-known players are the two heard in the bass saxophone slot, Adrian Rollini and Spencer Clark. Each of the selections has its moments of interest (the level of musicianship is quite high), with a small-group romp on 'Jazz Me Blues,' 'Bye Bye Blues,' and 'Heartaches' (recorded several years before Ted Weems had his hit version) being among the more memorable numbers. Easily recommended to vintage jazz collectors. ~ Scott Yanow

23 tracks featuring Frank Cush, Elmer Feldkamp, Paul Mason, Adrian Rollini, Tommy Felline, Stan King and more.

's Biltmore Hotel Orchestra.

Personnel: Elmer Feldkamp, Ted Holt (vocals, clarinet, alto saxophone); Amith Bellew, The Biltmore Rhythm Boys. , The Biltmore Trio (vocals); Tommy Fellini (guitar, banjo); Mac Ceppos (violin); Paul Mason (clarinet, reeds, tenor saxophone); Johnny Costello , Rudolph Adler, Larry Tice (clarinet, alto saxophone); Mace Irish, Fletcher Hereford (reeds); Adrian Rollini (baritone saxophone, vibraphone); Spencer Clark (baritone saxophone); Phil Capicotta, Eddie Farley, Frank Cush (trumpet); Al Philburn, Miff Mole (trombone); Al Webber, Frank Flynn , Stan King (drums).

Audio Remasterer: George Morrow.

Liner Note Author: Randy Skretvedt..
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Bix Beiderbecke: Very Best of Bix Beiderbecke
Very Best of Bix Beiderbecke CD music Definitive two CD set of the legendary cornetist who came to symbolize 'The Roaring Twenties'. Very Best of Bix Beiderbecke music CDs 46 tracks. EMI Gold. 2004..
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Blue Barron: Uncollected Blue Barron & His Orchestra, Vol. 1 (1938 - 1941)
Uncollected Blue Barron His Orchestra Vol 1 (1938 1941) music CDs Contains 18 previously unreleased radio broadcast tracks. Uncollected Blue Barron His Orchestra Vol 1 (1938 1941) songs Includes liner notes by Brad McCuen.

Personnel: Jimmy Brown (vocals, alto saxophone); Ronnie Snyder (guitar); Frank May, Bill Hammond, Alan Holmes (saxophone); Bill Ratzenburger, Ernie Straub, Bill Burkhardt (trumpet); Stanley Usher (trombone); Walter Major (tuba); Donald Tiff, Carl Ladra, Ivan Lane (piano); Bill Zaremba (drums).

Liner Note Author: Brad McCuen.

Recording information: 1938-1941.

Editor: Tom Shallcross.

Arrangers: Carl Ladra; Ivan Lane.

Personnel includes: Blue Barron (conductor), Russ Carlyle, Three Blue Notes Charlie Fisher (vocals), Lamar Shewell, Bill Hammond, Myron Selker, Alan Holmes, Frank May, Clark Shelton (saxophones), Jimmy Brown (alto saxophone), Bill Burkhardt, Ernie Straub, Bill Ratzenburger (trumpets), Stanley Usher (trombone), Charlie Fisher (trombone, vocals), Walter Major (tuba), Carl Ladra, Donald Tiff, Ivan Lane (piano), Ronnie Snyder (guitar), Bill Zaremba, Hack O'Brien (drums).


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Bob Crosby: South Rampart Street Parade
Bob Crosby led one of the hottest big bands of the 1930s, a unit that although filled with swing stylists could play Dixieland with the joy and spontaneity of a small group. South Rampart Street Parade CD music In time, Bob Crosby's Bobcats would overshadow the big band, but this definitive CD shows how enjoyable the orchestra could be. With such soloists as trumpeters Yank Lawson and Billy Butterfield, clarinetists Matty Matlock and Irving Fazola, Eddie Miller (on tenor and clarinet), and pianists Bob Zurke, Joe Sullivan, and Jess Stacy, among others, the Crosby aggregation could hold its own with any other band of the time. On their CD, 20 of Bob Crosby's finest performances (17 of which are from 1936-1939) are included, with the high points being 'Little Rock Getaway' (Zurke's classic interpretation of Sullivan's most famous song), 'South Rampart Street Parade,' 'Big Noise From Winnetka,' the original version of 'What's New' (known at the time as 'I'm Free'), 'My Inspiration,' 'Jimtown Blues,' and several heated Dixieland standards. Essential music for any serious jazz collection. ~ Scott Yanow

Liner Note Author: Dick Sudhalter.

Recording information: 04/13/1936-02/17/1942.

Photographers: Frank Driggs; Duncan P. Schiedt.

Personnel includes: Eddie Miller (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield (trumpets), Buddy Morrow (trombone), Matty Matlock (clarinet), Gil Bowers (piano), Bob Haggart (bass).

Personnel: Nappy Lamare (vocals, guitar); Bob Haggart (whistling); Gil Rodin (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Matty Matlock, Jack Ferrier (clarinet, alto saxophone); Eddie Miller (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Irving Fazola (clarinet); Noni Bernardi, George Koenig, Joe Kearns, Arthur Rando, Artt Mendelsohn, Bill Stegmeyer (alto saxophone); Deane Kincaide (tenor saxophone); Andrew Ferretti, Sterling Bose, Lyman Vunk, Max Herman, Shorty Sherock, Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Zeke Zarchy, Charlie Spivak (trumpet); Mark Bennett , Floyd O'Brien, Warren Smith , Artie Foster, Ward Silloway , Elmer Smithers, Ray Conniff, Buddy Morrow (trombone); Gil Bowers, Jess Stacy, Joe Sullivan, Bob Zurke (piano); Ray Bauduc (drums).


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Buddy Defranco: 1949-52 Studio Performances
1949 52 Studio Performances music CDs Hep Records' issue of Buddy DeFranco's recordings as a leader of both a quintet and an orchestra between 1949 and 1952 is a welcome one. 1949 52 Studio Performances songs The material on these 26 cuts is standard fare from the swing era, which was way over by 1949, but it proves that DeFranco knew how to lead a big band and swing hard as a soloist in a quintet setting -- especially with the company he kept. Some of his crew on these sides include Serge Chaloff, Teddy Charles, Teddy Kotick, Lee Konitz, Max Roach, Jimmy Raney, and Al Cohn, just to name a few. Arrangements for these tunes were done by DeFranco, George Russell, and Manny Albam, which gives the listener a taste of the varied sonic interests of the great clarinetist. The sound on these sides is a tiny bit thin, but that's a minor complaint. The material swings no matter the arrangement or the size of the band. This is an intimate look at an often overlooked jazz great. ~ Thom Jurek

Recording information: New York, NY (04/23/1949-02/27/1952).

Arrangers: Gerald Valentine; Manny Albam; Tiny Kahn; Buddy DeFranco.

Personnel: Buddy DeFranco (clarinet); Dave Lambert & His Singers, Pat Collins (vocals); Jimmy Raney, Tal Farlow, Sam Herman (guitar); Andy Cicalese, Eddie Caine, Angelo Cicalese, Frank Socolow, Tommy Mace, Gene Quill, Tom Mace, Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Jerry Sanfino, Ben Lary, Stan Kosow, Buddy Arnold, Eddie Wasserman, Al Cohn (tenor saxophone); Danny Bank, Serge Chaloff (baritone saxophone); Louis Mucci, Dale Pierce, Ed Badgley, Charlie Walp, Ed Bagley, Jimmy Pupa, Dick Sherman, Al Porcino, Bernie Glow, Stan Fishelson, Paul Cohen (trumpet); Earl Swope, Al Robertson, Freddie Zito, Frank Lane, George Arus, Mert Goodspeed, Billy Byers, Chauncey Welsch, Ollie Wilson, Bart Varsalona (trombone); Gene DiNovi, Harvey Leonard, Jimmy Lyon (piano); Teddy Charles (vibraphone); Frank DeVito , Irv Kluger, Max Roach, Morey Feld (drums).

Liner Note Authors: Anatol Schenker; Alastair Robertson.


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Buddy Rich: All Star Small Groups

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Buddy Rich: Best Band I Ever Had
Best Band I Ever Had CD music This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and SUper Audio CD players. Best Band I Ever Had music CDs

Although the title of this reissue is not necessarily accurate (Buddy Rich's 1966 big band was a stronger unit), this is a high-quality jazz album. Rich surprisingly does not solo much (just on Chick Corea's 'Fiesta') but the material is strong, the arrangements (by Mike Abene, Frank Perowsky, Tom Boros, Barry Keiner and Barry Mintzer) are colorful, and the soloists are excellent. The 15-piece Buddy Rich big band features Steve Marcus on tenor and soprano, Gary Pribek on tenor, pianist Barry Keiner and trumpeter Dean Pratt and the songs include inventive versions of 'Birdland,' 'Bouncin' with Bud' and Horace Silver's 'Cape Verdean Blues. ' The only weak point to this set is that the playing time is only around 40 minutes since this is a straight reissue of a former LP. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

Recorded at RCA-Victor Studios, New York in October 1977.

Personnel: Buddy Rich (drums); Alan Gauvin, Chuck Wilson (alto & soprano saxophones, flute); Steve Marcus (tenor & soprano saxophones); Gary Bribek (tenor saxophone, cowbell); Greg Smith (baritone saxophone, cabasa); Chuck Schmidt, Dean Pratt, John Marshall, Danny Hayes (trumpet); Matt Johnson, Dale Kirkland (trombone); Edward Eby (bass trombone); Barry Keiner (keyboards); Tommy Warrington (bass).

Personnel: Buddy Rich (drums); Ira Gitler (soprano, tenor); Chuck Wilson (alto, flute, soprano flute, alto flute); Greg Smith (baritone, percussion); Alan Gauvin (flute, soprano flute, alto flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Steve Marcus (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Gary Pribeck (tenor saxophone, cowbells); Danny Hayes, Chuck Schmidt, John Marshall , Dean Pratt (trumpet); Matt Johnson , Dale Kirkland (trombone); Edward Eby (bass trombone); Barry Keiner (piano, keyboards).

Audio Remasterer: Steve Hoffman.

Liner Note Authors: Ira Gitler; Norman Schwartz.

Recording information: RCA VIctor Studios, New York, NY (10/1977); RCA-Victor Studios, NY (10/1977).

Photographer: Norman Schwartz.

Arrangers: Barry Mintzer; Barry Keiner; Frank Perowsky; Tom Boros; Michael Abene; Buddy Rich.

Personnel: Buddy Rich (drums); Alan Gauvin, Chuck Wilson (soprano & alto saxophones, flute); Steve Marcus (soprano & tenor saxophones); Gary Bribek (tenor saxophone, cowbell); Greg Smith (baritone saxophone, cabasa); Chuck Schmidt, Dean Pratt, John Marshall, Danny Hayes (trumpet); Matt Johnson, Dale Kirkland (trombone); Edward Eby (bass trombone); Barry Keiner (keyboards); Tommy Warrington (bass).


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Buddy Rich: Lionel Hampton Presents Buddy Rich
Lionel Hampton Presents Buddy Rich CD music Feat. Lionel Hampton Presents Buddy Rich music CDs Barry Kiener,Tom Warring- Ton,Candido Camero,Lionel Hamp

Personnel: Buddy Rich (drums); Gary Pribeck (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Paul Moen, Steve Marcus (tenor saxophone); Barry Kiener (piano); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone); Candido Camero (congas).

Liner Note Author: Alun Morgan.


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Carmen Cavallaro: Stairway to the Stars: More Cocktail Piano Favorites
Stairway to the Stars More Cocktail Piano Favorites music CDs This 2-CD set for the price of one CD from 'The Poet Of The Piano' compliments Jasmine's previous issue (JAS #2593). Stairway to the Stars More Cocktail Piano Favorites songs These interpretations of show tunes, movie songs and popular melodies by Carmen Cavallaro are performed as piano solos and rhythms. Jasmine. 2006.

Recording information: 09/03/1941-01/21/1955.

Personnel: Carmen Cavallaro (piano).

Audio Remasterer: Geoff Milne.


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Charlie Barnet: Live at Basin Street East
Live at Basin Street East music CDs Some 40 years after Charlie Barnet led a big band in live performance at New York's Basin Street East, the amazing Scotland-based Hep record label brought out the only known recording of this ensemble, which included trumpeters Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, and Snooky Young, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, saxophonists Barnet, Willie Smith, and Richie Kamuca, and pianist Nat Pierce, with arrangements by Bill Holman and Billy Byers. Live at Basin Street East songs This recording, made in December 1966, appears to have been the last to feature altoist Smith, who rose to prominence with the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra in the '30s and would succumb to cancer only three months after this recording was made. This exciting live recording, which includes a salty rendition of Terry's signature tune 'Mumbles,' is fortified with several titles from the Ellington/Strayhorn book. Barnet was a lifelong devotee of the Duke, and at its best, this band sounds quite similar to Ellington's punchy orchestra as heard a few months earlier on the French Riviera and subsequently on the Verve album SOUL CALL. The biggest treat is an extended medley of Barnet staples, including Ray Noble's 'Cherokee,' Harlan Leonard's 'Southern Fried,' 'Things Ain't What They Used to Be' by Ellington and Johnny Hodges, 'Smiles,' 'East Side, West Side,' the enduring hit 'Pompton Turnpike,' and the dependably exhilarating 'Skyliner. '

Personnel: Charlie Barnet (saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Randy Brecker, Snooky Young (trumpet).

Recording information: Basin St. East (12/24/1966-12/31/1966).


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Charlie Shaffer: Piano for Latin Lovers

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Chick Webb: Spinnin' The Webb
One of the most lauded drummers of the swing era, Chick Webb (born William Henry Webb) rose to prominence in the 1930s as a bandleader in Harlem. Spinnin' The Webb CD music Despite his slight frame and physical infirmities (due to a form of tuberculosis that left his spine misshapen), Webb garnered attention for his hard-hitting style, influencing numerous young jazz percussionists, including Art Blakey, Gene Krupa, and Buddy Rich. While the recording technology of the period doesn't fully allow Webb's drumming to shine--the mix favors the horns in his ensemble, as heard on the jaunty 'Lona,' featuring trumpeter Mario Bauza--this Decca collection still serves as an excellent document of the performer's talents as both a percussionist (see the deft, driving 'I Got Rhythm') and a bandleader. Those looking for Webb's work with a youthful Ella Fitzgerald won't find the teenage vocalist here, but for listeners seeking a fine example of his energetic sound, SPINNIN' THE WEBB is a great place to start.

These sessions were recorded in the early 1930's.

Recording information: 06/14/1929-02/17/1939.

Personnel includes: Chick Webb (drums, percussion); Mario Bauza (trumpet).


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Chick Webb: Strictly Jive
Recorded between 1935 and 1940. Strictly Jive music CDs Includes liner notes by Campbell Burnap.

Strictly Jive is the Hep label's 25-track salute to Chick Webb, a formidable percussionist who led one of the toughest big bands of the 1930s. Strictly Jive concentrates upon the years 1935-1940, a period of time that represents the second half of the ten-year Webb dynasty. The Chick Webb orchestra was a jazz incubator from which emerged seasoned instrumentalists like Taft Jordan, Sandy Williams, Garvin Bushell, Hilton Jefferson, and Eddie Barefield, as well as future bandleaders John Kirby and Louis Jordan, and renowned composer and arranger Edgar Sampson. Saxophonist Wayman Carver, one of the few flutists in jazz during the 1930s, was a featured soloist with Chick Webb and may be heard piping away in front of the band on Wilbur Sweatman's 'Down Home Rag. ' Most people who have heard of Webb associate him with his star vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, a dynamic woman who assumed leadership of the band after 30-year-old Chick Webb succumbed to spinal tuberculosis on June 16, 1939 in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. ~ arwulf arwulf

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

Don Kirkptarick (piano); John Kirby, Beverley Peer (bass).

Compilation producers: Alastair Roberston, John R. T. Davies.

Personnel: Chick Webb (drums); Louis Jordan (vocals, alto saxophone); Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Chauncey Houghton, John Trueheart, Bobby Johnson (guitar); Wayman Carver (flute, tenor saxophone); Garvin Bushell (clarinet, alto saxophone); Pete Clarke, Eddie Barefield, Edgar Sampson, Hilton Jefferson (alto saxophone); Elmer Williams, Sam Simmons, Teddy McRae (tenor saxophone); Irving 'Mouse' Randolph, Mario Bauz?, Taft Jordan, Dick Vance, Bobby Stark (trumpet); Nat Story, George Mathews, Sandy Williams , Claude Jones (trombone); Tommy Fulford, Don Kirkatrick (piano); Bill Beason (drums).

Audio Remasterer: John R. T. Davies.

Liner Note Author: Campbell Burnap.

Recording information: New York, NY (06/12/1935-03/20/1940).

Director: Chick Webb.

Arrangers: Goodman; Mundy; Charlie Dixon.

Personnel includes: Chick Webb (drums); Louis Jordan (vocals, alto saxophone); Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Edgar Sampson (alto saxophone); Wayman Carver (tenor saxophone, flute); Elmer Williams (tenor saxophone); Mario Bauza, Taft Jordon (trumpet); Claude Jones, Sandy Williams (trombone);


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Count Basie: April in Paris CD
It is wonderful albums like this that really benefit from the age of the CD. April in Paris music CDs This was crying out for reissue, and apart from the cardboard sleeve, Verve have treated one of the Count's greatest albums with utmost respect. The lush swing of the Basie band has never sounded happier and the addition of alternate takes is a joy to behold. Listeners will be reminded just how good this band was as they stroll through 'Sweety Cakes,' add a sheen to Frank Foster's 'Shiny Stockings' and rip it apart with Neal Hefti's magnificent 'Dinner With Friends. ' A highly recommended album just bursting with joy.

Recorded at Fine Sound, New York on July 26, 1955 and January 5-6, 1956.

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Freddie Green (guitar); Frank Wess (flute, clarinet, saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Marshall Royal (clarinet, alto saxophone); Frank Foster (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Thad Jones (trumpet, cornet); Reunald Jones, Joe Newman , Wendell Culley (trumpet); Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Bill Hughes (trombone); Sonny Payne (drums); Jose Mangual, Ubaldo Nieto (percussion).

Recording information: 07/26/1955-01/05/1956.

Unknown Contributor Roles: Frank Foster; Frank Wess; Joe Newman ; Thad Jones.

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Marshall Royal, Billy Graham (alto saxophone); Frank Foster, Frank Wess (tenor saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Wendell Cully, Reunald Jones (trumpet); Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Bill Hughes (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); Ed Jones (bass); Sonny Payne (drums).

JazzTimes (4/97, pp. 76-77) - '...Count Basie never had a bigger hit than APRIL IN PARIS, and this album--starring the polished arrangements of Thad Jones and Neil Hefti--remains his best-known to this day. In fact, it has become an iconic summation of the Basie Sound...'
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Count Basie: At Birdland
When this album was recorded (live) in 1961, the Count Basie orchestra was experiencing a massive resurgence. At Birdland music CDs No longer known only as 'one of the stars of the Swing Era,' Basie's big band got a major shot in the arm (in the late '50s & early '60s) via the dynamic compositions and arrangements of Neal Hefti, Frank Foster (also tenor saxophonist), and Ernie Wilkins. (A few years hence, Basie and band would go on to accompany Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, both live and in the studio. ) Basie's outfit of the day featured such talents as Thad Jones, Frank Wess, and guest singer Jon Hendricks. Which isn't to say the Count wouldn't revisit his own past triumphs--such as 'One O'Clock Jump'--but BIRDLAND is primarily the 'new' Basie outfit in all its roaring, hard-swinging glory.

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Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Jon Hendricks (vocals); Freddie Green (guitar); Frank Wess, Marshall Royal (alto saxophone); Frank Foster, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Lennie Johnson, Snooky Young, Thad Jones, Sonny Cohn (trumpet); Henry Coker, Quentin Jackson, Benny Powell (trombone); Eddie Jones (bass guitar); Sonny Payne (drums).

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Count Basie: Basie in Europe
Basie in Europe music CDs The bad part about this ultra-budget CD ($5 list) is that, absent an intimate knowledge of personnel in the Basie band, you have to buy it and open it up to discover that it's from a 1977 gig in Nice, France, which is fairly late in the game. Basie in Europe songs The good part is that the performance is not only a fine one, but the recording is fine too -- some of the balances are a little off (John Duke's bass is a tiny bit too prominent in the mix, but Butch Miles' drumming is right where it should be), but otherwise this is a superb representation of Basie's gloriously long Indian summer. The identical release to the out-of-print LRC label disc, but even lower-priced. ~ Bruce Eder

Recorded in Nice, France in 1977.

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Booby Plater, Danny Turner (alto saxophone); Jimmy Forrest, Eric Dixon (tenor saxophone); Charles Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Waymon Reed, Sonny Cohn, Bobby Mitchell, Lyn Biviano (trumpet); Mel Wanzo, Bill Hughes, Al Grey, Dennis Wilson (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); John Duke (bass); Butch Miles (drums).


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Count Basie: Basie Plays Hefti
Digitally remastered and expanded edition containing the complete classic album Basie Plays Hefti, a follow up to the celebrated LP The Atomic Mr. Basie Plays Hefti CD music Basie, which also presented arrangements and tunes by Neal Hefti. With the obvious exception of the tunes from the Atomic album, our bonus tracks present all other existing songs featuring Basie playing music composed and arranged by Hefti recorded between 1952 and 1958, and taken from various rarely heard and difficult to find studio sessions. Phoenix..
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Count Basie: Chairman of the Board CD
Although it appeared at a time when Count Basie was enjoying respect from all quarters (as evidenced by the pop acclaim of several Grammy awards and the jazz faithful's enthusiasm for his concert at Newport), Chairman of the Board was, comparatively, a low-profile session. Chairman of the Board music CDs The record was surrounded in Basie's discography by several prize-winners and a parade of studio collaborations -- with vocalists Tony Bennett, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and Billy Eckstine, plus arranger Neal Hefti. This 1958 date for Roulette was a rare chance for the orchestra to perform on its own, and listeners to hear how powerful the band could be when its concentration was undiverted. Of course, Basie's band already possessed three fine arrangers (Frank Foster, Thad Jones, and Frank Wess) and at least a dozen solo voices. Each of the ten songs on Chairman of the Board were originals by Foster, Jones, Wess, or Ernie Wilkins, all of them arranged by the composer. The record is admittedly heavy on the blues, but it's a brassy, powerful vision of the blues; Foster's 'Blues in Hoss' Flat' and Wilkins' 'Kansas City Shout' take the band back to its hometown, beginning with a subtle swing but ending with a raucous display of power from each section. The contributions by Jones and Wess provide a necessary complement to that forceful swing. Jones' 'Speaking of Sounds' employs the woodwinds to provide color and texture, while Wess' 'Segue in C' relies on bassist Eddie Jones and Basie's piano to lead the band while Wess himself takes several choruses on alto sax. A dynamic date, it shows the 'new testament' edition of Basie's orchestra in top form. ~ John Bush

Remastered in 24 bit, this historic 1958 album makes its first appearance on CD featuring 12 tracks including two bonus tracks from the sessions, 'Fair & Warmer' & 'Moten Swing'. Roulette Jazz. 2003.

Al Grey, Benny Powell (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); Eddie Jones (bass);

Sonny Payne (drums).

Recorded at Universal Studios, Chicago, Illinois and Capitol Studios, New York, New York between March & December 1958.

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Freddie Green (guitar); Frank Wess (flute, saxophone, alto saxophone); Marshall Royal (clarinet, alto saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell (tenor saxophone); Joe Newman , Snooky Young, Thad Jones, Wendell Culley (trumpet); Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (trombone); Sonny Payne (drums).

Liner Note Author: Bob Bernotas.

Recording information: Capitol Studios, New York, NY (03/04/1958-12/11/1958); Universal Studios, Chicago, IL (03/04/1958-12/11/1958).

Arrangers: Ernie Wilkins; Frank Foster; Frank Wess; Thad Jones.

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Frank Wess (arranger, alto saxophone, flute); Frank Foster (arranger, tenor saxophone); Thad Jones (arranger, trumpet); Ernie Wilkins (arranger); Marshal Royal (alto saxophone, clarinet); Billy Mitchell (tenor saxophone); Charles Fowlkes (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet); Snooky Young, Wendell Culley, Joe Newman (trumpet); Henry Coker,


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Count Basie: Complete Atomic Basie CD
This 1957 release features Neal Hefti's arrangements and the ever-exciting sound of what became known as the Second Testament Basie Band (the first having featured Lester Young, Herschel Evans, Dicky Wells et al). Complete Atomic Basie music CDs The album opens with a fiery version of 'The Kid from Red Bank'; other highlights include 'Whirly-Bird' and 'Teddy the Toad. ' As usual, Count Basie's stride-inflected piano style and the brass section's sudden, sharp stabs help define the band's sound.

