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Eight Bar Riff: 1943-1950

Eight Bar Riff: 1943-1950

by Harry James & His Musicmakers Harry James & His Musicmakers
Eight Bar Riff: 1943-1950

Eight Bar Riff: 1943-1950

by Harry James & His Musicmakers Harry James & His Musicmakers


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Popularly known as the husband of Betty Grable and virtuosic leader of a sweet band that was sometimes garnished with a string section, Harry James was also an exceptionally fine jazz trumpeter who made great records as an inspired sideman with Ben Pollack, Miff Mole, the Rhythm Wreckers, Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, and Benny Goodman. As for his own authentically swinging big band, Hep Records presents Harry James & His Music Makers as documented on a series of historical airchecks. This excellent album provides some of the best big-band jazz by Harry James that you will ever find anywhere. These archival rarities were drawn from three different installments of The Chesterfield Show broadcast over CBS from Los Angeles in late 1943 and early 1944; three shows presented at the Meadowbrook Gardens in Culver City and aired over the KHJ Mutual-Don Lee Network between December 1, 1945, and February 22, 1946; a Coca-Cola-sponsored broadcast emanating from Los Angeles during August of 1946; and an exciting live remote from the Marine Ballroom on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ, on June 7, 1950. During this time period, James had two master jazz musicians in the band: Duke Ellington's composer, arranger, and valve trombonist Juan Tizol, featured on his own amazing "Keb-Lah"; and Jimmie Lunceford's alto saxophonist Willie Smith, featured as a soloist on "I Don't Know Why" and as a singer on "Coffee Time." Pop vocals are supplied by Ginnie Powell, Marion Morgan, and Buddy Moreno. The musicianship on this album is stunning. Baritone saxophonist Bob Poland is spotlighted on "Slap Happy," Duke Ellington's feature for Harry Carney, and tenor saxophonist Corky Corcoran handles "It's the Talk of the Town" with just the right amount of backing from ten string players and big-band continuo. There is an unusually high number of excellently arranged instrumentals on this compilation. "In a Mist," composed by Bix Beiderbecke, was arranged by Neal Hefti. "Carnival," composed by Harry Warren, was arranged by Billy May. "Friar Rock" and "Eight Bar Riff" were composed by James, who co-wrote "The Beaumont Ride" with Ray Conniff, who devised the arrangement. Johnny Thompson, who appears to have been lightly obsessed with condiments and comestibles, wrote "The Gravy Train" and "Jump Sauce." And the profoundly groovy "9:20 Special" was composed by Buster Harding and Count Basie's alto man Earle Warren. There's a lot of solid jazz in this packet, interspersed with square little announcements by well-intentioned radio MCs. Among various and sundry Harry James aircheck compilations, this one certainly rates near the top of the heap.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2007
Label: Hep Records
UPC: 0603366008323
catalogNumber: 83
Rank: 140759


  1. Cinderella
  2. Too Marvelous for Words
  3. The Gravy Train
  4. Coffee Time
  5. Jump Sauce
  6. It's the Talk of the Town
  7. June Is Bustin' out All Over
  8. Friar Rock
  9. 9:20 Special
  10. Blue Skies
  11. I Can't Begin to Tell You
  12. King Porter Stomp
  13. 9:20 Special
  14. Do You Love Me?
  15. Eight Bar Riff
  16. The Man I Love
  17. I've Never Forgotten
  18. I Don't Know Why
  19. Keb-Lah
  20. The Beaumont Ride
  21. In a Mist
  22. Slap Happy
  23. Carnival

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry James & His Musicmakers   Primary Artist
Harry James   Trumpet
Jimmy Campbell   Trumpet
Arnold Ross   Piano
Bob Stone   Bass,Bass Guitar
George Davis   Baritone Saxophone
Cy Bernard   Cello
Nick Buono   Trumpet
John DeVoogdt   Violin
Nick Fatool   Drums
Stan Fishelson   Trumpet
Lou Fromm   Drums
Jack Gootkin   Violin
Benny Heller   Guitar
Sam Herman   Guitar
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Alexander Neiman   Violin,Viola
Phil Palmer   French Horn
Bob Poland   Baritone Saxophone
Jerome Reisler   Violin
Dave Robbins   Trombone
Harry Rodgers   Trombone
Willie "The Lion" Smith   Alto Saxophone
David Sterkin   Viola
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Jackie Mills   Drums
Gerald Joyce   Viola
Johnny MacAfee   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Cook   Tenor Saxophone
Friede   Cello
James Grimes   Trumpet
Claude Lakey   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Lerner   Piano
Edward Mihelich   Bass,Bongos
Nick Pisani   Violin
Dalton Rizzotto   Trombone
Micky Scrima   Drums
Thurman Teague   Bass,Bongos
Vince Badale   Trumpet
Corky Corcoran   Tenor Saxophone
Cuozzo   Trumpet
Sam Freed   Viola
Bill Spear   Violin,Viola
Musky Ruffo   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ziggy Elmer   Trombone
Eddie Rosa   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Sam Caplan   Violin
Hayden Causey   Guitar
Buddy Moreno   Vocals
Sam Sachelle   Baritone Saxophone
Phil Cook   Trumpet
Vic Hamann   Trombone
Leo Zorn   Violin
George David   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ray Heath   Trombone
Fred Waldron   French Horn
Victor Stern   Viola
Larry Kurkdjie   Violin
Robert Bein   Violin
Stewart Bruner   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
George Grossman   Violin
Ernest Karpati   Violin
King Guion   Tenor Saxophone
Red Berkens   Trumpet
Herschel Burke Gilbert   Viola
Ginnie Powell   Vocals
Leonard Corris   Trumpet
Bruce McDonald   Piano
Everett McDonald   Trumpet
Chuck Preble   Trombone
Jimmy Troutman   Trumpet
Willie Smith   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Harry Jaworski   Violin
David Robbins   Trombone
Neiman   Violin
Victor Stern   Viola
Lee O'Connor   Trombone
Bob Bein   Violin
Harry Jones   Trumpet
Jim Troutman   Trumpet
Herchel Gilbert   Viola
Freide   Cello
Neimann   Viola
Fred Waldron   French Horn
L.N. Kurkdje   Violin
Gerson Oberstein   Violin
Murray MacEachern   Trombone
Red Berken   Trumpet
Mike Russell   Viola

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Ray Conniff   Arranger,Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Harry James   Composer,Direction
Billy May   Arranger
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Neal Hefti   Arranger
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Bix Beiderbecke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Juan Tizol   Arranger,Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Earle Warren   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
David J. Weiner   Liner Notes
Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra   Arranger,Composer
Buster Harding   Composer
Alastair Robertson   Executive Producer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Johnny Thompson Singers   Arranger

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