Ralph Burns (p, arr, dir), Roy Eldridge, Joe Newman, Al Porcino, Bernie Glow, Al DeRisi, Lou Oles (tp), Bill Harris (tb), Billy Byers, Jimmy Buffington (Frh), Jimmy Hamilton (cl), Hal McKusick, Sam Marowitz, Dave Schildkraut (as), Herbie Mann (fl, ts), Al Cohn, Flip Phillips (ts), Danny Bank (bs), Oscar Peterson (p), Ray Brown, Milt Hinton (b), Louis Bellson, Osie Johnson (d)
Reference: FSRCD 2216
Bar code: 8427328622165
Ralph Burns (1922-2001) was a polyvalent arranger and musician. Although his chief claim to fame was his association as an arranger pianist ventures. He could write and conduct a background for a popular singer one day, work on the score for a musical show the next, and lead an all-star jazz orchestra on a third.
On the first half of this CD we find the rare LP "Ralph Burns among the JATPs". According to Norman Granz "Ralph tried to capture the personality of the JATPs with his pen and baton. I think he succeeded," and we agree. As for the ten-piece band heard on the second half of this compilation, which was originally issued as an LP with the title "Jazz Studio 5", the results, while reflecting Burns' firm roots in jazz, display to full advantage the skill and flexibility of his creative orchestral ideas.
01. Perpetual Motion (Burns) 5:04
02. Spring In Naples (Burns) 4:27
03. Sprang (Burns) 4:34
04. Chuck-A-Luck (Burns) 4:27
05. Early Awedom (Burns) 3:53
06. Music For A Strip Teaser (Burns) 3:55
07. Pimlico (Burns) 5:30
08. Taxco (Burns) 4:39
09. Cool Cat On The Hot Tin Roof (Burns) 5:16
10. What Am I Here For (Ellington) 5:59
11. Jazz Club U.S.A. (Feather) 5:23
12. Ill Be Around (Wilder) 4:30
13. Royal Garden Blues (Williams-Williams) 7:30
14. Nocturne (Burns) 3:27
15. South Gonzales Street Parade (Burns) 5:30
Tracks #1-8, from the LP "Ralph Burns Among the JATP's" (Verve MGV-8121)
Tracks #9-15, from the LP "Jazz Studio 5" (Decca DL 8235)
Personnel and dates:
Ralph Burns and His Orchestra
Tracks #1-8: Roy Eldridge, Al Porcino, Bernie Glow, Al DeRisi (tp); Bill Harris, Lou Oles (tb); Jimmy Hamilton (cl); Hal McKusick, Sam Marowitz (as); Flip Phillips, Al Cohn (ts); Danny Bank (bs); Oscar Peterson (p); Ray Brown (b), Louis Bellson (d).
Recorded in New York City, February 4, 1955
Tracks #9-11: Joe Newman (tp); Billy Byers, Jimmy Buffington (frh); Bill Barber (tuba); Dave Schildkraut (as); Herbie Mann (fl,piccolo,ts); Danny Bank (bcl,bs), Ralph Burns (p); Milt Hinton (b); Osie Johnson (d).
Recorded in New York City, September 29, 1955
Tracks #12-15: Same personnel as #9-11.
Recorded in New York City, October 6, 1955
Original recordings produced by Norman Granz (1-8) and Leonard Feather (9-15)
Photos © Fresh Sound Archives
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol