Jam Session At The Tower + I Remember Glenn Miller (Digipack Edition)
Ray Anthony (tp, lead), Conrad Gozzo, John Audino (tp), Dick Nash, Ray Sims, Murray McEachern, Tommy Pederson (tb), Med Flory, Georgie Auld, Bill Usselton (saxes), Paul Smith, Buddy Cole (p), Don Simpson (b), Alvin Stoller, Mel Lewis, Larry Bunker (d)
Born in 1922 and still active to this day, Ray Anthony is remembered as a renowned bandleader and a gentle trumpet player. This CD compiles two classic Capitol 12" albums by Ray Anthony and his Orchestra in their entirety. "Jam Session at the Tower" (1956) is a special feature for notable soloists playing with the orchestra, among them the Benny Goodman orchestra veteran Georgie Auld on tenor sax, Med Flory on alto sax, Ray Sims on trombone, and both Conrad Gozzo and Ray Anthony himself on trumpet. "I Remember Glenn Miller", on the other hand, showcases the orchestra as a whole performing tunes made famous by the great Glenn Miller band, of which Anthony had been a member from 1940 to 1941.
The affection that everyone had for Glenn Miller and his music, wrote Ray Anthony, was quite remarkable. Now that the young dancers of decades later are rediscovering the Miller story, I'm glad that I can show my personal admiration and respect for him with this album. He was a really fine teacher and leader, and that's how I remember him.
Splendid sound quality with new and careful 20-bit re-mastering. Includes excellent booklet.
01. FLYING HOME (6:36)
02. PERDIDO (4:59)
03. HOW HIGH THE MOON (5:32)
04. NIGHT TRAIN (5:00)
05. ONE OCLOCK JUMP (4:50)
06. SWINGIN AT THE TOWER (5:11)
07. TUXEDO JUNCTION (3:13)
08. MOONLIGHT SERENADE (3:33)
09. CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO (2:39)
10. AT LAST (2:39)
11. LITTLE BROWN JUG (2:34)
12. SERENADE IN BLUE (2:56)
13. SUNRISE SERENADE (2:54)
14. IN THE MOOD (3:05)
15. I KNOW WHY (3:00)
16. VOLGA BOATMAN (2:54)
17. ELMERS TUNE (3:05)
18. IDA! SWEET AS APPLE CIDER (2:38)
19. STARDUST (3:12)
20. HARLEM NOCTURNE (3:11)
21. TENDERLY (2:40)
22. MAN WITH A HORN (2:30)
Total time: 79:03 min.
Tracks #1-6 from "Jam Session At The Tower" (Capitol T-749). Recorded in Hollywood, CA, on February 29 & March 3, 1956.
Tracks #7-22 from "I Remember Glenn Miller" (Capitol T-746). Recorded in Hollywood, CA, between 1950, 1953 & 1956.
Collective personnel features: Ray Anthony (tp & leader), Conrad Gozzo, John Audino (tp), Dick Nash, Ray Sims, Murray McEachern, Tommy Pederson (tb), Med Flory, Georgie Auld, Bill Usselton, Leo Anthony (saxes), Paul Smith, Buddy Cole (p), Don Simpson (b), Alvin Stoller, Mel Lewis, Larry Bunker (d). Arrangements by Billy May & George Williams.