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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Thank You For A Lovely Evening - Billy Butterfield


Close Your Eyes

Thank You For A Lovely Evening
Billy Butterfield And His Orchestra
Vocals by Dottie Smith
Arrangements by Bill Stegmeyer
Cover Car courtesy of H. L. Motors, Inc., Staten Island, N. Y.
RCA Victor LPM-1590

Trumpets: Billy Butterfield, Doc Severinsen, Tony Faso and Louis Mucci
Trombones: Urbie Green and Nutty Cutshall
Saxophones: Toots Mondello, Peanuts Hucko, Deane Kincaid, Hank D' Amico and Hub Lytle
Drums: Cliff Lehman or Don Lamond
Piano: Mickey Crane
Bass: Jack Lesberg
Vocal: Dottie Smith

All trumpet solos, naturally, are by Butterfield. All trombone solos are by Urbie Green, except for Cutty Cutshall's on Changes; Peanuts Hucko blows the tenor sax solos, Hank D'Amico the clarinet solos and Toots Mondello the alto sax solos.

From the back cover: Billy Butterfield is one hellova trumpet player, and on this recording he is in front of the best band that he has ever led. With clean, swinging arrangements by Bill Stegmeyer and twenty of the brightest (yet generally overlooked) tunes in the Tin Pan Alley book, the result is an album of dance music that simply can't be beat!

You may challenge that statement if you wish, but only after listening to the album.

At any rate, Billy the Butterfield, who has played with such bands as Artie Shaw's, Bob Crosby's and Benny Goodman's, besides running his own band since 1946, has been part or in command of enough dances to know exactly how the music should go. In particular, Billy has specialized in the colleges – Dartmouth, Yale, Princeton, Amherst, Northwestern, UCLA, Texas, Rutgers or what have you – and this is a resounding conception of a college prom, from the swinging start to the romantic end. Each side of the album is carefully programmed, thus duplicating on record a couple of sets played exactly the same way as Billy would play them at any function for which his band is engaged. Here is Billy's own type of dance music, sharp, crystal-clear, uncluttered and swinging. It is that rare type of music so seldom heard these days on records, both superb for dancing and great for listening. Try it any time at any occasion and see if we're not right.

Whiffenpoof Song
Medley: I'm Shooting High, Swingin' Down The Lane, I'm Stepping Out With A Memory Tonight
Cabin In The Sky
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Medley: I'll Never Have To Dream Again, I'll See You In My Dreams, The Lamp Is Low
Four Or Five Times
Breakin' In A Pair Of Shoes
Medley: I Saw Stars, You Were Meant For Me, It's Been So Long
Close Your Eyes
Linger A While
Medley: Thank You For A Lovely Evening, Goodnight My Love, Goodnight Sweetheart

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