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Friday, July 28, 2017

Swingin' With Prince Igor

Symphony For Jazz - Part 4
Swingin' With Prince Igor and Tannhauser
Skip Martin's adaptation for Symphony and Jazz Band
Recorded in Hollywood at United Recording Studios, October 7-8, 1959, under the direction of D. L. Miller
Audio Mix: Bill Putnam, Tape, Edit and Assembly: Belinda Putnam
Package Art: W. Dressler
Produced in U.S.A. by Miller International Co., Swathmore, PA.

Reissued as Somerset SF16000

Creative blend of classical and swing, arranged by Skip Martin. The disc comes packaged in a lushly produced gatefold jacket featuring a plastic "winking" insert on the cover.

From the inside jacket: There are countless music arrangers with academic backgrounds who know the orchestra. There are also many unschooled arrangers with a wonderful "natural" feel. Skip Martin, however, possesses the rare faculty of knowing the orchestra and has one of the greatest natural jazz concepts of any writer on the musical scene today. At the age of 17, he played clarinet with the Indianapolis Symphony; however, as with many of our best modern composer-musicians, the love of jazz was too strong for him to remain with the Symphony. Before heading to the West Coast, Skip played saxophone with Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Charlie Barnett. His first arranging jobs of importance were for Count Basie. After an N.B.C. staff berth in New York, Skip moved to Hollywood where he has worked on numerous films, unusual recording projects and significant TV Shows.

Personnell:
Trumpets: Conrad Gozzo, Frank Beach, Joe Triscari, Mickey Mangano, Pete Candoli
Drums: Dale Anderson, Irv Cottler
Bass: Red Mitchell, Roland Bundock
Vibes: Gene Estes
Guitar: Al Hendrickson
Piano: Jimmy Rowels
Reeds: Chuck Gentry, Gus Bivona, Harry Klee, Jules Jacobs, Paul Horn
Clarinet: Hubo Raimondi
Jazz Flute: Paul Horn
Tuba: Clarence Karella
Trombones: Dick Nash, Dick Noel, Frank Howard, George Roberts
French Horns: Jimmy Magee, Dick Perissi, Vince De Rosa, Bill Hinshaw
Music Coordinator: Al Lapin
Concertmeister: Jacques Gasselin

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