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Regarded as the most important big band outside of the US, this bi-continental orchestra recorded over two dozen albums. Recorded in May, 1968, "All Smiles" was one of the Bands highpoints. The album exhibits a style that became synonymous with this US-European enterprise: it not only swung it was the perfect vehicle for Bolands sophisticated modern arrangements.
Trumpeters Benny Bailey and Idrees Sulieman, saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Ronnie Scott, as well as special guest vibraphonist Dave Pike are some of the jazz giants among the soloists in this 17-man combo who turn out some masterly short portraits.
DEREK HUMBLE, alto sax
SAHIB SHIHAB, baritone sax
JOHNNY GRIFFIN, RONNIE SCOTT, TONY COE, tenor sax
BENNY BAILEY, IDREES SULIEMAN, JIMMY DEUCHAR, SONNY GREY, trumpet
ERIK VAN LIER, NAT PECK, AKE PERSSON, trombone
FRANCY BOLAND, piano
JIMMY WOODE, bass
DAVE PIKE, vibes
KENNY CLARKE, drums
Recorded May 13th/14th 1968 at Lindström Studios, Cologne.
01. LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE
Soloist, Vibraphone [Vibes] - DAVE PIKE
02. I'M ALL SMILES
Soloist, Flute: SAHIB SHIHAB / Soloist, Vibraphone: DAVE PIKE
03. YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAStepped Out Of A Dream
04. I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU
Soloist, Flugelhorn: BENNY BAILEY
05. GET OUT OF TOWN
Soloist, Trombone: Jimmy Deuchar
06. BY STRAUSS
Soloist, Piano: FRANCY BOLAND / Soloist, Tenor Saxophone: RONNIE SCOTT
07. WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE
Soloist, Trumpet: IDREES SULIEMANn
Soloist, Tenor Saxophone: TONY COE
09. SWEET AND LOVELY
Soloist, Tenor Saxophone: JOHNNY GRIFFIN
10. HIGH SCHOOL CADETS