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Friday, December 16, 2011

The Bay Big Band Plays Duke Ellington

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The Bay Big Band Plays Duke Ellington
Omega OSL 24

Apparently the back cover was changed during the pressing. The back cover on this album features a track list and Omega catalog. I found another image of the back cover online that explains that the band is conducted by Francis Bay, who had made at least 12 records on Omega at that time. The cover photo (why I bought the album) was taken by Ray Avery. The sculpture, by Dupagne, was located in the Belgian Congo Pavilion during the Brussels World's Fair.

Francis Bay was a Belgian conductor who was noted in the August 8, 1960 Billboard as having "...fashioned a Big Band that stands among the best around today."

Omega had a flare for releasing budget albums featuring graphically dynamic covers.

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