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Friday, December 16, 2011

The Bay Big Band Plays Duke Ellington

Passion Flower
The Bay Big Band Plays Duke Ellington
Omega OSL 24

Apparently the back cover was reprinted at some point during the production run. The back cover on my copy features a track list and the Omega catalog. I found an image of the back cover online that explains that the band featured on this set is conducted by Francis Bay, who had made at least 12 records on Omega at that time. The cover photo was taken by Ray Avery. The sculpture, by Dupagne, was located in the Belgian Congo Pavilion during the Brussels World's Fair.

Francis Bay was a Belgian conductor who was noted in the August 8, 1960 Billboard as having "...fashioned a Big Band that stands among the best around today."

Omega had a flare for releasing budget albums featuring graphically dynamic covers.

Take The A Train
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Sophisticated Lady
Jack The Bear
Passion Flower

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