Perpetual Motion

Ralph Burns and His Orchestra

Perpetual Motion

Fresh Sound Jazz City Series

Roy Eldridge, Bill Harris, Hal McKusick, Al Cohn, Flip Phillips, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Louis Bellson, Joe Newman, Dave Schildkraut, Billy Byers, Herbie Mann, Milt Hinton

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.


1. Perpetual Motion (Ralph Burns) 5:04
2. Spring In Naples (Ralph Burns) 4:27
3. Sprang (Ralph Burns) 4:34
4. Chuck-A-Luck (Ralph Burns) 4:27
5. Early Awedom (Ralph Burns) 3:53
6. Music For A Strip Teaser (Ralph Burns) 3:55
7. Pimlico (Ralph Burns) 5:30
8. Taxco (Ralph Burns) 4:39
9. Cool Cat On The Hot Tin Roof (Ralph Burns) 5:16
10. What Am I Here For (Duke Ellington) 5:59
11. Jazz Club U.S.A. (Leonard Feather) 5:23
12. Ill Be Around (Alec Wilder) 4:30
13. Royal Garden Blues (S.Williams-C.Williams) 7:30
14. Nocturne (Ralph Burns) 3:27
15. South Gonzales Street Parade (Ralph Burns) 5:30

Personnel and dates:

#1-8: Roy Eldridge, Al Porcino, Bernie Glow, Al DeRisi (tp); Bill Harris, Lou Oles (tb); Hal McKusick, Sam Marowitz (as); Flip Phillips, Al Cohn (ts); Danny Bank (bs); Oscar Peterson (p); Ray Brown (b), Louis Bellson (d).
New York City, February 4, 1955

#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).
New York City, September 29, 1955

#12-15: Same. New York City, October 6, 1955


$10.94  (tax incl.)

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