Billy May Studio Recordings 1951-1953 (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: July 21, 2003
- Label: Jasmine Music
- 1.All of Me
- 2.My Silent Love
- 4.Silver & Gold
- 6.Little Brown Jug
- 7.Gone With the Wind
Includes liner notes by George Hulme.
Personnel: Ray Pohlman (vocals, guitar); Robert McKinzie (vocals, trumpet); Chuck Etter (vocals, trombone); Encores, Bob Morse , Johnny Mercer, Liz Tilton, Willie "The Lion" Smith (vocals); Al Hendrickson, Barney Kessel, Vincent Terri (guitar); Heine Beau, Dick Clay, Willie Smith, Skeets Herfurt, Les Robinson, Wilbur Schwartz (alto saxophone); Bob Hardaway, Fred Falensby, Chuck Deremo, Joe Spang, Ted Nash (tenor saxophone); Chuck Gentry, Bob Dawes, Jack Agee (baritone saxophone); Manny Klein, Uan Rasey, Conrad Gozzo , Jack Laubach, Joe Triscari, Irv Lewis, Walter Condoli, George Seaberg, Vito Mangano, Andre Peele, Billy Guy, John Coppola , Stu Williamson , John McClanian Best Jr., Tony Facciuto, Zeke Zarchy (trumpet); George Kenney, Robert Reisiger, Ray Sims, Eddie Kusby, Karl de Karske, Joe Howard, Murray McEachern, Si Zentner, Tommy Pederson , Bill Schaeffer, Jimmy Priddy (trombone); Frank DiFabio, Cliff Fishback, Arnold Ross, Buddy Cole (piano); Remo Belli, John Markham, Alvin Stoller, Nick Fatool, John Cyr (drums).
Liner Note Author: George Hulme.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (06/25/1951-09/23/1953).
Arranger: Billy May.
Since the Billy May approach to arranging was often capable of blowing all but the strongest vocalists out of the room, a collection of his studio orchestra's unaccompanied recordings is welcome indeed. The two-disc set Studio Recordings 1951-1953 reissues 50 sides, most of them closer to big-band jazz than the type of easy-listening pop churned out by Jackie Gleason or Ray Conniff. May's arranging chops were unparalleled, and he compensates for the lack of vocals by adding plenty of parts for the more lyrical of his orchestra voices. Standards from the American songbook, such as "Lulu's Back in Town" and "When I Take My Sugar to Tea," make for most of the highlights, though originals like "Mayhem" and "Fat Man Boogie" illustrate that May's composer skills were impressive as well. ~ John Bush
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