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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The Claude Thornhill Orchestra was a unique big band, a "sweet" orchestra with strong jazz sensibilities that helped lead the way toward West Coast cool jazz. Often having his reed section play five clarinets without vibrato, emphasizing long atmospheric tones, and performing dreamy ballads, Thornhill also kept his band open to the influence of bebop. This CD starts off with Thornhill's radio transcriptions of 1949-1950, a time when his band included few major names but still had a strong and unique ensemble sound. The final 14 selections are from a two-day session in 1953 that ranks among Thornhill's last significant recordings. The band, which included Gene Quill and Med ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The Claude Thornhill Orchestra was a unique big band, a "sweet" orchestra with strong jazz sensibilities that helped lead the way toward West Coast cool jazz. Often having his reed section play five clarinets without vibrato, emphasizing long atmospheric tones, and performing dreamy ballads, Thornhill also kept his band open to the influence of bebop. This CD starts off with Thornhill's radio transcriptions of 1949-1950, a time when his band included few major names but still had a strong and unique ensemble sound. The final 14 selections are from a two-day session in 1953 that ranks among Thornhill's last significant recordings. The band, which included Gene Quill and Med Flory on altos, mostly performs the arrangements of Gerry Mulligan, tenor saxophonist Ralph Aldridge, and Thornhill. It still sounded unique, and as out of place in the 1950s jazz world as it had a decade earlier. Overall, the highlights of this set of rarities include "Moonlight Bay," "Anthropology," the beautiful "Autumn Nocturne," "Mambo Nothing," "Jeru," two versions of "Summer Is Gone," and "Five Brothers."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Hep Records
  • UPC: 603366008026
  • Catalog Number: 80
  • Sales rank: 244,869

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Claude Thornhill Primary Artist, Piano
Lee Katzman Trumpet
Hal McKusick Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Gene Quill Alto Saxophone
Joe Derise Guitar, Vocals
Med Flory Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Gene Allen Baritone Saxophone
Billy Barber Tuba
Junior Collins French Horn
Al Epstein Bongos
Billy Exner Drums
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Milt Gold Trombone
Dick Hafer Tenor Saxophone
Allan Langstaff Trombone
Jeff Massingill Tenor Saxophone
Danny Perri Guitar
Danny Polo Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Sonny Rich Trumpet
Sandy Siegelstein French Horn
Bob Peterson Bass
Thomas Patton Trumpet
Paula Martin Vocals
Winston Welch Drums
Ray Norman Tenor Saxophone
Al Antonucci French Horn
Tom Arthur Trumpet
John Andrews Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Gerry Mulligan Composer
Joe Derise Arranger
Noël Coward Composer
Josef Myrow Composer
Milton Brown Composer
Gus Arnheim Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Enric Madriguera Composer
Alastair Robertson Producer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Jules LeMare (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Harry Tobias Composer
Edward Madden Composer
Percy Wenrich Composer
Nat D. Ayer Composer
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