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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Harpo In Hi-Fi

My Funny Valentine
Harpo In Hi-Fi
Mercury MG 20232
1957

From the back cover: The intriguing background for Harpo In Hi-Fi is provided by the Freddy Katz Orchestra. Katz, while musical director for the Seventh Army Headquarters in Europe, backed touring artists such as Lena Horne, Vic Damone, Mindy Carson and other luminaries. As a cellist, he worked with the National Symphony, the Acolian String Quartet, and even the Chico Hamilton Progressive Jazz group.

Co-featured is Bill Marx, 20 year old son of Harpo, and currently a student at Juilliard. Young Marx arranged and conducted That's All and scored Lullaby Doll and They Say It's Wonderful. His work here predicts a brilliant future. The remainder of the arrangements were artfully written by Katz.


This was a fun find. I fondly remember Harpo playing harp in the movies and always kept an eye out hoping to find one of his albums. This recording is far more than just the Harpo you see in the movies making a record. This LP is also one damn fine mood music set that competes with any period record that I've listened to. The arrangements are sophisticated, lush and the engineering captures the deep tones of the bass while accentuating the vibrating quality of the harp.

Super!

Thinking Of You
Guardian Angel
Yesterdays
My Funny Valentine
The Ash Grove
Tenderly
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Lullaby Doll
They Say That Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Autumn Leaves
Honeysuckle Rose
That's All

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