Johnny Audino, Tony Terran, Irv Bush, Juiles Chaikin (tp), Bob Edmundson, Bobby Pring, Don Nelligan, Herbie Harper (tb), Bob Enevoldsen (v-tb), Herb Geller, Bernie Fleischer (as), Bob Hardaway (ts, cl), Don Shelton (ts), Bob Florence (p, arr), Dennis Budimir (g), Mel Pollan (b), Jack Davenport (d)
Reference: FSCD 2008
There was a time when the big bands were king, played to packed theaters and ballrooms everywhere, and whose nitely broadcasts were listened by millions. And not just the famous names like Goodman, Ellington and Basie, but less renowned bands who also enjoyed their share of the big band scene across America. Which is why Fresh Sound Records is helping to keep alive the sound of big band music in a special series of CDs dedicated to the rediscovery of many whose names are well known and others who never made the headlines, but whose music certainly merits their reissue. Some of the bands went on the road, others, like the so-called rehearsal bands, existed only in the studio, but their music was the thing!
01. Little Girl (Alternate take)
02. Little Girl (Alternate take)
03. Little Girl (Master take) (Hyde-Henry)
04. Baby Come Here (Alternate take)
05. Baby Come Here (Master take) (Robin-Lerner)
06. I Wanna Hear Some Swing Songs (Alternate take)
07. I Wanna Hear Some Swing Songs (master) (Moore-Oliver)
08. Give A Listen (Alternate take)
09. Give A Listen (Master take) (Florence)
10. Undecided (Alternate take)
11. Undecided (Master take) (Shavers-Robin)
12. Easy Does It (Alternate take)
13. Easy Does It (Master take) (Young-Oliver)
14. End Of A Love Affair (Alternate take)
15. End Of A Love Affair (Master take) (Redding)
16. Everything I've Got Belongs To You (Alternate take)
17. Everything I've Got Belongs To You (Master take) (Rodgers-Hart)
18. Southern Fried (Alternate take)
19. Southern Fried (Master take) (Leonard-Ross-Culliver)
20. Under Pairs Skies (Alternate take)
21. Under Paris Skies (Master take) (Gannon-Giraud)
22. Pastel Blue (Master take) (Shavers-Shaw-Raye)
23. I'll Remember April (Master take) (Raye-DePaul-Johnston)
Total time: 71:57 min.
Johnny Audino, Tony Terran, Irv Bush, Juiles Chaikin (tp); Bob Edmundson, Bobby Pring, Don Nelligan, Herbie Harper (tb); Herb Geller, Bernie Fleischer (as); Bob Hardaway (ts, cl); Don Shelton (ts); Bob Florence (p, arr); Dennis Budimir (g); Mel Pollan (b); Jack Davenport (d). Bob Enevoldsen (v-tb, replaces Herbie Harper on #8,9,20,21).
All arrangements by Bob Florence
Recorded in Hollywood, California, 1958
Engineered by George Fields
Original sessions produced by Don Jenson
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
This CD is dedicated to Evelyn Florence
A top arranger influenced by Bill Holman, Bob Florence regularly leads a big band in the Los Angeles area. He worked as a pianist and arranger for Si Zentner's band during 1959-1964; his chart on "Up a Lazy River" was a hit in 1960. Florence has worked extensively in the studios and in commercial music (he is the longtime musical director for Julie Andrews) and played with the 1980's version of the Dave Pell Octet, but has also led his own orchestra off and on since 1958. That year, he recorded an obscure trio date and a couple of big band albums. His orchestra backed Big Miller in 1961 and there were recordings in 1965 and 1968, but Florence hit his stride in 1979 with a big band set for Trend. Since then, he has recorded fairly regularly for Trend/Discovery, Bosco, USA, and the MAMA Foundation. Florence's arrangements are among the most colorful (and challenging) in jazz.
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide
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