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G.I.'s in Paris 1945
Genres: Jazz, Pop
The continuation of Glenn Miller's Wartime Band after his disappearance over the English Channel. Recorded at a pub frequented by the band while in France that had a disc cutter hooked up to the P.A. system. Completed May ... more »
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The continuation of Glenn Miller's Wartime Band after his disappearance over the English Channel. Recorded at a pub frequented by the band while in France that had a disc cutter hooked up to the P.A. system. Completed May 20, 1943, just 12 days after the end of World War II, the band had now been aptly named "The Jazz Club Mystery Hot Band." Featuring Mel Powell (p), Bernie Privin (tp), Peanuts Hucko (cl, as, ts), Django Reinhardt (g), Joe Shulman (b), and Ray McKinley (d).
Jazz Club Francaise - Paris 1945 - A Treasure
Jawn | Excelsior, MN United States | 03/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best jazz recordings ever. The boys were lifting the morale of the army that had just helped win the war, and they were swinging. Ray McKinley (drums & leader) and his pals, Peanuts Hucko (reeds), Mel Powell (piano), Bernie Priven (horn) and Joe Shulman (bass) joined Django Reinhardt (guitar)at a little hot Paris jazz spot. It was magic. Ray was always considered the jazzman's drummer because he could really keep time. You can hear his solid beat driving the Dorseys, Glenn Miller and his own great bands. In this recording, his beat is subtle and true. Peanuts' clarinet puts Benny Goodman to shame with tone and riffs that are flights of fancy. Bernie's horn is perfection. Joe's imaginative bass helps Mac keep the boys together. And Mel's piano is not to be believed. His homage to Fats and Debussy is music for the ages. Even Django fans will cheer this album. But the true jazz treasure is the gift of Mac and the boys."
Glenn's Guys on their own.
Sandy Hintz | Indianapolis | 05/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A wonderful addition to any collection of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band recordings. After Major Miller was lost during his flight to Paris, the Allied Expeditionary Force Orchestra went through a difficult time being without his leadership when they arrived in France. This is a recording of a group of the men from the band, getting together to record some tunes on their own time at a club in Paris. Originally, the recordings were released without disclosing who the band members were, and the fees they were paid helped bolster their Army Air Force pay. All cuts are excellent, and you'd never guess that this was music from the key Miller band members. The tunes are not Miller tunes, nor is the style. It reminds me a great deal of the Benny Goodman sextet's recordings of that era. It is a very refreshing find."
GI's In France
Hank Shaw | St.Petersburg, Florida United States | 10/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A great find ,I was fortunate enough to be friend of Ray McKinley's and Mac spoke of the Sessions,but was'nt sure what happened to them , so I feel that eventhough the Quality may not be perfect the Music is more than worth the listening.A Wonderful find and a must for the Miller Collector. Great Samples of Django Reinhardt ,Mac and the guys having a great time doing what they do best.you will not stop listening to it once you have it. Good listening"