Month: August 2017

Baby Bird–“Swingmatism” (1941) Charlie Parker with Jay McShann

“Swingmatism” Composed by Jay McShann; probable “head” arrangement. Recorded by Jay McShann and His Orchestra for Decca on April 30, 1941 in Dallas,Texas.(*) Jay McShann, piano, directing: Harold Bruce,Orville Minor and Bernard Anderson, trumpets; Joe Baird, trombone; Charles Christopher “Bird” Parker, Jr. lead alto saxophone; John Jackson, alto saxophone; Bob Mabane and Harry Ferguson, tenor […]

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“Happy-Go-Lucky Local” (1975) Mercer Ellington

“Happy-Go-Lucky Local” Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington, with probable revisions in Duke’s original arrangement by Mercer Ellington. Recorded by Mercer Ellington with The Duke Ellington Orchestra for Fantasy on May 12, 1975 in New York City. Mercer Ellington, directing: James “Buddy” Bolden, Barry Lee Hall, Willie Singleton and Charles Melvin “Cootie” Williams, trumpets; Chuck […]

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Buddy Rich at 100: “Moten Swing” (1938) Bunny Berigan

“Moten Swing” Composed by Bennie and Buster Moten; arranged by Ray Conniff. Recorded by Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra live from a broadcast over WABC-New York from Roseland Ballroom in New York City in October of 1938. Bunny Berigan, first trumpet, directing: Johnny Napton and Irving Goodman, trumpets; Ray Conniff and Andy Russo, trombones; Milton […]

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Reads and re-reads: “Straight Ahead..The Story of Stan Kenton” by Carol Easton

“Wagon” Composed and arranged by Johnny Richards. Recorded by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra for Capitol on September 26, 1960 in Los Angeles. Stan Kenton, piano, directing: John Audino, Bud Brisbois, Dalton Smith, Sam Noto, Steve Huffstetter, trumpets; Dick Hyde and Ray Sikora, tenor trombones; Jim Amlotte and Bob Knight, bass trombones; Albert Pollan, tuba; […]

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