Farewell Performances

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This CD is the missing link in the history of Glenn Miller's band and music. With Jerry Gray conducting, the Army Air Force Overseas Orchestra had to continue performing in the wake of Miller's death, and they followed his maxim of making every performance count. The 23 tracks here were drawn from airchecks of radio broadcasts during October and November of 1945, nearly a year after Miller's death, and they show a band that is as tight and hot as ever, stretching out a bit more perhaps in peacetime, than they did in wartime. These were effectively the military band's farewell performances -- although some of the men here would spend the next several decades playing this same...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This CD is the missing link in the history of Glenn Miller's band and music. With Jerry Gray conducting, the Army Air Force Overseas Orchestra had to continue performing in the wake of Miller's death, and they followed his maxim of making every performance count. The 23 tracks here were drawn from airchecks of radio broadcasts during October and November of 1945, nearly a year after Miller's death, and they show a band that is as tight and hot as ever, stretching out a bit more perhaps in peacetime, than they did in wartime. These were effectively the military band's farewell performances -- although some of the men here would spend the next several decades playing this same repertory -- and they're swinging. Gray's "Sun Valley Jump" in particular is a delight, with superb solos and ensemble playing. All of the major hits are here as well, along with incidental pieces like the under-three-minute precis of "Rhapsody in Blue." Interestingly, "In the Mood" gets a faster, tighter treatment than the one we're accustomed to in more-standard Miller band performances, with a killer solo. Sgt. Johnny Desmond and the singing group the Crew Chiefs are also featured on four delightful novelty numbers "Have You Got Any Gum, Chum?" etc., and Desmond gets brilliant solo spots on "Homesick, That's All" and "Autumn Serenade." The other players featured include pianist Mel Powell, bassist Trigger Alpert, and trumpeter Bernie Privin, among numerous others. The between-song announcer added to the CD is obtrusive but at least the information he provides is useful. The sound is crytal clear, and beautifully textured.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/1994
  • Label: Hindsight Records
  • UPC: 014921024823
  • Catalog Number: 248
  • Sales rank: 134,933

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Gray Primary Artist, Conductor, Ensemble, Track Performer
Johnny Desmond Vocals, Ensemble
Mel Powell Ensemble
Trigger Alpert Ensemble
Peanuts Hucko Vocals, Ensemble
Ray McKinley Ensemble
Arnold Ross Ensemble
Tony Martin Ensemble
Maurice Bialkin Ensemble
Hank Freeman Ensemble
Chuck Gentry Ensemble
John Haliburton Ensemble
Harry Katzman Ensemble
Norman Leyden Ensemble
Carmen Mastren Ensemble
Glenn Miller Ensemble
George Ockner Ensemble
Nat Peck Ensemble
Jimmy Priddy Ensemble
Bernie Privin Trumpet, Ensemble
David Sackson Ensemble
Joe Shulman Ensemble
Whitey Thomas Ensemble
Stanley Harris Ensemble
Addison Collins Ensemble
Frank Ippolito Ensemble
Jack Russin Ensemble
Zeke Zarchy Ensemble
Dave Schwartz Ensemble
Steve Steck Ensemble
Earl Cornwell Ensemble
Crew Chiefs Vocals
Bobby Nichols Ensemble
Jack Steele Ensemble
Artie Malvin Ensemble
Bill Conway Ensemble
Mannie Thaler Ensemble
Jack Ferrier Ensemble
Larry Hall Ensemble
Gene Steck Ensemble
CPL. Gene Bergen Ensemble
Paul Dubov Ensemble
Milton Edelson Ensemble
Freddy Guera Ensemble
Ernest Kardos Ensemble
Richard Lotvlinski Ensemble
Freddy Ostrowski Ensemble
Vito Pascucci Ensemble
Bob Ripley Ensemble
George Voutsas Ensemble
Manny Wishnow Ensemble
Julius Zifferblatt Ensemble
Phil Cogliano Ensemble
Dave Herman Ensemble
Murray Kane Ensemble
Carl Swanson Ensemble
Vern Wilson Ensemble
Lynn Allison Ensemble
Jack Sanderson Ensemble
Henry Bryan Ensemble
Jimmy Jackson Ensemble
Vince Carbone Ensemble
Technical Credits
Mel Powell Contributor
Trigger Alpert Contributor
Ray McKinley Contributor
Arnold Ross Contributor
Tony Martin Contributor
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Maurice Bialkin Contributor
Hank Freeman Contributor
Chuck Gentry Contributor
Nathan Kaproff Contributor
Harry Katzman Contributor
Pete Kline Producer
Norman Leyden Contributor
Glenn Miller Contributor
George Ockner Contributor
Nat Peck Contributor
Jimmy Priddy Contributor
Bernie Privin Contributor
David Sackson Contributor
David Schwartz Contributor
Joe Shulman Contributor
Al Stillman Composer
Whitey Thomas Contributor
Stanley Harris Contributor
Addison Collins Contributor
Johnny Halliburton Contributor
Frank Ippolito Contributor
Jack Russin Contributor
Eliot Tiegel Liner Notes
Zeke Zarchy Contributor
Steve Steck Contributor
Earl Cornwell Contributor
Tom Gramuglia Executive Producer
Bobby Nichols Contributor
Jack Steele Contributor
Artie Malvin Contributor
Bill Conway Contributor
Mannie Thaler Contributor
Jack Ferrier Contributor
John Jungklaus Contributor
Larry Hall Contributor
Gene Steck Contributor
CPL. Gene Bergen Contributor
Paul Dubov Contributor
Milton Edelson Contributor
Freddy Guera Contributor
John Jungklous Remixing
Ernest Kardos Contributor
Richard Lotvlinski Contributor
Dick Matolinks Contributor
Freddy Ostrowski Contributor
Vito Pascucci Contributor
Bob Ripley Contributor
George Voutsas Contributor
Manny Wishnow Contributor
Julius Zifferblatt Contributor
Phil Cogliano Contributor
Dave Herman Contributor
Murray Kane Contributor
Carl Swanson Contributor
Vern Wilson Contributor
Lynn Allison Contributor
Jack Sanderson Contributor
Donald Haynes Contributor
Traditional Composer
Henry Bryan Contributor
Frank W. Meacham Composer
Annie Fortescue Harrison Composer
Jimmy Jackson Contributor
Meta Orred Composer
Vince Carbone Contributor
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