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Friday, January 22, 2016

Hot Rod Jazz - Tuff Saxes And Twangy Guitars - Larry Wilcox

Hod Rot Jazz
Tuff Saxes And Twangy Guitars
Larry Wilcox And His Orchestra
Columbia Specialty Products CS 8947
1964

Not widely available at this time, but the set can be found for purchase from one vendor, so I will not be posting a sample.

From the back cover: Larry Wilcox has created scores for Johnny Tillotson, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Vic Damone, Teri Thornton, Tommy Leonetti and many other top recording artists. Now, he zooms down the track with his own orchestra of great jazz artists including Bobby Scott (organ), Jerome Richardson (flute), Billy Mitchell and Joe Farrell (saxes), Joe Newman (trumpet) and Jimmy Raney (guitar).

This is a terrific "hot rod" set that sounds nothing like the typical "hot rod" records I've collected. "Jazz" is the keyword in the title and swinging vibe added to create more of a space age bachelor pad set with moments that seemed to influenced by period "Enoch Light, Command label-like" light pop. Terrific engineering tops off the tank and makes for a great listen!

Also see: Paul Simon Interpreted - The Sound Symposium (Wilcox arrangements)

Big Deuce
Theme From "Who Did You Kill"
Magda's Song
Little Red Rod
Loddy Lo
The Nitty Gritty
Jet Propelled
Dominique
Draggin' Lady
Hobo Flats
Tunga
Organ Grinder's Swing

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