Softly... Wild... and Something Else (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • Bethlehem BCP 6011
    Bethlehem BCP 6011
  • Coral CRL 57304
    Coral CRL 57304
  • Johnny Richards
    Johnny Richards

Johnny Richards

Softly... Wild... and Something Else (2 LP on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Jazz City Series

Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Childers, Pete Candoli, Stu Williamson, Ray Copeland, Shorty Rogers (tp), Milt Bernhart, Frank Rosolino, Don Nelly, Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Julius Watkins, Vince De Rosa (Frh), Charlie Mariano, Gene Quill, Dave Schildkraut (as), Richie Kamuca, Frank Socolow (ts), Ronny Lang (bs), Marty Paich, John Knapp (p), Buddy Clark (b), Stan Levey, Ed Shaughnessy (d)

Reference: FSRCD 2207

Bar code: 8427328622073


Johnny Richards was a man of convictions. Hearing the Richards aggregation, one can feel the leader's expansive expressiveness working. His main goal was the creation of interesting, stimulating music, not music of any particular kind. "We are an ORCHESTRA, not a band of sections; an organized orchestra of interested and interesting musicians who play a music of many dimensions and feelings." Richards once said: "Our music is ambitious. That explains why our instrumentation is not exactly standard. Although we are a jazz orchestra, this does not mean that other musical forms and rhythms cannot be incorporated into our music. After all, music is expressed in many languages. We should be aware and learn from that."

01. Waltz, Anyone? (Johnny Richards) 6:06
02. For All We Know (Coots-Lewis) 3:17
03. Dimples (Johnny Richards) 7:12
04. Band Aide (Johnny Richards) 5:06
05. Turn Aboot (Johnny Richards) 6:27
06. Burrito Borracho (Johnny Richards) 4:12
07. Long Ago And Far Away (Kern-Gershwin) 2:56
08. Aijalon (Johnny Richards) 5:46
09. Walk Softly (Johnny Richards) 2:42
10. Run Wild (Johnny Richards) 3:57
11. The Way You Look Tonight (Kern-Fields) 3:47
12. Laura (Raksin-Mercer) 4:01
13. Tempest On The Charles (Johnny Richards) 4:53
14. Sundays Child (Johnny Richards) 3:06
15. Alone Together (Schwartz-Dietz) 2:17
16. Three Cornered Cat (Johnny Richards) 4:06
17. You Go To My Head (Coots-Gillespie) 3:42
18. Yemaya (Johnny Richards) 6:19

Album details

Tracks #1-8, from "Something Else by Johnny Richards" (Bethlehem BCP 6011)
Tracks #9-18, from "Walk Softly / Run Wild" (Coral CRL 57304)


Tracks #2-8: Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Childers, Pete Candoli (tp), Stu Williamson (tp, v-tb), Shorty Rogers (b-tp), Vince De Rosa (Frh), Frank Rosolino, Tommy Pederson, Don Nelly (tb), Charlie Mariano (as), Richie Kamuca (ts), Ronny Lang (bs, piccolo), Bill Holman (bs), Marty Paich (p), Buddy Clark (b), Stan Levey (d), Lou Singer (mallets).
Recorded in Hollywood, August 2, 1956

Track #1: John Cave (Frh); Milt Bernardt replaces Don Nelly and Vince De Rosa (tb), Shorty Rogers out.
Recorded in Hollywood, August 3, 1956

Tracks #12-16: Burt Collins, Jerry Kail, John Bello, Ray Copeland (tp), Billy Byers, Jimmy Cleveland, Jim Dahl (tb), Jay McAllister (tuba); Joe Singer (Frh), Gene Quill (as), Frank Socolow (ts), Bill Slapin (bs, fl, piccolo), Shelly Gold (bs), John Kapp (p), Chet Amsterdam (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Warren Smith (perc).
Recorded in New York City, May 12, 1959

Track #11: Ted Sommer (perc) replaces Warren Smith.
Recorded in New York City, May 14, 1959

Tracks #10,14,17: Clyde Reasinger (tp), Julius Watkins (fh) and Dave Schildkraut (as) replace John Bello, Joe Singer and Gene Quill.
Recorded in New York City, May 19, 1959

Tracks #13,15,18: Recorded in New York City, June 9, 1959

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

9,95 €  (tax incl.)

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