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Russell Garcia

Los Angeles River

Fresh Sound Jazz City Series

Personnel:
Maynard Ferguson, Don Fagerquist, Buddy Childers, Cappy Lewis (tp), Murray McEachern, Harry Betts, Lloyd Ulyate, Frank Howard (tb), Herb Geller (as), Bill Ulyate (bs), Howard Roberts (g), John T. Williams (p), Max Bennett (b), Alvin Stoller (d)

Reference: FSRCD 2203

Bar code: 8427328622035

At last a great work about Russell Garcia, one of the most talented and respected arranger-conductors of the West Coast modern jazz scene of the Fifties.

Here are Russell Garcia and his men. He as surrounded himself, as always, with some of the best Hollywood musicians. The first twelve recordings on this CD are built around two focal points; the arranging and composing talents of Garcia, and the individual soloing abilities of Don Fagerquist on trumpet, Herb Geller on alto sax, John T. Williams at the piano, Red Norvos vibes, Howard Roberts guitar and trombonist Murray McEachern. Besides these featured soloists, Jack Costanzo, Maynard Ferguson, Curtis Counce and Max Bennett. The band as a unit sounds very well rehearsed and full of spirit and precision.

The last five tunes, all composed by Garcia, are played by a big and utterly all-star band. Each performance provides an exciting framework for almost all the featured soloists: Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Don Fagerquist, Frank Rosolino, Ted Nash, Milt Bernhart and Gerald Wiggins.

These 1956 recordings are brilliant examples of Russell Garcias jazz band orchestration. Wonderful music and impressive writing performed by some of the greatest jazzmen in the southern California at the time.


Tracklisting:

01. Worry-Go-Round (Garcia) 2:43
02. Carefree (Heyman-Henderson) 3:10
03. Palo Alto (Garcia) 2:23
04. Arent you Glad Youre You?
(Burke-Van Heusen) 2:34
05. One Love (Robin-Rose) 3:22
06. Good Humor (Garcia) 2:13
07. When I Go, I Go all the Way (B.& R.Russell) 2:49
08. Coronado (Garcia) 3:54
09. The Boy Next Door (Martin-Blane) 3:30
10. Im Confessin That I Love You
(Dougherty-Reynolds-Neiburg) 3:41
11. Never Never Land (Comdon-Green-Styne) 3:42
12. I Lead a Charmed Life (B.& R.Russell) 3:34
13. Music City (Garcia) 2:56
14. Fish Tail (Garcia) 3:42
15. Smoggy Day (Garcia) 3:17
16. Los Angeles River (Garcia) 2:45
17. Number Four (Garcia) 2:48

Total time: 53:12 min.



Personnel on tracks #1-12:

Russell Garcia and His Orchestra
Maynard Ferguson, Don Fagerquist, Buddy Childers, Wes Hensel, Cappy Lewis (tp); Murray McEachern, Harry Betts, Lloyd Ulyate, James Henderson, Frank Howard (tb); Herb Geller (as); Bill Ulyate (bs); Howard Roberts (g); John T. Williams (p); Max Bennett or Curtis Counce (b); Alvin Stoller (d); Red Norvo (vib on #6,10); Jack Costanzo (bgo on #8).

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, July 5 and 23, 1956


Personnel on tracks #13-17:

Russell Garcia and His Orchestra
Maynard Ferguson, Don Fagerquist, Buddy Childers, Ray Linn (tp); Milt Bernhart, Frank Rosolino, Lloyd Ulyate, Tommy Pederson (tb); Art Pepper, Bud Shank (as); Ted Nash (ts); Chuck Gentry (bs); Gerald Wiggins (p); Howard Roberts (g); Max Bennett (b); Alvin Stoller (d).

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, November 2, 1956


Original recordings produced by Albert Marx

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol


Hi Fi ยท Digitally Remastered

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$10.61  (tax incl.)

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