Eight Bar Riff: 1943-1950

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Popularly known as the husband of Betty Grable and virtuosic leader of a sweet band that was sometimes garnished with a string section, Harry James was also an exceptionally fine jazz trumpeter who made great records as an inspired sideman with Ben Pollack, Miff Mole, the Rhythm Wreckers, Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, and Benny Goodman. As for his own authentically swinging big band, Hep Records presents Harry James & His Music Makers as documented on a series of historical airchecks. This excellent album provides some of the best big-band jazz by Harry James that you will ever find anywhere. These archival rarities were drawn from three different ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Popularly known as the husband of Betty Grable and virtuosic leader of a sweet band that was sometimes garnished with a string section, Harry James was also an exceptionally fine jazz trumpeter who made great records as an inspired sideman with Ben Pollack, Miff Mole, the Rhythm Wreckers, Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, and Benny Goodman. As for his own authentically swinging big band, Hep Records presents Harry James & His Music Makers as documented on a series of historical airchecks. This excellent album provides some of the best big-band jazz by Harry James that you will ever find anywhere. These archival rarities were drawn from three different installments of The Chesterfield Show broadcast over CBS from Los Angeles in late 1943 and early 1944; three shows presented at the Meadowbrook Gardens in Culver City and aired over the KHJ Mutual-Don Lee Network between December 1, 1945, and February 22, 1946; a Coca-Cola-sponsored broadcast emanating from Los Angeles during August of 1946; and an exciting live remote from the Marine Ballroom on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ, on June 7, 1950. During this time period, James had two master jazz musicians in the band: Duke Ellington's composer, arranger, and valve trombonist Juan Tizol, featured on his own amazing "Keb-Lah"; and Jimmie Lunceford's alto saxophonist Willie Smith, featured as a soloist on "I Don't Know Why" and as a singer on "Coffee Time." Pop vocals are supplied by Ginnie Powell, Marion Morgan, and Buddy Moreno. The musicianship on this album is stunning. Baritone saxophonist Bob Poland is spotlighted on "Slap Happy," Duke Ellington's feature for Harry Carney, and tenor saxophonist Corky Corcoran handles "It's the Talk of the Town" with just the right amount of backing from ten string players and big-band continuo. There is an unusually high number of excellently arranged instrumentals on this compilation. "In a Mist," composed by Bix Beiderbecke, was arranged by Neal Hefti. "Carnival," composed by Harry Warren, was arranged by Billy May. "Friar Rock" and "Eight Bar Riff" were composed by James, who co-wrote "The Beaumont Ride" with Ray Conniff, who devised the arrangement. Johnny Thompson, who appears to have been lightly obsessed with condiments and comestibles, wrote "The Gravy Train" and "Jump Sauce." And the profoundly groovy "9:20 Special" was composed by Buster Harding and Count Basie's alto man Earle Warren. There's a lot of solid jazz in this packet, interspersed with square little announcements by well-intentioned radio MCs. Among various and sundry Harry James aircheck compilations, this one certainly rates near the top of the heap.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Hep Records
  • UPC: 603366008323
  • Catalog Number: 83
  • Sales rank: 228,774

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cinderella - Harry James (3:12)
  2. 2 Too Marvelous for Words - Harry James (3:02)
  3. 3 The Gravy Train - Harry James (2:39)
  4. 4 Coffee Time - Harry James (3:40)
  5. 5 Jump Sauce - Harry James (2:40)
  6. 6 It's the Talk of the Town (3:39)