The COMPLETE ATOMIC BASIE isn't just about screaming high notes and blistering scale flourishes though; subtlety and dynamic variety characterize several charts. We hear this best in the reeds' lilting swing on 'Midnite Blue,' and in the quiet, mellow groove of 'Li'l Darlin''; the sparseness of the latter's arrangement highlights the often-neglected guitarist Freddie Green's inimitable strumming. One of Basie's finest albums, THE COMPLETE ATOMIC BASIE is a swinging gem.

Recorded at Capitol Studios, New York, New York between October 21 & 22, 1957. Includes liner by Barry Ulanov & Michael Cuscuna.

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Joe Williams (vocals); Freddie Green (guitar); Joe Newman (trumpet); Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (trombone); Sonny Payne (drums).

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Joe Williams (vocals); Wendell Culley, Snooky Young, Thad Jones, Joe Newman (trumpet); Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (trombone); Marshall Royal, Frank Wess, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Frank Foster, Charles Fowlkes (reeds); Freddie Green (guitar); Eddie Jones (bass); Sonny Payne (drums).

Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.


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Count Basie: Complete Decca Recordings
Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes (vocals); Eddie Durham (arranger, electric guitar, trombone); Caughey Roberts, Earl Warren (alto saxophone); Lester Young, Hershel Evans (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Chu Berry (tenor saxophone); Jack Washington (baritone & alto saxophone); Buck Clayton, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Shad Collins, Joe Keyes, Carl Smith, Ed Lewis, Bobby Moore, Karl George (trumpet); Dan Minor, Dicky Wells, Bennie Morton, George Hunt, (trombone); Freddie Greene, Claude Williams (acoustic rhythm guitar); Walter Page (acoustic bass); Jo Jones (drums). Complete Decca Recordings music CDs

Recorded in New York between 1937-1939. The dates for the individual sessions are: January 21, 1937; March 26, 1937; July 7, 1937; August 9, 1937; October 13, 1937; January 3, 1938; February 16, 1938; June 6, 1938; August 22, 1938; November 9, 1938; November 16, 1938; January 5, 1939; Januray 26, 1939; February 2-4, 1939. COUNT BASIE: THE COMPLETE DECCA RECORDINGS comes with a 32-page booklet, featuring biographical and discographical information, a track-by-track breakdown of solos, and liner notes by Orrin Keepnews and Steven Lasker.

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Helen Humes, Jimmy Rushing (vocals); Eddie Durham (guitar, trombone); Claude 'Fiddler' Williams, Freddie Green (guitar); Herschel Evans, Lester Young (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Jack Washington (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Caughey Roberts (alto saxophone); Chu Berry (tenor saxophone); Joe Keyes, Ed Lewis, Bob Moore , Karl George, Shad Collins, Buck Clayton (trumpet); Dicky Wells, George Hunt, Benny Morton, Dan Minor (trombone); Jo Jones (drums).

Recording information: ??/??/1937-02/04/1939.

Unknown Contributor Roles: Harry 'Sweets' Edison ; Helen Humes; Herschel Evans; Jimmy Rushing.

Arrangers: Count Basie; Don Kirkpatrick; Don Redman; Eddie Durham; Fletcher Henderson; Alex Gibson; Buck Clayton; Buster Smith.

COUNT BASIE: THE COMPLETE DECCA RECORDINGS is among the most compelling reissues to emerge from GRP's 'The Legendary Masters Of Jazz' series--a vital component in any jazz collection. When it comes to that most elusive of jazz metaphors, swing, Count Basie wrote the book, and here for the first time, the complete Decca recordings are presented in the exact chronological order in which they were recorded.

Basie's big band was very much an extension of his piano style, deeply rooted in stride and blues. On a piano feature like 'Red Wagon' the sense of notes not played is every bit as strong as those Basie articulates, as Basie edits away all the extraneous elements and zeroes in on only the prettiest most swinging notes. Which is what made big band arrangements like 'Swinging At The Daisy Chain,' 'John's Idea,' 'Jumpin' At The Woodside' and 'One O'Clock Jump' so popular among dancers.

Then there was Basie's famous 'All-American Rhythm Section,' which matched Basie's coy restraint with an uncanny cruise control of its own. They took the strong beat (1 & 3) and weak beat (2 & 4) accents of previous generations, and conjured up a modern 1-2-3-4 groove centered in Freddie Greene's insistent four-to-the-bar strumming, Walter Page's big earthy beat and Jo Jones' magical hi-hat pulse and uncanny accents. When the brass and reed sections dropped away to let the rhythm section stroll, this was something completely new in jazz.

Finally there were the legendary soloists, each man a section unto himself. Lester 'Prez' Young brought a new lightness of tone, an advanced harmonic conception, and a floating behind-the-beat groove to the tenor saxophone (dig his lyrical alchemy on 'Out The Window' and 'Cherokee'), changing our conception of that instrument forever. Then there was his stylistic foil, tenor man Hershel Evans, with his huge, burnished on-the-beat Coleman Hawkins style (hear him swing for dear life on 'Topsy' and `battle' Young on 'Time Out'). And there were the great trumpeters, cup-mute bluesman Buck Clayton and the slyly lyrical Harry 'Sweets' Edison, and the inimitDown Beat (11/92, p. 51) - 5 Stars - Excellent - '...It's hard to imagine a more important reissue for this year or any other...Here is the old testament of the first Basie band (1937-1939)...never has completeness been so completely satisfying...[these sides] travel effortlessly across time on the wings of an astounding rhythm section...'
Musician (7/92, p. 100) - '...Here's the root of all that is good in American music...this music defined swing, as the soloists--Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Basie, Herschel Evans and Jimmy Rushing--defined their individual instruments...'
Jazziz (Dec. -Jan. /92, p. 94) - Picked by critic Leonard Feather as one of the 10 best jazz albums of 1992..
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Count Basie: Count Basie at Newport CD
Count Basie at Newport music CDs Originally released on Verve (6024). Count Basie at Newport songs Includes liner notes by Richard Sudhalter.

By the time of this 1957 recording, the Basie band was enjoying something of a renaissance, and the appreciation of the audience for this legendary musician helps make this live recording all the warmer. This was a special night for the band, as it represented a coming together of the contemporary Basie assemblage with some of the original Kansas City veterans. Entrepeneur John Hammond, who helped bring Basie to national attention in the '30s, warmly introduces the band one by one, stressing the importance of each member.

Thad Jones, Frank Foster and company lay down a solid version of 'Swingin' At Newport,' after which they are joined by one after another of Basie's old Kansas City cohorts. From Lester Young to Jimmy Rushing, the stage soon becomes flooded with KC royalty, as old meets new with glorious results. Clearly, this evening at Newport was a night to remember, and we're fortunate it was captured for posterity.

Digipak. W/ 5 Bonus Tracks.

Recorded at Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island on July 7, 1957.

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Joe Williams, Jimmy Rushing (vocals); Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet (tenor saxophone); Marshall Royal, Bill Graham, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Charlie Fowlkes (saxophone); Roy Eldridge, Wendall Culley, Joe Newman, Reunald Jones, Thad Jones (trumpet); Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Bill Hughes (trombones); Freddie Green (guitar); Ed Jones (bass); Sonny Payne, Jo Jones (drums).


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Count Basie / Count Basie Jam: Basie Jam CD
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1987, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).

This 1973 recording, the first of two Count Basie albums for the Fantasy label highlighting impromptu jam sessions, is something of a musical party. Heard here with longtime pals Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, and others, the Count performs a set of bluesy originals. Basie and company alight in a variety of musical dialogs-joyous and heartrending, playful and stalwart. As one might expect, each player rises to the occasion. And then some.

There can be little doubt that Basie's marvelous sensitivity as an accompanist catalyzes the fine soloing on this album. 'One-Nighter' hints at least twice at how invigorating it can be to play with Basie. The first instance occurs when tenor-man Zoot Sims takes over from the organ, exacting a phrase of perfect, rounded beauty. A second occurs when Edison spreads a single recurring melodic figure across a full chorus, while Basie's organ wheezes unobtrusively in the background. A soulful and foot-stomping album, BASIE JAM accurately represents the late swing icon in his mature years.

Recorded on December 10, 1973. Includes original liner notes by Benny Green.

Recorded on December 10, 1973.

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Harry Edison (trumpet); J.J. Johnson (trombone); Irving Ashby (guitar); Ray Brown (bass); Louis Bellson (drums).


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Count Basie / Count Big Band Basie: Basie Big Band CD
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Digitally remastered by JVC using XRCD (Extended Resolution Compact Disc) technology. Basie Big Band music CDs

The career of Count Basie defies the norm. More consistent than virtually any of his contemporaries, Basie never made a big band record that didn't swing hard. On THE BASIE BIG BAND, trumpeters Frank Szabo and Dave Stahl had just recently joined the band. Drummer Butch Miles, playing in the Buddy Rich mold, had also joined the band only months before this session.

All this invigorated an already swinging orchestra. On THE BASIE BIG BAND, we hear nine Sam Nestico charts (not to be confused with cousin and tenor player Sal Nestico). Among them are some of Nestico's most famous compositions including 'Freckle Face,' 'The Heat's On,' and 'The Wind Machine. ' There is much to applaud on this release. Whether it be Pete Minger's trumpet solo on 'Orange Sherbet,' Dave Stahl's powerful lead work on 'Tall Cotton' or Butch Miles' blazing drum breaks on 'Wind Machine,' this album cooks!

Recorded in Los Angeles, California on August 26 & 27, 1975. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Danny Turner, Bobby Plater (alto saxophone); Eric Dixon (tenor saxophone, flute); Jimmy Forrest (tenor saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Pete Minger, Frank Szabo, Dave Stahl, Bobby Mitchell, Sonny Cohn (trumpet); Al Grey, Curtis Fuller, Bill Hughes, Mel Wanzo (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); John Duke (bass); Butch Miles (drums).


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Dick Haymes: Keep It Simple
Keep It Simple music CDs This Audiophile CD combines two Dick Haymes sessions made under the direction of Loonis McGlohon. Keep It Simple songs The first was done in October 1976 and the second in May 1978 when Haymes was almost 60. (The latter turned out to be his final visit to a recording studio before his death in 1980. ) And unlikely as it seems, his voice was at its strongest on the later date. The 1978 session was one of the most fulfilling of a recording career which started in the 1940s with Harry James when he replaced Frank Sinatra, who had moved to Tommy Dorsey's band. Along with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, he was one of the most popular male crooners of the 1940s and 1950s. Recurring public personal difficulties eventually became a drag on his career. This album features songs that Haymes was associated with over that career, plus songs he just felt he wanted to do for this album. There's 'Little White Lies,' added to a Decca record in 1947 as an afterthought and which became one of Haymes' biggest hits. The album also offers a medley of songs from the movie State Fair, including 'It Might as Well Be Spring' and 'That's for Me. ' While these were big sellers for Haymes, he did not introduce them in that 1945 film. The former was dubbed by Louanne Hogan for Jeanne Crain. Vivian Blaine sang the second. The second category of melodies is represented by 'That's All,' written by Dick's brother Bob Haymes and the memorable Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke tune 'Here's that Rainy Day. ' The length of each performance reflects Haymes' professional roots in the 78-rpm days. Most of the tunes are done in under 2? minutes. Bravo! There are some current-day male singers who would do well to emulate this time-management technique. Arguably the finest singer of ballads to grace the popular song scene, with the possible exception of Johnny Hartman, this album is a testimonial to a very unique talent and to a singing style that has practically become extinct. ~ Dave Nathan

Dick Haymes-voc, accompanied by Loonis McGlohon-pno & arranger w. Terry Lassiter & Rusty Gilder-bs, Jim Lackey-dms
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Dick Jurgens: Your Dance Date/At the Aragon Ballroom
While it isn't likely that orchestra leader Dick Jurgens' name will go down in history with Benny Goodman, he -- like many other bandleaders in the '50s -- gave the people what they wanted: good dance music. Your Dance Date At the Aragon Ballroom music CDs Your Dance Date and At the Aragon Ballroom were originally released by Columbia in 1950 and 1954, respectively, and together run almost an hour. A number of songs -- 'Sweet Georgia Brown,' 'I'm in the Mood for Love,' and 'Alexander's Ragtime Band' -- will still be familiar in 2004. The primary appeal of Jurgens' music, however, is one of nostalgia. His style of orchestration, after all, must have seemed old-fashioned in the '50s, and the vocals -- the highlight of these recordings -- remind one of a lost world of singers like Bing Crosby. There are fine vocals by singers -- Ray Mcintosh and Al Galante -- who are as obscure today as Jurgens, but who nonetheless deliver good versions of romantic pieces like 'It All Depends on You' and fun absurdities like 'Push Cart Serenade. ' The perkiest instrumental is a fine turn on Earle Hagen's 'Harlem Nocturne,' a piece Jurgens and company fill with a lovely moodiness. For those who hold a place in their heart for the simple, tuneful songs of yesteryear, Your Dance Date/At the Aragon Ballroom will inspire listeners to return once again to the dancefloor. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

2 LPs on 1 CD: YOUR DANCE DANCE (1950)/AT THE ARAGON BALLROOM (1954)..
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Django Reinhardt: Best of Django Reinhardt CD
Best of Django Reinhardt music CDs This collection serves as a good introduction to the famous Gypsy guitarist, including as it does examples of the original Hot Club of France quintet with Stephane Grappelli, solo pieces, duets, trios, groups including reed or brass players, and two encounters between Django and ensembles of American musicians. Best of Django Reinhardt songs The emphasis tends to be on Django's early Hot Club work, represented by five tunes on this CD, but several others here retain a Hot Club era feeling, particularly the duet with Quintet bassist Louis Vola and the Grappelli-less trio of 'I'll See You In My Dreams. '

The debate continues to rage over whether the postwar reunion of Reinhardt with Grappelli ever came close to their triumphs of the '30s; the last five cuts will allow you to judge for yourself. And if you're looking for the roots of the 'New Acoustic Music' as perpetrated by David Grisman, Mark O'Connor et al, check out 'Minor Swing. ' Like so many tunes that became jazz standards, it was played at a much more relaxed tempo in its original 1937 incarnation than it is usually performed today.

Recorded between May 4, 1936 and March 10, 1948. Includes liner notes by Dan Morgenstern.

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Personnel: Django Reinhardt (guitar); Jim Hays (alto saxophone, clarinet); Joe Moser, Max Blanc, Robert Merchez, Robert Mavounzy (alto saxophone); Andre Louis, Charles Hary, Bernie Cavaliere, Bill Zickefoose (tenor saxophone); Ken Lowther (baritone saxophone); Alex Renard, Alex Caturegli, Maurice Moufflard, Herb Bass, Jerry Stephan, Lonnie Wilfong (trumpet); Rex Stewart (cornet); Maurice Gladieu, Pierre Remy, Bill Decke, Don Gardner, Shelton Heath, John Kirkpatrick (trombone); Barney Bigard, Alix Combelle, Hubert Rostaign (clarinet); Larry Mann (piano); Stephane Grappelli (violin); Joseph Reinhardt, Louis Gaste, Eugene Vees, Pierre Ferret, Jack Llewelin, Allan Hodgkiss, Challin Ferret (guitar); Emmanuel Sodieux, Louis Vola, Lucien Simoens, Eugene D'Hellemmes, Billy Taylor, Tony Rovira, Jean Storne, Bob Decker, Coleridge Goode, Fred Ermelin (bass); Pierre Fouad, Gaston Leonard, Bill Bethel (drums).


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Don Neely: Royal Jazz Society Orchestra

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Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra: If I Had You
If I Had You CD music reedman/vocalist Don Neely leads on 22 tracks feat. If I Had You music CDs Ron Deeter, Lin Patch, Rick Siverson, Tom Brozene, Howard Miyata +

Full performer name: Don Neely/Royal Society Jazz Orhcestra.

Personnel: Don Neely (vocals, reeds); Manual Alcantar (vocals, cornet); Ron Deeter (clarinet, alto saxophone); Lin Patch (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Rick Siverson (bass saxophone, cornet); Tom Brozene (cornet); Jeff Wells (tuba); Paul Price (piano); Steve Appel (drums).

Photographer: Ed Lawless..
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Duke Ellington: ... and His Mother Called Him Bill CD
Twenty-four big digitally remasted with restored original artwork. and His Mother Called Him Bill music CDs

'Bill' is of course Billy Strayhorn, the composer, arranger and pianist who served as Ellington's musical alter ego from their meeting in 1939 to his death in 1967. Strayhorn's contributions to the Ellington book, and to the jazz repertoire in general, were enormous. 'Lush Life,' the tune with which he introduced himself to Duke, remains one of the most literate (and challenging) ballads of all time, while 'Take The 'A' Train,' which became the Ellington band's theme song, is one of the most widely-known compositions in the jazz cannon.

AND HIS MOTHER CALLED HIM BILL sidesteps these particular pieces but still draws from the full range of Strayhorn's career. A number of long-standing members of the band were still on hand in the summer and fall of 1967 when these recordings were made, adding further poignancy and musical depth to this tribute. Of particular note are Johnny Hodges' aching alto melodies on 'Blood Count' and 'Day Dream,' Cat Anderson's relaxed and confident plunger mute work on 'Charpoy,' and Ellington's own keyboard punctuation on the coy, big--band-functions-like-a-small-group whisper of 'The Intimacy of the Blues. '

Full title, And His Mother Called Him Bill. Remastered reissue of 1967 album. Packaged in a digipak reproduction of the original artwork. 19 tracks including 7 bonus 'Acht O'Clock Rock', 'Raincheck', 'Smada', 'Smada', 'Midriff', 'My Little Brown Book' & 'Lotus Blossom'.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

CD contains 4 bonus tracks.

Recorded at RCA Studios, New York, New York and between August and November 1967. Includes liner notes by Duke Ellington, Stanley Dance, Patricia Willard, and Robert Palmer.

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton (alto saxophone, clarinet); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Herbie Jones, Cootie Williams (trumpet); Clark Terry (flugelhorn); John Sanders, Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors (trombone); Aaron Bell, Jeff Castleman (bass); Steve Little, Sam Woodyard (drums).

Jazziz (3/93, p. 62) - '...This retrospective of Billy Strayhorn's compositions found the orchestra in inspired form with several touching moments...'
Mojo (Publisher) (3/02, p. 118) - '...A magnificent album, an all-Strayhorn programme perfromed with great love and intensity by the mid-'60s band doing more than justice to the original performances and captured in glorious fidelity...'
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Duke Ellington: At Newport 1956 Complete CDs
At Newport 1956 Complete music CDs Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island on July 7, 1956. At Newport 1956 Complete songs Includes liner notes by George Avakian and Phil Schaap.

Digitally remastered by Phil Schaap (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).

What makes this classic recording endure is the monumental level of intensity the band brings to each number. Ellington, in speaking of the band's competitive nature, recalled that they were all in a particularly fesity mode for this performance. That crackling energy translates to every number, and even extended to Count Basie's original drummer Jo Jones, who sat grinning from ear to ear in the front row, so moved by the swing of it all that he beat time for the band with a rolled up copy of The Christian Science Monitor.

From Johnny Hodges' ultra-suave 'Jeep's Blues,' to Paul Gonsalves' epic tenor marathon on 'Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue' (which set the crowd to dancing and screaming), ELLINGTON AT NEWPORT is one of the really great big band recordings.

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Reissue producer: Phil Schaap.

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, trumpet); Jimmy Grisson (vocals); Russell Procope (alto saxophone, clarinet); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); John Cook, Clark Terry, William 'Cat' Anderson (trumpet); John Sanders, Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman (trombone); Jimmy Woode (bass); Sam Woodyard (drums).

Producer: George Avakian.

Entertainment Weekly (6/24/99, p. 133) - '...dizzying jazz, from the swinging orchestra suite composed for the festival to saxophonist Paul Gonsalvas' 27-chorus improvisation in 'Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue. ' - Rating: A
Q (9/99, p. 125) - 3 stars (out of 5) - '...one of the most famous of jazz concerts of all time...generally acknowledged to have put him back on the map after a period in the commercial doldrums.... every fan will want a copy. '
JazzTimes (10/99, pp. 82-4) - '...presents for the first time in true stereo every note that the band played at Newport over that famous weekend of July 7/8, 1956.... To hear this classic performance in stereo...is alone worth the price of admission...'
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Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington: Three Suites
Duke Ellington Three Suites CD music Digitally remastered by Larry Keyes (CBS Records Studio, New York, New York). Duke Ellington Three Suites music CDs

For Duke Ellington (and his right hand man, Billy Strayhorn), no color existed that couldn't be encompassed within their musical rainbow. Having reinvented the popular song form, Ellington towered over the swing era, defining and redefining the American orchestral idiom a thousand times over. In the later part of his career Ellington devoted much of his creative energy to a series of suites. These thematic works ranged from Duke's deeply devotional SACRED CONCERTS to an array of third world influenced pieces (such as THE LATIN AMERICAN SUITE and THE AFRO-EURASIAN ECLIPSE).

Some of Ellington's most enduring works in this form are gathered together on THREE SUITES, which has become something of a Chrismas perennial thanks to Duke's adaptation of Tchaikovsky's holiday favorite, 'The Nutcracker Suite' (and Grieg's equally popular melodies from 'Peer Gynt Suites #1 & 2'). Ellington and Strayhorn appropriate a melange of classic thematic materials, faithfully rendering the melodies while mixing in their characteristic horn colorations and chordal voicings--imparting an idiomatic sense of American swing.

There's nothing labored or corny about their renditions, either, from the brash, brassy drive of 'Peanut Brittle Brigade,' the African inflections of 'Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy)' and the musical typewriter of 'Chinoiserie (Chinese Dance). ' Equally fascinating is Grieg's 'In The Hall Of The Mountain King. ' But it's the Ellington-Strayhorn collaboration on 'Suite Thursday' that best demonstrates their genius for elasticity of form, orchestral color, propulsive swing, and sustained melodic invention.

Includes original release liner notes by Irving Townsend.

Personnel includes: Duke Ellington (piano); Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves (saxophone); Ray Nance, Willie Cook, Andres Merenguito (trumpet); Lawrence Brown, 'Booty' Wood (trombone); Aaron Bell (bass); Sam Woodyard (drums).


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Duke Ellington: Early Ellington: The Complete Brunswick and Vocalion Recordings of Duke Ellington, 1926-1931
Personnel includes: Duke Ellington (piano); Bill Robinson, Irving Mills, Dick Robertson (vocals); Bennie Payne (vocals, piano); Otto Hardwick (saxophone, clarinet); Bubber Miley, Louis Metcalf, Cootie Williams, June Clark, Arthur Whetsel (trumpet); Freddy Jenkins (trumpet, vocals); Joe Nanton (trombone); Juan Tizol (valve trombone); Mack Shaw (tuba); Prince Robinson, Rudy Jackson, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges (clarinet, saxophone); Joe Cornell (accordion); Harold Randolf (kazoo); Fred Guy (banjo); Teddy Bunn (banjo-guitar); Wellman Braud (acoustic bass); Sonny Greer (drums, percussion, vocals); Bruce Johnson (washboard). Early Ellington The Complete Brunswick and Vocalion Recordings of Duke Ellington 1926 1931 CD music

Recorded at the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company's studios, New York between 1926 and 1931. Includes liner notes by Steven Lasker.

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EARLY ELLINGTON: THE COMPLETE BRUNSWICK AND VOCALION RECORDINGS OF DUKE ELLINGTON, 1926-1931 was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album.

Personnel: Duke Ellington (vocals, clarinet, alto saxophone, piano); Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton (vocals, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, trombone); Freddie Jenkins (vocals, baritone saxophone, trumpet); Benny Payne (vocals, piano); Sonny Greer (vocals, drums, tambourine); Dick Robertson, Irving Mills, Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson (vocals); Teddy Bunn (guitar, banjo, alto saxophone); Fred Guy (banjo, alto saxophone); Joe Cornell (accordion, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Harold Randolf (kazoo); Otto Hardwick (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone); Johnny Hodges (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Bubber Miley (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet); Harry Carney (clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone); Cootie Williams, Arthur Whetsol (clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet); Prince Robinson, Rudy Jackson, Barney Bigard (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Louis Metcalf (clarinet, trumpet); June Clark (trumpet); Juan Tizol (valve trombone); Mack Shaw (tuba); Bruce Johnson (washboard).

Liner Note Author: Steve Lasker.

Recording information: Brunswick's New York Studio, NY (11/29/1926-01/20/1931).

Photographer: Duncan P. Schiedt.

