Splendor in the Brass + Jazz Pops (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • Reprise RS 6047
    Reprise RS 6047
  • Reprise RS 6039
    Reprise RS 6039
  • Chuck Sagle
    Chuck Sagle
  • Neal Hefti
    Neal Hefti

Chuck Sagle & Neal Hefti

Splendor in the Brass + Jazz Pops (2 LP on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Jazz City Series

Chuck Sagle, Neal Hefti (arr, dir), Conte Candoli, Gerald Wilson, Cappy Lewis (tp), Milt Bernhart, Dick Nash (tb), Ted Nash, Buddy Collette, Bill Perkins, Joe Maini, Plas Johnson (reeds), Lou Levy, Ray Sherman (p), Emil Richards (vib), Al Hendrickson, Bob Gibbons (g), Joe Mondragon (b), Shelly Manne, Earl Palmer (d), Larry Bunker, Francisco Aquabella (perc)

Reference: FSRCD 2261

Bar code: 8427328622615


Chuck Sagle was a widely experienced arranger and conductor when, in 1962, he joined the a&r department at Reprise Records in Los Angeles. Among the first projects he produced for the label was his own album Splendor in the Brass. His tasteful arrangements skillfully juxtaposed various small instrumental combinations with each other and with the full orchestra, with deftly voiced French horns and saxophones revealing his fertile imagination and versatility. Garnishing these well-conceived performances are solos by such luminaries as Lou Levy, Shorty Sherock, Cappy Lewis, Buddy Collette, Bill Perkins and Emil Richards.

The second album on this set, Jazz Pops, also a Reprise release, is by another big band, this time under the direction of arranger, composer, trumpeter and bandleader Neal Hefti. While his arrangements here are of a different order to his early work for Woody Herman and Count Basie, they still bear the mark of his considerable talent. His writing is economical and unpretentious. The soloists, moreover, include Joe Maini, Jack Sheldon, Ted Nash, Larry Bunker and Conte Candoli.

In all, two highly satisfying big band albums of similar approach and spectacular sound, solidly heavily conceived and arrangedand brilliantly performed.

01. When Sunny Gets Blue (Segal-Fisher) 3:56
02. A Taste of Honey (Scott-Marlow) 3:20
03. Bernie's Tune (Bernie Miller) 2:43
04. Man with a Horn (DeLange-Lake-Jenny) 3:15
05. Playboys Theme (Coleman-Leigh) 4:03
06. On Green Dolphin Street
(Kaper-Washington) 2:52
07. Love for Sale (Cole Porter) 2:48
08. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie-Paparelli) 1:52
09. Easy Living (Rainger-Robin) 2:49
10. The Moon Was Yellow (Leslie-Ahlert) 2:01
11. Brassanctified (Chuck Sagle) 2:53
12. Coral Reef (Neal Hefti) 2:54
13. Take Five (Paul Desmond) 2:08
14. Exodus (Ernest Gold) 2:47
15. Like Young (Previn-Webster) 3:22
16. One & Two O'Clock Jump
(James-Basie-Goodman) 4:53
17. Cute (Neal Hefti) 3:12
18. Moanin' (Bobby Timmons) 4:32
19. Petite Fleur (Sidney Bechet) 3:07
20. Lil Darlin' (Neal Hefti) 5:06

Album details

Tracks #1-11, from the Reprise album "Splendor in the Brass" (RS 6047)
Tracks #12-20, from the Reprise album "Jazz Pops" (RS 6039)

Collective personnel includes: Conrad Gozzo, Mickey Mangano, Shorty Sherock, John Best, Ray Triscari, Bud Brisbois (tp); Cappy Lewis (tp, flh); Dave Wells (b-tp); Milt Bernhart, Tommy Pederson, William Schaefer, Lew McCreary, Lloyd Ulyate, Lew McCreary, Tommy Shepard, Dave Wells (tb); Ed Kusby, George Roberts (b-tb); Sinclair Lott, James Decker, George Hyde, Gale Robinson, Vince DeRosa, John Cave, Alan Robinson (frh); Ted Nash, Harry Klee, Bill Calkins (as, fl); Jules Jacob (as, cl); Buddy Collette (ts, fl); Wilbur Schwartz, Gene Cipriano, Bill Perkins (ts); Chuck Gentry, Dick Nash (bs); Sam Rice, Red Callender (tuba); Louis Singer, Emil Richards (vib); Ray Sherman, Lou Levy (p); Al Hendrickson, Bob Gibbons (g); Joe Mondragon (b); Alvin Stoller, Milt Holland, Earl Palmer (d); Norman Jeffries, Larry Bunker (bongos); plus string section.

Collective personnel includes: Al Porcino, Conte Candoli, Gerald Wilson, Don Fagerquist, Jack Sheldon, Pete Candoli (tp); Dick Nash, Tommy Pederson, Lew McCreary, Tommy Shepard, Dick Noel (tb); George Roberts, Kenny Shroyer (b-tb); Vince DeRosa, Bill Hinshaw, Dick Perissi, Gale Robinson, Alan Robinson (frh); Joe Maini, Charlie Kennedy (as); Med Flory, Lou Ciotti (ts); Bill Hood (bs); Harry Klee, Plas Johnson, Bill Calkins, Justin Gordon, Buddy Collette, Ted Nash, Willie Schwartz (fl); Emil Richards (vib); Larry Bunker (vib, bongos); Bob Gibbons (g); Al McKibbon (b); Shelly Manne, Earl Palmer (d); Milt Holland (conga); Francisco Aquabella (bongos).

Both sessions recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, in 1962

Original recordings produced by Chuck Sagle
Cover designs by Max Yavno & Paula Powers

This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered

9,95 €  (tax incl.)

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