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Friday, December 18, 2015

Adventure In Sound - Brass - Pete Rugolo

Brass At Work (Rugolo)
Adventure In Sound
Brass in Hi-Fi (from back cover)
Pete Rugolo And His Orchestra
Mercury Records MG 20261

From Billboard - March 9, 1959 (listing under "Reviews and Ratings of New Jazz Albums): Here's an interesting sound experience, whereby Rugolo utilizes our trumpets, four trombones, three French horns and a tuba in a variety of sectional breakdowns, and special mute effects. Selections range in mood from the Lunceford-like "My Mother's Eyes" to the Kenton concert piece "Salute." Ace musician line-up includes Barney Kessel, Maynard Ferguson, Andre Previn, Pete Candoli, Ray Linn, etc. A sock stereo package for both pop and jazz fans.

From the back cover: Like the companion album, Reeds in Hi-Fi (Mg 20260), this set of new arrangements by Pete Rugolo is designed to showcase a particular group of instruments to maximum musical effect with an eye on the fan interested in high fidelity recording qualities. Four trumpets, four trombones, three French horns and tuba were used with a variety of sectional breakdowns, special mute effects, and all the available tone colors that could conceivably be derived from this instrumentation. "We made a complete orchestra out of a brass section," say Pete, and the results brilliantly bear out his contention.

My Mother's Eyes
All The Things You Are
Can't We Talk It Over
God Child
Brass At Work
Song For Tuba
Rose For David
Everything Happens To Me

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