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Friday, April 8, 2016

Double Explosure - George Romanis

Double Explosure
The "Sound In Motion" of George Romanis And His Orchestra
Decca Records DL 4170
Recorded Decca Pythian Temple, Feb. 27, 1961; March 20, 1961; April 11, 1961

From the back cover: Personnel: Percussion: Mousie Alexander and Bunny Shawker. Vibes: Eddie Costa. String Bass: George Duvivier. Electric Guitar: Barry Galbraith. Rhythm Guitar: Chuck Wayne. Trumpets: Ernie Royal, John Bello, Doc Serinsen, Clark Terry, Nick Travis, Jimmy Maxwell, Jimmy Nottingham. Trombones: Urbie Green, John Messner, Jr., Wayne Andre, Frank Rehaa. Bass Trombone: Paul Faulise. Piccolo & Flute: Tome Newsom. Tuba: Don Butterfield.

Selections can be had from at least one online vendor so I will not be posting a sample.

George Romanis is better known for writing a fist full of television scores including Hawaii Five-O.

From Billboard - November 27, 1961: Arranger George Romanis is back again with another first-class big band outing. The band is a punching, vital and swinging organization composed of top-flight East Coast jazz players. The arrangements, however, are bound to please almost anyone who delights in the big band sound. Stereo separation is good and the humor-filled Romanis approach to standard material is very much in evidence.

There are a few bio hints from the back cover such as Romanis started playing string bass at age 13 and served in the Air Force.

My Funny Valention
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Any Ol' Time
Mean To Me
I Can't Get Started
Penthouse Serenade
That Old Feeling
I'll Never Smile Again
When I Fall In Love
Lover Man
Out Of Nowhere
Blue Night

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