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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Manhattan With Strings - Georgie Auld


'Round Midnight

Manhattan With Stings
Georgie Auld
With Don Costa and His Orchestra
Arranged and Produced by Don Costa
Recorded at Bell Sound Studios, New York
Engineer: Bill MacMeekin
Photo: Lester Krauss
Cover Design: Stephen Hass Studio
United Artists UAL 3068

From the back cover: For those jazz aficionados who are not initiated in the versatility of Georgie Auld, little George was born in Canada. In 1937 he was sponsored by the late Bunny Berigan and in '38 and '39 he joined Artie Shaw. In the middle of 1940 Benny Goodman's great sextet was enhanced by the warm, sensual, progressive and stimulating interpretations of Georgie's creative stylings. For the next couple of years he was the guest of one of his favorite Uncles'... SAM. After entertaining the United States Armed Forces and finishing his Army tour of duty, George formed his own big band in the late 40's. The next few years were indeed fertile ones. He recorded for the now-defunct Guild and Musicraft labels and the world of music was treated to some of the greatest tenor saxophone interpretations of modern jazz. He recorded an album called "Manhattan", using various vocal groups. George unitized these groups like instruments, serving as harmonic counterpoints for his sax solo lines. Musical history was made! As was expected, Georgie's album, besides being an instant success, was praised by every music critic in the world. Yet, George always felt that he would have liked to have done "Manhattan with Strings". This wish has now been fulfilled as you will soon hear.

In 1951, our Napoleon of the reed section recorded for the Brunswick label which is the jazz subsidiary of Coral Records. More Success... Because of Mr. Auld's tremendous interpretations, he was and still is in constant demand. Everybody in the recording business wanted George for their record dates, from Hollywood to Las Vegas to New York, anytime any producer or arranger wanted to get that "Auld" feeling they called Georgie.

From Billboard - February 8, 1960: Don Costa provides lushly listenable backing for Georgie Auld's expressive tenor saxophone on a collection of haunting oldies. Selections include "Misty," "Manhattan Serenade," "Street Scene," "Sophisticated Lady," etc. Prime mod wax for jocks.

Satin Doll
Penthouse Serenade
Lullaby Of Broadway
Autumn In New York
'Round Midnight
Manhattan Serenade
Street Scene
Sophisticated Lady
Harlem Nocturne

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