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Complete Song Book
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Two splendid rare albums for the first time on one CD: Jazz Song Book and Jazz Swing Book, both originally released in 1959. Featuring Buddy de Franco, Frank Rosolino, Zoot Sims, Terry Gibbs, Mel Lewis, Don Fagerquist and ... more »
Two splendid rare albums for the first time on one CD: Jazz Song Book and Jazz Swing Book, both originally released in 1959. Featuring Buddy de Franco, Frank Rosolino, Zoot Sims, Terry Gibbs, Mel Lewis, Don Fagerquist and Ronnie Lang. At the time of these albums original release, one of the few existing reminders of the golden era for big bands (1935-47), the Les Brown Orchestra could well evoke memories of stage shows seen and enjoyed, or dances attended, when the bands were shouting along Broadway and all the miniature Broadways throughout the country. Those were exciting days; unforgettable to people charmed by the big band sound. And it hasn?t been quite the same since. 24 tracks. Lonehill Jazz. 2006.
Two sides of the Les Brown Band
Anthony Cappiello | 01/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of my favorite big bands.This band had some of the finest musicians in the L.A. area.My favorite drummer Mel Lewis is on some of the tracks as well as Jack Sperling.Definitely a good buy."
Very Nice CD
Bruce Turner | seattle | 12/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own quite a few CD's of Les' work, and this is the best I have heard. Certainly, out of all his CD's this one affords his soloists--which are all top notch (ie: "Mr. Clarinet," Buddy DeFranko, Frank Rosolino, Zoot Sims, etc.)the most room to say what they have to say. Many times I am dissappointed with the amount of solo room his sidemen get--because they are all so good, and the commercial nature of his work, and this CD does some to counter that. Also note that the band as a whole swings a little more than usual, the brass has more sting, the chords slightly more dissonant--good stuff! I would most certainly recommend this CD to anyone who has the slightest interest in quality big band music. For Les, it's slighlty more swingy and a tad less commercial that usual."