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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Innovations By Boyd Raeburn - Volume 2

Soft And Warm
Innovations By Boyd Raeburn
Volume 2
Savoy MG 15011

10 inch LP.

From Billboard - July 21, 1951: In music circles some four or five years ago, there was a considerable to do over the rather sensational concert approach which Boyd Raeburn had employed for his new band. The band, hitting at a time when Woody Herman and Stan Kenton were immovable from the top rungs of the big band jazz ladder, never really got off the ground in the market. However, its recording, then issued on Jewel Records, received quite a bit of attention. These disks now have been reissued in long-play form and, at least in sound, are an improvement over the originals. An appraisal of the content of these disks at this point would show that the Raeburn idea, put into practical action by arrangers George Handy and Ed Finckel, was quite pretentious and windy but produced many moments of fascinating sound and modern "progressive" jazz touches. "Boyd Meets Stravinsky" still stacks up as something of a big band jazz masterwork, for instance. The half dozen or so vocals in the three volume are shared between Ginnie Powell and David Allyn, the latter a particularly gifted young man. Jazz fans of the modern school will most particularly want to have this complete disk documentary of the noble Raeburn experiment.

Over The Rainbow
Hep Boyd
Rip Van Winkle
Prelude To The Dawn
Love Tales
Soft And Warm

Continental Latin Rhythms - French Latin Orchestra

Continental Latin Rhythms
French Latin Orchestra
Recorded In Europe
Royale 1845

10 inch LP.


Dance Time U.S.A. - Herbie Layne

Nearness Of You
Dance Time U.S.A.
Herbie Layne And His Orchestra
Hollywood Records LPH-46
A Blue Ribbon Product

From the back cover: Herbie plays tenor sax and has surrounded himself on these sides with a group of really fine musicians.

Dancing On The Ceiling
I Could Write A Book
Star Dust
Autumn In New York
La Vie En Rose
Get Happy
Carolina In The Morning
Girl Of My Dreams
Our Love Is Here To Stay
The Nearness Of You
Once In A While

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Organized For Hi-Fi - Marty Gold

Organized For Hi-Fi
Marty Gold And His Organ Ensemble
Arranged And Conducted By Marty Gold
Recorded At Webster Hall, New York City, August 29 and 30, 1956
Recording Engineer: Lew Layton
Produced And Directed By Herman Diaz, Jr.
Vik LX-1069

From the back cover: Marty Gold's preparation for this unusual arranging and conducting task started with a Town Hall debut when he was only 12 and has included arranging assignments for Charlie Barnet and other big bands and work as a conductor for such singers as Sarah Vaughan and the Four Aces. For several years he has been associated with The Three Suns.

The tunes has has chosen for his three-organ ensemble are some of the most warmly loved works of our popular composers. Most of them are thoroughly familiar and some – like Yesterdays and Over The Rainbow – are heard almost daily by anyone within earshot of television, radio or jukebox but never before in the unusual instrumentation in which they are offed here.

From Billboard - March 2, 1958: Superior sound, unusual instrumentation, and excellent technique make this package a solid commercial bet. Ensemble features three organs, string bass, percussionist, celesta and a keyboard glockenspiel. Nostalgic line-up of standards included "I Saw Star," "Penthouse Serenade," "All The Things You Are," etc. For hi-fi addicts, organ fans and romantic deejay sets. Striking cover photo.

I Saw The Stars
My Silent Love
Penthouse Serenade
It's Easy To Remember
All The Things You Are
Once In A While
You're Mine You
Sentimental Journey
Someone To Watch Over Me
Over The Rainbow