EARLY ELLINGTON is an invaluable aural history of one of America's greatest composers. The works collected on this 3-CD set comprise Ellington's first steps--some tentative and idiomatic of the times, others boldly original--towards the creation of an American orchestral language, which both anticipated and paralleled developments in the Swing Era.

The genius of Ellington, like a great movie director, was in how he incorporated, edited, stylized and personalized the contributions of all his players into a coherent, unified vision. As these ancient, fragile discs show, trumpeter Buber Miley's growling, gutbucket plunger mute style on early classics such as 'East St. Louis Toodle-o,' 'Black And Tan Fantasy' and 'The Mooche' helped define the expressive vocal effects and tonal colorations which Duke would codify into his band's sonic signature during their tenure at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem.

EARLY ELLINGTON traces the arrival of such mainstays as Tricky Joe Nanton, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard and Cootie Williams into the Ellington orbit--a group dubbed The Jungle Band. Their collective performances with dancer Bill Robinson on 'Ain't Misbehavin'' and 'Doin' The Low Down' show their mastery of popular song forms. By the time you get to disc three, with classic performances like 'Moon Indigo,' 'Rockin' In Rhythm' and 'Creole Rapsody,' Ellington's music has taken on a mature air of melancholy, celebration and reflection that was to distinguish the band's performance for the next 50 years..
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Duke Ellington: Piano in the Background
At first glance, one might think that this album is another in a long line of standard-issue Duke Ellington compilations. Piano in the Background album However, this is a release created by the artist himself, and it presents sessions from May and June of 1960 with one of the best orchestras Ellington ever assembled. (Only the previously unissued 'Harlem Air Shaft,' one of five bonus tracks on the CD, was recorded in '61. )

The title of this collection is also something of a misnomer, since PIANO IN THE BACKGROUND prominently features the piano throughout. Each track boasts fabulous bluesy piano introductions, and, at the end of each tune, the ivories usually get the last word. This dramatic conclusion sometimes comes in the form of a final blow to the lower register of the keyboard, as on 'Mid-Riff,' 'Main Stem,' and 'It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing). ' These mysterioso rumblings of the piano make the tunes end with a kind of musical defiance not normally associated with jazz orchestras of the time. This is hard-swinging and inspired big-band music at its finest.

Duke Ellington's complete original album Piano in the Background, a revision by the Duke of some of his greatest hits, most of which showcase him as a piano soloist. As a bonus, we have added the complete four-movement 'Suite Thursday', composed by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and recorded around the same time as this LP. JazzTimes (p. 89) - 'Recorded mostly in 1960, the band was at its peak of popularity and enthusiasm...'
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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, Vol. 1
Treasury Shows Vol 1 music CDs Duke Elligton & His Orchestra: Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, trumpet, violin); Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Al Hibbler (vocals); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Al Sears, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone & bass saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet); Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Joseph Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Juan Tizol (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Fred Guy (guitar); Junior Raglin (bass); Sonny Greer (drums). Treasury Shows Vol 1 songs

Recorded in 1943 and 1945. Includes liner notes by Rob Bamberger and Jerry Valburn.

Digitally remastered by Jack Towers.

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, violin, trumpet); Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Al Hibbler (vocals); Fred Guy (guitar); Harry Carney (clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Oett 'Sax' Mallard, Nat Jones (clarinet, alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Al Sears, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Harold Baker, Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Wallace Jones, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown , Sandy Williams , Claude Jones (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Sonny Greer (drums).

Liner Note Authors: Jerry Valburn; Robert Bamberger.

Recording information: 06/??/1943-04/05/1945.

Arrangers: Duke Ellington; Billy Strayhorn.

On April 7, 1945, Duke Ellington began a series of broadcasts for the Treasury Department; the series ended 45 shows later on October 5, 1946. Albums of the broadcasts were released by Sweden's Phontastic label's Nostalgia Series beginning in the early 1980s and, almost 20 years later, Denmark's outstanding Storyville label began an undertaking to reissue all of the sessions on CD. The liner notes from this initial volume promise a release every other month. When the series originally started, World War II was ending in Europe, but an intense struggle was anticipated for Japan. Still seeking to promote war bond sales, the Treasury Department sponsored 55-minute Saturday broadcasts by Ellington from various venues, mainly in New York and some in Los Angeles as well. As a bonus on the first volume, Storyville has included two 1943 broadcasts of the Treasury's Star Parade Show which had Ellington's band as the feature. The Ellington ensemble was undergoing some changes during this period. Ben Webster had departed (although he is heard on the 1943 broadcasts), and Junior Raglin had replaced the recently deceased Jimmy Blanton on bass. Juan Tizol and Harold 'Shorty' Baker had also departed but, like so many former Ellington players, they returned in later years. But the basic foundation of the band was still intact. Johnny Hodges does his alto thing on 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore. ' Kay Davis pays honor to Adelaide Hall with her obbligatos on 'Creole Love Call. ' Jimmy Hamilton, Lawrence Brown, and Cat Anderson are on hand as part of one of the Duke's most resourceful organizations. The play list is made up mostly of Ellington/Strayhorn compositions (many written during this period) with an occasional nod to pop music of the day. And several of the songs (and the war bond promos) are repeated. But even the insulting comments of the announcer, who refers to Al Hibbler as 'that blind boy who sings with the Duke Ellington Orchestra,' doesn't detract from the wonderful experience generated by this album. This is essential Ellington. ~ Dave Nathan
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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, Vol. 10
Treasury Shows Vol 10 music CDs Duke Ellington appeared in a series of broadcasts during World War II to support the sale of war bonds by the U. Treasury Shows Vol 10 songs S. Treasury Department. This is the tenth two-CD volume of these live performances. Gathered in this compilation are two complete broadcasts from August 1945, along with two airchecks from the same year. In the first Treasury Show, the band plays swinging treatments of 'What Am I Here For,' 'Midriff,' and 'Harlem Air Shaft,' along with pop tunes of the day 'Blue Is the Night' and 'Out of This World' (which has long since become a standard). There is a bit of minor fluctuation in the volume from the transcription discs that served as the source material, but otherwise, the sound is remarkably clear and free of defects. The second Treasury Show in this two-CD set starts with several excerpts from his extended suite Black, Brown and Beige, with singer Marie Ellington showcased in 'The Blues,' while the spiritual-influenced 'Come Sunday' is played as an instrumental with alto sax great Johnny Hodges taking a prominent solo. Other favorites include 'Subtle Slough,' with its saucy muted horns (later retitled 'Just Squeeze Me' when lyrics were added to it), a vocal duet by Al Hibbler and Kay Davis of 'I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues,' along with 'Bugle Breaks,' a humorous feature for trumpeter Rex Stewart that was never recorded commercially. The tracks recorded at the New Zanzibar include a number of memorable performances. The brisk take of 'Stompy Jones' has fine solos by clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton, trombonist Lawrence Brown, baritone saxophonist Harry Carney, and trumpeters Ray Nance and Cat Anderson, as well as the leader. The languid 'Carnegie Blues' and the driving 'Fancy Dan' (which was never commercially recorded by Ellington) are also highlights of this date. The brief set from the 400 Restaurant in New York City is primarily a showcase for vocalists, though Lawrence Brown's sensual trombone solo in the pop ballad 'I Miss Your Kiss' is yet another tune never commercially recorded. Engineer and longtime Ellington collector Jerry Valburn contributed the detailed liner notes for this compilation, which will be of great interest to fans of Duke Ellington. ~ Ken Dryden

Recording information: 400 Restaurant, New York, NY (05/04/1945-09/26/1945); Radio City Studio 6-B, New York, NY (05/04/1945-09/26/1945); The New Zanzibar, New York, NY (05/04/1945-09/26/1945).

Arrangers: Duke Ellington; Billy Strayhorn.

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Duke Ellington; Joseph Nanton, Lawrence D. Brown, Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton, Lawrence Brown (trombone); Junior Raglin (double bass); Ray Nance (vocals, violin, trumpet); Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Al Hibbler, Marie Ellington (vocals); Fred Guy (guitar); Harry Carney (clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Claude Jones (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Sonny Greer (drums).

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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, Vol. 11
Treasury Shows Vol 11 music CDs The eleventh double-CD in this special D. Treasury Shows Vol 11 songs E. T. S. (Duke Ellington Treasury Series) program continues the reissue of all of Ellington's weekly U. S. Treasury-sponsored radio programs. For an hour each week, during 1945 and 1946, Ellington & His Orchestra performed a large chunk of their repertoire including recent originals, famous hits, revivals of earlier material, selections otherwise never recorded by Ellington (particularly during this era), and lengthier works. The only minus to the broadcasts are the numerous bond promos in which Ellington reads a script that finds him begging listeners to invest money in war bonds. Usually these are separate from the music, but this version of 'Body and Soul,' which was bordering on the classic, is interrupted in the middle by the commercial. Vol. 11 in this valuable series has the broadcasts of August 25 and September 1, 1945 plus, as an extra, selections from a pair of unrelated broadcasts from the New Zanzibar in New York, dating from October 7 and 18, 1945; nine numbers in all. Among the highlights overall are excellent versions of 'Mood Indigo' (over six-minutes-long), the piano duet by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn here called 'Pianistically Allied' but in the then -ear future renamed 'Tonk,' 'The Jeep Is Jumpin',' an extended version of 'Black and Tan Fantasy,' 'Cotton Tail,' the parts of 'Body and Soul' that are not interrupted, and 'One O'Clock Jump. ' Among the most impressive soloists overall are tenor-saxophonist Al Sears, altoist Johnny Hodges, trumpeter Cat Anderson and trombonist Lawrence Brown. Duke Ellington collectors will definitely want all of the entries in this extensive series. ~ Scott Yanow

Arrangers: Duke Ellington; Billy Strayhorn.

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Duke Ellington; Joseph Nanton, Lawrence D. Brown, Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton, Lawrence Brown (trombone); Junior Raglin (double bass); Ray Nance (vocals, violin, trumpet); Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Al Hibbler, Marie Ellington (vocals); Fred Guy (guitar); Harry Carney (clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Rex Stewart (cornet); Claude Jones (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Sonny Greer (drums).

Recording information: Earle Theatre, Philadelphia, PA (08/25/1945/10/18/1945); Fieldston Ballroom, Marshfield, MA (08/25/1945/10/18/1945); The New Zanzibar, New York, NY (08/25/1945/10/18/1945).


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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, Vol. 12
Treasury Shows Vol 12 music CDs The 12th volume of transcriptions, Treasury Shows (another two-CD set issued by Storyville) made by Duke Ellington to help promote the U. Treasury Shows Vol 12 songs S. Treasury Department's sale of war bonds during and following World War II contains three separate shows, all beautifully remastered by Jerry Valburn. Because of the interruptions, Ellington programmed these broadcasts a bit differently than he would a normal concert, but the bandleader liked to feature a mix of old and new compositions, along with the occasional pop song of the day, while also spotlighting his vocalists. All of his star soloists are in great form, though none of them particularly steal the spotlight. Serious collectors will be interested in the rarer material, including 'Unbooted Character,' 'Three Cent Stomp,' 'Solid Old Man,' 'Way Low,' and 'Emancipation Celebration. ' Ellington seems more comfortable delivering the scripted bond promotions than in earlier shows from this series, though the radio announcers sometimes have problems introducing the songs by their correct titles. It is amazing that so many of these wartime transcriptions have survived in such good condition and anyone who has picked up earlier volumes in this series will definitely want to purchase this edition as well. ~ Ken Dryden

Personnel: Ray Nance (vocals, violin, trumpet); Kay Davis, Joay Sherill, Albert Hibller (vocals); Fred Guy (guitar); Harry Carney (clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Rex Stewart (cornet); Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton, Lawrence Brown , Claude Jones (trombone); Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (piano); Junior Raglin (bass instrument); Sonny Greer (drums).


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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, Vol. 13
Treasury Shows Vol 13 music CDs Up until the '50s, live concert broadcast from studios, clubs, and concert halls were commonplace. Treasury Shows Vol 13 songs This volume of THE TREASURY SHOWS captures the Ellington orchestra live from New York's 400 Restaurant, as well as from clubs in Chicago and southern California, with the years covered spanning the early `40's to mid-`50's. The early-to-mid-`50s edition of the Duke's orchestra was one of his very best, with top-level soloists, classy compositions, and elegant swing, mixing his famous hits with lesser-known gems. There are also some brief commercials for U. S. Savings Bonds scattered throughout. Not the best set for those new to Ellington, but history-minded enthusiasts will find this a treasure-trove.

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, violin, trumpet); Albert Hibbler, Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis (vocals); Fred Guy (guitar); Harry Carney (clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Rex Stewart (cornet); Joseph Nanton, Lawrence Brown , Claude Jones (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Junior Raglin (bass instrument); Big Sid Catlett, Sonny Greer (drums).

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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, Vol. 2
Treasury Shows Vol 2 music CDs This two-CD set includes two broadcasts in the series of Treasury Department transcriptions issued as V-discs during World War II plus a Treasury Star Parade program from 1943 and a portion of a Mutual Broadcasting System program from October, 1945. Treasury Shows Vol 2 songs These live performances have surprisingly good fidelity as they seem to originate from the actual masters rather than well-worn V-discs, which has all too often been the case with commercial issues of this series. Aside from the distraction provided by the rather stiff network MC announcements (which often clash with the opening of a song), the band seems well rehearsed and the star soloists, Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Hamilton, 'Tricky Sam' Nanton, Ray Nance, Cat Anderson, and Ben Webster in particular, are in top form. Less successful are some of the vocal numbers, especially Kay Davis' excessive operatic vibrato in 'If You Are But a Dream. ' In addition to the expected hits ('I'm Beginning to See the Light,' 'It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing,' and 'Creole Love Call') there are actually quite a few lesser known songs like 'Tonight I Shall Sleep,' 'Three Cent Stomp,' and 'Kissing Bug'; there are also a number of rather rarely heard compositions ('Riff'N Drill,' 'Fishing for the Moon,' 'Frantic Fantasy,' and 'Go Away Blues') and, fortunately, none of the long medleys of hits that have turned up on far too many of Ellington's live recordings (although excerpts of the recently premiered 'Black, Brown & Beige' are presented in medley form). The sound achieved by Jack Towers from this material recorded over a half century ago is phenomenal, and Ellington collectors will be glad to acquire these historic recordings, even if they bought the commercially issued LPs during the 1970s, because the sound has been greatly improved. ~ Ken Dryden

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Includes liner notes by Richard Ehrenzeller.

Personnel includes: Duke Ellington (piano); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone).

JazzTimes (p. 123) - '[T]here are plenty of highlights.... 'Mood Indigo' is fascinating for the solo work by trumpeter Rex Stewart, clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton, Ellington's pianistics, plus the fine backing of bassist Junior Raglin. '
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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, Vol. 5
Treasury Shows Vol 5 music CDs The fifth two-CD set from this extensive series has three radio broadcasts from Duke Ellington & His Orchestra in 1945. Treasury Shows Vol 5 songs The bulk of the two-fer is from June 2 and 9, and is part of the 'Date With the Duke' treasury series. These were sponsored by the U. S. Treasury Department and found Ellington making a few public service announcements about buying war bonds (the war in the Pacific was not over yet). This music had formerly been put out on collector's LPs by the Meritt Record Society in the 1980s, but was otherwise previously unavailable. Also included on this set is an unrelated broadcast from New York's New Zanzibar Hotel from September 18, 1945. Although many considered Ellington's greatest band to be the one he had during 1939-1942, his 1945 edition certainly holds its own, featuring ten strong horn soloists (Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, Tricky Sam Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Al Sears, Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, and Harry Carney), the leader on piano, and five vocalists (Nance, Al Hibbler, Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, and Marie Ellington). Featured on these performances are new works, excerpts from 'Black, Brown and Beige,' and new versions of old favorites. Among the many highlights are Buck Clayton's 'Blues on the Double,' 'Carnegie Blues,' 'Three Cent Stomp,' 'Hop, Skip and Jump,' 'Kissing Bug,' and 'C Jam Blues. ' Duke Ellington collectors will want all of the well-recorded broadcasts in this very valuable series. ~ Scott Yanow

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

Recorded at The Percy Jones Center, Battle Creek Michigan; New Zanzibar, New York, New York between June 2 and October 7, 1945. Includes liner notes by Dick Zander.

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, violin, trumpet); Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Al Hibbler, Marie Ellington (vocals); Fred Guy (guitar); Harry Carney (clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Lawrence Brown , Claude Jones (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Sonny Greer (drums).

Arrangers: Duke Ellington; Billy Strayhorn.

Personnel includes: Duke Ellington (leader, arranger, piano); Joya Sherrill, Al Hibbler, Kay Davis (vocals); Billy Strayhorn (arranger, piano); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet); Ray Nance (trumpet, violin); Rex Stewart, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton (trombone); Fred Guy (guitar); Junior Ranglin, Oscar Pettiford (bass); Sonny Greer (drums).

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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, Vol. 6
Treasury Shows Vol 6 music CDs The Duke Ellington Treasury Series, which was aired weekly during April-November 1945 and April-October 1946, was initially issued by the Merritt Record Society on LPs in the 1980s. Treasury Shows Vol 6 songs Storyville, in its DETS series, has been not only bringing back all of the music in its two-fer series, but augmenting the broadcasts with other live Ellington performances from the era. All of these broadcasts are well-recorded and feature the underrated mid-'40s Ellington orchestra in prime form. One has to sit through a few bond promos during each program, which are delivered a bit heavy-handedly, but the valuable music makes it well worth it. At the time, the Ellington band had major soloists in trumpeters/cornetists Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson, and Ray Nance, trombonists Tricky Sam Nanton and Lawrence Brown, Al Sears on tenor, clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton, altoist Johnny Hodges, and baritonist Harry Carney, not to mention the leader on piano and fine singers in Al Hibbler, Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, and Ray Nance; there is certainly no shortage in talent! The repertoire in the series includes Ellington standards, a few tunes that Duke never otherwise recorded, and extended works, including on this two-fer 'New World A-Comin'. ' Other highlights of this set (which has two Treasury Show broadcasts from June 1945 and an October 1945 set from the Zanzibar) include fine versions of 'India,' 'Cotton Tail,' 'Let the Zoomers Drool,' 'Stompy Jones,' and 'Body & Soul. ' Duke Ellington fans will want all of the entries in this extensive series. ~ Scott Yanow

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

Recorded at Franklin Gardens, Evansville, Indiana and The New Zanzibar, New York, New York between June and October 1945. Includes liner notes by Willie Timner.

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, violin, trumpet); Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Al Hibbler (vocals); Fred Guy (guitar); Harry Carney (clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, alto saxophone); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Lawrence Brown , Claude Jones (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Sonny Greer (drums).

Liner Note Author: Jerry Valburn.

Recording information: Franklin Gardens, Evansville, IN (06/16/1945-10/28/1945); New Zanzibar, New York, NY (06/16/1945-10/28/1945); Palace Theater, Akron, OH (06/16/1945-10/28/1945).

Arrangers: Duke Ellington; Billy Strayhorn.

Personnel: Duke Ellington (spoken vocals, arranger, piano); Billy Strayhorn (arranger, piano); Al Hibler, Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Ray Nance (vocals); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet); Ray Nance (trumpet, violin); Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Joseph Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones (trombone); Fred Guy (guitar); Junior Raglin, Al Lucas (bass); Sonny Greer (drums).


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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, Vol. 7
Treasury Shows Vol 7 music CDs Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Duke Ellington (arranger, piano); BIlly Strayhorn (arranger, piano); Al Hibbler, Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Marie Ellington (vocals); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet); Rex Stewart, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, Taft Jordan, Sheldon Hemphill (trumpet); Joseph Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones (trombone); Fred Guy (guitar); Junior Raglin, Al Lucas (bass); Sonny Greer (drums). Treasury Shows Vol 7 songs

The seventh two-CD set in the important Treasury Shows series that reissues Duke Ellington's radio broadcasts of his Treasury shows of 1945-1946 has more than its share of worthy music. Reissued in full are the broadcasts of June 30 and July 7, 1945, plus additional material performed at the Caf? Zanzibar on October 7 and 17 of the same year. Although this particular edition of the Ellington Orchestra has long been underrated, Duke's 1945 band had 11 major soloists in addition to the full-time writing of Billy Strayhorn. Ellington's promos are a bit difficult to sit through and one of them inexcusably comes in the middle of a four-song Strayhorn medley, but in general those can be skipped. It is worth it for the valuable music, which includes such numbers as 'Caravan,' 'Honeysuckle Rose,' a transformation of 'One O'Clock Jump,' a revival of 'Old King Dooji,' 'Blue Belles of Harlem,' 'The Perfume Suite,' and 'Ring Dem Bells. ' 'Diminuendo in Blue' and 'Crescendo in Blue,' which at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival would sandwich a marathon Paul Gonsalves tenor solo, in this setting are bridged by 'Carnegie Blues. ' Of the many soloists, tenor saxophonist Al Sears and trombonist Tricky Sam Nanton are standouts, as are altoist Johnny Hodges and the many trumpeters. All of the entries in this valuable series are well worth acquiring by Ellington fans. ~ Scott Yanow

Recorded in New York, New York on June 30 & July 7, 1945. JazzTimes (8/03, pp. 143-4) - '...The enthusiastic New York audiences obviously motivated the band, and they deliver inspired renditions of 'Caravan', 'Harlem Airshaft', 'Old King Dooji' and rip-roaring rendition of Buck Clayton's 'Hollywood Hangover'...'
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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, Vol. 8
Treasury Shows Vol 8 music CDs (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Fred Guy (guitar); Junior Raglin (bass); Sonny Greeer (drums). Treasury Shows Vol 8 songs

During 1945 and 1946, Duke Ellington recorded a number of broadcast transcriptions for use by the U. S. Treasury Department to promote the sale of war bonds. This eighth volume, issued by Storyville, is yet another two-disc set that compiles three different broadcasts. While the sound quality is decent for the soloists and only so-so for the whole band, the occasional rarity like 'Let the Zoomers Drool' or 'Ultra Violet,' as well as superb renditions of favorites like 'C Jam Blues,' 'Ko-Ko,' and 'Main Stem' will be of interest to Ellington collectors. A surprise inclusion is Ellington's nearly 12-minute tone poem from 1935, 'Reminiscing in Tempo,' though it was no favorite of star soloists like Johnny Hodges, who preferred opportunities to blow. But this volume falls a little bit short in value compared to earlier sets in the series, because of inconsistent sound quality and overall programs that are not as interesting as a typical Ellington concert, though at least the long medleys of hits always featured in his later years are not present. ~ Ken Dryden

Recorded on July 14 & September 21, 1945.

Duke Ellington & Orchestra: Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, trumpet, violin); Kay Davis, Al Hibbler, Joya Sherrill (vocals); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Joseph Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones

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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, Vol. 9
Treasury Shows Vol 9 music CDs Personnel includes: Duke Ellington (piano); Kay Davis (vocals); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Rex Stewart (trumpet); Lawrence Brown (trombone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet); Ray Nance (violin). Treasury Shows Vol 9 songs

Recorded live on the radio in 1945.

Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington; Lawrence Brown (trombone); Oscar Pettiford (double bass); Harry Carney, Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Al Hibbler, Al Sears, Otto Hardwick, Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, Sonny Greer, Taft Jordan, Billy Strayhorn, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson.

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, violin, trumpet); Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Al Hibbler (vocals); Fred Guy (guitar); Harry Carney (clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Oscar Pettiford, Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Joseph Nanton, Lawrence D. Brown, Claude Jones (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Sonny Greer (drums).

Liner Note Author: Jerry Valburn.

Recording information: Radio City Studios, New York, NY (07/28/1945-11/28/1945); State Theater, Hartford, CT (07/28/1945-11/28/1945); The New Zanzibar, New York, NY (07/28/1945-11/28/1945).

Arranger: Billy Strayhorn.

Duke Ellington and his band participated in numerous weekly broadcasts during a good part of the 1940s; this two-CD compilation features three complete programs as they were originally aired. Although these performances fall short of groundbreaking, they have their moments. The two U. S. Treasury Department-sponsored broadcasts, created to promote the sale of war bonds, find Ellington mixing compositions both old and new with current pop songs and an occasional cover of a song associated with other bands.

