Exploring New Sounds

Exploring New Sounds

by Pete Rugolo


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Exploring New Sounds

Fresh Sound presents a double barrel, double-disc compilation loaded with four stunning instrumental concept albums recorded in Hollywood during the years 1957, 1960 and 1961 by ex-Stan Kenton arranger and composer Pete Rugolo. Born in San Piero Patti, Sicily on December 24, 1915 and raised in Santa Rosa, CA, Rugolo studied with Darius Milhaud and (like young Frank Zappa) was influenced by Igor Stravinsky. He would become somewhat notorious during the late '40s and early '50s as Kenton's designer of challenging and futuristic band charts. During the late '50s, he worked as staff arranger for Capitol, was involved with musicals at MGM, and then came into his own as music director for Mercury Records. Opening with the bombastically bongo-ridden Capitol album "Percussion at Work," Fresh Sound's titillating tour of mannered modernity follows Rugolo's quirky imagination through three deliberately formulated Mercury Perfect Presence Sound albums: Ten Trombones Like Two Pianos, Ten Trumpets and Two Guitars and Ten Saxophones and Two Basses. Featured players include percussionists Shelly Manne, Mel Lewis, Larry Bunker and Jack Costanzo; trombonists Frank Rosolino, Joe Howard, Milt Bernhart and Kenny Shroyer; trumpeters Manny Klein and Pete and Conte Candoli; saxophonists Bud Shank and Buddy Collette; pianists André Previn, Russ Freeman and Jimmy Rowles; guitarists Howard Roberts, Laurindo Almeida and Al Viola as well as bassists Red Mitchell and Joe Mondragon. Repertoire ranges from mainstream pop and jazz standards through classic jazz and antiquated traditional fare to cooled bop and of course Rugolo's own patented brand of modernistic chamber jazz informed as much by 20th century European innovators as by the persistently theatrical, often aggressively posed productions of Stan Kenton. Small wonder Rugolo went directly from this kind of work to composing film scores and crafting dynamic themes for TV shows such as "Run for Your Life," "The Fugitive," "Richard Diamond, Private Detective," "The Stranger," "Felony Squad," "Lie Detector" and "The Bold Ones." This action-packed anthology is ideal for highway driving, retro-lounging, medicated housework and buffet snacking.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/03/2007
Label: Fresh Sounds Spain
UPC: 8427328622431
catalogNumber: 2243

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pete Rugolo   Primary Artist
Laurindo Almeida   Guitar
Conte Candoli   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Buddy Childers   Trumpet
Buddy Collette   C-Melody Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bob Cooper   Tenor Saxophone
Russ Freeman   Piano
Herbie Harper   Trombone
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Mel Lewis   Drums
Shelly Manne   Drums,Timpani
Red Mitchell   Bass
Bill Perkins   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
André Previn   Piano
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Bud Shank   Alto Saxophone
Gus Bivona   Alto Saxophone
Pete Candoli   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Graas   French Horn
Ronnie Lang   Alto Saxophone
Viola   Guitar
Claude Williamson   Piano
Frank Beach   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Harry Betts   Trombone
Bud Brisbois   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Russell Brown   Trombone
Larry Bunker   Percussion,Drums,Xylophone,Timpani,Vibes
Gene Cipriano   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Costanzo   Bongos,Vocals
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bob Fitzpatrick   Trombone
Vern Friley   Trombone
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Alto Saxophone
Bill Hood   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Howard Roberts   Banjo,Guitar
Manny Klein   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ed Leddy   Trumpet
Cappy Lewis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dick Nash   Trombone
Dick Noel   Trombone
Bobby Pring   Trombone
Uan Rasey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Joe Triscari   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ray Triscari   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Russ Brown   Bass Trombone
Russ Cheever   C-Melody Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Johnny Williams   Piano
Clarence Karella   Tuba

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Charlie Barnet   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Pete Rugolo   Composer,Producer
Eddie Cano   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Bones Howe   Engineer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Ray Wetzel   Composer
Rudy Wiedoeft   Composer
Ann Ronell   Composer
Melanie Jayne Chisholm   Engineer
Jordi Pujol   Producer
Alberto Pestalozza   Composer
David Carroll   Producer

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