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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Winter's Here

Don't Take Your Meanness Out Of Me
Winter's Here
Fraternity Records, Cincinnati, Ohio
F-1001 - 1955

This was a nice score today. Jerri Winters worked with Stan Kenton for eight months in 1952, replacing  June Christy. She recorded several songs with Kenton. When she landed in New York, from the jacket notes, she stuck out on her own but found the Big Apple a tough nut to crack. But, "... in spite of all its pressures, that initiated experimentation with style, and where Jerri Winters assumed her own identity rather than live in the reflected incandescence of derivation."

She released three solo albums, according to her wiki page. This one, (Fraternity's first release), Somebody Loves Me (1957 Bethlehem) and Winters Again (1962 Charlie Parker). Her second and third albums can be found on CD.

Don Coasta arranged the material and directed the the orchestra. Coasta is best known for his work with Frank Sinatra. It may be that he was working for ABC-Paramont Records at this time and was farmed out for this project? It's hard to tell from his wiki page. He was voted number one in Cash Box as the most popular recording arranger and conductor, apparently in 1959(?).

I thought, from the budget look of the jacket this was some local private press. There is very little personal information to be found on Winters.

This is a photo from University Of North Texas Digital Library. Identified are Stan Kenton and Jerri Winters, 1952.

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