By far the most interesting tracks are Ellington's newest works. The ballad 'Teardrops in the Rain,' co-written with trumpeter Cat Anderson, had only been added to the book a few months earlier and was gone by the following year. Rather than high-note theatrics, Anderson sticks to muted trumpet. 'Frustration' was first performed in 1944 and was played from time to time through 1960, a great feature for Harry Carney's powerful baritone sax, though this version has a new meaning since it is interrupted by a news flash about the U. S. Senate's approval of membership in the newly created U. N. A revival of the 1936 composition 'Trumpet in Spades' (also known as 'Rex's Concerto') marks the final performance of the tune by the extraordinary trumpeter Rex Stewart. 'Moon Mist' showcases Ray Nance's lyrical violin and the magical Johnny Hodges on alto sax, as well as the mellow trombone of Lawrence Brown. One oddity is 'Time's A-Wastin',' which is credited to Johnny Hodges, Taft Jordan, and Lawrence Brown, but is actually an alternate name for Mercer Ellington's well-known blues 'Things Ain't What They Used to Be. ' 'Downbeat Shuffle' showcases Carney's bass clarinet, Jimmy Hamilton's clarinet, and the matchless trombonist Tricky Sam Nanton in a swinging arrangement. There are also several vocal numbers, featuring either Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, or Al Hibbler, though the ladies outshine Hibbler easily. The only reservations are minor. One announcer attempts to introduce a number with several bad puns instead of getting out of the band's way, while another introduces Lawrence Brown as 'Larry. ' It is unfortunate that Ellington was stuck reading bond promo scripts cold several times during each show; no one doubts his patriotism, but he is clearly nervous and uncomfortable. Althoughthis volume has excellent sound considering the vintage of the transcription discs that served as the source material, this compilation will be of most interest to veteran jazz collectors rather than new jazz fans or those with a passing interest in Duke Ellington. ~ Ken Dryden
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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Treasury Shows, Vol. 14
Treasury Shows Vol 14 music CDs Duke Ellington appeared in numerous Treasury Shows to support fundraising for fighting World War II and the postwar treatment of wounded veterans over a several-year stretch during the 1940s. Treasury Shows Vol 14 songs Two consecutive weekly shows, both of which, at 73 minutes, are a bit longer than others in the series, are featured in this collection. One of the benefits of these programs is that there was no artificial time limit imposed by recording regular 78-rpm discs, as on the opening version of 'Time's A-Wastin'' (which would become better known as 'Things Ain't What They Used to Be'). This version features trumpeter Taft Jordan, trombonist Lawrence Brown, and alto sax great Johnny Hodges in an extended workout of this blues favorite. Sid Catlett replaces Sonny Greer for this broadcast, filling in admirably. There are also a number of obscurities that were performed only a few times, such as Buck Clayton's 'Hollywood Hangover' and Ellington numbers like 'Riding on a Blue Note,' 'Riff'n Drill,' and 'Hop, Skip and Jump' (also known as 'Rockabye River'). Ellington frequently mixed in pop tunes, especially for vocal features, though not all of them became standards. Joya Sherrill is the most effective of the three singers, particularly in Johnny Green's 'Tell Ya What I'm Gonna Do,' though she proves equally effective in the leader's 'Everything But You. ' Trumpeter Rex Stewart's extensive feature in the standard 'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' also stands out, though it too was only briefly in the band's book. The second program is marred by an announcer who can't shut up fast enough as the music begins, either due to enthusiastic ad-libs or an overly long script. One highlight of this show is the recent return of clarinetist/alto saxophonist Russell Procope, who had just been discharged from military service. The program begins with two contributions by Ellington sidemen, Jimmy Hamilton's 'Ultra Blue' and trumpeter Cat Anderson's 'Teardrops in the Rain' (co-written with Ellington). There are a number of pieces that became hits, including 'Subtle Slough' (later retitled 'Just Squeeze Me' after lyrics were added) and the exotic 'Caravan,' the latter which had been in the book for some time, though this arrangement showcases Harry Carney's sonorous baritone sax. One of the treats within this broadcast is the eight-plus-minute workout of 'Perdido' that showcases the brass sections. Hodges' dreamy tone is showcased in the ballad 'Homesick, That's All. ' The audio on both discs has been beautifully remastered by Jerry Valburn, while there is plenty of hope that Storyville will continue this historic and valuable series. ~ Ken Dryden

Recording information: Radio City Studio, New York, NY (10/13/1945); Radio City, Studio 6B, New York, NY (10/13/1945); Radio City Studio, New York, NY (10/20/1945); Radio City, Studio 6B, New York, NY (10/20/1945).

Arrangers: Duke Ellington; Billy Strayhorn.

Personnel: Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Al Hibbler (vocals); Fred Guy (guitar); Harry Carney (clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick, Russell Procope (alto saxophone); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Rex Stewart (cornet); Joseph Nanton, Lawrence Brown , Claude Jones (trombone); Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (piano); Big Sid Catlett, Sonny Greer (drums).

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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Treasury Shows, Vol. 3
Treasury Shows Vol 3 music CDs The third two-CD set of Duke Ellington Treasury Shows, which aired beginning in the closing months of World War II, features two complete consecutive weekly programs, including heavily scripted announcements by Bill Abernathy and the likewise, now somewhat amusing, bond pitches by Ellington himself (the politically correct of today will be shocked to hear him refer to the Japanese military forces as 'Nips'). Treasury Shows Vol 3 songs Each of the two discs is rounded out with air checks from late 1945 that originated from the Club Zanzibar in New York City. Like earlier releases in the series, the sound is very good, and one gets to hear Ellington tinkering with his band, auditioning new material and rearranging established compositions. There are several relatively rare performances played on just a relative handful of occasions other than these broadcasts. The lively swinger 'Clementine,' written by Billy Strayhorn, deserved a longer life span; it has snappy solos by alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges and some potent playing by trumpeters Ray Nance and Rex Stewart. The brisk 'Blue Cellophane' make major demands of trombonist Lawrence Brown, while a lush arrangement of the standard 'Yesterdays' features a vibrato-filled, almost operatic, vocal by Kay Davis. With literally hundreds of Duke Ellington CDs to choose from on the market at any one time, it is difficult for most collectors to afford, let alone find them all. But any serious fan of his work will find this historic set to be an essential addition to his or her collection. ~ Ken Dryden

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Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, violin, trumpet); Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Al Hibbler, Marie Ellington (vocals); Fred Guy (guitar); Harry Carney (clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Lawrence Brown , Wilbur De Paris, Claude Jones (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Sonny Greer (drums).

Liner Note Author: Frank Rutter.

Recording information: Adams Theater, Newark, NJ (05/05/1945-11/??/1945); New Zanzibar, New York, NY (05/05/1945-11/??/1945); Studio 6B, Radio City, New York, NY (05/05/1945-11/??/1945).

Arrangers: Duke Ellington; Billy Strayhorn.

Personnel includes: Duke Ellington (leader, piano); Kay Davis, Al Hibbler (vocals); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Ben Webster, Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan (trumpet); Lawrence Brown (trombone).


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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra / Duke Ellington: Ellington Uptown
Principally recorded at Liederkranz Hall and Columbia's 30th St. Ellington Uptown music CDs Studios, New York, New York in 1947 & 1951-52. Originally released on Columbia (4639).

This release blends the original 1952 ELLINGTON UPTOWN album with recordings made by a previous Ellington lineup in 1947. After World War Two and the advent of television had effectively put an end to the big band era, large bands like Duke Ellington's survived by performing more cerebral music for non-dancing audiences. Thoughtful, occasionally humorous pieces like 'Before My Time' and 'Later,' both parts of the 'Controversial Suite,' were the result, but Ellington's outfit was still capable of turning on the musical pyrotechnics, as Louis Bellson's drum vehicle, 'Skin Deep,' attests. Ellington's perennial 'The Mooche,' which he performed from his Cotton Club days in Harlem through the end of his career, is another highlight, as is trombonist Juan Tizol's exotic 'Perdido. ' Bellson and Tizol had both been poached from Harry James's orchestra immediately prior to the 1952 recording, and Bellson in particular brings arevitalizing energy to these arrangements.

Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, New York between December 7, 1951 and December 8, 1952. Includes liner notes by Stanley Dance.

Personnel: Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (arranger, piano); Betty Roche, Al Hibbler (vocals); Johnny Hodges (soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet); Russell Procope (alto saxophone, clarinet); Willie Smith, Hilton Jefferson (alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Paul Gonsalves, Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet); Ray Nance (trumpet, violin); Cat Anderson, Harold 'Shorty' Baker, Francis Williams, Willie Cook, Clark Terry (trumpet); Tyree Glenn (trombone, vibraphone); Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones (trombone); Fred Guy (guitar); Oscar Pettiford, Junior Raglin, Wendell Marshall (bass); Sonny Greer (drums, tympani); Louis Bellson (drums).

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Betty Roche (vocals); Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Hilton Jefferson, Willie Smith (saxophone); William Anderson, Clark Terry, Willie Cook, Ray Nance, Harold Baker, Dick Vance, Francis Williams (trumpet); Juan Tizol, Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Wendall Marshall (bass); Louis Bellson (drums).

Jazziz (3/93, p. 62) - '...UPTOWN has Ellington's best studio recordings from this time [1951-1955] including one of his major works, `Harlem,' and a memorable rendition of `Take The 'A' Train' highlighted by Betty Roche's wonderful bop vocal...'
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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra / Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, Vol. 15
Treasury Shows Vol 15 music CDs In the October program, the band plays enthusiastically, with Tricky Sam Nanton and Lawrence Brown adding hot trombone solos to 'Johnny Come Lately,' followed by Harry Carney's rich baritone saxophone. Treasury Shows Vol 15 songs Joya Sherrill's warm vocal in Ellington's little known ballad 'The Wonder of You' (co-written by Johnny Hodges and lyricist Don George) features Billy Strayhorn on piano. Hodges' lush alto sax is showcased in the cheerful ballad 'Mood to Be Wooed. ' 'Three Cent Stomp' received a number of performances in the '40s, though it was gone from his repertoire before the decade was up. This jump tune features trumpeters Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson, and Rex Stewart, Nanton, bassist Junior Raglin, and tenor saxophonist Al Sears. Kay Davis' vibrato-heavy voice sounds almost operatic in the standard 'Yesterdays,' while the blind singer Al Hibbler is backed by Brown's heartfelt trombone for 'Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me. '

The November show sticks with the tried-and-true mix of familiar Ellington works, standards, and pop songs. The lesser-known songs are a special treat, particularly the spirited take of 'Emancipation Celebration' (part of Ellington's 'Black, Brown & Beige' suite premiered in January 1943 at Carnegie Hall), showcasing Stewart, Nanton, and Raglin. Anderson penned the brassy 'Court Session,' with the trumpeter sharing the spotlight with Sears. Ellington takes the microphone for several bond promos, occasionally revealing a case of nerves as he reads the scripts. While the announcers talk over the introductions and conclusions to most of the songs, they aren't as annoying as some of the emcees heard on other shows. The detailed liner notes and excellent mastering add to the value of this historical set. The fidelity of the Hurricane broadcasts is a shade lower than the Treasury series, though it is still very good. Highlights include the bluesy 'Way Low' (performed a handful of times but not after 1945), and Juan Tizol's spirited dance number 'Around My Heart' heard in its only known performance. Tizol is the soloist for a brief arrangement of Walter Donaldson's 'Nevada,' though Harry Carney's bass clarinet feature is spoiled by a scratch on the source transcription disc. ~ Ken Dryden

Duke Ellington more than proved his patriotism by performing for a series of Treasury Shows during World War II, and for a time after, his good will facilitated the sale of war bonds. Ellington fans are fortunate that so many of the programs not only survived intact but were well-recorded. In addition, the bandleader chose a mix of favorites from his vast songbook, plus standards, pop tunes, vocal features, and even a few of his lesser-known works, some of which he never recorded commercially. This two-CD set features two complete 1945 Treasury broadcasts, plus excerpts from several 1943 airchecks from the Hurricane Restaurant in New York City.

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Golden Gate Quartet, Kay Davis, Al Hibbler, Joay Sherill (vocals); Ray Nance, Taft Jordan (trumpet); Juan Tizol (trombone).


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Eddy Duchin: Talk of the Town
Talk of the Town music CDs 50 of his finest sides, most featuring Lew Sherwood on vocals! Includes Snuggled on Your Shoulder; Night and Day; I Cover the Waterfront; Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?; Riptide; I Won't Dance; Lovely to Look At; Cheek to Cheek; You Are My Lucky Star , and more. Talk of the Town songs .
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Eddy Howard: Uncollected Eddy Howard and His Orchestra (1946-1951)

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Ella Fitzgerald: On the Sunny Side of the Street
On the Sunny Side of the Street music CDs Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. On the Sunny Side of the Street songs The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years. Fitzgerald sounds fine and, even if Quincy Jones' arrangements did not give the Basie musicians much space for solos (two songs do feature a bit of trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist Urbie Green and Frank Foster on tenor), this is an enjoyable effort. High points include 'Honeysuckle Rose,' 'Them There Eyes' and 'Shiny Stockings. ' [Originally released in 1963, Ella and Basie! was reissued on CD in 2004. ] ~ Scott Yanow

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

This is part of the Verve Master Editions series.

ELLA & BASIE contains 6 previously unreleased tracks.

Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Freddie Green (guitar); Frank Foster, Frank Wess (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eric Dixon (flute, tenor saxophone); Marshall Royal (clarinet, alto saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Flip Ricard (trumpet, trombone); Don Rader, Joe Newman , Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn (trumpet); Grover Mitchell , Henry Coker, Urbie Green, Benny Powell (trombone); Count Basie (piano); Sonny Payne (drums).

Liner Note Author: Norman Granz.

Recording information: New York, NY (07/16/1963/07/17/1963).

Unknown Contributor Role: Count Basie Orchestra.

Arranger: Quincy Jones.

Personnel includes: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Count Basie (piano); Frank Foster, Frank Wess (alto & tenor saxophones, flute); Joe Newman (trumpet); Benny Powell (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); Sonny Payne (drums).

CD Review Reader Consensus - Performance 9. 6 / Sound 8. 8
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Erich Kunzel: Big Band Hit Parade
Big Band Hit Parade music CDs Oh no, you think, a symphonic 'pops' orchestra trying to masquerade as a big band in some predictable golden oldies for the Geritol set. Big Band Hit Parade songs Surprise -- this CD is a swinging, romping, not-at-all-predictable love letter to big bands from Benny Goodman to Stan Kenton and beyond. Kunzel was no newcomer to symphonic jazz fusion, having conducted the Cincinnati Symphony on recordings of Dave Brubeck's religious and secular works and Duke Ellington's concert pieces for Decca in the late '60s and '70s. But few would have expected this recording to turn out this well -- and the secret is that Kunzel turns over much of the proceedings to the experts. He leaned heavily on the Tonight Show Orchestra, grabbing Doc Severinsen on lead trumpet, the idiomatic jazz-oriented arrangements of Tommy Newsom and John Bambridge, and perhaps most crucially, the powerfully swinging drums of Ed Shaughnessy. That gets the Cincinnati Pops -- augmented by a saxophone section -- off the ground, where the strings line the chassis with velvet, yet hardly ever add excess baggage. Then Kunzel sprinkled the orchestra with some bona fide star soloists, a few of whom were evidently impressed enough to sign up with Telarc years later. Gerry Mulligan is there in voluble, bumpy form on baritone sax; Ray Brown is Shaughnessy's co-anchor in the rhythm section and even gets a few bass solos here and there. Eddie Daniels is usually asked to summon forth the sounds of Goodman and Artie Shaw -- which he does, soaring with a liquid tone on 'Begin the Beguine' -- yet his style is more harmonically advanced and it adapts well. Buddy Morrow, likewise, is the smooth Tommy Dorsey stand-in on 'I'm Getting Sentimental Over You. ' 'Take the 'A' Train' was a staple of Brubeck's quartet at this time, and he makes the most of it, building toward a typically shouting polytonal climax. Whenever he can, Severinsen is out front blowing up a storm; his reputation as a flashy showman notwithstanding, he can really play -- and play as well as anyone. Even the 80-year-old Cab Calloway makes a bravura cameo appearance on 'St. James Infirmary. ' The tunes are pretty much your standard fare from the big band era, but they don't necessarily copy the originals (the almost-non-adaptable 'Sing Sing Sing' being an obvious exception), often employing more complex harmonies and updated grooves. Indeed, the slow-handclapping dance rhythm on 'Caravan' is contemporary as of, say, 1980. Finally, everyone gets a shot at 'When the Saints Go Marching In,' with Brubeck's unaccompanied, hymn-like intro to his solo providing the biggest surprise. In less-devoted hands, this could have been a bloated train wreck, but no, it's a triumph for all concerned. ~ Richard S. Ginell

Recorded in Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, August 3, 1988.

Personnel: Cab Calloway (vocals); Eddie Daniels (clarinet); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Doc Severinsen (trumpet); Buddy Morrow (trombone); Dave Brubeck, Steve Schmidt (piano); Ed Shaughnessy (drums).

Recording information: Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH..
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Erskine Hawkins: Tuxedo Junction
Digitally remastered by Joe Lopes and Jay Newland (September 1991, BMG Recording Studios, New York). Tuxedo Junction CD music

During the Swing era, there were jazz-oriented orchestras and there were the more pop-oriented ones. Occasionally, there was a big band that combined the best of both worlds, playing super-catchy dance tunes but with some dandy jazz soloing as well. Such a band was led by Erskine Hawkins, a fabulous high-note trumpet specialist. While they didn't have that many hits, his band was very popular with jazz and dance fans both, and the Dutton label's 2008 compilation, TUXEDO JUNCTION, with 24 tunes representing the Hawkins band's entire career, is a superb sample of their work.

That's a nice price for a jam-packed import full of soaring trumpet solos and songs by Erskine and his band! His signature smash Tuxedo Junction joins his hits Gabriel's Heater; Corn Bread; Cherry; Tippin' In; I've Got a Right to Cry; After Hours , and more of his 1939-50 best.

Recorded in New York between 1939 and 1942, and Chicago on January 10, 1945. Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.

Personnel includes: Erskine Hawkins (trumpet), William Johnson, Jimmy Mitchelle, Bobby Smith (alto saxophone), Julian Dash, Paul Bascomb, Aaron Maxwell (tenor saxophone), Heywood Henry (baritone saxophone, clarinet), Sam Lowe, Marcellus Green, James Harris, Charles Jones, Robert Johnson (trumpet), Edward Sims, Richard Harris, Norman Greene (trombone), Avery Parrish, Ace Harris (piano), William McLemore, Leroy Kirkland (guitar), Leemie Stanfield (bass), James Morrison, Kelly Martin (drums).


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Fletcher Henderson: Tidal Wave
Tidal Wave CD music Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios). Tidal Wave music CDs

Fletcher Henderson's five Decca sessions are reissued in full on this fine CD. The 1931 and 1934 big bands are showcased. While the former group (heard on eight numbers) features such soloists as trumpeters Bobby Stark and Rex Stewart, trombonist Benny Morton, and Coleman Hawkins on tenor, the later group showcases trumpeter Red Allen, trombonist Claude Jones, clarinetist Buster Bailey, and tenor Ben Webster; altoist Benny Carter has a guest appearance on 'Liza. ' Highlights of these early swing performances include 'Sugar Foot Stomp,' 'Singin' the Blues' (which has Rex Stewart paying tribute to Bix Beiderbecke), the atmospheric 'Radio Rhythm,' 'Big John's Special,' 'Down South Camp Meetin',' and 'Rug Cutter's Swing. ' Excellent music that proves that swing did not begin with Benny Goodman in 1935. ~ Scott Yanow

Recorded between April 10, 1931 and September 25, 1934. Includes liner notes by Doug Ramsey.

Personnel: Fletcher Henderson (piano).

Recording information: 04/10/1931-09/25/1934.

Personnel includes: Fletcher Henderson (piano); Rex Stewart (vocals, trumpet); Edgar Sampson (alto saxophone, clarinet, violin); Russell Procope, Harvey Boone, Hilton Jefferson (alto saxophone, clarinet); Benny Carter (alto saxophone); Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Russell Smith, Bobby Stark, Irving Randolph, Henry 'Red' Allen (trumpet); Claude Jones, Benny Morten, Keg Johnson (trombone); John Kirby (tuba, bass); Buster Bailey (clarinet); Walter Johnson (vibraphone, drums, bells); Horace Henderson (piano); Clarence Holiday, Lawrence Lucie (guitar); Elmer James (bass).

JazzTimes (4/95, pp. 83-84) - '...tonal balance and light, buoyant swing are exemplary. The arrangements are certainly among Henderson's best...if you don't have this stuff, you ought to get it right away!...'
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Frank Sinatra: Softly, As I Leave You
Arranged by Nelson Riddle, Marty Paich, Don Costa, Billy May and Ernie Freeman. Softly As I Leave You music CDs

Softly, as I Leave You was Frank Sinatra's first tentative attempt to come to terms with the rock & roll revolution, even if it was hardly a rock & roll album. In fact, it wasn't much of an album to begin with. The highlight of the record was the hit title song, which featured a subdued but forceful and steady backbeat. The rhythm itself was indicative of Sinatra's effort to accept the new popular music. Arranged by Ernie Freeman, 'Softly, as I Leave You,' 'Then Suddenly Love,' and 'Available' are definitely stabs at incorporating rock & roll into Sinatra's middle-of-the-road pop, featuring drum kits, backing vocals, and keyboards. As pop singles, they were well constructed and deservedly successful. The rest of the album is pieced together from leftovers from various early-'60s sessions, giving the record a decidedly uneven tone. Some of the songs work well as individual moments, particularly the Nelson Riddle-arranged 'Emily,' but the varying tone is too distracting to make the album a satisfying listen. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Unavailable in the U. S. ! Digitally remastered edition of this 1964 album from the legendary vocalist. Universal.

Includes liner notes by Stan Cornyn.

Recorded between 1938 & 1948.

Personnel includes: Harry James (trumpet)..
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Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin' Lovers! CD
Songs for Swingin' Lovers music CDs All tracks have been digitally remastered using 20-bit technology. Songs for Swingin' Lovers songs

Recorded on October 17, 1955 and on January 9-17, 1956. Originally released on Capitol. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.

When Sinatra teams up with conductor/arranger Nelson Riddle, you know the results are bound to swing, and swinging is what this brash, jazzy and very upbeat album is all about. Though the Chairman has staked his claim as the preeminent saloon singer, telling tale after tragic tale of love gone awry, this album represents the sunny side of Sinatra. He is bold and energetic here. His undeniably authoritative readings of songs like 'I've Got You Under My Skin' and 'You Make Me Feel So Young' MAKE them into standards, no matter who has sung them before.

Riddle's orchestrations are subtle but powerful, and SWINGIN' LOVERS finds Sinatra's voice bouncing off punchy horn stabs and floating gently along sweet rivers of woodwinds. One of the most impressive aspects of Sinatra's talent is his control over the tone and shape of his voice. His singing is expansive and fluid-sounding, but it's plain that every atom of that sound is crafted with the utmost precision. Sinatra's depth of musical understanding makes his delivery of even light-hearted songs like 'Anything Goes' and 'Makin' Whoopee' cut as deeply as his most romantic ballad.

Recorded on October 17, 1955 and on January 9-17, 1956. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.

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Personnel: Frank Sinatra (vocals); Nelson Riddle (conductor, arranger); George Van Eps (guitar); Erno Neufeld, Samuel Cytron, Robert Gross, Alex Murray, Paul Nero, Henry Hill, Mischa Russell, Dan Lube, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harold Dicterow, David Frisina, Felix Slatkin, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson, Harry Bluestone (violin); Maxine Johnson, Paul Robyn, Dave Sterkin, Milton Thomas, Alvin Dinkin (viola); Ennio Bolognini, Ray Kramer, Eleanor Slatkin, Cy Bernard (cello); Kathryn Julye (harp); Mahlon Clark, Justin Gordon, Warren Webb, Robert Lawson (reeds); Wilbur Schwartz (reeds, alto saxophone); Harry Klee (alto saxophone); Ted Nash, Babe Russin (tenor saxophone); Morton Friedman (baritone saxophone); Shorty Sherock, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, John Best, Zeke Zarchy, Conrad Gozzo, Mickey Mangano, Mannie Klein (trumpet); Dick Noel, Paul Tanner, Jim Priddy, Juan Tizol, Francis Howard, Milt Bernhart (trombone); George Roberts (bass trombone); William 'Bill' Miller (piano); Joe Comfort (bass); Irving Cottler, Alvin Stoller, Frank Flynn (drums); Frank Flynn (percussion).

Liner Note Author: Pete Welding.

Recording information: 10/17/1955-01/16/1956.

Arranger: Nelson Riddle.

Personnel includes: Frank Sinatra (vocals); Nelson Riddle (conductor).

