Patti Page with Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • Mercury SR 60192 Mercury SR 60192
  • Mercury SR 60113 Mercury SR 60113

Patti Page

Patti Page with Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra (2 LP on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Patti Page (vcl), Maynard Ferguson, Don Fagerquist (tp), John Graas (frh), Frank Rosolino, Kai Winding (tb), Bud Shank, Buddy Collette (as), Georgie Auld, Ted Nash (ts), Jimmy Rowles (p), Howard Roberts (g), Red Mitchell (b), Alvin Stoller (d)

Reference: FSRCD 544

In 1956, Patti Page, just 30, was at the top of her fame. She had already collected nine gold records for million-selling popular singles, and she was the star of the The Big Record, one of the very few straight musical TV shows on the air.

With these recordings with Pete Rugolo she made a radical departure into jazz singing. Rugolo was one of the most skilled and adventurous arrangers of modern sounds in jazz, well known for his long and remarkable association with Stan Kentons progressive band. He assembled two different settings for these sessions. On most sides he used a large orchestra, studded with such soloists as Bob Cooper, Bud Shank, Georgie Auld, and Pete Candoli. On others he worked with smaller groups, replete with some fine solos by Don Fagerquist, Paul Horn, Larry Bunker or Fred Katz. Throughout, Rugolo provided the perfect colorful, vivid orchestrations that make these Patti Page performances among the most outstanding of her career.


Tracklisting:

01. Nevertheless
02. Out Of Nowhere
03. The Lady Is A Tramp
04. The Thrill Is Gone
05. A Foggy Day
06. Mountain Greenery
07. Ive Got My Eyes On You
08. My Kinda Love
09. I Didnt Know About You
10. My Sin
11. Taking A Chance On Love
12. Love For Sale
13. No Moon At All
14. Im Glad There Is You
15. Nice Work If You Can Get It
16. I Never Knew
17. The Masquerade Is Over
18. What Am I Here For?
19. Let There Be Love
20. Gone With The Wind
21. They All Be Laughed
22. I Guess Ill Have To Change My Plan
23. Here Ill Stay
24. Lullaby In Rhythm

Total time: 55:06 min.


Tracks #1-12 from the 12" album "In The Land Of Hi-Fi" (EmArcy 36074). Later reissued in Stereo format as "Patti Page With The Pete Rugolo All-Stars" (Mercury SR-60192).

Tracks #13-24 from the 12" album "The West Side" (Mercury SR-60113).


Personnel on "In The Land Of Hi-Fi"

Tracks #1-3, 7 & 9-10: Patti Page (vcl), Maynard Ferguson, Conrad Gozzo, Pete Candoli, Chico Alvarez, George Werth (tp), John Graas, Vincent de Rosa (frh), Clarence Karella (tuba), Frank Rosolino, Milt Bernhart, Kai Winding, John Halliburton (tb), Bud Shank, Harry Klee (fl & as), Bob Cooper, Georgie Auld (ts), Chuck Gentry (bs), Rocky Cole (p), Howard Roberts (g), Joe Mondragon (b), Larry Bunker (d), Bernie Mattison (perc), Jack Costanzo (bongos). Pete Rugolo (arr). Recorded in Hollywood, on May 7, 1956.

Tracks #4, 5-6, 8 & 11-12: Patti Page (vcl), Don Palladino, Buddy Childers, Joe Triscari, Chico Alvarez (tp), John Graas, Vincent de Rosa (frh), Clarence Karella (tuba), J.J. Johnson, Si Zentner, John Halliburton (tb), Ronny Lang, Ethmer Roten (fl & as), Ted Nash, Gene Cipriano (ts), Chuck Gentry (bs), Rocky Cole (p), Al Hendrickson (g), Joe Mondragon (b), Alvin Stoller (d), Larry Bunker (perc), Jack Costanzo (bongos). Pete Rugolo (arr). Recorded in Hollywood, on May 8, 1956.


Personnel on "The West Side"

Tracks #13, 15-16, 18-19 & 24: Pete Candoli, Buddy Childers, Don Fagerquist, Ed Leddy (tp), Milt Bernhart, Harry Betts, John Halliburton (tb), George Roberts (b-tb), Vincent de Rosa (frh), Red Callender (tuba), Bud Shank, Buddy Collette (as), Dave Pell, Gene Cipriano (ts), Chuck Gentry (bars), Jimmy Rowles (p), Howard Roberts (g), Joe Mondragon, Red Mitchell (b), Bernie Mattinson (d). Arrangements by Pete Rugolo, Bill Holman, Shorty Rogers & Marty Paich. Recorded in Hollywood, on November 29, 1957.

Track #14: Paul Horn (fl), Rocky Cole (p), Larry Bunker (vb), Jack Marshall (g), Red Mitchell (b), Alvin Stoller (d) and Jack Costanzo (bongos). Recorded in Hollywood, on January 21, 1958.

Track #17: Don Fagerquist (tp), Rocky Cole (p), Jack Marshall (g), Red Mitchell (b) and Alvin Stoller (d). Recorded in Hollywood, on January 21, 1958.

Track #20: Don Fagerquist (tp), Paul Horn (bs), Red Mitchell (b) and Alvin Stoller (d). Recorded in Hollywood, on January 21, 1958.

Track #21: Fred Katz (cello), Larry Bunker (vib), Jack Marshall (g), Red Mitchell (b) and Alvin Stoller (d). Recorded in Hollywood, on January 21, 1958.

Track #22: Paul Horn (cl), Jack Marshall (g), Red Mitchell (b) and Alvin Stoller (d). Recorded in Hollywood, on January 21, 1958.

Track #23: Paul Horn (fl), Fred Katz (cello), Jack Marshall (g), Red Mitchell (b) and Alvin Stoller (d). Recorded in Hollywood, on January 21, 1958.


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Producer's Note: On this CD set, the successful "In the Land of Hi-Fi" album has been intentionally coupled with "West Side", another great Patti Page/Pete Rugolo album, because both of them were recorded in Hollywood, and featured most of the West Coast studio jazzmen associated with Rugolo. A third Page and Rugolo album titled "East Side" (Mercury SR 60114), was also recorded at about the same time in New York, but with an orchestra including East Coast musicians.

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Notes:

-In the Land Of Hi-Fi

"A better title for this album might have been Patti Page Tries to Pull a Sinatra, as she delves into swinging jazz, seemingly far removed from "Doggie in the Window" and much of her other pop material from this period. The original notes on In the Land of Hi-Fi tell the reader that Patti Page "has never been too far removed from jazz." That's not in dispute, since she came of age in a time - the big-band era - when the influence of jazz was at its peak. But she is fundamentally a pop singer, regardless of her influences or the rhythmic qualities of her phrasing. Page's persona as a singer is more dramatic than anything else, and even in those moments when she lightens up (as on some verses of "A Foggy Day"), she's still giving more of an emotional, almost theatrical performance than a musical performance. Some of the rest, including "Mountain Greenery," "My Kind of Love," and "I Didn't Know About You" work better, all more comfortable fits among singer, band, and song, but there's still not enough to make this record more than an offbeat curio in Page's career. For this album, she was joined by Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra, who sometimes seem rather ham-fisted, trying to punch home jazz and swing elements. Buddy Childers' trumpet on "Mountain Greenery" and the alto sax heard on "I've Got My Eyes on You" are enjoyable enough, and the band is sometimes more diverting than Page. On other occasions, as on "Love for Sale," the band is so busy behind Page's surprisingly tender and edgy singing that it's almost a distraction."

Bruce Eder -All Music Guide

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