Visions! + The City (2 LP on 1 CD) Digipack
  • MGM SE-3961 MGM SE-3961
  • MGM SE-4007 MGM SE-4007
  • Larry Elgart Larry Elgart
  • Bobby Scott Bobby Scott

Larry Elgart

Visions! + The City (2 LP on 1 CD) Digipack

Blue Moon 800 Series

Personnel:
Larry Elgart (as, dir), Bobby Scott (arr)

Reference: BMCD 890

Bar code: 8427328008907

· Collector's Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit


It is not immodest to report that Visions! American Legends: A New Look and A New Sound is a quite remarkable album,” wrote the famed critic Dom Cerulli in his notes for this 1961 release by Larry Elgart and his orchestra and Bobby Scott, one of the brightest young composers in modern American music. All of the material is original, drawing on the composer’s acquaintance with American musical, and features Elgart on soprano sax, with some punching piano by Scott. It is music with a wide range of emotional response, and with a variety of tempos and moods.

Also in 1961, the prolific Scott wrote The City, yet another superb score. Again Cerulli responded enthusiastically, describing The City as “a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of impressions. It’s a being you feel with all your senses”, and adding that “The City, of course, is New York.”

Elgart’s orchestra performed this new, challenging work with skill and a distinctive, stylish, sophisticated sound, featuring the leader’s superb alto and soprano saxophones. With Larry and Grace Elgart keenly aware of sound reproduction realism and closely supervising the recording process, the results highlight remarkably the personality and sound of each instrument.


Tracklisting:
01. Back Country Shuffle 1:50
02. Johnny Appleseed 2:45
03. For the Soul 1:49
04. Many Leaves 2:30
05. Vermont Foothills 3:18
06. Bayou Call 2:08
07. Chief Joseph 2:12
08. Hill Song 2:20
09. Meetin' Feet 1:44
10. Melora 2:58
11. Fulton's Folly 1:51
12. Green Valley 2:52
13. Scheme Street 1:50
14. Quiet Harbor 2:40
15. The Village 2:35
16. Central Park South 2:34
17. Cars and Noise 0:58
18. The Dance Of Glass and Steel 4:51
19. The Great White Way 2:29
20. Rain and Pavement 2:33
21. On the Drive 2:24
22. Dawn 2:44
23. Rooftop 2:58
24. Columbus Circle at 5:00 A.M. 2:59
25. Uptown Incident 3:14

Sources:
Tracks #1-12, from “Visions! - American Legends: A New Look and A New Sound
(MGM SE-3961)
Tracks #13-25 from “The City” (MGM SE-4007)

Larry Elgart and His Orchestra
Music Composed by Bobby Scott
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City 1961

[Visions!] Cover collage by Jon Henry
[The City] Cover sculpture by Stan Glauback. Photo by Carl Fisher
Liner notes: Dom Cerulli

Original recordings produced by Grace and Larry Elgart
Sound Engineers: Ray Hall (#1-12) and Val Valentine (#13-25)
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
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LARRY ELGART
The neatly-bearded saxophonist/leader was born in New London, Conn. Early musical experience included a stint with Charlie Spivak’s orchestra as lead alto player. With his brother, trumpeter Les Elgart, Larry formed an orchestra in the early 1950s; later took over the band when Les went to California. He is a superb alto and soprano saxophonist with a clear, personal sound on each instrument. Keenly aware of sound reproduction realism, even before the advent of hi-fi, Larry and Grace Elgart supervised closely every step of the recording process at their sessions.

BOBBY SCOTT
A tall, lean, on-the-go native New Yorker, Bobby Scott at the age of 26 indicates unlimited possibilities as a composer, jazz pianist, and popular singer. He studied at Lafayette School of Music, and with Edvard Moritz. While still in his teens he was playing jazz piano with such groups as those led by Louis Prima, Tony Scott, and Gene Krupa. He has worked with his own jazz trio, has recorded as a pop singer and jazz pianist, and has written music ranging from big band jazz to serious contemporary works. His earlier collaboration with Larry Elgart and his orchestra was Visions, American legends and history interpreted in brilliant musical compositions.
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