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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ten Saxophones And Two Basses - Pete Rugolo

Ten Saxophones And Two Basses
Pete Rugolo And His Orchestra
Wing/Mercury
SRW 16391
1969

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample.

Mercury's 1969 reissue of PPS 6023 (1961 "f:35 Perfect Presence Sound Recording" series marketed in a gatefold jacket).

Big band swing set arranged, for the most part, in a rich lower range jazz-tinged brass sound which supports the deeper sound of "two basses". Sweet 1961 market entry. 2 Funky Basses is the standout tune.

From the back cover: Rugolo made an ever great name for himself (after working with Stan Kenton) as a composer of motion picture music and television scores (the exciting jazz backgrounds for the Richard Diamond series is just one notable example). But somewhere in between the Kenton years and the movie-television writing years, Rugolo had an orchestra of his own and produced many memorable recordings, always with unique orchestral effects, for Rugolo's arrangements are always stunning in their use of the richly various sounds of an orchestra's instruments. – Jere Real

Alto Saxophone – Bud Shank, Gus Bivona, Skeets HerfurtBanjo – Howard Roberts
Bass – Joe Mondragon, Red Mitchell
Bass Saxophone – Bill Hood, Chuck Gentry
Drums – Shelly Manne
Engineer – Bones" Howe
Guitar – Howard Roberts
Piano – Jimmy Rowles
Recorded By – Jerry Ferree
Saxophone [C Melody] – Russ Cheever
Soprano Saxophone – Bill Hood
Tenor Saxophone – Bill Perkins, Bob Cooper, Gene Cipriano, Plas Johnson, Vido Musso

Skyline
Sophisticated Lady
How High Is The Moon
Saxophobia
Reed Rapture
Sometimes I'm Happy
Contrasts
Medley Four Brothers
Early Autumn
Guy Meets Freddy Meets Billy
2 Funky Basses



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