Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Childers, Pete Candoli, Stu Williamson, Shorty Rogers, Milt Bernhart, Frank Rosolino, Charlie Mariano, Richie Kamuca, Ronny Lang, Marty Paich, Buddy Clark, Stan Levey
Reference: FSRCD 2207
Johnny Richards was a man of convictions. Hearing the Richards aggregation, one can feel the leader's expansive expressiveness working. His main goal was the creation of interesting, stimulating music, not music of any particular kind. "We are an ORCHESTRA, not a band of sections; an organized orchestra of interested and interesting musicians who play a music of many dimensions and feelings." Richards once said: "Our music is ambitious. That explains why our instrumentation is not exactly standard. Although we are a jazz orchestra, this does not mean that other musical forms and rhythms cannot be incorporated into our music. After all, music is expressed in many languages. We should be aware and learn from that."
1. Waltz, Anyone? (Richards) 6:06
2. For All We Know (Coots-Lewis) 3:17
3. Dimples (Richards) 7:12
4. Band Aide (Richards) 5:06
5. Turn Aboot (Richards) 6:27
6. Burrito Borracho (Richards) 4:12
7. Long Ago And Far Away (Kern-Gershwin) 2:56
8. Aijalon (Richards) 5:46
9. Walk Softly (Richards) 2:42
10. Run Wild (Richards) 3:57
11. The Way You Look Tonight (Kern-Fields) 3:47
12. Laura (Raksin-Mercer) 4:01
13. Tempest On The Charles (Richards) 4:53
14. Sundays Child (Richards) 3:06
15. Alone Together (Schwartz-Dietz) 2:17
16. Three Cornered Cat (Richards) 4:06
17. You Go To My Head (Coots-Gillespie) 3:42
18. Yemaya (Richards) 6:19
Personnel and dates:
Tracks #2-8: Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Childers, Pete Candoli (tp); Stu Williamson (tp,vtb); Shorty Rogers (btp); Vince De Rosa (fh); Frank Rosolino, Tommy Pederson, Don Nelly (tb); Charlie Mariano (as); Richie Kamuca (ts); Ronny Lang (bs & piccolo); Bill Holman (bs); Marty Paich (p); Buddy Clark (b); Stan Levey (d); Lou Singer (mallets).
Recorded in Hollywood, August 2, 1956.
#1: John Cave (fh); Milt Bernardt replaces Vince (tb) replaces Don Nelly and Vince De Rosa. Shorty Rogers out.
Recorded in Hollywood, August 3, 1956.
#12-16: Burt Collins, Jerry Kail, John Bello, Ray Copeland (tp); Billy Byers, Jimmy Cleveland, Jim Dahl (tb); Jay McAllister (tuba); Joe Singer (fh); Gene Quill (as); Frank Socolow (ts); Bill Slapin (bs,fl,piccolo); Shelly Gold (bas); John Kapp (p); Chet Amsterdam (b); Ed Shaughnessy (d); Warren Smith (perc).
Recorded in NYC, May 12, 1959.
#11: Ted Sommer (perc) replaces Warren Smith.
Recorded in NYC, May 14, 1959.
#10,14,17: Clyde Reasinger (tp), Julius Watkins (fh) and Dave Schildkraut (as) replace John Bello, Joe Singer and Gene Quill.
Recorded in NYC, May 19, 1959.
#13,15,18: Recorded in NYC, June 9, 1959.