Rolling Stone (4/11/02, p. 107) - Ranked #23 in Rolling Stone's '50 Coolest Records' - '...Classic songs meet the classic voice...His most muscular vocals...'
Vibe (12/99, p. 164) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
Mojo (Publisher) (2/01, pp. 104-5) - '...Features Sinatra in ebullient mood.... set against a backdrop of inspired Nelson Riddle arrangements played by Hollywood's finest. Sometimes the solos were so magical, they almost upstaged Frank's own vocals...'
NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p. 29) - Ranked #34 in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time. '
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Fred Rich & His Orchestra: Columbia House Bands: Fred Rich, Vol. 1
Columbia House Bands Fred Rich Vol 1 music CDs Recorded between April 1929 & November 1930. Columbia House Bands Fred Rich Vol 1 songs Includes liner notes by Ron Bamberger.

Pianist/arranger Fred Rich led a first-class hot dance band during the second half of the 1920s and the first half of the '30s. He employed some of the most technically skilled white jazz players around in those segregated days, including clarinetist Benny Goodman, altoist/clarinetist Jimmy Dorsey, trombonist Tommy Dorsey, trumpeter Leo McConville, violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang, among others. The overall result was melodic jazz-flavored dance music that often contained short bursts of all-out jazz. This initial CD from the TOM label has 22 strong examples of Rich's dance music; even the vocals (by Smith Ballew, Paul Small, possibly Dick Robertson and a Rhythm Boys-inspired group called the Rollickers) are good for the period. Highlights of the set include 'Wishing and Waiting for Love,' 'Revolutionary Rhythm,' 'You're Lucky to Me,' two versions of 'I Got Rhythm,' 'Cheerful Little Earful' and 'I'm Tickled Pink with a Blue-Eyed Baby. ' Some of the lyrics of the songs might be a bit insipid, but the music, which is easily recommended to vintage jazz collectors, is consistently enjoyable. ~ Scott Yanow

songs from Tin Pan Alley and popular dance music recorded between the Roaring Twenties and the Swing Era by producer & musical director for CBS (1928-38), w. Joe Venuti-violin, Edie Lang-gtr, Smith Ballew-voc, the Rollickers, Tommy Dorsey-tmb, Jimmy Dors

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Fred Waring: To You Forever/In Concert
To You Forever In Concert music CDs This two-disc set combines Fred Waring's recordings To You Forever and In Concert, originally released separately on Reprise in 1964 and which had been out of print until they were reissued in 2004 on Collectables. To You Forever In Concert songs This pleasant set features Waring & His Pennsylvanians' lite reworkings in a front of a live audience of such well-known songs as 'On Top of Old Smokey,' 'Sweet Sue,' 'Hello Dolly,' and '12th Street Rag. ' Those who appreciate easy listening music will find this a welcome addition to their collection. ~ Al Campbell

2 LPs on 2 CDs: TO YOU FOREVER (1964)/IN CONCERT (1964)..
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Gene Krupa: Gene Krupa
Gene Krupa CD music An intriguing issue featuring two of the noted drummer's early 60s releases on one disc. Gene Krupa music CDs 2004, German import.

Includes a 20 page booklet
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Gene Krupa: Live at the New School
During the last years of his life, Gene Krupa suffered from more than his share of health problems, including leukemia, emphysema, heart disease, and severe back pain. Live at the New School CD music But despite all he went through, the drummer was still able to provide some inspired performances here and there. One of them came on April 17, 1973, when he was joined by tenor saxman Eddie Shu, pianist John Bunch, and bassist Nabil Total at the New School in New York. That performance, recorded only six months before Krupa's death, went unreleased for 26 years but finally saw the light of day when Chiaroscuro put out Live at the New School in 1999. This CD finds Krupa in good form, and the drummer's many health problems don't prevent him from playing with a lot of enthusiasm on swing era classics like 'Sing, Sing, Sing,' 'Don't Be That Way,' 'Take the A Train,' and 'Undecided. ' Unfortunately, the sound quality isn't great -- listenable, certainly, although not very sharp and not great by 1973 standards. But while Live at the New School falls short of essential, it's a valuable and historically important recording just the same -- and it's one that completists and Krupa's diehard fans will be glad to have. ~ Alex Henderson

Recorded live at The New School University, New York, New York on April 17, 1973. Includes liner notes by John McDonough & Hank O'Neal.

Price Increase-5/14/1

Personnel: Gene Krupa (drums); Eddie Shu (harmonica, tenor saxophone); John Bunch (piano).

Audio Remixer: Jon Bates.

Liner Note Author: John McDonough.

Recording information: New School, New York, NY (04/17/1973).

Photographer: John McDonough.

Personnel: Gene Krupa (drums); Eddie Shu (tenor saxophone, harmonica); John Bunch (piano); Nabil Totah (bass).


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Glenn Miller: Essential Glenn Miller CDs
While there's no shortage of Glenn Miller collections, there aren't many that rival Bluebird/Legacy's THE ESSENTIAL GLENN MILLER. Essential Glenn Miller music CDs This two-disc, 38-track compilation covers the peak years of the iconic bandleader/trombonist's career, and includes a welcome handful of numbers recorded with his Army Air Force Band in 1943 and '44 , shortly before his death.

Though it's difficult for modern-day listeners to grasp Miller's massive stardom during the 1930s and '40s, undeniably catchy big-band tunes such as 'In the Mood' and 'Little Brown Jug' easily give a sense of the swing giant's wide appeal. This set skillfully mixes Miller's instrumentals (a dynamic take on 'A String of Pearls') with numerous vocal tracks (most notably 'Over the Rainbow,' featuring the butter-smooth voice of Ray Eberle), all of which boast stunning interplay between the rhythm and horn sections. THE ESSENTIAL GLENN MILLER rivals 2003's PLATINUM GLENN MILLER and covers most of the selections featured on 2004's THE CENTENNIAL COLLECTION, making it one of the best Miller retrospectives on the market.

Recording information: 04/04/1939-04/29/1944.

Arrangers: Ralph Wilkinson; Jerry Gray; Bill Finegan; Mel Powell; Billy May.

Personnel: Glenn Miller (trombone); Murray Kane, Johnny Desmond (vocals); Al Klink (tenor saxophone); Dale McMickle (trumpet); Tex Beneke (vocals, tenor saxophone); Marion Hutton, Ray Eberle, The Modernaires (vocals).

Liner Note Author: Mike Plaskett.


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Glenn Miller: Glenn Miller's All Time Greatest Hits
Glenn Miller's All Time Greatest Hits music CDs (2-CD set) This budget priced double CD features fifty tracks on two CDs of the very best of Glenn Miller's wonderful music. Glenn Miller's All Time Greatest Hits songs Many of the recordings are 'live' and bring an intimacy to the music. There is sure to be high demand for this very reasonably pr

Personnel: Glenn Miller (vocals); Johnny Desmond, Marion Hutton, Ray Eberle, Ray McKinley, Tex Beneke, The Andrews Sisters, The Modernaires (vocals).

Recording information: 05/17/1939-11/10/1945.


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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra: Greatest Hits CD
This CD is part of RCA Victor's extensive but erratic introduction to jazz series. Glenn Miller had so many hits that it would be impossible to fit them on just one CD. Strangely enough, three of the 15 numbers included on this release ('When You Wish Upon a Star,' 'Moon Love,' and 'King Porter Stomp') were not big sellers, making the title a bit pointless. The famous renditions of such numbers as 'In the Mood,' 'Chattanooga Choo Choo,' 'A String of Pearls,' and 'Little Brown Jug' are among this CD's highlights, but there are better organized 'greatest-hits' Glenn Miller collections than this one readily available. ~ Scott Yanow

Recorded between 1938 & 1942. Include liner notes by Chick Crumpacker.

Personnel: Glenn Miller (trombone); Marion Hutton, Paula Kelly , Ray Eberle, Skip Nelson, Tex Beneke (vocals); Clyde Hurley (trumpet); Chummy MacGregor (piano).

Recording information: 09/27/1938-07/15/1942.

Illustrator: Al Hirschfeld.

Personnel includes: Glenn Miller (leader, trombone); Tex Benecke, Paula Kelly, Skip Nelson, Marion Hutton, The Modernaires (vocals); Clyde Hurley, Dale McMickle (trumpet); Chummy McGregor (piano).


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Glenn Miller Orchestra: In the Digital Mood: Gold Limited Edition CD
In the Digital Mood Gold Limited Edition music CDs Includes a 44-page booklet with photos and historic notes. In the Digital Mood Gold Limited Edition songs

Glenn Miller Orchestra includes: Mel Torme, Marlene Ver Planck (vocals); Larry O 'Brien (conductor); Walt Levinsky, Phil Bodner (saxophone); Marvin Stamm, Markie Markowitz (trumpet); Dave Grusin (piano); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Jay Leonhart (bass); Ronnie Zito (drums).

Recorded at A-1, Sear Sound Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Chip Deffaa.

Remastered from the original first generation source, produced on 24 karat gold compact discs.

Personnel: Marlene VerPlanck, Michael Mark, Julius LaRosa, Mel Torm?, Marty Nelson (vocals); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Walter Levinsky (clarinet, saxophone); Morty Lewis, Phil Bodner, Sol Schlinger, Billy Slapin (saxophone); Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz, Marvin Stamm, Jimmy Maxwell, John Frosk (trumpet); Sonny Russo, George Masso, Urbie Green, Wayne Andre, Paul Faulise (trombone); Dave Grusin, Bernie Leighton (piano); Ronald Zito (drums).

Audio Mixers: Dave Grusin; Josiah Gluck; Larry Rosen.

Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY; Sear Sound, New York, NY; Studio A-1, NY.

Photographers: Frank Driggs; Andy Baltimore; Mike Dacek.

Unknown Contributor Role: Michael Abene.

Arranger: Glenn Miller.

This CD may be scoffed at by serious jazz listeners, and even by big-band devotees wary of modern 'ghost band' performances, but the fact is that it sold over 100,000 pieces when it first appeared in 1983, and its CD version was among the very earliest compact discs ever released commercially in the United States (indeed, so early that the actual CDs had to be imported from Japan). The second-ever release by GRP Records, it put the label on the map, and it also stood as testimony to how good those original arrangements of the Glenn Miller Orchestra were. So how is it as music? At worst entertaining, and at best revealing, and also at times a little frustrating -- on the plus side, even heard in 2007, twenty-four years after the fact, the sound here is damned impressive; you can safely rank this release as one of the very earliest, if not the very first audiophile CDs to be released. The fact that it features 18 top-flight musicians under the baton of Larry O'Brien, then the leader of the touring Glenn Miller Orchestra, only makes it more impressive. What's more, with the quality of the playing, one will be able to make out minuscule elements of the original arrangements that were long obscured on the classic late-'30s/early-'40s Glenn Miller sides. Musicians with an appreciation of these arrangements will probably love this recording, and casual fans should embrace it heartily: these boys swing in 1983 about as well as their predecessors from 41 years earlier did. And the vocal numbers are no exception -- in contrast to Columbia Records' mid-'60s efforts to revive the Miller orchestra as a recording unit (which failed not just because of the timing of the project but also the uneven quality of the resulting albums), numbers like 'Pennsylvania 6-5000' and '(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo' are as hot here as there were four decades before. And the singers include Mel Torm? and Julius LaRosa (doing a solo) in their ranks. Still, it's the instrumentals that make up the bulk of this album, and on that level it's similarly unimpeachable, at least most of the way through -- 'Tuxedo Junction' (which includes Dave Grusin sitting in on piano) is so close to the original that it's easy to forget who you're listening to and when they put this track down; and serious listeners should probably hold out for the 'Gold Disc' edition or the Japanese version of this CD, which contain a bonus track, 'At Last,' featuring a trombone solo by Urbie Green that is worth the price of the CD by itself. Now, all of that said, there are a couple of quibbles: the absence of the cowbell on 'In the Mood,' and the 'clever' notion on 'Pennsylvania 6-5000' of ending the number with -- well, you can guess. This is still one cool, swinging release and
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Gregg Field: Art of Swing
Art of Swing CD music A fine drummer, Gregg Field is heard on this CD at the head of a big band filled with some of Los Angeles' top straight-ahead jazz musicians. Art of Swing music CDs The 11 selections are arranged by Sammy Nestico, and are very much in the tradition of 1950s/'60s Count Basie. Among the soloists are pianist Pete Jolly, trumpeters Snooky Young and Ron Stout, trombonist Andy Martin, and tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb. Nothing at all unexpected happens (the music is a bit derivative) on such numbers as 'The Blues Machine,' 'It's a Wonderful World,' '88 Basie Street,' and 'The Heat's On,' but Count Basie fans will certainly enjoy the swinging results. ~ Scott Yanow

Recording information: Bakery Studios (12/1998); G Studio Digital (12/1998).

Personnel includes: Gregg Field (drums); Pete Jolly (piano); Chuck Berghofer (bass).

Personnel: Gregg Field (drums); Bill Baker, Tommy McClure (saxophone); Jay Migliori, Kim Richmond (alto saxophone); Sal Lozano, Pete Christlieb (tenor saxophone); Snooky Young, Wayne Bergeron, Ron Stout (trumpet); Charlie Morillas, Andy Martin, Alexander Iles, Bruce Otto (trombone); Pete Jolly (piano).


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Guy Lombardo: Into the Fifties
With a career spanning half a century Guy Lombardo sold more records than any other of the sweet bands in America. Into the Fifties CD music Concentrating mainly on the latter part of his career this 2CD set takes you into the Fifties in the most tuneful way. Featuring the vocal talents of Bing Crosby on 'Young At Heart' and 'Oh Baby Mine I Get So Lonely'

Personnel: William Rodriguez (castanets).

Liner Note Author: Ossie Dales.


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Hal Kemp: Remember Me
As the 21st century dawned, an unprecedented number of Depression-era dance band recordings began to appear in the compact disc format, hinting perhaps that humanity ought to lighten up a bit, even (or especially) in the face of widespread hardship and calamity. Remember Me CD music Hal Kemp's orchestra is splendidly featured on Jasmine's Remember Me, a 24-title collection released in 2001. On these pleasant sides dating from 1932-1940, Kemp's sweet dance band is heard performing pop tunes of the day like 'Shuffle Off to Buffalo,' 'Lullaby of Broadway,' and 'The Music Goes 'Round and Around,' along with mischievous delights by Cole Porter such as 'Let's Do It,' 'You're the Top,' and 'Love for Sale. ' What's more, 'Hey! Young Fella,' a silly number by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, had been conjured by Joe Venuti's band a few years earlier as a giddy instrumental jam tune. Here at last is a golden opportunity to savor the lyrics, for what they're worth. ~ arwulf arwulf

We sure remember Hal, as does anybody who loves that old sweet band sound! Includes 24 of his best: Shuffle Off to Buffalo; The Music Goes Round and Round; Hands Across the Table; Got a Date with an Angel; Three Little Fishies; It All Comes Back to Me Now; Love for Sale; I've Got to Sing a Torch Song , and more.

Contains 24 tracks.

Personnel: Hal Kemp (reeds); Dave Barbour, Pinky Kintzle (guitar); Ben Williams II (reeds); James Fitzpatrick, Mickey Bloom, Freddie Train, Ralph Hollenbeck, Randy Brooks , Russ Case (trumpet); Carl Loeffler, Leo Moran, Edward Kuczborski, Gus Mayhew (trombone); Lou Busch (piano); Skinnay Ennis, John Cyr (drums).

Liner Note Author: Geoff Milne.

Recording information: 12/??/1932-12/11/1940.

Personnel includes: Hal Kemp; Skinnay Ennis (vocals); John Scott (piano).


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Harry James: Best of the Big Bands
Best of the Big Bands music CDs This is very much a hodgepodge set that does not live up to its clich?d title. Best of the Big Bands songs The recording dates and personnel listing are not included in the chatty liner notes and, although there is some excellent music here (including 'Strictly Instrumental,' 'I Had the Craziest Dream,' 'You Made Me Love You,' 'It's Been a Long, Long Time,' and 'Ciribiribin'), the programming is not in chronological order and almost seems random. Why hasn't Columbia ever released its many enjoyable and valuable Harry James recordings in complete and coherent fashion? ~ Scott Yanow

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Helen O'Connell: Sweetest Sounds
THE SWEETEST SOUNDS 1953-1963 contains 16 previously unavailable public service radio performances. Sweetest Sounds music CDs

Personnel: Helen O'Connell (vocals).

Liner Note Author: Eliot Tiegel.

Recording information: 1953-1963.

Editor: John Jungklaus.

Photographer: Frank DeVol..
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Herman Clebanoff: Strings Afire CD

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Isham Jones: Vol. 1
Vol 1 music CDs Recorded between 1929 & 1931. Vol 1 songs Includes liner notes by Warren Vache Sr.

Isham Jones, best-known as an important songwriter, led a series of interesting bands during the 1920's and 30's. His 1929-31 edition essentially played hot dance music. All but three of the 24 selections on this CD (two alternate takes plus 'Stardust') have vocals by either Frank Sylvano, Billy Scott or Eddie Stone and there are some fine solos by trumpeter Whitey Moeller, trombonist Red Ballard and various lesser-known players. Although the performances just border on jazz, they should be of interest to vintage jazz listeners, particularly 'Song of the Blues,' 'Miss Hannah,' 'My Baby Just Cares for Me,' 'Swingin' Down the Lane' and the first ever ballad recording of 'Stardust. ' ~ Scott Yanow

Here's the first volume of chronological releases from this seminal artist. The selections on this CD display the wide range of styles that Isham Jones' band became known for, and it features Brunswick sides recorded from October 8, 1929 through March 31

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Jack Teagarden: Basin Street Blues
The leading exponent of the trombone in traditional and big band jazz, Teagarden was also one of the first great white blues singers. Basin Street Blues CD music He led many small bands throughout the thirties for recording sessions. At the same time he played with various big bands before forming his own in 1937. This collection comprises many of his classic recordings. Tracks include; 'Basin Street Blues', 'I'm Just Wild About Harry', 'St. James Infirmary','Shine', 'Big 'T' Blues'.

Arranger: Arthur Schutt.

Personnel: Jack Teagarden (vocals, trombone); Dick McDonough, George Van Eps, Weston Vaughan, Carl Kress, Carmen Mastren (guitar); Tommy Fellini, Treg Brown (banjo); Jimmy Dorsey, Albert Nicholas, Charlie Holmes (clarinet, alto saxophone); Heine Beau, Ernie Caceres, Pee Wee Russell, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman (clarinet); Sid Stoneburn, Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone); Arthur Rollini, Larry Binyon, Mutt Hayes, Art Karle, Babe Russin, Bud Freeman (tenor saxophone); Adrian Rollini (bass saxophone); Manny Klein, Sonny Durham, Tommy Thunen, Bunny Bergian, Dave Klein, Ruby Weinstein, Harry James, Ed Wade, Max Kaminsky, Red Nichols, Charlie Spivak, Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); Rex Stewart (cornet); J. C. Higginbotham, Herb Taylor, Tommy Dorsey (trombone); Jack Hansen (tuba); Jack Russin, Fats Waller, Norma Teagarden, Frank Froeba, Howard Smith , Joe Sullivan, Roy Bargy, Arthur Schutt, Bob Zurke (piano); Kaiser Marshall, Gene Krupa, George Wettling, Ray Bauduc, Zutty Singleton, Stan King (drums).

Photographer: Charles Peterson.


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Jack Teagarden: Jack Teagarden's Big Eight/Pee Wee Russell's Rhythmakers
Jack Teagarden's Big Eight Pee Wee Russell's Rhythmakers music CDs Pee Wee Russell's Rhythm Makers: Pee Wee Russell (clarinet); Dickie Wells (trombone); James P. Jack Teagarden's Big Eight Pee Wee Russell's Rhythmakers songs Johnson (piano); Freddy Green (guitar); Wellman Braud (bass); Zutty Singleton (drums); Max Kaminsky, Al Gold.

Two unrelated small-group sessions from the swing era that were originally recorded for the H. R. S. (Hot Record Society) label are reissued in full on this enjoyable CD. Trombonist Jack Teagarden takes a vacation from his big band to play with an all-star octet that also includes cornetist Rex Stewart, clarinetist Barney Bigard, and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster. Teagarden sings 'St. James Infirmary' and is quite fluent on 'Shine. ' The other set has the unique clarinetist Pee Wee Russell and a different octet (which includes trumpeter Max Kaminsky, trombonist Dicky Wells, tenor saxophonist Al Gold, and pianist James P. Johnson) romping on a blues and three Dixieland standards; in addition Russell, Johnson, and drummer Zutty Singleton stretch out on 'I Found a New Baby' and 'Everybody Loves My Baby. ' Easily recommended to classic jazz fans. ~ Scott Yanow

Originally released on Riverside (141).

Jack Teagarden's Big Eight: Jack Teagarden (trombone); Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Rex Stewart (cornet); Barney Bigard (clarinet); Billy Taylor (piano); Dave Tough (drums); Billy Kyle, Brick Fleagle..
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James Last: Instrumentals Forever
James Last's INSTRUMENTALS FOREVER features 16 tracks including 'String of Pearls' and 'Havah Nagilah.' Instrumentals Forever music CDs

Digitally Remastered edition of popular favorites done the Last way.... fun! Includes 'Hava Nagila', 'Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White', 'La Bamba', 'You Are My Sunshine' and so many more..
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Jaymz Bee's Royal Jelly Orchestra: Seriously Happy
Seriously Happy CD music Anointed,UnderstandablePassionatePersonalElectrifying

Liner Note Author: Jaymz Bee. Seriously Happy music CDs

Recording information: Reaction Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Victory Drive Recording, Toronto, ON.

Photographer: Graham Kennedy.

Arrangers: Sarah McElcheran; Tony Quarrington; Richard Underhill.

Personnel: Christopher Plock (vocals, flute, baritone saxophone); Dave Howard, Lyne Tremblay, Dave Howard & the High Rollers, Jennifer Ryan, Julie Michels, Big Rude Jake, Alex Pangman (vocals); Tony Quarrington (guitar); Richard Underhill (alto saxophone); Chris Gale (tenor saxophone); Dave Dunlop (trumpet); Terry Promane (trombone); Peter Appleyard (vibraphone); Brandi Disterheft (double bass).

Audio Mixers: Chris Stringer; Chris Stringer; Jono Grant.


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Jimmie Lunceford: For Dancers Only
For this CD, 20 selections by Jimmie Lunceford's highly-rated orchestra are reissued. For Dancers Only CD music Dating from 1935-37 and not as complete as the Classics series, the release does give listeners a good overview of Lunceford's music. The arrangements by Sy Oliver (including 'Swanee River,' 'My Blue Heaven. ' 'Organ Grinder's Swing' and 'For Dancers Only') are generally the most memorable tracks; this CD also contains a previously unissued take of 'Ragging the Scale. ' Among the main soloists are altoist Willie Smith, tenor saxophonist Joe Thomas and trumpeter Oliver. ~ Scott Yanow

Recorded between 1935 and 1937.

Personnel: Jimmie Lunceford (alto saxophone); Willie Smith (vocals, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Dan Grissom (vocals, alto saxophone); Joe Thomas (vocals, tenor saxophone); Sy Oliver (vocals, trumpet); Al Norris (guitar, violin); Eddie Durham (guitar, trombone); Laforest Dent, Ed Brown (alto saxophone); Earl Carruthers (baritone saxophone); Eddie Tompkins, Paul Webster (trumpet); Russell Bowles, Elmer Crumbley (trombone); Ed Wilcox (piano); Jimmy Crawford (drums).

Audio Remasterer: Erick Labson.

Liner Note Author: Stanley Dance.

Recording information: New York, NY (09/23/1935-06/15/1937).

Directors: Bud Katzel; Sonny Mediana; Lilian Barbuti.

Photographers: Frank Driggs; Duncan P. Schiedt.

Unknown Contributor Role: Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra.

Arrangers: Eddie Durham; Ed Wilcox; Sy Oliver.

Personnel includes: Jimmie Lunceford (leader), Joe Thomas (tenor saxophone), Sy Oliver (trumpet), Willie Smith (clarinet, alto saxophone), Jimmie Crawford (drums).


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Jimmie Lunceford: Stomp It Off Vol. 1 (1934-1935)
Stomp It Off Vol 1 (1934 1935) CD music While European labels (most notably Classics and Masters of Jazz) reissue every Jimmie Lunceford recording, its domestic counterpart as usual only gives consumers best-of collections. Stomp It Off Vol 1 (1934 1935) music CDs This CD is actually quite good, consisting of highlights from Lunceford's first year with Decca and serving as a fine introduction to his orchestra's music. Nearly all of the 21 numbers are excellent, and among the more colorful selections are reworkings of three Duke Ellington tunes, 'Miss Otis Regrets,' 'Dream of You,' two versions of the bubbly 'Rhythm Is Our Business,' and 'Sleepy-Time Gal,' which has a remarkable sax section chorus. ~ Scott Yanow

Recording information: New York, NY (09/04/1934-05/29/1935).

