Caution Men Swinging
  • Dennis Farnon
    Dennis Farnon

Dennis Farnon

Caution Men Swinging

RCA Victor

Dennis Farnon (conductor,arr), Pete Condoli (tp), Frank Beach (tp), Don Fagerquist (tp), Paul Geil (tp), Tommy Pederson (tb), Joe Howard (tb), Bob Envoldesen (tb), George Roberts (tb), Jack Dumont (as), Brain Farnon (as), Ted Nash (ts), Gene Cipriano (ts)

Reference: 74321 61109 2

Bar code: 74321 611092 6

01. Caution! Men Swinging
02. Spring WillBe A Little Late This Year
03. Lover Come Back To Me
04. Shoo-Shoo Baby
05. Just You, Just Me
06. Isle Of Capri
07. South Of The Border
08. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
09. Why Don't You Do Right
10. Three Little Words
11. Resume Speed

Recorded in Hollywood, 1957



"If you're ever going to make just one hard-driving, swinging-like-mad big-band recording, model it after Caution! Men Swinging. That was to be the destiny of Canadian-born Dennis Farnon, who wrote such whimsical material as "Mother Magoo Suite" and arranged for the movies. But on one day in Los Angeles in 1956, he gathered a large group of talented, mostly jazz musicians into a studio and the result was this outstanding big-band album. Originally released in 1956, it has been reissued by RCA Spain on CD although the sound on the original RCA Victor LP is fine, if the LP can be located. Each track is a joy, offering its own surprise. Never do the charts allow the music to fall into a rut. The ensemble work is strong and ample time is allowed for soloing: the lyrical trumpet of Don Fagerquist on such tunes as "Lover Come Back to Me," Howard Roberts' guitar on "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year," well-placed solos by tenorman Ted Nash, and by Jimmy Rowles and Lou Levy, who share the piano chair. Farnon never returned to his jazz idiom, moving instead to film work and arranging for pop singers. Perhaps he figured he could never top this one and wisely quit while he was ahead. Recommended."

Dave Nathan -All Music Guide

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