Pandora's Box: 1946-1947

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
A veteran of the Bob Crosby and Artie Shaw orchestras, trumpeter Billy Butterfield is heard leading his own well-oiled ensemble on this Hep sampler of fine big band recordings cut in 1946 and 1947. Butterfield's first band came together immediately after the Second World War and performed regularly at Eddie Condon's club in New York. The big band heard on this compilation represents the next step in his stylistic development; it's about as modern sounding as Butterfield would ever get. The song choices are beautifully rooted in the mingled traditions of jazz and mid-20th century pop music. "Moten Swing" is a tip of the hat to Kansas City bandleader Bennie Moten; "Prelude ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
A veteran of the Bob Crosby and Artie Shaw orchestras, trumpeter Billy Butterfield is heard leading his own well-oiled ensemble on this Hep sampler of fine big band recordings cut in 1946 and 1947. Butterfield's first band came together immediately after the Second World War and performed regularly at Eddie Condon's club in New York. The big band heard on this compilation represents the next step in his stylistic development; it's about as modern sounding as Butterfield would ever get. The song choices are beautifully rooted in the mingled traditions of jazz and mid-20th century pop music. "Moten Swing" is a tip of the hat to Kansas City bandleader Bennie Moten; "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Sophisticated Lady" are fundamental romantic standards from the Duke Ellington book, while handsome ballads like "My Heart Stood Still," "What Is There to Say?" "Night and Day" and "Embraceable You" are beautifully polished performances that place Butterfield in the same league with Bobby Hackett. On the lively "Pandora, Close That Box," Butterfield wails in a manner that instantly brings to mind the soaring trumpet of Roy Eldridge.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2000
  • Label: Hep Records
  • UPC: 603366004929
  • Catalog Number: 49
  • Sales rank: 160,696

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Butterfield Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Lenny Hambro Alto Saxophone
Jack Green Trombone, Baritone Saxophone
Mickey Crane Piano
Bill Stegmeyer Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bob Peck Trumpet
David Reiser Guitar
Fern Caron Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Bing Crosby Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Mickey Crane Arranger
Sammy Fain Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Bill Stegmeyer Arranger
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Bob Peck Arranger
Alastair Robertson Producer
Ian Crosbie Liner Notes
Charles Newman Composer
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