1949-1953 Performances

1949-1953 Performances

by Claude Thornhill


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1949-1953 Performances

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra was a unique big band, a "sweet" orchestra with strong jazz sensibilities that helped lead the way toward West Coast cool jazz. Often having his reed section play five clarinets without vibrato, emphasizing long atmospheric tones, and performing dreamy ballads, Thornhill also kept his band open to the influence of bebop. This CD starts off with Thornhill's radio transcriptions of 1949-1950, a time when his band included few major names but still had a strong and unique ensemble sound. The final 14 selections are from a two-day session in 1953 that ranks among Thornhill's last significant recordings. The band, which included Gene Quill and Med Flory on altos, mostly performs the arrangements of Gerry Mulligan, tenor saxophonist Ralph Aldridge, and Thornhill. It still sounded unique, and as out of place in the 1950s jazz world as it had a decade earlier. Overall, the highlights of this set of rarities include "Moonlight Bay," "Anthropology," the beautiful "Autumn Nocturne," "Mambo Nothing," "Jeru," two versions of "Summer Is Gone," and "Five Brothers."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2004
Label: Hep Records
UPC: 0603366008026
catalogNumber: 80

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Claude Thornhill   Primary Artist,Piano
Lee Katzman   Trumpet
Hal McKusick   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Gene Quill   Alto Saxophone
Joe Derise   Guitar,Vocals
Med Flory   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Gene Allen   Baritone Saxophone
Billy Barber   Tuba
Junior Collins   French Horn
Epstein   Bongos
Billy Exner   Drums
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Milt Gold   Trombone
Dick Hafer   Tenor Saxophone
Allan Langstaff   Trombone
Jeff Massingill   Tenor Saxophone
Danny Perri   Guitar
Danny Polo   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Sonny Rich   Trumpet
Sandy Siegelstein   French Horn
Bob Peterson   Bass
Thomas Patton   Trumpet
Paula Martin   Vocals
Winston Welch   Drums
Ray Norman   Tenor Saxophone
Antonucci   French Horn
Tom Arthur   Trumpet
John Andrews   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Gerry Mulligan   Composer
Joe Derise   Arranger
Noël Coward   Composer
Josef Myrow   Composer
Milton Brown   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Enric Madriguera   Composer
Alastair Robertson   Producer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Jules LeMare (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Harry Tobias   Composer
Edward Madden   Composer
Percy Wenrich   Composer
Nat D. Ayer   Composer

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