Ralph Burns (p, arr, dir), Sonny Berman, Conrad Gozzo, Joe Wilder (tp), Bill Harris, Ollie Wilson, Kai Winding (tb), Vince DeRosa, Jimmy Buffington (frh), Harry Klee (fl, cl), Herbie Mann (fl, ts), Hal McKusick, Lee Konitz (as), Herbie Steward, Lucky Thompson (ts), Chuck Gentry, Danny Bank (bs), Dodo Marmarosa (p), Arvin Garrison, Billy Bauer (g), Red Callender, Ray Brown, Oscar Pettiford (b), Don Lamond, Jo Jones, Osie Johnson (d)
Reference: FSRCD 2215
Bar code: 8427328622158
When in 1946 Norman Granz decided to record Ralph Burns Introspection, a short mood piece with several changes in rhythm, the young Burns was already well-known thanks to his association as chief arranger and pianist with Woody Herman. For the next five years, this recording remained the only one he had done under his own name, being concentrated mostly in his work as a freelance and occasionally writing for Herman.
In 1951, again for Granz, Burns recorded Free Forms, a series of random thoughts, little melodies set down for a small chamber orchestra. Some of them are jazz tunes, some are not. All are representative of a wide range of music, from Bach and Verdi to Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. The 1954 Leonard Feathers suite Winter Sequence is played by an eleven-piece band for which Ralph built the arrangements of each number as a miniature concerto tailored to the talents of the featured musician.
01. Introspection 4:43
02. Places Please 3:05
03. Cameo 2:37
04. Lileth 1:52
05. Terrisita 2:48
06. Tantallon 3:01
07. Someday, Somewhere 2:48
08. Spring Is 2:42
09. Vignette At Verneys 2:38
10. Dasher 2:37
11. Dancer 3:05
12. Prancer 2:48
13. Vixen 4:02
14. Comet 2:47
15. Cupid 3:08
16. Donner 3:11
17. Blitzen 2:14
All music written, arranged & conducted by Ralph Burns
Track #1, from the 78rpm collective album "The Jazz Scene" (Clef MG C-674)
Tracks #2-9, from the 10" album "Free Forms" (Mercury MG C-115)
Tracks #10-17, from the 10" album "Winter Sequence" (MGM E270)
Personnel and dates:
Track #1: RALPH BURNS and His ORCHESTRA
A short mood piece composed and conducted by Ralph Burns
Sonny Berman, Conrad Gozzo, (tp); Bill Harris, Ollie Wilson, (tb); Vince DeRosa (frh); Harry Klee (fl,cl); Hal McKusick (as); Herbie Steward, Lucky Thompson (ts); Chuck Gentry (bs); Dodo Marmarosa (p); Arvin Garrison (g); Red Callender (b); Don Lamond (d).
Recorded in Los Angeles, October 1946
Tracks #2-9: RALPH BURNS and His ORCHESTRA
A Suite of Modern Sounds composed by Ralph Burns
A 15-piece orchestra conducted by Ralph Burns including: string quartet, woodwind quintet, and French horn, with Ralph Burns (p); Ray Brown (b); Joe Jones (d); Lee Konitz (as on #2,5,7,9).
Recorded in New York, August 7, 1951
Tracks #10-17: RALPH BURNS and His ORCHESTRA
A Seasonal Suite for Rhythmic Reindeer Composed by Leonard Feather arranged and conducted by Ralph Burns
Joe Wilder (tp); Kai Winding (tb); Jimmy Buffington (frh); Bill Barber, (tuba); Herbie Mann (fl, ts); Vinnie Dean (piccolo, as); Danny Bank (fl, bs); Ralph Burns (p); Billy Bauer (g); Oscar Pettiford (b, cello); Osie Johnson (d).
Recorded in New York, September 1954
Original recordings produced by Norman Granz (1-9) and Leonard Feather (10-17)
Photos © Fresh Sound Archives
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
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