Splendor in the Brass + Jazz Pops
Fresh Sound Records
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2 LPs ON 1 CD
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 arranged - and brilliantly performed.
CHUCK SAGLE AND HIS ORCHESTRA:
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.
NEAL HEFTI AND HIS ORCHESTRA
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 (bar)
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).
[1-11] from the Reprise album Splendor in the Brass
[12-20] from the Reprise album Jazz Pops
Both sessions recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, in 1962.
01. When Sunny Gets Blue
02. A Taste of Honey
03. Bernie’s Tune
04. Man with a Horn
05. Playboy’s Theme
06. On Green Dolphin Street
07. Love for Sale
08. A Night in Tunisia
09. Easy Living
10. The Moon Was Yellow
12. Coral Reef
13. Take Five
15. Like Young
16. One & Two O’Clock Jump
19. Petite Fleur
20. Li’l Darlin’