Reference: FSRCD 1656
Bar code: 8427328616560
The smooth sound of the Dave Pell Octet and the general feeling of their presentations, though an essential contributing factor to the units success, have moved certain jazz critics to categorize Pells music as jazz. The major portion of the octets work were dances, and over 95 percent of them were for high schools and colleges. Almost every time we play a college or high school, there are requests for the school song, said Pell. When our baritone sax man suggested we make jazz arrangements on the best known college songs... I took the idea immediately. Utilizing the great arrangers availableMarty Paich, Bill Holman, John Williamsto us, the project was carried out.
01. On Wisconsin (Purdy-Beck) 2:22
02. The Victors (University of Michigan) 1:56
03. Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech 4:43
04. Fight On (University of Southern California) (Sweet-Grant) 2:16
05. Far Above Cayugas Waters 2:48
06. Iowa Corn Song (Lockard-Riley) 2:28
07. Indiana, Our Indiana (King-Harker) 2:27
08. Navy Blue and Gold (Crosley) 2:23
09. The Eves of Texas 2:34
10. Hail Purdue (Morrison-Wotawa) 2:37
11. Minnesota Rouser (Hutsell) 2:26
12. Wave the Flag (University of Chicago) 2:22
13. Go U Northwestern (Van Etten) 2:23
14. Illinois Loyalty 1:58
15. Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (Stokes-Vernor) 2:34 (*)
16. Notre Dame Victory March (Traditional) 2:45
Total time: 41:00 min aprox.
(*) A national fraternity song not associated with any particular college, but generally known and played at colleges throughout the country.
First issued on 12" album as Coral CRL 757248
Personnel in all tracks:
Don Fagerquist (tp), Bob Enevoldsen (vtb), Dave Pell (ts), Marty Berman (bs), Marty Paich (p), Tony Rizzi (g), Buddy Clark (b), Frank Capp (d).
Recorded in Los Angeles, August 8 (#1,8,10,12,16); 11 (#6,7,13,14,15), and 13 (#2,3,4,5,9,11), 1958
Arrangers: Bill Holman (#1,8,10 & 12), Marty Paich (#2,3,5 & 9), John T. Williams (#4 & 6), Med Flory (#7,13 & 14), Bob Enevoldsen (#11,15 & 16).
Original recordings produced by Kurt Korall.
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol.
Hi Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"For this project by the Dave Pell Octet, the group performs 16 songs that were either college tunes or favorites of fraternities. Although the concept is not too promising and the interpretations are quite concise (often around three minutes apiece), the music is more rewarding than expected. Such tunes as "On Wisconsin," "Iowa Corn Song," "Hail Purdue," and "Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" have rarely sounded better since the arrangements of Bill Holman, Marty Paich, John Williams, Med Flory, and Bob Enevoldsen uplift the songs and are full of little surprises. This was trumpeter Don Fagerquist's last album with Pell's octet; also heard from are Pell on tenor, valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, baritonist Marty Berman, and a four-piece rhythm section led by pianist Marty Paich."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide
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