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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

77 Sunset Strip - The Arron Bell Orchestra

77 Sunset Strip
Kookie's Caper
77 Sunset Strip
The Arron Bell Orchestra
Lion L70116

Not a rare bird, but this album still a somewhat obscure and cool record.

From the back cover: About Arron Bell – One of America's top jazz specialists on bass and the veteran of such great combos as those of Teddy Wilson, Andy Kirk and Lester Young, Aaron is a familiar attraction at jazz spots like The Embers and The Left Bank in New York City. With his own group, he recently captivated audiences at the famous Concord Hotel, Kiamesha Lake, NY, for a record run of eighteen months. His credits include an appearance on Broadway in the stage version of Compulsion. He'll soon be featured on a TV series. The musicians Aaron has chosen to appear with him in this recording rank among the country's finest jazzmen – Seldon Powell, flute and tenor sax; Ray Bryant, piano; Kenny Burrell, guitar; Eddie Costa, vibes; and Oliver Jackson, Jr. Drums.

Aaron Bell's wiki page.

Side one features three variations of the 77 Sunset Strip theme, vocal, jazz and blues. The vocal version, which I'll feature here, is a fun light pop affair but not what this album is all about. Side two features more straight forward jazz numbers with that "private eye" touch and this is what rocks the record.

Also from the back cover is an advertisement promoting another Lion album by Bell covering the "Music From Peter Gunn".

1 comment:

  1. Fun record! I prefer the instrumental version but that is fun. Kookie's Caper is fabulous!


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