Shorty Rogers, Ray Linn, Pete Candoli (tp), Maynard Ferguson (euphonium), Milt Bernhart (tb), John Graas (frh), Ray Siegel, Paul Sarmento (tuba), Bud Shank (as, fl), Bob Cooper (ts, oboe), Jimmy Giuffre (bs), Jack Marshall (g), Pete Jolly (p), Curtis Counce, Red Mitchel (b), Irv Kluger (d)
Reference: FSRCD 2214
Bar code: 8427328622141
Milt Bernhart (1926-2004) grew up as a musician playing in the bands of Boyd Raeburn, Buddy Franklyn, Jimmy James and Teddy Powell. After that peculiar apprenticeship he joined Stan Kenton's band. The years with Kenton boosted Bernhardt to considerable popularity with jazz followers, and his solos won him repeated high placings in Down Beats readers poll. After that, he was a graduate of the Kenton school of higher learning. But, for the most part, musicians are born, not made, and the notes Milt blew, the phrasing and imagination he so vividly demonstrated, could not have been easily picked up in any learned institution. With this particular group, nucleus of the West Coast school of jazz, he contributed more than his share to its new sounds and seemingly fantastic thought processes. This CD includes some of the most inspired trombone playing since the invention of that venerable instrument.
01. Scarf Dance (Giuffre) 3:33
02. Ballade (Giuffre) 2:43
03. Lover Man (Davis-Ramírez) 2:26
04. Safari (Giuffre) 3:10
05. The Horns (Giuffre) 3:04
06. Lavender (Giuffre) 3:05
07. Tangerine (Mercer-Schertzinger) 2:31
08. What Is There To Say (Harburg-Duke) 3:08
09. Lullaby Of Birdland (Shearing) 2:13
10. London In July (Duke) 2:51
11. Save Your Chops (Candoli) 2:21
12. Amor Flamenco (Almeida) 3:29
13. It's All Right With Me (Porter) 3:24
14. Looking For A Boy (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:32
15. Southern Comfort (Candoli) 2:21
16. Hillside (Previn) 3:05
17. Hooray For Hollywood (Mercer-Whiting) 2:08
Tracks #1-4, from the 45rpm 7" EP "Scarf Dance" (RCA Victor EPA-598)
Tracks #5-17, from the 12" album "Modern Brass" (RCA Victor LPM-1123)
Tracks #1-4: Milt Bernhart and his Octet: Shorty Rogers (tp), Milt Bernhart (tb), Bud Shank (fl, as), Bob Cooper (oboe, ts), Jimmy Giuffre, (ts, bars), Pete Jolly (p), Curtis Counce (b), Irv Kluger (d).
Recorded in Hollywood, September 14, 1954
Tracks #5-8: Milt Bernhart and his Brass Ensemble: Shorty Rogers, Ray Linn (tp), Maynard Ferguson (euphonium), Milt Bernhart (tb), John Graas (frh), Ray Siegel (tuba), Jack Marshall (g), Red Mitchell (b), Irv Kluger (d).
Recorded in Hollywood, March 4, 1955
Tracks #9-12: same personnel but Pete Candoli replaces Ray Linn.
Recorded in Hollywood, March 6, 1955
Tracks #13-17: same personnel but Ray Linn, Paul Sarmento and Irv Cottler replace Shorty Rogers, Ray Siegel and Irv Kluger.
Recorded in Hollywood, March 8, 1955
Arrangements by Jimmy Giuffre (1-6), Wes Hensel (7-8), Pete Candoli (9,10,15), Pete Rugolo (11-12), Andre Previn (14,16) and Shorty Rogers (13,17).
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol