& His Orchestra.
Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra includes: Claude Thornhill, Lee Konitz.
Recorded in 1948-1949.
Personnel: Claude Thornhill (piano); Snowflakes (vocals); Joe Derise, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Danny Polo (clarinet, alto saxophone); Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jerry Sanfino (tenor saxophone); Louis Mucci, Gene Roland, Johnny Carisi, Johnny Napton, Bob Peck (trumpet); Walter Welscher (French horn); Allan Langstaff, Leon Cox (trombone); Billy Barber (tuba); Bill Exiner (drums).
Recording information: 04/1948-10/1948.
Photographer: William Gottlieb.
Arrangers: Claude Thornhill; Andy Phillips; Gene Roland; Gerry Mulligan; Gil Evans; Johnny Carisi.
This CD has the only existing performances of the Claude Thornhill Orchestra from 1948, a year when a recording strike kept most bands off of records. With many charts by Gil Evans or Gerry Mulligan, the Thornhill big band was often quite bop-oriented and featured fine solos from clarinetist Danny Polo, altoist Lee Konitz and the tenor of Mickey Folus; a few numbers also include Brew Moore on tenor, baritonist Gerry Mulligan and trumpeter Gene Roland. In addition there are some vocals from the Snowflakes (a vocal quintet) and Joe Derise. The highly enjoyable and somewhat historical CD is easily recommended to bop collectors and listeners who are interested in the later Claude Thornhill Orchestra. ~ Scott Yanow