  7. 7 June Is Bustin' out All Over - Harry James (3:01)
  8. 8 Friar Rock - Harry James (3:30)
  9. 9 9:20 Special - Harry James (2:43)
  10. 10 Blue Skies - Harry James (2:33)
  11. 11 I Can't Begin to Tell You - Harry James (2:55)
  12. 12 King Porter Stomp - Harry James (3:53)
  13. 13 9:20 Special - Harry James (3:34)
  14. 14 Do You Love Me? - Harry James (3:05)
  15. 15 Eight Bar Riff - Harry James (3:18)
  16. 16 The Man I Love - Harry James (4:32)
  17. 17 I've Never Forgotten - Harry James (3:16)
  18. 18 I Don't Know Why (3:15)
  19. 19 Keb-Lah - Harry James (3:46)
  20. 20 The Beaumont Ride - Harry James (3:23)
  21. 21 In a Mist - Harry James (3:34)
  22. 22 Slap Happy (3:21)
  23. 23 Carnival - Harry James (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry James & His Musicmakers Primary Artist
Harry James Indexed Contributor, Trumpet
Jimmy Campbell Trumpet
Arnold Ross Piano
Bob Stone Bass, Bass Guitar
George Davis Baritone Saxophone
Cy Bernard Cello
Nick Buono Trumpet
John DeVoogdt Violin
Nick Fatool Drums
Stan Fishelson Trumpet
Lou Fromm Drums
Jack Gootkin Violin
Benny Heller Guitar
Sam Herman Guitar
Murray McEachern Trombone
Alexander Neiman Violin, Viola
Phil Palmer French Horn
Bob Poland Baritone Saxophone
Jerome Reisler Violin
Dave Robbins Trombone
Harry Rodgers Trombone
Willie "The Lion" Smith Alto Saxophone
David Sterkin Viola
Juan Tizol Valve Trombone
Jackie Mills Drums
Gerald Joyce Viola
Johnny MacAfee Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Cook Tenor Saxophone
Al Friede Cello
James Grimes Trumpet
Claude Lakey Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Al Lerner Piano
Edward Mihelich Bass, Bongos
Nick Pisani Violin
Dalton Rizzotto Trombone
Micky Scrima Drums
Thurman Teague Bass, Bongos
Corky Corcoran Tenor Saxophone
Al Cuozzo Trumpet
Sam Freed Viola
Bill Spear Violin, Viola
Musky Ruffo Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ziggy Elmer Trombone
Eddie Rosa Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Sam Caplan Violin
Hayden Causey Guitar
Buddy Moreno Vocals
Sam Sachelle Baritone Saxophone
Phil Cook Trumpet
Vic Hamann Trombone
Leo Zorn Violin
George David Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ray Heath Trombone
Fred Waldron French Horn
Victor Stern Viola
Larry Kurkdjie Violin
Robert Bein Violin
Stewart Bruner Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
George Grossman Violin
Ernest Karpati Violin
King Guion Tenor Saxophone
Red Berkens Trumpet
Herschel Burke Gilbert Viola
Ginnie Powell Vocals
Leonard Corris Trumpet
Bruce McDonald Piano
Everett McDonald Trumpet
Chuck Preble Trombone
Jimmy Troutman Trumpet
Willie Smith Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Harry Jaworski Violin
David Robbins Trombone
Al Neiman Violin
Victor Stern Viola
Lee O'Connor Trombone
Bob Bein Violin
Harry Jones Trumpet
Phil Cook Trumpet
Vincent Badale Trumpet
Jim Troutman Trumpet
Herchel Gilbert Viola
Al Freide Cello
Al Neimann Viola
Fred Waldron French Horn
L.N. Kurkdje Violin
Philip Palmer French Horn
Gerson Oberstein Violin
Murray MacEachern Trombone
Red Berken Trumpet
Mike Russell Viola
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Ray Conniff Arranger, Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Harry James Composer, Direction
Billy May Arranger
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Neal Hefti Arranger
Richard Rodgers Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Bix Beiderbecke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Marty Symes Composer
Juan Tizol Arranger, Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Earle Warren Composer
Harry Warren Composer
David J. Weiner Liner Notes
Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra Arranger, Composer
Buster Harding Composer
Alastair Robertson Executive Producer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
James V. Monaco Composer
The Johnny Thompson Singers Arranger
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