Harry James Eight Bar Riff: 1943-1950
- Released: April 23, 2007
- Label: Hep Records
- 2.Too Marvelous for Words
- 3.The Gravy Train
- 4.Coffee Time
- 5.Jump Sauce
- 6.It's the Talk of the Town
- 7.June Is Bustin' Out All Over
- 8.Friar Rock
- 9.9:20 Special
- 10.Blue Skies
- 11.I Can't Begin to Tell You
- 12.King Porter Stomp
- 13.9:20 Special
- 14.Do You Love Me?
- 15.Eight Bar Riff
- 16.The Man I Love
- 17.I've Never Forgotten
- 18.I Don't Know Why
- 20.The Beaumont Ride
- 21.In a Mist
- 22.Slap Happy
Harry James & His Musicmakers: Bob Bein, Al Neiman, L.N. Kurkdje, Gerson Oberstein, Ernest Karpati (violin); Victor Stern, Herchel Gilbert, Al Neimann (viola); Al Freide (cello); Willie "The Lion" Smith (alto saxophone); George Davis (baritone saxophone); Red Berken, Phil Cook, Vincent Badale, Jim Troutman, Harry Jones (trumpet); Fred Waldron, Philip Palmer (French horn); Murray MacEachern, Lee O'Connor, Dave Robbins (trombone); Bob Stone (bass guitar); Mickey Scrima, Jackie Mills, Lou Fromm, Nick Fatool (drum); Edward Mihelich, Thurman Teague (bongos); Bob Poland, Sam Freed, Bruce McDonald, Cy Bernard, James Grimes, Leonard Corris, Hayden Causey, Stewart Bruner, Jack Gootkin, Eddie Rosa, John DeVoogdt, Jerome Reisler, Gerald Joyce, David Sterkin, Nick Pisani, Musky Ruffo, Benny Heller, Harry Jaworski, King Guion, Al Cuozzo, Corky Corcoran, Dalton Rizzotto, Vic Hamann, Everett McDonald, George Grossman, Sam Sachelle, Jimmy Cook, Bill Spear, Ginnie Powell, Claude Lakey, Al Friede, Chuck Preble, Ziggy Elmer, Leo Zorn, Al Lerner, Ray Heath, Sam Caplan, Jimmy Campbell , Johnny MacAfee, Juan Tizol, Mike Russell , Arnold Ross, Harry Rodgers, Stan Fishelson, Sam Herman, Nick Buono.
Personnel: Willie Smith (vocals, clarinet, alto saxophone); Ginnie Powell, Buddy Moreno (vocals); Hayden Causey, Benny Heller, Sam Herman (guitar); Alexander Neiman, Bill Spear (violin, viola); Jack Gootkin, John DeVoogdt, Jerome Reisler, Nick Pisani, Harry Jaworski, Robert Bein, George Grossman, Larry Kurkdjie, Leo Zorn, Sam Caplan (violin); Sam Freed, Gerald Joyce, David Sterkin, Victor Stern, Herschel Burke Gilbert, Mike Russell (viola); Cy Bernard, Al Friede (cello); Eddie Rosa, Musky Ruffo (clarinet, alto saxophone); Claude Lakey, Johnny MacAfee (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Stewart Bruner, George David (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); King Guion, Corky Corcoran, Jimmy Cook (tenor saxophone); Bob Poland, Sam Sachelle (baritone saxophone); James Grimes, Leonard Corris, Al Cuozzo, Jimmy Troutman, Everett McDonald, Red Berkens, Phil Cook, Jimmy Campbell , Stan Fishelson, Nick Buono (trumpet); Fred Waldron, Phil Palmer (French horn); Dalton Rizzotto, Vic Hamann, David Robbins , Chuck Preble, Ziggy Elmer, Ray Heath, Murray McEachern, Harry Rodgers (trombone); Juan Tizol (valve trombone); Bruce McDonald, Al Lerner, Arnold Ross (piano); Micky Scrima, Jackie Mills, Lou Fromm, Nick Fatool (drums); Harry James (trumpet).
Liner Note Author: David J. Weiner.
Recording information: Chesterfield Show, CBS, Los Angeles, CA (11/02/1943-06/07/1950); Coca-Cola Spotlight Bands, Los Angeles, CA (11/02/1943-06/07/1950); Marine Ballroom, Steel Pier, Atlantic City, NJ (11/02/1943-06/07/1950); Meadowbrook Gardens, Culver City, Los Angeles, CA (11/02/1943-06/07/1950).
Photographer: David J. Weiner.
Arrangers: Juan Tizol; The Johnny Thompson Singers; Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra; Neal Hefti; Ray Conniff; Billy May.
Benny Goodman's fabulously successful big band was a launching pad for future bandleaders, with Harry James being one of the best. James's dazzling style made him a star in his own band, which in turn launched the careers of singers Frank Sinatra and Dick Haymes. EIGHT BAR RIFF covers the period in which James had the greatest success, both artistically and commercially; his big band combined earnest swing with tuneful schmaltziness, and later on even absorbed some influence from jazz's avant-garde sound of the time, bebop. With 23 selections and excellent sound and packaging, RIFF is one of the better overviews of Harry James available.
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