Category: Sleepers

“Too Many Tears” (1969) Maxine Sullivan with Bob Wilber

“Too Many Tears” Composed by Harry Warren (music), and Al Dubin (lyric).  Recorded by Maxine Sullivan and Bob Wilber for Monmouth-Evergreen on June 11, 1969 in New York. Maxine Sullivan, singing, with: Bob Wilber, soprano saxophone; Bernie Leighton, piano; George Duvivier, bass; Gus Johnson, drums. The story: Maxine Sullivan (May 13, 1911–April 7, 1987), born Marietta Williams in Homestead, Pennsylvania, […]

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“Caravan” Bunny Berigan (1937)

“Caravan” Composed by Juan Tizol; arranged by Joe Lippman. Recorded by Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra on August 18, 1937 for Victor in New York. Bunny Berigan, trumpet, directing: Steve Lipkins, first trumpet; Irving Goodman, trumpet; Sonny Lee, first trombone; Al George, trombone; Mike Doty, first alto saxophone and bass clarinet; Joe Dixon, alto saxophone […]

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“Blue Champagne” (1941) Jimmy Dorsey and Bob Eberly

“Blue Champagne” Composed by Grady Watts and Frank Ryerson; arranged by Toots Camarata. Recorded by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra for Decca on April 29, 1941 in New York. Jimmy Dorsey, alto saxophone; directing: Jimmy Campbell, first trumpet; Shorty Solomson, Nate Kazebier, trumpets; Sonny Lee, first trombone; Nat Lobovsky, Phil Washburne, trombones; Milt Yaner, first […]

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“The Happy Stranger” (1947) Claude Thornhill / Dutch Jazz Orchestra (2006)

“The Happy Stranger” Composed by John Benson Brooks; arranged by Gil Evans. Recorded by Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra on November 4, 1947 for Associated Transcription Service in New York. Claude Thornhill, piano, directing: Paul Cohen, Louis Mucci and Eddie Zandy, trumpets; Vahey “Tak” Takvorian and Allan Langstaff, trombones; Walt Wechsler and Sandy Siegelstein, French […]

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“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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“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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“Don’t Take Your Love From Me” – Artie Shaw and Lena Horne (1941)

“Don’t Take Your Love From Me” Composed by Henry Nemo; arranged by Artie Shaw. Recorded by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra on June 26, 1941 in New York. Artie Shaw, clarinet, directing: Henry “Red” Allen, trumpet; J.C.Higginbotham, trombone; Benny Carter, alto saxophone; Leo Kruczak, Kurt Dieterle, Max Silverman, Sergei Kotlarsky, Louis Edlin, Lee Kahn, Harry […]

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“Blue Reverie” (1937-38) Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert

“Blue Reverie” Composed by Duke Ellington and Harry Carney; arranged by Duke Ellington. Recorded by Cootie Williams and His Rug Cutters for Variety on March 8-9, 1937 in New York. Edward K. “Duke” Ellington, piano, directing: Charles M.”Cootie” Williams, trumpet; Joseph “Tricky Sam” Nanton, trombone; John C. “Johnny” Hodges, soprano and alto saxophones; Harry H. […]

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“Blues for Brando” (1953) Leith Stevens/Shorty Rogers, with Bud Shank, Milt Bernhart and Bob Cooper

  “Blues for Brando” Composed  by Leith Stevens; arranged by Leith Stevens with probable assistance by Shorty Rogers.(*) Recorded by Leith Stevens with Shorty Rogers on August 14, 1953 in Hollywood, California. Leith Stevens, directing: Milton M. Rajonsky (Shorty Rogers), trumpet; Milton G. “Milt” Bernhart, trombone; Clifford E. “Bud” Shank, and James “Jimmy” Giuffre, alto […]

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