Personnel: Irving Fazola (alto clarinet); George Bohn (alto saxophone); Larry Molinelli (baritone saxophone); Dick Mains, John Austin (trumpet); Jack Satterfield (trombone); Lou Fromm (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Frank Driggs; George H. Buck, Jr.
Recording information: New York, NY (04/08/1942-06/18/1942).
Since Teddy Powell's orchestra would have no further opportunities to record after mid 1942 (although a radio broadcast or two from the following year has survived), this CD (which contains the music his big band recorded for Lang-Worth radio transcriptions) is historic in addition to being quite musical. The performances are actually a bit schizophrenic, alternating between exciting romps and middle-of-the-road pop vocals by Peggy Mann and Tommy Taylor. The nine instrumentals (out of 24 songs) are often quite heated and hard-swinging. Powell's best-known sideman was clarinetist Irving Fazola, although the rhythm section included pianist Tony Aless and guitarist Carmen Mastren. However, the obscure trumpeters and tenor saxophonists get their share of solo space and the musicianship of the band was quite strong. This long forgotten orchestra was always underrated and, even with the inclusion of the OK vocals, this is one of the better Teddy Powell CDs available. ~ Scott Yanow
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