Personnel includes: Jimmie Lunceford (trumpet); Henry Wells (vocals); Willie Smith (alto saxophone, clarinet); Joe Thomas (tenor saxophone); Sy Oliver (trumpet); Ed Wilcox (trombone, guitar); Russell Bowles (trombone); Moses Allen (bass); Jimmy Crawford (drums).

Personnel: Jimmie Lunceford (alto saxophone); Sy Oliver (vocals, trumpet); Henry Wells (vocals, trombone); Eddie Durham (guitar, trombone); Al Norris (guitar); Willie Smith (clarinet, alto saxophone); Laforest Dent, Dan Grissom (alto saxophone); Joe Thomas (tenor saxophone); Earl Carruthers (baritone saxophone); Eddie Tompkins, Paul Webster, Tommy Stevenson (trumpet); Russell Bowles, Elmer Crumbley (trombone); Ed Wilcox (piano); Jimmy Crawford (drums).

Down Beat (6/92, p. 37) - 3 Stars - Good - '.. Lunceford's music is descended from a tradition of dance and show bands quite apart from the Fletcher Henderson/Bennie Moten lineage that produced the essence of swing...time hasn't served Lunceford as it has Ellington, Basie, or Goodman.. '
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Jimmy Dorsey: Contrasts
If Jimmy Dorsey's career was overshadowed by that of his brother Tommy, it was perhaps due more to Tommy's fortuitous collaborations with vocalists such as Frank Sinatra and others of similar caliber than Jimmy's lack of talent. Contrasts CD music Jimmy Dorsey's orchestra was primarily a dance band with an emphasis on swinging over singing.

CONTRASTS presents some of the most impressive sides from Dorsey's brief career as one of the most formidable bandleaders around. The tracks compiled here swing like crazy, leaving no doubt that Jimmy was the more daring of the Dorsey brothers. Memorable tracks like ''Stompin' at the Savoy' and 'King Porter Stomp' show Jimmy Dorsey's talent for making people dance. Also included on CONTRASTS are 'In a Sentimental Mood' and 'Dusk in Upper Sandusky,' each testifying to the bandleader's softer side.

Recorded between 1936 & 1943. Includes liner notes by John Lissner.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

Personnel: Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet, alto saxophone); Helen O'Connell, June Richmond, Bob Eberly (vocals); Don Hammond (tenor, tenor saxophone); Guy Smith, Allan Reuss, Roc Hillman, Tommy Kay (guitar); Leonard Whitney (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Sam Rubinwich (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Noni Bernardi, Dave Matthew, Fud Livingston, Frank Langone, Bill Covey, Milt Yaner (alto saxophone); Jack Stacey, Herbie Haymer, Babe Russin, Skeets Herfurt (tenor saxophone); Chuck Gentry, Bob Lawson (baritone saxophone); George Thow, Nate Kazebier, Ralph Muzillo, Shorty Solomson, Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz, Paul McCoy, Kazebier Solomson, Bill Oblak, Bob Alexy, Joe Meyer , Jimmy Campbell , Johnny Napton, Phil Napoleon, Ray Linn, Shorty Sherock, Tutti Camarata, W. C. Clark (trumpet); Andy Russo, Joe Yukl, Sonny Lee, Al Jordan, Mick Dimaio, William Pritchard, Bruce Squires, Don Mattison, Nat Lobovsky, Jerry Rosa, Phil Washburn, Nick Dimaio, Bill Pritchard, Bobby Byrne (trombone); Dave Mann , Joe Lipmer, Freddie Slack, Joe Lipman, Bobby Van Eps, Johnny Guarnieri, David Mann (piano); Buddy Schutz, Ray McKinley (drums).

Liner Note Author: John Lissner.

Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (07/07/1936-10/07/1943); New York, NY (07/07/1936-10/07/1943).

Unknown Contributor Roles: Altb Jordan; Phil Washburn.

Personnel includes: Jimmy Dorsey (alto saxophone, clarinet); June Richmond, Helen O'Connell, Rob Eberle (vocals); Milt Yaner (alto saxophone); Bobby Van Eps (piano); Ray McKinley (drums).


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Jimmy Dorsey: Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits music CDs It's a sad commentary on the state of the major record labels -- and their attention to the jazz history that they own in their vaults -- that this 13-song budget CD was the only authorized Jimmy Dorsey collection on the market in 2007. Greatest Hits songs Not that this is a bad collection for what it is -- in keeping with its title, the emphasis is on the pop side of Dorsey's output, but it's impossible to ignore the quality of the musicianship behind singers Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell. It's just that 50 years after Dorsey's death, which occurred while he had one of the biggest singles of his career riding high on the charts, his legacy has come to nothing in the marketplace except for this CD and a bunch of unauthorized releases from Europe. This CD is actually a pretty fair place to start listening to the legendary bandleader's work, although one should probably jump to 'Contrasts' to get a better idea of what Dorsey was really like as a musician -- that cut and 'Long John Silver,' which closes the CD, show off the boldest sides of his sound to be found here, with some hot playing on both sides and phenomenal ensemble work, and good sound, too. The other tracks sound all right, but too often there's the kind of surface noise -- obviously from a pre-tape source -- that indicates a quick and dirty analog-to-digital transfer. It's not unlistenable, and one might argue that this material -- which includes classic versions of 'Green Eyes,' 'Tangerine,' 'Besame Mucho,' 'Brazil,' and 'Amapola' -- should be sought out by any legitimate means, but this is also the kind of sound quality that people stopped accepting on CD around 1990 or so. And at this price, one should be grateful that there's any kind of decent short bio (which there is), and not worry about a lack of release dates on the 13 tracks. But, oh, how one longs listening to this to see a really high-quality, heavily annotated double- or even triple-disc box on Jimmy Dorsey as was done on Tommy Dorsey at RCA/BMG back in 2005. ~ Bruce Eder
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Jo Stafford: Columbia Hits Collection CD
Columbia Hits Collection music CDs Not long after Jo Stafford's arranger (and future husband) Paul Weston moved from Capitol to Columbia in 1950, she followed him, preferring to work with an understanding producer (surely their budding relationship played a part as well). Columbia Hits Collection songs During the first half of the '50s, Stafford continued gracing the Hit Parade with the same balance of sedate, honey-toned balladry and up-tempo novelty singles cooked up with Weston. The pair's Corinthian label delivered this compilation of her rather erratic Columbia years, including 25 hits -- six of which were recorded in tandem with Frankie Laine. Stafford's biggest hit at Columbia (and of her entire career) was the wistful ballad 'You Belong to Me,' which spent months at the top of the charts. Even though she specialized in songs like this at Capitol, she didn't record many of them while at Columbia; 'It Is No Secret' is similar, as is 'Tennessee Waltz' and '(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I. ' The emphasis, however, is decidedly on the novelty songs, paced by frenetic country cornpone like 'Hambone' and 'Setting the Woods on Fire' (both with Laine). Most of the arrangements here would've been appropriate for the typical weak-lunged pop singer of the '50s; Weston and Columbia don't appear to have placed much confidence in the pure strength of Stafford's voice. ~ John Bush

28 track compilation features her top 10 Columbia singles, including 'You Belong To Me,' 'Make Love To Me' & 'Jambalaya,' as well as duets with Frankie Laine, plus country & folk songs, spirituals, ballads, novelty singles, and finally 'nightcappers' lik

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Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae / Gordon MacRae / Jo Stafford: Old Rugged Cross CD
The EMI Gold issue The Old Rugged Cross collects the original LPs Whispering Hope and Peace in the Valley, a pair of spiritual sets recorded during 1962-1963 by Jo Stafford and Gordon McCrae. Old Rugged Cross music CDs McCrae's tenor blends well with Stafford, and the material reflects a good range of selections: 'You'll Never Walk Alone,' 'It Is No Secret,' 'Abide with Me,' and 'Now the Day Is Over' (with a violin solo by Mischa Russell). The arrangements, however, are tame and uninventive; beautiful and inspiring, but never quite artistic. ~ John Bush

20 track collection. EMI Gold. 2005.

Personnel: Misha Russel (violin).


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John Pizzarelli: John Pizzarelli: Live in Montreal - The Big Band DVD
John Pizzarelli Live in Montreal The Big Band film 50 minute DVD features 12 never-before-seen performances i ncluding: Who, What, When, Where, Why, All the Time, In Your Eyes, Deja Vu, I'll Never Love This Way Agai n and many more!

Get a front row seat for twelve never-before-seen performances from this jazz crooner, the finger-snapping musician John Pizzarelli. John Pizzarelli Live in Montreal The Big Band review The charismatic and emotionally warm singer combines elements of jazz, pop, and swing music to create smoothly effective music. LIVE IN MONTREAL features Pizzarelli singing songs including 'All of Me,' 'Lady Be Good' and 'Roslyn,' along with an personal interview and relaxed, fun behind-the-scenes footage..
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John Pizzarelli: My Blue Heaven
My Blue Heaven music CDs Just prior to signing with RCA/Novus, John Pizzarelli recorded two sets for Chesky that featured him playing in the swing style that he would soon make quite popular. My Blue Heaven songs Although joined by all-stars (pianist Dave McKenna, bassist Milt Hinton, drummer Connie Kay, his father, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and flugelhornist Clark Terry) rather than his regular trio, Pizzarelli's likable vocals and relaxed guitar solos are not overshadowed. In fact, this is a delightful date, with memorable renditions of such songs as 'I'm An Errand Boy for Rhythm,' 'Lady Be Good,' 'The Best Man,' 'Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You' and 'Candy. ' Easily recommended to John Pizzarelli fans. ~ Scott Yanow

Recorded at RCA Studio A, New York City on February 6-7, 1990.

Recorded at RCA Studio A, New York on February 6 & 7, 1990.

Recorded at RCA Studio A, New York on February 6-7, 1990.

Personnel: Bucky Pizzarelli (vocals, guitar); John Pizzarelli (vocals, guitar); Clark Terry (trumpet); Dave McKenna (piano); Connie Kay (drums).

Liner Note Author: Bret Primack.

Recording information: RCA Studio A, New York, NY; RCA, Studio A, New York, NY.

Editor: Nicholas Prout.

Photographers: David King ; Ernesto Bazan.

Arranger: Dick Lieb.

Personnel: John Pizzarelli (guitar, vocals), Clark Terry (trumpet), Dave McKenna (piano), Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar), Milt Hinton (bass), Connie Kay (drums).


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Kay Kyser: There Goes That Song Again
Compilation presents music from 1937-38 and features the songs Sleepy Time Gal / Who Wouldn't Love You / Everything Happens To Me / Shine On Harvest Moon / Indian Summer / You Go to My Head / Ole Buttrmilk Sky / There Goes That Song Again / Push In Sand

Recording information: 01/1937-11/1948. There Goes That Song Again CD music

Personnel: Kay Kyser (vocals); Georgia Carroll, Julie Conway, Ginny Simms, Gloria Wood, Harry Babbitt, Lucy Ann Polk, Mike Douglas, Sully Mason, Trudy Irwin (vocals).

Liner Note Author: Richard March.


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Kelley Hunt: Inspiration
Inspiration music CDs Principally recorded at the The Grand Emporium, Kansas City, Missouri on May 11, 2000. Inspiration songs

Composer: Kelley Hunt.

Personnel: Kelley Hunt (vocals, piano); Mike Finnigan (vocals); Miles Joseph (guitar); Lon Price (saxophone); Bobby Lloyd Hicks (drums); Matt LaPoint, Mary Moore (percussion, background vocals).

Audio Mixer: Lou Whitney.

Recording information: Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS (07/04/1998-05/11/2000); Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO (07/04/1998-05/11/2000); The Grand Emporium, Kansas Cit MO (07/04/1998-05/11/2000).

Arranger: Kelley Hunt.

Personnel: Kelley Hunt (vocals, piano); Mike Finnegan (vocals, organ); Miles Joseph (guitar); Lon Price (saxophone); Al Berman (bass); Bobby Lloyd Hicks (drums); Matt LaPoint, Mary Moore (percussion, background vocals).


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Larry Clinton: Studies in Clinton
Studies in Clinton music CDs This second Larry Clinton Hep CD dates from 1938 with five numbers from 1939-1940. Studies in Clinton songs A definitive disc featuring Clinton's fine jazz-oriented dance band, this program includes Bea Wain's hit versions of 'My Reverie,' 'Deep Purple,' and 'Martha,' plus six of Clinton's riff instrumental 'Studies' (which had begun with 'A Study in Brown,' recorded by Bunny Berigan): 'Study in Blue,' 'A Study in Green,' 'Study in Red,' 'A Study in Scarlet,' 'Study in Surrealism,' and 'Study in Modernism. ' Listening to those recordings and others -- such as 'Milenburg Joys,' 'Dippermouth Blues,' 'Zig Zag,' and 'Sunday' -- it seems obvious that Clinton had one of the most underrated jazz big bands of the era. None of his sidemen were major names, but tenor saxophonist Tony Zimmers was a fine player, many of the musicians were quite capable of taking concise solos, and, though Clinton's charts may have been a bit derivative at times, they always swung. ~ Scott Yanow

Contains 24 tracks.

Personnel: Larry Clinton (clarinet, trumpet, trombone); Leo White, Wolfe Tayne (vocals, clarinet, saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Don Watt, John Pepper, Fletcher Hereford (vocals, clarinet, saxophone, alto saxophone); Bea Wain (vocals); Jack Chesleigh, George Rose (guitar); Mike Doty, Steve Benoric, Ben Feman, Hugo Winterhalter (clarinet, saxophone, alto saxophone); Tony Zimmers, George Dessinger (clarinet, saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet); Freddy Fellensby (saxophone, alto saxophone); Hub Lytle, Jack Henderson , John Van Eps, George Berg (saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet); Al George (trumpet, trombone); Willis Kelly, Ivor Lloyd, Walter Smith , Willie Kelly, James Sexton, Bob Cusmano, Steve Lipkins, Ricky Traettino, Walter 'Kid' Smith, Eddie Yumansen (trumpet); Andy Russo, Joe Ortolano, Ford Leary, Al Russo, Nat Lobovsky (trombone); Bill Straub , Sal Mineo (piano); Ray Michaels, Henry Adler, Charles Edward Blake, Charlie Blake (drums).

Audio Remasterer: John R. T. Davies.

Liner Note Author: Robert Bamberger.

Recording information: Chicago, IL (02/11/1938-03/27/1940); New York, NY (02/11/1938-03/27/1940).

Director: Larry Clinton.

Arrangers: Leo White; Don Watt; Wolfe Tayne; Mike Doty; Steve Benoric; Ben Feman; John Pepper; Freddy Fellensby; Fletcher Hereford; Larry Clinton; Hugo Winterhalter..
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Lawrence Welk: Classic Album Collection
Classic Album Collection CD music A generous pour of Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music: 3 CDs overflowing with polkas and his lush, long-loved instrumental pop. Classic Album Collection music CDs From the albums Bubbles in the Wine, Sparkling Strings and TV Favorites come Wake the Town and Tell the People; Moritat (A Theme from 'The Threepenny Opera'); Look Back and Laugh; Moonlight Cocktail; Stars in My Eyes; Twilight Time; Flirtation Waltz , and more including lots of bonus tracks!.
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Les Elgart: Great Sound of Les Elgart/It's De-Lovely
Great Sound of Les Elgart It's De Lovely music CDs The combination of these Les Elgart albums, The Great Sound of Les Elgart and It's De-Lovely, provide pleasant interpretations of pop standards. Great Sound of Les Elgart It's De Lovely songs The familiar melodies of 'These Foolish Things,' 'The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,' and 'It's De-Lovely' hold up exceptionally well. These LPs were originally released on Columbia Records in 1959 and 1961, and had been out of print until Collectables reissued them in 2000. ~ Al Campbell

2 LPs on 1 CD: THE GREAT SOUND OF LES ELGART (1959)/IT'S DE-LOVELY (1961).

Liner Note Author: Curtis Brown..
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Lionel Hampton: Best Of Lionel Hampton 1908-2002
Best Of Lionel Hampton 1908 2002 CD music In 1977, Lionel Hampton organized a series of recording sessions under the rubric Who's Who in Jazz, which became the name of the record company that released the material. Best Of Lionel Hampton 1908 2002 music CDs This 70-minute, 12-track compilation album draws tracks from six of those releases: Lionel Hampton Presents Buddy Rich (21006); Lionel Hampton Presents Gerry Mulligan (21007); Who's Who in Jazz Presents Lionel Hampton (21008); Lionel Hampton Presents Teddy Wilson (21009); Lionel Hampton with Dexter Gordon (21011); and Lionel Hampton (21017). As the titles suggest, Hampton was not the leader on all the albums, though he does perform on all the tracks. Nevertheless, titular leaders such as Rich, Mulligan, and Wilson, plus notable sidemen like Gordon, Hank Jones, and Bucky Pizzarelli get considerable solo time on a series of jazz standards including 'Take the 'A' Train,' 'Lullaby of Birdland,' and 'Stompin' at the Savoy. ' The Who's Who in Jazz dates were impromptu, but spirited blowing sessions by talented veterans, and that is reflected in this sampler. Of course, the title The Best of Lionel Hampton could mislead record buyers to think this album contains a wider range of material than it does. ~ William Ruhlmann

Personnel: Lionel Hampton (vibraphone); Vincent Bell, Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Dexter Gordon (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Frank Wess (alto saxophone); Paul Moen, Steve Marcus, Gary Pribeck (tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Victor Paz (trumpet); Janice Robinson (trombone); Barry Kiener, Hank Jones , Teddy Wilson (piano); Teddy Wilson, Jr. , Grady Tate, Oliver Jackson, Buddy Rich (drums); Sam Turner, Candido Camero (congas).

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Lionel Hampton: Hamp: The Legendary Decca Recordings
Hamp The Legendary Decca Recordings CD music Recorded in Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York and Las Vegas, Nevada between 1942 and 1963. Hamp The Legendary Decca Recordings music CDs Includes liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.

Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios).

A very nice two-disc set indeed, with a wonderful cross section of Hampton's career, with the focus rightfully on the pre-1950 stage, with the final few cuts taking Hampton as far as a 1963 club date with trumpeter Charlie Teagarden. The music here is often delicate, spun from silver, and it's doubtful you'll find a better compilation of jazz vibraphone work. One fascinating highlight: Hampton's 15-minute version of 'Stardust. ' ~ Steven McDonald

Reissue producer: Orrin Keepnews.

Personnel: Lionel Hampton (vocals, piano, vibraphone); Dinah Washington, Joe James, Little Jimmy Scott, Sonny Parker (vocals); Eric Miller , Irving Ashby, Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, Billy Mackel (guitar); Ray Perry (violin, alto saxophone); Jerome Richardson (flute, alto saxophone); Herbie Fields (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Marshall Royal (clarinet, alto saxophone); Jack Kelson, Jr. (clarinet); Earl Bostic, Gus Evans, Johnny Board, Willie Smith, Ben Kynard, George Dorsey, Bobby Plater (alto saxophone); John Sparrow, Corky Corcoran, Gene Morris, Eddie Barefield, Curtis Lowe, Jay Peters, Gil Bernal, Illinois Jacquet, Fred Simon , Johnny Griffin, Al Sears, Arnett Cobb, Bill Williams , Morris Lane (tenor saxophone); Lonnie Shaw, Jack McVea, Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Manny Klein, Dizzy Gillespie, Ernie Royal, Roy McCoy, Jack Trainor, Ed Mullens, Leo Shepherd, Duke Garrette, Walter Williams , Lammar Wright, Jr. , David Page , Joe Morris , Joe Wilder, Kenny Dorham, Al Killian, Snooky Young, Teddy Buckner, Benny Bailey, Wendell Culley, Jimmy Nottingham, Cat Anderson, Charlie Shavers, Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); John Morris, Paul Lee , Al Hayes , Harry Sloan, Fred Beckett, Andrew Penn, Jimmy Wormick, James Robinson , Sonny Craven, Chips Outcalt, Abdul Hamid, Jake 'Vernon' Porter, Allen Durham, Lester Bass, Jimmy Cleveland, Al Grey, Benny Powell, Booty Wood (trombone); Dan Burley, Doug Duke, John Mehegan, Leonard Feather, Albert Ammons, Milt Buckner, Tommy Todd (piano); Buddy Cole (organ); Curley Hamner, Fats Heard, Fred Radcliffe, Ellis Bartee, George Jones, Earl Fox Walker, George Jenkins, Tom Montgomery, Lee Young (drums).

Liner Note Author: Bob Blumenthal.

Recording information: Carnegie Hall, NY (05/26/1942-03/20/1963); Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA (05/26/1942-03/20/1963); Los Angeles, CA (05/26/1942-03/20/1963); New York, NY (05/26/1942-03/20/1963); Silver Slipper Club, Las Vegas, NV (05/26/1942-03/20/1963).

Arrangers: Eddie Sauter; Frank Davenport; Lionel Hampton; Milt Buckner; Sonny Burke ; Ben Kynard.

Personnel includes: Lionel Hampton (vocals, vibraphone, piano, drums); Dinah Washington, Sonny Parker, Joe James, Betty Carter (vocals); Herbie Fields (soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet); Jerome Richardson (alto saxophone, flute); Marshall Royal (alto saxophone, clarinet); Earl Bostic (alto saxophone); Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Corky Corcoran, Johnny Griffin (tenor saxophone); Charles Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Ernie Royal, Benny Bailey, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); Benny Powell, Al Grey (trombone); Doug Duke (piano, organ); Milt Buckner, Leonard Feather, Albert Ammons (piano); Billy Mackel, Wes Montgomery (guitar); Charles Harris, Charles Mingus, Roy Johnson (bass); Fats Heard, Earl Walker (drums).

Producers include: Milt Gabler.

Q (7/96, p. 138) - 4 Stars - Excellent - '...his was one of the few big bands to survive the era's economic upheavals--even playing a part in America's rock'n'roll revolution with its bouncy, backbeat repetoire.... more than enough swing and mayhem here to make it an attractive package...'
JazzTimes (9/96, p. 98) - '...there are many good things to be found here. Hampton, whether on vibes or malleting the piano with his fingers, is consistently rewarding...'
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Lionel Hampton: Midnight Sun
Recorded between January 1946 and November 1947. Midnight Sun CD music Includes liner notes by Burt Korall.

Although firmly identified with Benny Goodman and the swing era, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton led one of the most bop-oriented and forward-looking big bands of the mid-to-late '40s; for proof of that check out 'Mingus Fingers' (by Charles Mingus) on this CD. This set reissues some of Hampton's most boppish sides from 1946-47 along with the original version of 'Midnight Sun' and is full of extroverted solos and exciting ensembles. Although tenorman Arnett Cobb (heard in the earlier selections) and pianist Milt Buckner are the best-known sidemen, such musicians as the screaming trumpeters Jimmy Nottingham and Leo 'the Whistler' Sheppard and tenors Morris Lane, John Sparrow and the young Johnny Griffin provide their own strong moments. Until Decca gets around to reissuing all of Hamp's big band sides in chronological order, this is one of the sets to get. ~ Scott Yanow

Compilation producer: Orrin Keepnews.

Personnel includes: Lionel Hampton (vocals, vibraphone, drums); Bobby Plater, Ben Kynard (alto saxophone); Arnett Cobb, Johnny Griffin (tenor saxophone); Charles Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Joe Morris, Jimmy Nottingham, Joe Wilder, Wendell Culley, Kenny Dorham (trumpet); Jimmy Wormick, Booty Wood, Andrew Penn (trombone); Milt Buckner (piano); Billy Mackell (guitar); Joe Comfort, Charles Mingus (bass); George Jenkins (drums).

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Louis Armstrong: Big Band Sides 1930/32
Given his looming, mythic status in American history, it's easy to take Louis Armstrong for granted. Big Band Sides 1930 32 CD music As a result, there's a danger of overlooking Armstrong's music, or focusing on his more conventional output of the 1950s and `60s. In addition to his earliest sides, recorded with the Hot Fives and Sevens ensembles (which are must-owns for any true jazz fan), Armstrong laid down some excellent big band dates in the early `30s, which rank among his most vital and spirited recordings.

THE BIG BAND SIDES 1930-32 collects those sessions on a well-assembled and annotated two-disc set. Digitally remastered sound allows Satch's bright tone and flawless technique to pierce through the speakers, highlighting the crisp arrangements and tight, swinging playing of the bands. 'Dinah,' 'I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You,' 'Them There Eyes,' and 'Lazy River' are only a few of the classics on this nicely put-together package.

