Category: Too Good Not to Share

“Forty Days” (1965) Dave Brubeck Quartet

“Forty Days” Composed by Dave Brubeck. Head arrangement by Dave Brubeck Quartet. Recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet for Columbia Records in New York between September 20 and October 13, 1965. Dave Brubeck, piano; Paul Desmond, alto saxophone; Eugene Wright, bass; Joe Morello, drums. The story: The Dave Brubeck Quartet was one of the most […]

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“These Foolish Things” (1945) Artie Shaw

“These Foolish Things” Composed by Eric Maschwitz (Holt Marvel), lyric; Jack Strachey and Harry Link, music. Arranged by Ray Conniff. Recorded by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra on June 8, 1945 for RCA Victor in Hollywood. Artie Shaw, clarinet, directing: Bernie Glow, first trumpet; Stan Fishelson, George Schwartz, Roy Eldridge, trumpets; Ollie Wilson, first trombone; […]

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“Rattle and Roll” (1945) Benny Goodman

“Rattle and Roll” Composed and arranged by Wilbur “Buck” Clayton. Recorded by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra for Columbia on December 19, 1945 in New York. Benny Goodman, clarinet, directing: Conrad Gozzo, first trumpet; John Best, Bernie Privin, Billy Butterfield, trumpets; Kai Winding, Chauncey Welsch, Dick LaFave, trombones; Bill Shine, first alto saxophone; Gerald Sanfino, […]

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“Manha de Carnaval” (1962) Vince Guaraldi

“Manha de Carnaval” Music composed by Luiz Bonfa’. Recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio in February, 1962 for Fantasy Records in San Francisco. Vince Guaraldi, piano; Monty Budwig, bass; Colin Bailey, drums. The story: As we approach Shrove Tuesday, my thoughts turn to various traditional and decidedly non-religious festivals that occur just before the beginning […]

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“Begin the Beguine” (2004) Sheryl Crow – from the film “De-Lovely”

  I have previously posted here at swingandbeyond.com Artie Shaw’s classic 1938 recording of Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine.” Since 1938, dozens, perhaps hundreds of artists have recorded “Begin the Beguine.” Few of those recordings have approached the Shaw version (masterfully arranged by Jerry Gray), for sheer musicality. When I find any performance of a […]

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“Red Top” (1945) Woody Herman

“Red Top” Head arrangement on the blues worked out by Woody Herman and his band. Recorded by Woody Herman and His Orchestra live at the Meadowbrook Ballroom in Cedar Grove, New Jersey on February 18, 1945. Woody Herman, clarinet, directing: Ray Wetzel, first trumpet; Saul “Sonny” Berman, Walter “Pete” Candoli, Carl “Bama” Warwick, Charles Frankhauser, […]

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“Portrait of a Guinea Farm” (1941) Claude Thornhill

“Portrait of a Guinea Farm” Composed and arranged by Claude Thornhill. Recorded by Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra for Okeh/Columbia in New York on April 16, 1941. Claude Thornhill, piano, directing: Conrad Gozzo, first trumpet; Lyle F. “Rusty” Dedrick, Bob Sprentall, trumpets; Tasso Harris and Bob Jenney, trombones; Irving H. “Fazola” Prestopnik, Dale Brown, Ted […]

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“U.M.M.G” (1960) Music of Billy Strayhorn – Dizzy Gillespie with Clare Fischer

“U.M.M.G” Composed by Billy Strayhorn; arranged by Clare Fischer. Recorded by Dizzy Gillespie on April 27-28, 1960 for Verve in New York City. John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, trumpet, directing: Ray Alonge, Richard Berg, Joe Singer, French horns; Benny Green, trombone; Jay McAlister, tuba; Robert Di Domenica, flute; Ernest Bright, John Murtaugh, Paul Ritchie, Stan Webb, […]

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The Smell of Money: George Shearing and Nat “King” Cole

“It Never Entered My Mind” Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Recorded by George Shearing for Concord Jazz in San Francisco, California in May of 1985. George Shearing, solo piano. The story: Two of the most talented pianists in the history of jazz were George Shearing (1919-2011), and Nat “King” Cole (1919-1965). Cole is […]

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