Joe Venuto And His Quartet With Sandi Blaine
Produced and Directed especially for Everest by George T. Simon of Bouree Enterprises, LTD.
Everest LPBR 5053
Joe Venuto: Marimba and Vibes
Howard Collins: Guitar
Julie Alexander: Drums
Warren Hard: Percussion and Drums
From the back cover: We've tried to produce a soft, subtle, happy and different sound on this record – a sound that was born, by the way, in our own apartment up in Yonkers, New York. Sandi'd feel like singing and I'd feel like playing and so I'd noodle in back of her and all of the sudden we discovered we'd come across something a little different. Howie Collins, whom we've known for years, used to drop by and he'd add his guitar to what we were doing and soon we were getting the sound you hear on this, our first record.
Arranging had always intrigued me, even though up till now I've only played professionally. But I'd listened a lot, because I'd played both vibes and marimba with some pretty great outfits: Johnny Richards, Benny Goodman, Jim Timmens, Mudell Lowe, Ken Hopkins, Raymond Paige and the Radio City Music Hall Symphony, and I guess most important of all to me, the Suater-Finegan band. Both Eddie and Bill encouraged me greatly and finally Eddie suggested I study arranging with him. He and Red Norro, for whom Eddie used to write, have always been my musical idols, and so naturally I jumped at the chance. And here I am!
From Billboard - February 1, 1960: Here's a delightful package of jazz-flavored standards and originals, featuring tasteful thrushings of Sandi Blaine (Mrs. Venuto) and brightly swinging backing some ace jazz musicians – Mousey Alexander, Warren Hard, Julie Ruggiero, and Howard Collins. Selections - all spotlighting Everest's fine sound - include "Making Whooppee," " That's All," " Love Nest," "Stars And Stripes Forever," and "Crazy Rhythm.
Polly Wolly Doodletown
Tow Of A Kind
Dancing On The Ceiling
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Surrey With The Fringe On Top
Stars And Strips Forever