Claude Thornhill Snowfall [Living Era]
- Released: October 4, 2004
- Label: Asv Living Era
- 2.Loch Lomond
- 3.The Doll Dance
- 4.O Sole Mio
- 5.Hungarian Dance No, 5
- 6.Tr„umerei (Dreaming)
- 7.Portrait of a Guinea Farm
- 8.Where or When
- 9.Autumn Nocturne
- 10.Buster's Last Stand
- 11.There's a Small Hotel
- 12.Under the Willow Tree
- 13.Arab Dance
- 14.I Get the Blues When It Rains
- 15.A Sunday Kind of Love
- 16.I Knew You When
- 17.Early Autumn
- 18.Paloma, La (Grey Dove)
- 20.Robbins' Nest
- 21.Polka Dots and Moonbeams
- 22.Donna Lee
- 23.Yardbird Suite
- 24.Let's Call It a Day
Claude Thornhill: Conrad Gozzo , Frankie Newton, Irving Fazola, John Kirby , Lee Konitz, Babe Russin, Mickey Folus , Bob Jenney, Danny Polo, Buster Bailey.
Personnel: Claude Thornhill (piano); Snowflakes, Buddy Hughes, Fran Warren, Lillian Lane, Maxine Sullivan, Buddy Stewart (vocals); Allen Hanlon, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Victor Harris, Jimmy Gemus (flute, piccolo); Bill Glover (flute, alto saxophone); Bill Bushey, Chester Pardee (clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Terri Goddard (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Lesley Mitchell Clarke, Bill Motley, Conn Humphreys, Bob Walters, Lee Konitz, Dale Brown, Jack Ferrier (clarinet, alto saxophone); Hammond Russum, Carl Swift, Mario Rollo, Joe Reisman (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Harold Tennyson, Jimmy Abato (clarinet, baritone saxophone); Irving Fazola, Danny Polo, Buster Bailey (clarinet); Mickey Folus (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Jerry Sanfino, Babe Fresk, Joe Aglora, Jack DuLong, Babe Russin (tenor saxophone); Clarence Willard, Conrad Gozzo , Louis Mucci, Lyle "Rusty" Dedrick , Bob Sprentall, Frankie Newton, Eddie Zandy, Jake Koven, Ralph N. Harden, Joe Aguanno, Steve Steck, Randy Brooks , Red Rodney, Paul Cohen (trumpet); Al Antonucci, Michael Glass, Walt Weschler, Frederick Schmidt, John Graas, Sandy Siegelstein (French horn); Tasso Harris, Allan Langstaff, John Torick, Bud Smith, Tak Takvorian, Jerry Rosa, Bob Jenney (trombone); Billy Barber (tuba); O'Neill Spencer, Ray Hagan, Billy Exner, Nick Fatool, Irving Cottler (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Martin Haskell.
Liner Note Author: Peter Dempsey.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (08/06/1937-12/17/1947); New York, NY (08/06/1937-12/17/1947).
Arrangers: Claude Thornhill; Gil Evans.
Any chance to appreciate the imaginative arrangements of Claude Thornhill is worth savoring, as his meticulous determination and playful disposition flutter out with each note he recorded. Living Era's Snowfall collection reflects this quite well; however, each of the recordings on the collection is in mono, and although that might be an exciting notion to purists, it does tend to rob some of the richness of Thornhill's dense arrangements. Regardless, the title track is delightful in any incarnation (and there are many, since it was the orchestra's theme) due to its cinematic shuffle and surprising dynamics. To hear it alongside Thornhill's arrangements of the traditional Scottish folk song "Loch Lomond" (led by Maxine Sullivan's lovely vocal) and "Autumn Nocturne" (during which Thornhill very cleverly overlays quotes from George Gershwin's classic "Rhapsody in Blue") as well as Gil Evans' forward-thinking arrangements of "I Knew You When," Charlie Parker's "Yardbird Suite," and others makes this set worth spinning on an early Saturday evening. ~ Gregory McIntosh
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