Recorded between 1930 and 1932. Includes liner notes by Brian Peerless.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); 'Big' Mike McKendrick, Bill Perkins (guitar, banjo); Bernard Addison (guitar); Ceele Burke (steel guitar, banjo); George James (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Lester Boone, Bobby Holmes (clarinet, alto saxophone); Charlie Jones , Albert Washington, Jr. , Castor McCord (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Les Hite (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Harold Scott (alto saxophone, trumpet); Theodore McCord, Leon Herriford, Willie Stark, Marvin Johnson (alto saxophone); William Franz (tenor saxophone); Ed Anderson , George Orendorff, Leon Elkins, Zilner Randolph (trumpet); Lawrence D. Brown, Henry Hicks, Luther Graven, Preston Jackson (trombone); Henry Prince, Charlie Alexander , Harvey Brooks , L. Z. Cooper, Joe Turner, Buck Washington (piano); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone, drums); Willie Lynch, Tubby Hall (drums).

Liner Note Author: Brian Peerless.

Recording information: 04/05/1930-03/11/1932.

Personnel includes: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Bobby Holmes (alto saxophone, clarinet); Willie Stark, Theodore McCord, Leon Herriford (alto saxophone); Charlie Jones, Castor McCord (tenor saxophone, clarinet); William Franz (tenor saxophone); Ed Anderson, Leon Elkins (trumpet); Lawrence Brown, Henry Hicks (trombone); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone, drums); Joe Turner, Buck Washington, Henry Prince (piano); Bill Perkins (guitar, banjo); Bernard Addison (guitar); John Lindsay, Reggie Jones (acoustic bass); Tubby Hall, Willie Lynch (drums).


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Louis Armstrong: California Concerts
This 4-CD set includes liner notes by Dan Morgenstern and a discography for each song on the disc. California Concerts CD music

This four-CD set offers listeners a representative sampling of early to mid-'50s Armstrong from two nearly complete California concerts. Joined by his longtime group the All Stars, Armstrong runs through a set of familiar titles including multiple versions of staples like 'When It's Sleepy Time Down South,' '(Back Home Again In) Indiana' and 'Muskrat Ramble. ' There are some surprises here too. Most notably a version of 'The Whiffenpoof Song' done as a spoof of bebop, which Armstrong labels the 'modern malice. ' With old friends like Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Trummy Young, Billy Kyle, Earl Hines, and vocalist Velma Middleton on hand, these are high-spirited, exciting performances. And, of course, Armstrong plays and sings like nobody's business.

Recorded at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 20, 1951 and at the Crescendo Club on January 21, 1955.

Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Louis Armstrong (cornet); Jack Teagarden, Trummy Young (vocals, trombone); Velma Middleton (vocals); Barney Bigard (clarinet); Billy Kyle , Earl Hines (piano); Cozy Cole, Barrett Deems (drums).

Liner Note Author: Dan Morgenstern.

Recording information: Crescendo Club (01/30/1951/01/21/1955); Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA (01/30/1951/01/21/1955).

Photographer: Philippe Halsman.

Personnel: Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocals); Velma Middleton (vocals); Jack Teagarden, Trummy Young (trombone, vocals); Barney Bigard (clarinet); Earl Hines, Billy Kyle (piano); Arvell Shaw (bass); Barret Deems, Cozy Cole (drums).


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Louis Armstrong: Centennial Anthology
This digitally remastered CD/DVD collection celebrates the wonderful world of the jazz great. Centennial Anthology CD music The CD runs the gamut from his earliest triumphs in 1931 through 1967. The DVD contains clips from rare film shorts, TV shows, selections from the 1962 Goodyear Jazz concert, and more.

Jazz trumpeter/singer Louis Armstrong was and remains one of the most important American musicians to emerge during the early 20th century. He popularized traditional New Orleans jazz throughout America and around the world, all the while forging a newly modern style of his own. Armstrong's trumpet was bold, brassy, and, at its best, crackled with innovative energy. He also straddled the worlds of jazz and show business, gaining fame as a popular singer and actor, and served as a cultural ambassador for the USA in later years. CENTENNIAL ANTHOLOGY presents a fine selection of his hits. While no single-disc collection could do justice to Armstrong's career, this ANTHOLOGY serves as a nice introduction, especially as it includes a DVD of performances.

Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Lester Boone (clarinet); Zilner Randolph (trumpet); Lawrence Brown , Preston Jackson (trombone); Henry Prince, Earl Hines (piano); Tubby Hall (drums).


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Louis Armstrong: Definitive Collection CD
Definitive Collection music CDs This extensive compilation of vocal tracks from the latter part of Louis Armstrong's career features many of his most popular performances, including the 1960s hits 'Hello Dolly' and 'What a Wonderful World,' and his wonderfully relaxed duet with Bing Crosby on 'Gone Fishin'.' Definitive Collection songs However, even on these more commercially slanted songs, the trumpeter's legendary musical skill is apparent--his soaring solo on 'Dolly' effortlessly cruises the instrument's upper registers, and his vocal interpretation of 'Mack the Knife' is a masterpiece of jazz singing.

Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Perry Botkin, Bud Scott (guitar); Kid Ory, Tyree Glenn (trombone); Billy Kyle (piano); Red Callender, Arvell Shaw (bass instrument); Barrett Deems (drums).


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Louis Armstrong: Heart Full Of Rhythm Vol. 2
Heart Full Of Rhythm Vol 2 CD music Recorded in New York, New York between April 28, 1936 and July 7, 1937; Los Angles, California between August 7, 1936 and January 12, 1938. Heart Full Of Rhythm Vol 2 music CDs Includes liner notes by Richard Sudhalter.

This album collects the big band recordings that Armstrong did for the Decca label in 1936-38. While falling short of the dizzying heights of his legendary Hot Five/Seven 1920s sides, these tunes feature an Armstrong a bit older, wiser and in full command of his powers. Many of the tunes are the same as the '20s set, but are conveyed in a more relaxed and genial manner, if aimed a bit more at the pop/dance audience of the day.

Which is not to say that there's not great jazz here-far from it. Armstrong had adapted to the Swing Era, as befits one who played with Fletcher Henderson (who was one of the architects of the Big Band sound). There's relaxed, good-natured (at times a wee bit corny) vocals, some stellar trumpet playing and fine playing from Albert Nicholas, Pops Foster, J. C. Higginbotham, Luis Russell and Jimmy Dorsey. If you like Louis AND classic big band swing, this'll leave you with a HEART FULL OF RHYTHM.

Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Lee Blair, Roscoe Hillman (guitar); Jack Stacey, Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet, alto saxophone); Fud Livingston, Bingie Madison, Albert Nicholas, Skeets Herfurt (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Pete Clark, Henry Jones, Charlie Holmes (alto saxophone); Greely Walton (tenor saxophone); George Thow, Leonard Davis , Gus Aiken, Henry 'Red' Allen, Louis Bacon, Tutti Camarata, Shelton Hemphill (trumpet); Joe Yukl, George Washington , Snub Mosley, Harry White, J. C. Higginbotham, Don Mattison, Jimmy Archey, Wilbur De Paris, George Matthews , Bobby Byrne (trombone); Bobby Van Eps, Luis Russell (piano); Paul Barbarin, Ray McKinley (drums).

Liner Note Author: Dick Sudhalter.

Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (04/28/1936-01/15/1938); New York, NY (04/28/1936-01/15/1938).

Photographer: William Gottlieb.

Arranger: Chappie Willett.

Personnel includes: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Henry Jones, Charlie Holmes, Pete Clark (alto saxophone); Bingie Madison, Albert Nicholas (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Greely Walton (tenor saxophone); Leonard Davis, Gus Aiken, Henry 'Red' Allen, Shelton Hemphill (trumpet); Harry White, Snub Mosley, James Archey, J. C. Higginbotham, Wilbur de Paris (trombone); Luis Russell (piano); Lee Blair (guitar); Pops Foster, Red Callender (bass); Paul Barbarin (drums).

Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra: Jimmy Dorsey, Jack Stacey (alto saxophone, clarinet); Fud Livingston, Skeets Hurfurt (tenor saxophone, clarinet); George Thow, Toots Camarata (trumpet); Bobby Byrne, Joe Yukl, Don Mattison (trombone); Bobby Van Epps (piano); Roscoe Hillman (guitar); Jim Taft (bass); Ray McKinley (drums).


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Louis Armstrong: Highlights From His Decca Years
Highlights From His Decca Years CD music Personnel includes: Louis Armstrong (vocal, trumpet, cornet); Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Velma Middleton (vocals); Louis Jordan (vocals, alto saxophone); Trummy Young (vocals, trombone); Sidney Bechet (soprano saxophone); Barney Bigard (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Don Redman, Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone); Howard Scott, Elmer Chambers, Leonard Davis, Bernie Privin (trumpet); Kid Ory, Jimmy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden (trombone); Buster Bailey, Johnny Dodd (clarinet); Bud Scott, Johnny St. Highlights From His Decca Years music CDs Cyr, Charlie Dixon (banjo); Earl Hines, Lil Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Lewis Russell, Bernie Leighton (piano); Lawrence Lucie (guitar); Pops Foster, Jim Taft, Wellman Braud (bass); Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Sid Catlett, Cozy Cole (drums).

Mills Brothers: Harry Mills, Herbert Mills, Donald Mills, John Mills, Sr.

Recorded between 1924 and 1958. Includes liner notes by Loren Schoenberg.

Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios).

Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet, cornet); Louis Jordan (vocals, alto saxophone); Jack Teagarden, Trummy Young (vocals, trombone); Ella Fitzgerald, Donald Mills, Harry Mills, John Mills, Sr. , Velma Middleton, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Herbert Mills (vocals); Danny Perri, Everett Barksdale, George Barnes, Lee Blair, Roscoe Hillman, Lawrence Lucie, Norman Brown, Bernard Addison, Bill Jennings, Carl Kress, Carmen Mastren (guitar); Johnny St. Cyr, Bud Scott, Charlie Dixon (banjo); Barney Bigard (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Edmond Hall, Johnny Dodds, Hank D'Amico (clarinet); Rupert Cole (reeds, alto saxophone); Joe Garland, Bill Stegmeyer, Art Drellinger (reeds, tenor saxophone); Coleman Hawkins, George Koenig, Don Redman, Milton Chatz, Jack Stacey, Fud Livingston, Art Drelinger, Pete Clark, Bingie Madison, Henry Jones, Prince Robinson, Jack Greenberg, Carl Frye, Jimmy Dorsey, Albert Nicholas, Al Klink, Skeets Herfurt, Greely Walton, Buster Bailey, Charlie Holmes (reeds); Sidney Bechet (soprano saxophone); Sid Stoneburn, Jules Rubin, Hilton Jefferson, Johnny Mince, Sid Cooper, George Dorsey, Hymie Schertzer, Milt Yaner (alto saxophone); Arthur Rollini, Bill Holcombe, Pat Nizza, Lucky Thompson, Josh Jackson (tenor saxophone); Paul Ricci, Dave McRae (baritone saxophone); Elmer Chambers, Howard Scott (trumpet, cornet); Andrew Ferretti, George Thow, Carl Poole, Leonard Davis , Melvin 'Red' Solomon, Bernard Flood, Gus Aiken, Otis Johnson, Henry 'Red' Allen, Gene Prince, Melven Soloman, Louis Bacon, Frank Galbreath, Aaron Izenhall, Paul Webster, Tutti Camarata, Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Shelton Hemphill, Bernie Privin (trumpet); Henderson Chambers, Joe Yukl, Phil Giardina, James Whitney, George Washington , Norman Greene, Roy Palmer, Harry White, J. C. Higginbotham, Jack Satterfield, Don Mattison, Jimmy Archey, Kid Ory, Lou McGarity, Wilbur De Paris, Will Bradley, George Matthews , Claude Jones, Cutty Cutshall, Bobby Byrne, Mort Bullman, Charlie Green (trombone); Ralph Escudero (tuba); Dick Cary, Fletcher Henderson, Bobby Van Eps, Dave Bowman , Joe Bushkin, Lil Armstrong, Luis Russell, Bernie Leighton, Billy Kyle , Bill Doggett, Earl Hines (piano); Cozy Cole, Ed Grady, Joseph 'Kaiser' Marshall, Jimmy Crawford , Joe Morris , Paul Barbarin, Ray McKinley, Big Sid Catlett, Baby Dodds, Barrett Deems, Zutty Singleton, Johnny Blowers (drums).

Audio Remasterer: Erick Labson.

Liner Note Author: Loren Schoenberg.

Recording information: Chicago, IL (10/10/1924-02/04/1958); Crescendo Cl (10/10/1924-02/04/1958); Los Angeles, CA (10/10/1924-02/04/1958); New York, NY (10/10/1924-02/04/1958); Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA (10/10/1924-02/04/1958); Symphony Hall, Boston, MA (10/10/1924-02/04/1958).

Photographers: Duncan P. Schiedt; John Miner.

Unknown Contributor Roles: Gordon Jenkins Choir; Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra; John Scott Trotter; Trummy Young.

Arrangers: Sy Oliver; Tutti Camarata; Chappie Willett.

This collection is an effective--though incomplete-- in
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Louis Armstrong: Pocketful Of Dreams, Vol. 3
Pocketful Of Dreams Vol 3 CD music Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios). Pocketful Of Dreams Vol 3 music CDs

Recorded between January and June of 1938 (with two tracks from 1935 tacked on at the end), VOL. 3-POCKETFUL OF DREAMS is, as usual, solely a showcase for Armstrong's talents. The band on most tracks is ably supportive but not outstanding. Trombonist J. C. Higginbotham contributes several great, bluesy trombone solos, but these are the only real moments of fire from the supporting cast. Armstrong's vocals, however, are at their finest, with a sweetness of tone unheard during any other period of his career. In addition, there are several superb scat breaks, which exhibit a musicality that elevates them far above novelty.

His trumpet lines, while perhaps not nearly as exuberant as on other recordings, are consistently inventive, perfectly phrased and technically amazing. Overall, the music on this disc is much mellower than that which has come to be associated with Armstrong, with the exception of a vibrant version of 'When the Saints Go Marching In,' which is, interestingly, Satchmo's first recorded version of the song. VOL. 3-POCKETFUL OF DREAMS will appeal to those interested in hearing Armstrong play in a more subdued setting.

Recorded in New York, New York on October 3, 1935, May 13 & 18, 1938 and in Los Angeles, California on January 12, 1938. Includes liner notes by Doug Ramsey.

Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet).

Recording information: 10/03/1935-06/21/1938.

Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Rupert Cole (alto saxophone, clarinet); Pete Clark, Charlie Holmes, Henry Jones (alto saxophone); Albert Nicholas, Bingie Madison (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Greely Walton (tenor saxophone); Shelton Hemphill, Louis Bacon, Henry 'Red' Allen, Bob Cusumano, Johnny McGee, Leonard Davis, Gus Aiken (trumpet); Wilbur De Paris, George Washington, J. C. Higginbotham, Al Philburn, Harry White, James Archey (trombone); Sid Stoneburn (clarinet); Paul Barbarin (vibraphone, drums); Luis Russell, Nat Jaffe (piano); Lee Blair, Dave Barbour (guitar); Pops Foster, Red Callendar, Haig Stephens (bass); Sam Weiss (drums).


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Louis Armstrong: Rhythm Saved The World
A collection of band sides recorded in New York between October 1935 and February 1936 for Decca Records. Rhythm Saved The World CD music Includes liner notes by Joe Muranyi (Armstrong's last clarinetist).

This collection of original Decca recordings introduces the Armstrong of the '30s. No longer the young upstart that blazed musical trails in '20s New Orleans, the Decca Armstrong is mellower and decidedly more pop-oriented. Fewer notes and a greater emphasis on melody characterize his trumpet playing here, and his singing seems equally streamlined. Most notable, perhaps, is Armstrong's move away from originals and the classics of the Okeh catalogue toward the commercial pop of the day.

Of course, none of this is to say that Armstrong is any less the virtuoso. His trumpet playing still radiates beams of light, and his ebullient vocals dazzle and charm. RHYTHM SAVED THE WORLD, which includes such tunes as 'I'm In The Mood For Love' and 'I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket,' represents Decca-era Armstrong at his very best.

Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Henry Jones, Charlie Holmes (alto saxophone); Bingie Madison (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Greely Walton (tenor saxophone); Leonard Davis, Gus Aiken, Louis Bacon, Bunny Berigan, Bob Mayhew (trumpet); Harry White, James Archey, Al Philburn (trombone); Sid Trucker, Phil Waltzer, Paul Ricci (reeds); Luis Russell, Fulton McGrath (piano); Lee Blair, Dave Barbour (guitar); Pops Foster, Pete Peterson (bass); Paul Barbarin, Stan King (drums).

Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Dave Barbour, Lee Blair (guitar); Bingie Madison (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Paul Ricci, Phil Waltzer, Sid Trucker (reeds); Henry Jones, Charlie Holmes (alto saxophone); Greely Walton (tenor saxophone); Leonard Davis , Bob Mayhew, Gus Aiken, Louis Bacon, Bunny Berigan (trumpet); Al Philburn, Harry White, Jimmy Archey (trombone); Fulton McGrath, Luis Russell (piano); Paul Barbarin, Stan King (drums).

Liner Note Author: Joe Muranyi.

Recording information: New York, NY (10/03/1935-02/04/1936).

Photographer: Frank Driggs. Down Beat (8/92, p. 40) - 4. 5 Stars - Very Good Plus - '...a fair number of these songs are rescued from deserved oblivion by Armstrong's variations and scat interludes...much of his younger trumpet bravura is subdued here. Instead, he offers lovely melodic creations...'
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Louis Armstrong / Ella Fitzgerald: Best of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong CD
Best of Ella Fitzgerald Louis Armstrong music CDs From August 1956 to August 1957, legendary jazz producer Norman Granz oversaw several recording sessions and a handful of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl starring two of the finest singers in jazz history, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Best of Ella Fitzgerald Louis Armstrong songs Fitzgerald was at the peak of her powers at the time, having clearly defined herself as the best female singer in jazz. Armstrong was comfortably settling into his Grand Old Man of Jazz role by this point, trading hot swing and fiery trumpet solos for genial, good-humored vocalizing.

Still, Armstrong was never one to back off from a challenge, and he holds his own divinely against the younger singer. Fitzgerald was Armstrong's only rival as a scat singer, and so nearly every track here dissolves into impressive competing scat solos. Fans of scat singing will rejoice.

Principally recorded at Capitol Studios, The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California from August 15, 1956 - August 28, 1957. Includes liner notes by William Ruhlmann.

Adapter: Deborah Hay.

Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Herb Ellis (guitar); Edmond Hall (clarinet); Tommy Young (trombone); Oscar Peterson, Billy Kyle (piano); Louie Bellson, Barrett Deems, Buddy Rich (drums).

Recording information: Capitol Studios, Holly, CA (08/26/1956-08/28/1957); Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA (08/26/1956-08/28/1957); Los Angeles, CA (08/26/1956-08/28/1957).

Editor: Peter Pullman.

Photographer: Phil Stern.

Unknown Contributor Role: Russell Garcia.

Arranger: Russell Garcia.

Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Russell Garcia (conductor, arranger); Trummy Young (trombone); Edmond Hall (clarinet); Billy Kyle, Oscar Peterson (piano); Herb Ellis (guitar); Ray Brown, Dale Jones (bass); Louie Bellson, Buddy Rich, Barrett Deems (drums).

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Louis Prima: Capitol Collectors Series CD
Capitol Collectors Series music CDs Digitally remastered by Bob Norberg (October 1990, Capitol Recording Studios). Capitol Collectors Series songs

Louis Prima was an innovator without equal. Jump blues/jazz icons Louis Jordan and Slim Gaillard shared Prima's penchant for combining R&B with swing and good humor, but Prima's cross-section of influences is as singular at it is striking. When Prima made his major impact in the pre-rock & roll '50s, it was a downright bizarre experience to see/hear an Italian-American combining blues, swing, pop, R&B and Italian songs in a wild, unfettered style that foreshadowed the arrival of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.

If you're a newcomer to Prima's work, you'd be hard pressed to find a better introduction than this 26-track compilation that includes his most popular material. With R&B saxman Sam Butera and singer/wife Keely Smith as his foils, Prima was an arresting, original voice in American music, and this collection makes the reasons plain.

The good stuff, with that unstoppable lineup of Keely Smith and Sam Butera & the Witnesses! 26 hits, including Just a Gigolo; That Old Black Magic; I've Got You Under My Skin; Buona Sera; The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round , and more.

Includes liner notes by Scott Shea and track annotations by Bob Furmanek.

Personnel includes: Louis Prima, Keely Smith (vocals); Sam Butera (vocals, tenor saxophone).


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Lucky Thompson: Home Comin'
Home Comin' music CDs Personnel: Lucky Thompson (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Cedar Walton (piano, electric piano); Billy Higgins (drums). Home Comin' songs .
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Main Stream Power Band: Soho Beat
Soho Beat music CDs Main Stream Power Band includes: Heinz Schonberger (conductor, clarinet); Dominique Chanson, Richard Weber, Manfred Linder, Waldemar Hellbourg, Harry Peterson, Karl Katz, Harvey Wainapei (saxophone); Conny Jackel, Alex Malempre, Lutz Kraft, (trumpet); Horst Althoff, Werner Verterer, Thomas Schedel (guitar); Eberhard Leibling (bass); Kurt Bong (drums). Soho Beat songs

Arranger: Heinz Schonberger Main Stream Power Band.

Personnel: Horst Althoff (guitar); Heinz Schonberger Main Stream Power Band (clarinet); Dominique Chanson, Harry Petersen, Richard Weber (saxophone); Conny Jackel (trumpet); Eric Schilling , Richard Bergmann (trombone); Kurt Bong (drums).


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Main Stream Power Band: Swing Is Here
Swing Is Here comprises of twenty four tracks from Heinz Schonberger and the Main Stream Power Band. Swing Is Here music CDs Taken from the band's first recordings from 1976/77, clarinetist and composer Schonberger leads the band through standards and originals with solos by Co

Arranger: Heinz Schonberger Main Stream Power Band.

Personnel: Horst Althoff (guitar); Heinz Schonberger Main Stream Power Band (clarinet); Dominique Chanson, Wilson DeOliveira, Richard Weber (saxophone); Conny Jackel (trumpet); Eric Schilling , Torolf Molgaard Kristensen, Richard Bergmann (trombone); Kurt Bong (drums).

Recording information: 10/1976/09/1977.


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Main Stream Power Band: Swing Is in the Air
Swing Is in the Air music CDs Personnel: Horst Althoff (guitar); Heinz Schonberger Main Stream Power Band (clarinet); Dominique Chanson, Harry Petersen, Richard Weber (saxophone); Conny Jackel (trumpet); Eric Schilling , Torolf Molgaard Kristensen, Richard Bergmann (trombone); Kurt Bong (drums). Swing Is in the Air songs

Main Stream Power Band: Manfred Linder (tenor saxophone); Torolf Kristensen (trombone); Louis Freisel (keyboards); Conny Jackel, Heinz Schonberger Main Stream Power Band, Kurt Bong.


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Modernaires: Very Best of the Modernaires with Paula Kelly
Very Best of the Modernaires with Paula Kelly music CDs Recorded between 1945 & 1950. Very Best of the Modernaires with Paula Kelly songs

Personnel includes: The Modernaires, Paula Kelly.

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Nancy Sinatra: Very Best
Very Best music CDs This excellent 21-track compilation presents many of pop singer Nancy Sinatra's finest songs, including duets with her father, Frank Sinatra, and her frequent foil, Lee Hazlewood. Very Best songs

Exclusive 2005 Australian collection features tracks that span her entire career while the liner notes were written by influential Australian Journalist and unabashed fan, Dino Scatena. Nancy Sinatra's influence remains plastered all over modern day pop culture. For instance, director Quentin Tarantino recently explained that his latest films, Kill Bill 1 & 2, were directly inspired by listening to Nancy's version of the song 'Bang Bang'. Tarantino used that recording to open the movie. Nancy Sinatra is undeniably one of the greats and this is a great CD. This collection features all of her biggest hits 'These Boots Are Made For Walking', 'Lighting's Girl' and 'How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?'. Warner. 2005.

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Quincy Jones: You've Got It Bad Girl
During the `70s, Quincy Jones--composer, arranger, and conductor--emerged as a solo artist in his own right, and released several discs under his name. You've Got It Bad Girl music CDs From 1973, YOU'VE GOT IT BAD, GIRL is something of a resume for Jones's early `70s period. There's the music he composed for films ('Love Theme From THE GETAWAY'), Quiet Storm covers of Top 40 hits ('Summer In the City'), and some swinging Latin-accented big-band jazz ('Manteca'). Perhaps it's not consistent stylistically, but fans of Q will appreciate this LP's return as it also features some rather nifty contributions from Stevie Wonder and alto sax legend Phil Woods.

