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Monday, October 18, 2021

Alexander The Great - Tommy Alexander


Midnight Sun

Alexander The Great
Tommy Alexander and His Orchestra
Great Band! Great Sound!
Producer: Simon Jackson
Cover Design: Ed Graves
Engineer: John Pallandino
Liberty Records LRP 3008


Trumpets - Clyde Reasinger, Ed Bordenave, Bob Clark & Bob Stiles
Trombones - Dave Wells, Frank Strong, Lew McCreary, Jay Hill
Saxes - Dick Paladino - Lanny Morgan, John Bambridge, Bill Trujillo & Lenny Mitchell
Bass - Arnold Ross
Guitar - Tommy Tedesco
Drums - Sal LaPertche

From the back cover: Alexander The Great! Jazz fans from coast to coast are saying just that about Tommy Alexander and his exciting swinging aggression. Composed of a group of truly fine young musicians, the Tommy Alexander Band is one of the fastest rising new names on the dance band horizon. In a few short years, Alexander's fresh approach to dance music has stamped him as an innovator of note. By combing the best aspects of progressive jazz with an easy, danceable rhythm, Tommy Alexander has created a unique style... a new sound, readily identifiable with a great swinging beat which dancers or listeners find hard to resist. The "Alexander Sound" features four trombones and two baritone saxophones in unison, one octave below the lead trombone. Big, full brass ensemble effects are neatly offset by tenor and alto sax riffs, usually by Bill Trujillo or Lanny Morgan, while trombone solos feature Dave Wells, a mainstay of the Harry James' band of a few years back. These outstanding instrumentalists form the nucleus of the hard-driving Alexander band which got a running start up the ladder of success with it's first recording, "Was That The Human Thing To Do". The collection of standards and originals in Alexander The Great is the result of many one-night stands and cross-country tours by the Tommy Alexander Band. The selections included in this album were among the most-requested numbers "in the book" and are sure to become your favorites too, before many "spins" have been made.

Mad About The Boy
We'll  Be Together Again
I Hadn't Anyone 'Till You
Midnight Sun
Lullaby Of Birdland
Old Devil Moon
Song Is You
All The Things You Are
It Could Happen To You

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