Sonny Berman, Conrad Gozzo (tp), Bill Harris, Ollie Wilson (tb), Vince DeRosa (frh), Harry Klee (fl,cl), Hal McKusick (as), Herbie Steward, Lucky Thompson (ts), Chuck Gentry (bs), Dodo Marmarosa (p), Arvin Garrison (g), Red Callender (b), Don Lamond (d)
Reference: FSRCD 2215
When in 1946 Norman Granz decided to record Ralph Burns Introspection, a short mood piece with several changes in rhythm, the young Burns was already well-known thanks to his association as chief arranger and pianist with Woody Herman. For the next five years, this recording remained the only one he had done under his own name, being concentrated mostly in his work as a freelance and occasionally writing for Herman.
In 1951, again for Granz, Burns recorded Free Forms, a series of random thoughts, little melodies set down for a small chamber orchestra. Some of them are jazz tunes, some are not. All are representative of a wide range of music, from Bach and Verdi to Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. The 1954 Leonard Feathers suite Winter Sequence is played by an eleven-piece band for which Ralph built the arrangements of each number as a miniature concerto tailored to the talents of the featured musician.
2.- Places Please
7.- Someday, Somewhere
8.- Spring Is
9.- Vignette At Verneys
Personnel and dates:
#1: Sonny Berman, Conrad Gozzo, (tp); Bill Harris, Ollie Wilson, (tb); Vince DeRosa (frh); Harry Klee (fl,cl); Hal McKusick (as); Herbie Steward, Lucky Thompson (ts); Chuck Gentry (bs); Dodo Marmarosa (p); Arvin Garrison (g); Red Callender (b); Don Lamond (d). Los Angeles, October 1946
#2-9: RALPH BURNS and His ORCHESTRA Play FREE FORMS A Suite of Modern Sounds: A 15-piece orchestra conducted by Ralph Burns including: string quartet, woodwind quintet, and French horn, with Ralph Burns (p); Ray Brown (b); Joe Jones (d); and featuring Lee Konitz (as)(#2, 5, 7, 9). New York, August 7, 1951.
#10-17: RALPH BURNS and His ORCHESTRA Play WINTER SEQUENCE: Joe Wilder (tp); Kai Winding (tb); Jimmy Buffington (frh); Bill Barber, (tuba); Herbie Mann (fl,ts); Vinnie Dean (piccolo,as); Danny Bank (fl,bs); Ralph Burns (p); Billy Bauer (g); Oscar Pettiford (b,cello); Osie Johnson (d). New York, September 1954