Personnel: Dave Grusin, Bob James (keyboards); Chuck Rainey, Ray Brown , Carol Kaye (bass guitar); Grady Tate (drums); Milt Holland, Bobbye Porter (percussion).

Arranger: Quincy Jones.


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Ralph Marterie: Into the 50's
Into the 50's CD music 2010 two CD collection. Into the 50's music CDs Ralph Marterie was one of the last Big Band leaders to have repeated commercial success in the face of the Rock 'n' Roll revolution of the '50s. Includes many standards and well known songs like the swinging 'Bumble Boogie', the R&B themed 'Tricky' and the Top Ten hits 'Pretend', 'Caravan', 'Skokiaan' and the twangy surf guitar lines 'Shish Kebab'. There has always been a market for music that aspires to do nothing more than entertain and this fantabulous CD does that in bucket loads! 50 tracks. Jasmine.

Liner Note Author: Ossie Dales..
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Ray Anthony & His Big Band: Party Dancing
Party Dancing music CDs Track listing: Macarena (Instrumental), Electric Slide, Conga, Macarobics, Locomotion, Bunny Hop, Hands Up, Hokey Pokey, Cruisin' (aka 'Drive In'), The Twist, Chicken Dance, Macarena (Vocal). Party Dancing songs

Personnel: Ray Anthony (trumpet); Madeline Vergari (vocals); Paul Viapiano (guitar); Sal Lozano (alto saxophone); Roger Neumann, Bob Efford (tenor saxophone); Kevin Anthony (baritone saxophone); George Graham, Rick Baptist, Bill Armstrong, Frank Szabo (trumpet); Morris Repass, Bill Tole, Bob Payne, Lloyd Ulyate (trombone); Ron Feuer, Tom Ranier (piano, synthesizer); Gregg Field (drums).


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Rick Wakeman: Preludes to a Century
Preludes to a Century music CDs The instrumental albums of the latter half of Wakeman's career have tended to be divided between piano albums and synth-driven efforts. Preludes to a Century songs Although the rather unexciting synth of 'White Rock II' came out around the same time as this release, 'Preludes' shows that Wakeman is still keeping his lushly Romantic piano chops in fine order. 'Preludes' is certainly among his better piano efforts, and is much in the same vein as the 'Heritage Suite' or, even closer still, the pensive work on his 'Airs' trilogy. It helps, too, that Wakeman got off the Isle of Man to record this one; the engineering is a clear improvement over many other efforts from the last decade. The lovely lilting opening track, 'Prelude to a Millenium,' and the brittle ascending scales of 'Reflections of a Winter's Day' alone should guarantee this album a permanent place in the Wakeman canon. ~ Paul Collins

2000 album from prog/art rock artist. Former member of the Strawbs and Yes. 12 tracks, over an hour of music featuring Wakeman on a Steinway Concert Grand Piano. 2000 release. Standard jewelcase..
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Royal Crown Revue: Mugzy's Move CD
MUGZY'S MOVE is the second release from noted swingsters Royal Crown Revue. Mugzy's Move music CDs The album features some prime examples of this seven-piece ensemble's own brand of gangster-culture-laced-swing. There's the finger-snapping, bullet-flying groove of 'Zip Gun Bop,' complete with singer Eddie Nichols' between-verse, Joe-Pesci-like vocal chiding. Sinatraesque numbers like 'Beyond the Sea' show the band's knack for catchy orchestration. They also provide opportunities for Nichols to show himself off as a serious crooner.

Most of the songs on MUGZY'S MOVE are arranged to allow these very talented instrumentalists to strut their individual chops at any turn. When the ensemble turns up the tempo on 'Park's Place,' they maintain a seamless cohesion that's held down by the dance of Veikko Lepisto's fingers across the bass strings. Trumpeter Scott Steen gives a standout performance on the track. The band doesn't shy away from humor either. 'Datin' with no Dough' explores the throes of being a 'cat trying to court with no scratch. ' Fans of the neo-swing movement shouldn't miss MUGZY'S MOVE.

Recorded at Ground Control, North Hollywood, California.

Personnel: Royal Crown Revue (background vocals); Mark Mahoney (rap vocals); James Achor (guitar); Mando Dorame (tenor saxophone); Bill Ungerman (baritone saxophone); Scott Steen (trumpet); Daniel Glass (drums, percussion).

Recording information: Ground Control, North Hollywood, CA.

Illustrator: Erik Olson.

Photographer: Henry Diltz.

Royal Crown Revue: Eddie Nichols (vocals); James Anchor (guitar, background vocals); Mando Dorame (tenor saxophone, background vocals); Bill Ungerman (baritone saxophone, background vocals); Scott Steen (trumpet, bakcground vocals); Veikko Lepisto (bass, background vocals); Daniel Glass (drums, percussion, background vocals).

Additional personnel: Mark Mahoney (rap vocals).


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Rusty Dedrick & The All Stars: Salute To Bunny Berigan
Salute To Bunny Berigan CD music This obscure date was a really surprising choice for DCC to reissue on an audiophile CD; audiophile sets are usually reserved for famous sessions. Salute To Bunny Berigan music CDs For this project, trumpeter Rusty Dedrick performs ten selections recorded by (and sometimes closely identified with) the great Bunny Berigan. Although Dedrick comes across as a swing-based stylist, this is not a recreation date (other than 'I Can't Get Started'), and some of the music comes closer to West Coast jazz than to 1930s swing. Baritonist John LaPorta, pianist Jack Keller, bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer Clem de Rosa are all fairly modern players, and the numbers (which include 'All God's Chillun Got Rhythm,' 'The Prisoner's Song,' 'Frankie and Johnny' and 'Livery Stable Blues') are often given more up-to-date arrangements. However, the spirit of Bunny Berigan is felt throughout, particularly in Dedrick's solos, and the little-known set definitely has its moments of interest. ~ Scott Yanow

Recording information: Esoteric Sound Studios (1957).

Personnel: Lyle 'Rusty' Dedrick (vocals, trumpet); John LaPorta (baritone saxophone); Jack Keller (piano); Clem DeRosa (drums).

Liner Note Author: Joe Muranyi.


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Stan Kenton: At the Arcadia Theatre 1974
At the Arcadia Theatre 1974 music CDs 2-CD set contains over 106 minutes of music from Kenton & His Orchestra performing live at the Arcadia Theatre in St. At the Arcadia Theatre 1974 songs Charles, Illinois on October 20th, 1974; features John Harner, Dick Shearer, Peter Erkstine, Lloyd Spoon, Mike Barrowman, Tim Hagans & o

Recorded live at Arcadia Theatre, St. Charles, Illinois on October 20, 1974.

Personnel includes: Stan Kenton, John Harner, Dick Shearer, Peter Erkstine, Lloyd Spoon, Mike Barrowman, Tim Hagans.


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Stan Kenton: Back To Balboa / Rendezvous With Kenton
Back To Balboa Rendezvous With Kenton music CDs 2 LPs on 1 CD. Back To Balboa Rendezvous With Kenton songs Includes first for time on CD the stereo version of 'Back to Balboa' (Capitol T995), and Stan's 1957 album 'Rendezvous with Kenton' (Capitol T932) (which appears on CD for the first time!). Both albums were recorded live at the Rendezvous Ballroom, in Balboa Beach, California. 16 page booklet with detailed liner notes. 23 tracks
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Stan Kenton: Best of Stan Kenton CD
Best of Stan Kenton music CDs Personnel includes: Stan Kenton (arranger, piano); Dee Barton (arranger, trombone); Pete Rugolo, Bill Russo, Bill Holman, Johnny Richards (arranger); Art Pepper, Lee Konitz, Bud Shank, Boots Mussulli, Lennie Niehaus (alto saxophone); Vido Musso, Sam Donahue, Red Dorris, Bill Perkins, Bob Cooper, Jimmy Giuffre, Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone); Maynard Ferguson, Chico Alvarez, Stu Williamson, Buddy Childers, Shorty Rogers, Conte Candoli (trumpet); Marvin Stamm (flugelhorn); Julius Watkins (French horn); Kai Winding, Frank Rosolino, Jimmy Simms, Milt Bernhart, Harry Betts, Bob Fitzpatrick (trombone); Sal Salvador, Ralph Blaze (guitar); Eddie Safranski, Curtis Counce (bass); Shelly Manne, Mel Lewis (drums); Machito (maracas). Best of Stan Kenton songs

Recorded in Hollywood, California, Chicago, Illinois, and New York, New York between 1943 and 1961.

All selections are mono except for the last two tracks.

Personnel: Stan Kenton (piano); Ralph Blaze, Bob Ahern, Sal Salvador , Laurindo Almeida (guitar); Art Pepper (reeds, alto saxophone); Red Dorris (reeds, tenor saxophone); Eddie Meyers (reeds); Boots Mussulli, Vinnie Dean, Gabe Baltazar, Al Anthony, George Weidler, Lee Konitz, Lennie Niehaus, Bud Shank, Charlie Mariano (alto saxophone); Paul Renzi, Bart Caldarell, Dave VanKriedt, Buddy Arnold, Morey Beeson, Lucky Thompson, Richie Kamuca, Sam Donahue, Vido Musso, Bill Holman, Bob Cooper (tenor saxophone); Billy Root, Bob Gioga, Allan Beutler (baritone saxophone); Chico Alvarez, Bob Rolfe, Conte Candoli, Dalton Smith, Bob Behrendt, Jon Carroll , John Anderson , Dick Morse, Ruban McFall, Bob Lymperis, Al Mattaliano, Russ Burgher, Karl George, Ken Hanna, Al Porcino, Ray Wetzel, Stu Williamson , Buddy Childers (trumpet); Marvin Stamm (flugelhorn); Irving Rosenthal (French horn); Dave Wheeler (trombone, tuba); Bob Fitzpatrick, Dee Barton, George Faye, Eddie Bert, Keith Moon , Frank Rosolino, Bud Parker, Freddie Zito, Harry Betts, Jimmy Simms, Harry Forbes, Kai Winding, Milt Kabak, Gus Chappell (trombone); George Roberts , Jim Amlotte, Bart Varsalona (bass trombone); Jay McAllister (tuba); Mario Alvarez (marimba); Joe Vernon, Mel Lewis, Shelly Manne, Jerry McKenzie, Ralph Collier (drums); Tommy Lopez , Carlos Vidal (congas); Jack Costanza, Willie Rodriguez (bongos); Roger Mozian (claves); George Laguna (timbales); George Gaber (timpani).

Recording information: Chicago, IL (11/19/1943-12/21/1961); Hollywood, CA (11/19/1943-12/21/1961); New York, NY (11/19/1943-12/21/1961).

Unknown Contributor Roles: Dwight Carver; George Gaber; Ray Starling; Keith LaMotte; Willie Rodriguez; Carl Saunders.

Arrangers: Johnny Richards ; Pete Rugolo; Stan Kenton; Bill Holman.

No one would ever accuse the Stan Kenton Orchestra of swinging all that much. Still, this leading proponent of 'progressive' jazz was singly influential in spurring on the West Coast scene. Any number of celebrated players passed through the ranks at one time or other, including alto great Art Pepper, trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, trombonist Frank Rosolino, and drummer Shelly Manne. Perhaps more significantly, Kenton also helped found a new abstract school of jazz singing, beginning with Anita O'Day and June Christy.

This succinct collection from Capitol Jazz focuses on the strictly instrumental Kenton from 1943 on and includes such early gems as 'Artistry in Rhythm,' 'Artistry Jumps,' and 'Painted Rhythm. ' Taking a page from Duke Ellington, with whom he shared a florid piano style, Kenton had a pragmatic approach to experimentation, and was continually on a search for new sonorities, radical juxtapositions, and untried rhythms. Famously, Kenton had no feeling for the blues. Instead, he fully embraced Latin music, which, at the very least, accommodated his penchant for bold brass, as piercing as Perez Prado. His classic version of 'Peanut Vendor,' featuring mambo hero Machito on maracas, stands up well next to the real thing..
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Stan Kenton: British Tour 1973
British Tour 1973 music CDs over 71 minutes of never before released material from Kenton & His Orchestra, feat. British Tour 1973 songs a rare moment from band master - he actually sings on this disc on the song 'St. James Infirmary Blues'

Stan Kenton & His Orchestra: Stan Kenton (piano); John Park (alto saxophone, flute); Richard Torees, Chris Galuman (tenor saxophone, flute); Roy Reynolds (baritone saxophone, flute); Willie Maiden (baritone saxophone); Bob Winiker (trumpet, flugelhorn); Dennis Noday, Frank Minnear, Paul Adamson, Mike Snustead (trumpet); Dick Shearer, Harvey Coonin, Lloyd Spoon (trombone); Phil Herring (bass trombone, tuba); Mike Wallace (bass trombone); John Worster (bass); Peter Erskine (drums); Ramon Lopez (congas)..
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Stan Kenton: Jazz After Hours
Jazz After Hours music CDs Illustrator: Cal Osborne. Jazz After Hours songs .
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Stan Kenton: Merry Christmas!
When bandleader Stan Kenton was approached to record an album of holiday music in 1961 he agreed, on one condition -- no songs about singing snowmen or flying reindeer. Merry Christmas music CDs The resulting album, A Merry Christmas, is a polyphonic masterpiece that is at once progressive and traditional. Included are such well-known classics as 'O Tannenbaum' and 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' as well as lesser known gems like 'The Holly and the Ivy' and 'Once in Royal David's City. ' Featuring Kenton's idiosyncratic style of arranging piercing trumpets over a wooly blanket of trombones and mellophones, this is beautiful, forward-thinking and angular music that addresses both complex classical harmony and Basie-style swing. Epitomizing this is the intricate and delicate harmonic dissonance on 'O Come, All Ye Faithful,' a must-hear for Kentonites. As a bonus, the album includes Kenton regular trumpeter Maynard Ferguson's stellar 1960 medley 'Christmas for Moderns,' which features the high-note master's hip takes on such other holiday nuggets as 'White Christmas and 'Jingle Bells. ' Fans should also get a kick out of Kenton's humorous 1963 spoken word piece 'What Is Santa Claus?. ' ~ Matt Collar

Recorded at Capitol Studios, Goldwyn Sound Stage, Los Angeles, Caifornia and Capitol Studios, New York, New York between October 14, 1960 & April 11, 1963. Originally released on Capitol (1621).

Personnel: Stan Kenton (piano, celesta); Joe Gibbons (guitar); Rubin Decker, Gareth 'Garry' Nuttycombe, Allan Harshman (violin); Cecil Figelski (viola); Lanny Morgan (alto saxophone); Joe Farrell, Willie Maiden (tenor saxophone); Frank Hittner (baritone saxophone); Bob Rolfe, Larry McGuire, Dalton Smith, Jerry Tyree, Chet Ferretti, Sanford Skinner, Maynard Ferguson, Rick Kiefer, Bud Brisbois (trumpet); Bob Fitzpatrick, Kenny Rupp, Paul Heydorff, Slide Hampton, Tommy Shepard (trombone); Dave Wheeler, Jim Amlotte, Bob Knight (bass trombone); Clive Acker, Albert Pollan (tuba); Jaki Byard, Jimmy Rowles (piano); Rufus 'Speedy' Jones (drums, bells); Frank Carlson, Art Anton, Jerry McKenzie (drums); Larry Bunker, Emil Richards (percussion, bells).

Recording information: Capitol Studios, New York, NY (10/14/1960-04/11/1963); Goldwyn Sound Stage, LA (10/14/1960-04/11/1963).

Arrangers: Ralph Carmichael; Stan Kenton; Willie Maiden.

Personnel: Stan Kenton (spoken vocals, piano, celeste); Lanny Morgan (alto saxophone); Joe Farrell, Willie Maiden (tenor saxophone); Frank Hitner (baritone saxophone); Maynard Ferguson, Chet Ferretti, Jerry Tyree (trumpet); Bob Fitzpatrick, Paul Heydorff, Robert Knight, Tom Shepard (trombone); Jimmy Rowles (piano); Charlie Saunders, Hy Lesnick, Pete Chivily (bass); Rufus Jones (drums, bells); Jerry Lestock McKenzie, Art Anton, Frank Carlson (drums); Larry Bunker, Emil Richards (percussion, bells).

Down Beat (1/90) - 3 Stars - Good - '...jumps out of the speakers and bowls one over with brass, brass, and more brass...'
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Stan Kenton: Stan Kenton Today
This double LP with its lengthy liner notes does not give a complete listing of the personnel of Stan Kenton's 1972 orchestra; an unintentional but ironically understandable omission because Kenton's young band had few original personalities at this point. Stan Kenton Today music CDs Other than veteran Willie Maiden (heard here on baritone), the soloists are at best semi-obscure. However, the musicianship is flawless and the repertoire for this Stan Kenton Today set is dominated by old classics including 'Malague?a,' 'Intermission Riff,' 'Interlude,' 'Artistry in Percussion' and naturally, 'The Peanut Vendor. ' Fans of college stage bands should enjoy this spirited music. ~ Scott Yanow

Originally released on Decca.

Personnel: Stan Kenton (piano); Kim Frizell, Quinn Davis, Richard Torres (saxophone); Jay Saunders, Mike Vax (trumpet); Dick Shearer, Fred Carter, Joe Marcinkiewicz, Mike Jamieson, Ray Brown (trombone); John Von Ohlen (drums).

Liner Note Author: Ken Hanna.

Recording information: London, England.

Unknown Contributor Roles: Chuck Carter; Phil Herring; Mike Wallace ; Willie Maiden..
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Sun Ra: Angels & Demons at Play/The Nubians of Plutonia CD
Angels Demons at Play The Nubians of Plutonia music CDs Sun Ra ambles between vigorous hard bop, ambitious, adventurous free jazz, and African and Afro-Latin material on the 15 selections featured on this set of '50s and early '60s tracks. Angels Demons at Play The Nubians of Plutonia songs The first half was recorded in 1956 and 1960 and includes originals from Ronnie Boykins and Julian Priester, plus futuristic organ from Ra on 'Music From the World Tomorrow' and hard-blowing solos from John Gilmore and Marshall Allen. The second half consists of rehearsal tapes from 1960 with The Arkestra steadily progressing and moving beyond conventional jazz modes into multiple rhythms, chants, and twisting, roaring arrangements spiced by vividly expressive solos. Plus, like every other disc in the series, it is superbly remastered. ~ Ron Wynn

Originally released as 2 separate LPs.

Personnel: Sun Ra (piano, electric piano, organ); Pat Patrick (lute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, percussion, bells); Phil Cohran (zither, trumpet); Marshall Allen (flute, alto saxophone, percussion); John Gilmore (clarinet, tenor saxophone, percussion, bells); James Spaulding (alto saxophone); Charles Davis (baritone saxophone); Phil Corhan, Bill Fielder, Lucious Randolph, Arthur Hoyle (trumpet); Nate Pryor, Bo Bailey, Julian Priester (trombone); Wilburn Green (electric bass, bass guitar); Jim Herndon, James Herndon (drums, congas, timbales, timpani); Robert Barry (drums, percussion); Jon Hardy (drums).

Liner Note Author: John Corbett.

Recording information: Chicago, IL (1956-1960); Hall Recording Company (1956-1960); RCA Studios, Chicago, IL (1956-1960).

Unknown Contributor Roles: Roger Seibel; John Gilmore ; Sun Ra; Pat Patrick.

Arranger: Sun Ra..
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Tommy Dorsey: Best Of Tommy Dorsey

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Tony Martin: Moderation
Moderation music CDs One of the most popular singers and entertainers of the twentieth century and a massive hit across the USA Tony Martin really is a household name and needs to be checked out. Moderation songs Featured across both CDs of the set are allof his greatest hits including two million sellers 'Rumours Are Flying' and 'I Get Ideas'..
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Wayne King: Waltz King
Waltz King CD music A full 50 favorites from the Midwestern dance band who lit up ballrooms everywhere from 1927 to the mid-'60s! King's '30s hits Goofus; Blue Danube; Josephine; Song of the Islands , and The Waltz You Saved for Me join his charming renditions of Let Me Call You Sweetheart; Tenderly; Russian Lullaby; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes , and more. Waltz King music CDs .
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WDR Big Band: World of Duke Ellington, Vol. 1

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Woody Herman: Blues On Parade
This single CD gives a definitive look at Woody Herman's first orchestra, the Decca ensemble he led during 1936-1942 billed 'the Band That Plays the Blues.' Blues On Parade CD music Although he also recorded many vocal ballads during this era, the emphasis here is on hot swing with such highlights as the original version of 'Woodchopper's Ball,' 'Blue Prelude,' 'Blue Flame,' the humorous 'Fan It,' and two takes of 'Blues on Parade. ' Also heard are performances by Herman's early small combos (the Woodchoppers and the Four Chips) along with a Dizzy Gillespie composition/arrangement ('Down Under') that hints at Woody Herman's future. ~ Scott Yanow

Recorded between 1937 and 1942. Includes liner notes by Richard Hadlock and Orrin Keepnews.

Personnel: Woody Herman (vocals, clarinet, alto saxophone); Hy White, Chick Reeves (guitar); Nick Hupfer (violin); Ray Hopfner, Don Watt, Sam Rubinwich, Eddie Scalzi, Herb Tompkins, Joe Denton, Jimmy Horvath, Murray Williams (alto saxophone); Ronnie Perry , Pete Johns, Saxie Mansfield, Bruce Wilkins, Herbie Haymer, Sammy Armato, Nick Caiazza, Mickey Folus , Pete Mondello (tenor saxophone); Skippy de Sair (baritone saxophone); Clarence Willard, Billie Rogers, Mac Macquordale, Charles Peterson , Kermit Simmons, Cappy Lewis, Bob Price, George Seaberg, Steady Nelson, Ray Linn, John Owens (trumpet); Joe Bishop (flugelhorn); Vic Hamann, Tommy Farr, Walter Nimms, Neal Reid, Bud Smith, Jerry Rosa, Tobee Tyler (trombone); Tommy Linehan, Horace Diaz (piano); Frank Carlson (drums).

Liner Note Author: Richard Hadlock.

Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (04/26/1937-07/24/1942); New York, NY (04/26/1937-07/24/1942).

Photographer: Frank Driggs.

Unknown Contributor Roles: Woody Herman's Woodchoppers; Woody Herman.

Arrangers: Joe Bishop; Lowell Martin.

Personnel includes: Woody Herman (vocals, alto saxophone, clarinet); Murray Williams, Don Watt, Joe Estrin, Joe Denton, Herb Tompkins, Eddie Scalzi, Jimmy Horvath (alto saxophone); Saxie Mansfield, Bruce Wilkins, Pete Johns, Ronnie Perry, Nick Caiazza, Sammy Armato, Mickey Folus, Herbie Haymer (tenor saxophone); Skippy DeSair (baritone saxophone); Clarence Willard, Kermit Simmons, Steady Nelson, Bob Price, Cappy Lewis, John Owens, Ray Linn, George Seaberg (trumpet); Joe Bishop (flugelhorn); Neal Reid, Toby Tyler, Bud Smith, Jerry Rosa (trombone); Nick Hupfer (violin); Horace Diaz, Tommy Linehan (piano); Chick Reeves, Hy White (guitar); Walter Yoder (bass); Frank Carlson (drums).

Down Beat (9/92, p. 38) - 3. 5 Stars - Good Plus - '...[Herman's] breezy vocals emphasize the band's light intentions. By 1941, a more modern spirit enters; it takes over by the final track...By now Herman is on the threshold of his glory years with the First Herd...'
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Xavier Cugat: King Plays Some Aces/Cugat in Spain
King Plays Some Aces Cugat in Spain music CDs Two Xavier Cugat albums from 1958 are joined on this two-fer from Collectables. King Plays Some Aces Cugat in Spain songs King Plays Some Aces was part of RCA's Living Stereo series and features well-recorded Latin lounge songs, including 'Cuban Mambo,' 'Oye Negra,' and 'Carioca. ' The other album in this set, Cugat in Spain, includes thematically appropriate material like 'Madrid,' 'Playera (Dance No. 5),' and 'Ritual Fire Dance. ' ~ Wade Kergan

These two original 1958 albums, 'The King Plays Some Aces' & 'Cugat In Spain', contain some of Cugat's most spirited work including, 'Cuban Mambo', 'El Baso', & 'Granada'. Collectables. 2003.

Originally released on RCA.

2 LPs on 1 CD: KING PLAYS SOME ACES (1958)/CUGAT IN SPAIN (1958).

Liner Note Authors: Gordon Wright; Xavier Cugat.

Recording information: New York, NY (06/27/1958-11/07/1958); Webster Hall, NY (06/27/1958-11/07/1958).

Arrangers: Ramin; Bob Carroll..
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