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All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
A decent compilation. The lineup is excellent and most selections are first-rate. The only problem is you cannot get any idea from this of the greatness of Basie, Ellington, etc.
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All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
A decent compilation. The lineup is excellent and most selections are first-rate. The only problem is you cannot get any idea from this of the greatness of Basie, Ellington, etc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042283328129
  • Catalog Number: 833281


Disc 1
  1. 1 Stealin' Apples (4:10)
  2. 2 April in Paris (3:46)
  3. 3 Cotton Tail (3:40)
  4. 4 Two O'Clock Jump - Harry James (4:02)
  5. 5 Drum Boogie (3:34)
  6. 6 Midnight Sun (3:22)
  7. 7 Claxton Hall Swing (3:00)
  8. 8 Caldonia (7:43)
  9. 9 Flying Home (4:24)
  10. 10 The Hawk Talks (2:36)
  11. 11 Opus One (3:32)
  12. 12 Ultra - Harry James (4:18)
  13. 13 Four Others (2:53)
  14. 14 Skyliner (3:02)
  15. 15 King Porter Stomp (4:13)
  16. 16 One O'Clock Jump (4:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Charlie Barnet Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Count Basie Piano, Track Performer
Louie Bellson Drums, Track Performer
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Cal Collins Guitar
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Mercer Ellington Trumpet
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals, Track Performer
Herb Geller Alto Saxophone
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman Clarinet, Track Performer
Wardell Gray Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Urbie Green Trombone
Lionel Hampton Vibes, Track Performer
Jake Hanna Drums
Herbie Harper Trombone
Woody Herman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Bill Holman Tenor Saxophone
Harry James Trumpet, Track Performer
Bobby Jones Tenor Saxophone
Thad Jones Trumpet
Barney Kessel Guitar
Gene Krupa Drums, Track Performer
Dave McKenna Piano
Oliver Nelson Alto Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Bill Perkins Tenor Saxophone
Nat Pierce Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli Acoustic Guitar
Buddy Rich Drums
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Warren Vaché Trumpet
Derek Watkins Trumpet
George Young Alto Saxophone
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Eddie Chamblee Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Coker Tenor Saxophone
Dick Collins Trumpet
Wallace Davenport Trumpet
Rufus "Speedy" Jones Drums
Ray Linn Trumpet
George Masso Trombone
Hal McKusick Alto Saxophone
Michael Moore Bass
Sal Nistico Tenor Saxophone
Frank Rehak Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Aaron Sachs Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Shu Tenor Saxophone
Louis Stewart Electric Guitar
Earl Swope Trombone
Nick Travis Trumpet
Claude Williamson Piano
Stu Williamson Trumpet
Phil Wilson Trombone
Guido Basso Trumpet
Johnny Messner Trombone
Russell Procope Alto Saxophone
Mary Lou Williams Piano
Robert Burns Alto Saxophone
Joe Evans Baritone Saxophone
Anita O'Day Vocals, Track Performer
Chuck Connors Trombone
Connie Kay Drums
Willie Ruff French Horn
Wayne Andre Trombone
Jack Arnold Percussion
John Audino Trumpet
Peter Badie Bass
Don Baldwin Bass
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Hoyt Bohannon Trombone
Greg Bowen Trumpet
Lennie Bush Bass
Harry Carney Baritone Saxophone
Bob Carter Trumpet
Bill Chase Trumpet
Keith Christie Trombone
Henry Coker Trombone
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Buster Cooper Trombone
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Joseph DeAngelis French Horn
Nick Dimaio Trombone
Johnny Drew Bass
Duke Ellington Orchestra Piano, Track Performer
Bob Efford Tenor Saxophone
Graham Ellis Trombone
Joe Ferrante Trumpet
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Vern Friley Trombone
Barry Galbraith Guitar
David Gale Trumpet
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Bill Graham Alto Saxophone
Dick Hafer Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton Tenor Saxophone
Frank Hittner Baritone Saxophone
Bill Hughes Trombone
Bill Hunt Trumpet
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Herb Jones Trumpet
Jimmy Jones Piano
Reunald Jones Trumpet
John Lamb Bass
Bob Lawson Baritone Saxophone
Billy Mackel Guitar
Art Mardigan Drums
John Markham Drums
Sam Marowitz Alto Saxophone
Lew McGreery Trombone
John McLevy Trumpet
Dick Meldonian Alto Saxophone
Ed Mullens Trumpet
Nick Nichols Tenor Saxophone
Fred Ohms Trombone
Bobby Orr Drums
Truck Parham Bass
Sonny Payne Drums
Victor Paz Trumpet
Nat Peck Trombone
Tommy Pedersen Trombone
George "Chocolate" Perry Baritone Saxophone
Bobby Plater Alto Saxophone
Benny Powell Trombone
Eddie Preston Trumpet
Frank Reidy Tenor Saxophone
Joe Riggs Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sol Schlinger Baritone Saxophone
John Simmons Bass
Ray Sims Trombone
Henry Southall Trombone
Arnett Sparrow Trombone
Juan Tizol Trombone
Bill Trujillo Tenor Saxophone
Frank Wess Tenor Saxophone
Dave Wells Trombone
Kai Winding Trombone
Wayne Wright Guitar
Bumps Myers Tenor Saxophone
Edward Mihelich Bass
Sam Staff Baritone Saxophone
Rene Bloch Alto Saxophone
Mel Rodnin Alto Saxophone
Corky Corcoran Tenor Saxophone
Dick Hater Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Jones Bass
James Araki Alto Saxophone
Bob Dawes Baritone Saxophone
Bill McGuffie Piano
Hal Roberts Trombone
Ziggy Elmer Trombone
Paul Fontaine Trumpet
Dave Gale Trumpet
Dwike Mitchell Piano
Eddie Wasserman Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Pederson Trombone
Jack Perciful Piano
Mel Rodnon Alto Saxophone
Chuck Andrus Bass
Ritney Brauer Tenor Saxophone
Don Honeywill Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Huntzinger Trombone
Gerald Lamy Trumpet
Carlton McBeath Trumpet
Tony Scodwell Trumpet
Hal Wegbeit Trumpet
Bob Rudolph Trombone
Bobby Styles Trumpet
Al Yeager Trumpet
Ed Diamond Piano
Al DelSimone Trumpet
Bill King Trumpet
Al Hayes Trombone
Rod Adam Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Wilson Trombone
Billy Brooks Trumpet
Red Kelly Bass
Fred Thompson Trumpet
Technical Credits
Louie Bellson Arranger
Roy Eldridge Composer
Bob Florence Arranger
Jimmy Giuffre Arranger
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Woody Herman Contributor
Quincy Jones Arranger
Gene Krupa Composer
Nat Pierce Arranger
Sy Oliver Composer
Ed Berger Contributor
Wild Bill Davis Arranger
Duke Ellington Orchestra Arranger
Fletcher Henderson Arranger
James Isaacs Liner Notes
Jimmy Jones Arranger
Phil Schaap Contributor, Tape Vault Research, Vault Research
Billy Moore Jr. Arranger
Sydney Robin Composer
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