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Anthony Ortega

Earth Dance

Fresh Sound Records

Anthony Ortega (as), Art Farmer (tp), Dick Hafer (b-cl), Ray Sterling (tp), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Jimmy Buffington (frh), John Hafer (ts), Jay Cameron (bs), Bobby Timmons (p), Earl May, Abdul A. Malik (b), Ed Thigpen (d)

Reference: FSRCD 325

Bar code: 8427328603256


01. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
02. Where Or When

Recorded in New York, 1955

03. Just One of Those Things
04. Bat Man's Blues
05. These Foolish Things
06. Tune For Mona
07. No Fi

Recorded in New York, 1956

08. Four to Four
09. I Can't Get Started
10. Cinderella's Curfew
11. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
12. Patting

Recorded in New York, 1956



A talented and advanced improviser, Anthony Ortega never received that much recognition and has been in obscurity for far too long. Ortega had his first major job with Earle Spencer's Orchestra in 1947. After serving in the Army, he was with Lionel Hampton's big band (1951-53) including for Hamp's ill-fated European tour. He played with Milt Buckner, led his own group in Los Angeles, visited Scandinavia in 1954 (which resulted in an Lp for Vantage) and then in 1955 relocated to New York. Ortega had stints with Nat Pierce (1956-58), Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Paul Bley and the Quincy Jones Big Band (1960). From then on he often led his own group, moving back to Los Angeles by the mid-1960's and working with the big bands of Don Ellis and Gerald Wilson. As a leader, in addition to the Vantage album, Ortega has recorded sets for Bethlehem, Herald, Revelation (including a 1967 session that was reissued on CD by Hat Art) and Discovery (1978); the latter featured his wife Mona Orbeek Ortega on piano and vibes.
- by Scott Yanow.


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