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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Command Performance! - Les & Larry Elgart


So Rare

Command Performance!
Les & Larry Elgart
Play The Great Dance Hits
Arranged by Charles Albertine
Cover Photo: Columbia Records Photo Studio - Henry Parker
Columbia STEREO CS 9021

From the back cover: The secret of the Elgart touch is simple: they know the business of making people want to get up and dance. They played as sidemen with Harry James, Charlie Spivak, Hal McIntyre, Bunny Berigan and Woody Herman before 1947, when Les first started a band of his own. Larry as sax player and Les as trumpet player (so good that he was known in the trade as "The Trumpet Player's Trumpet Player") built up major reputations for themselves as instrumentalists, but while they were playing, they were also studying the tricks of the dance band trade – and listening to their audiences' reactions to various sounds. By the time Les went out on his own in 1953, he had developed a new sound that had genuine appeal. He hit immediately with a rich throaty reed-and-brass sound that had smoothness, brightness and sophistication. The term "Sophisticated Swing" was coined to describe the sound, and became the title of the first Elgart recording for Columbia Records (CL 536).

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Song Of India
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Woodchopper's Ball
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Blues In The Night
You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To)
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
Tuxedo Junction
Jersey Bounce
One O'Clock Jump

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