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Friday, December 27, 2013

Reeds In Hi-Fi - Pete Rugolo

Igor Beaver
Reeds In Hi-Fi
An Adventure In Sound
Pete Rugolo And His Orchestra

From the back cover: "The idea of this album," says Pete Rugolo, "was to present a set of performances that could really live up to the title. We weren't aiming at a jazz album as such. We had ten musicians playing reed instruments, backed by a rhythm section, and we sued the ten men in just about every possible combination to make a broad variety of tone colors, so that it would be interesting to people who are concerned with the hi-fi range of frequencies as well as to others who just want to hear some interesting and colorful music.

On Igor Beaver, says Pete, "we used all the so-called Stravinsky cliches, the Firebird effects, etc.; flute and tenor sax in three keys, with the rhythm section adding punctuations."

Interesting and colorful music. This is a terrific album. There is a board spectrum of approaches to be heard on the record. The album, however, is more than just a collection of songs. The tracks support each other and the flow creates a dramatic and engaging blend of sound as if Rugolo intended to create a concept album.

Igor Beaver
If You Could See Me Now
Yardbird Suite
Walking Shoes
Theme For Alto
Our Waltz
Spring Is Here
Polytonal Blues


  1. I loved this album when I was a kid. Now 40 some years later, I'd love to have a really good clean digital copy.

  2. I really enjoyed listening to this and will have to check out more of the album. Thanks


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