Maniac's Ball

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
During a period of time when few jazz-oriented big bands existed outside of Harlem, the Casa Loma Orchestra helped set the stage for the swing era. Gene Gifford's arrangements for the ensemble during 1929-1935 were later criticized for using some staccato phrasing and an excess of riffs, but the music still sounds quite exciting today. Maniac's Ball mostly dates from 1931-1932, with one song from 1933, three from 1934, Larry Clinton's "A Study in Brown" from 1937, and a five-song session from 1936. In addition to a few Clinton arrangements, many of Gifford's best charts are here, including "White Jazz," "Black Jazz," "Blue Jazz," "Maniac's Ball," and "Wild Goose Chase." Of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
During a period of time when few jazz-oriented big bands existed outside of Harlem, the Casa Loma Orchestra helped set the stage for the swing era. Gene Gifford's arrangements for the ensemble during 1929-1935 were later criticized for using some staccato phrasing and an excess of riffs, but the music still sounds quite exciting today. Maniac's Ball mostly dates from 1931-1932, with one song from 1933, three from 1934, Larry Clinton's "A Study in Brown" from 1937, and a five-song session from 1936. In addition to a few Clinton arrangements, many of Gifford's best charts are here, including "White Jazz," "Black Jazz," "Blue Jazz," "Maniac's Ball," and "Wild Goose Chase." Of the four Hep releases that on a whole feature most of the high points of the Casa Loma recordings skipping the more commercial dance band records, Maniac's Ball is the best all-round introduction to the music of the Casa Loma Orchestra.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/1996
  • Label: Hep Records
  • UPC: 603366105121
  • Catalog Number: 1051
  • Sales rank: 259,162

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Casa Loma Orchestra Primary Artist
Glen Gray Indexed Contributor, Leader, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Pee Wee Hunt Trombone, Vocals
Ray Eberle Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tony Briglia Drums
Kenny Sargent Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Pat Davis Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Dennis Bass, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Standup Bass
Gene Gifford Banjo, Guitar
Joe Hostetter Trumpet, Vocals
Mel Jenssen Violin, Viola
Art Ralston Bassoon, Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Billy Rauch Trombone
Bobby Lee Jones Trumpet
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra Track Performer
Sonny Dunham Trumpet
Grady Watts Trumpet
Bo Ashford Trumpet
Jack Blanchette Guitar
Fritz Hummel Trombone
Dub Shoffner Trumpet
Frank Zullo Trumpet
Technical Credits
Glen Gray Director
Larry Clinton Arranger
Nick LaRocca Composer
Charles Davis Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Gene Gifford Arranger, Composer
Mel Jenssen Director
John R.T. Davies Producer, Remastering
Charlie Davis Composer
Alastair Robertson Producer
Robert Bamberger Liner Notes
Winky Tharp Composer
Edwin Edwards Composer
Winston Collins Tharp Composer
Alvin Hankerson Composer
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