Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm

Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm

by Shep Fields
     
 
Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm is a live recording from a radio show featuring Fields and his band circa 1947. Fields used an unusual setup mostly made up of tenor, alto, and baritone saxophones and a four-piece rhythm section, but the element that sticks out most on this recording is the vocal work of Toni Arden and Bob Johnstone,

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Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm is a live recording from a radio show featuring Fields and his band circa 1947. Fields used an unusual setup mostly made up of tenor, alto, and baritone saxophones and a four-piece rhythm section, but the element that sticks out most on this recording is the vocal work of Toni Arden and Bob Johnstone, both alone and together. Arden offers likable versions of "An Apple Blossom Wedding" and "Just an Old Love of Mine," sentimental oldies that conjure up yesteryear. Johnstone uses his baritone to touch upon equally romantic fare, including "All My Love" and "So Far." In the middle of the show, Arden and Johnstone hold forth on "If My Heart Had a Window," finding a winning balance between her light tone and his deeper, Bing Crosby style. Arden and Johnstone are supplemented by Three Beaus and a Peep, a close harmony group that delivers enjoyable takes on "Kokomo, Indiana" and "In a Little Spanish Town." Fields and his band close out the show appropriately with "It Had to Be You." Although the album is rather short at 30 minutes, it has the flavor of an old-time radio show and will be a real treat for those who remember when the medium was in its prime.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742105926
catalogNumber:
1059

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