232

Various Artists: Circa 1960

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Various Artists: Circa 1960 This is an interesting album, historically speaking, as the first five tracks are taken from Gene Hall's final concert as director of what was then the Laboratory Dance Band A at North Texas State College (now the One O'Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas). The date was April 27, 1959, and the admission price was fifty cents. The (almost indiscernible) emcee is Dick Martin, then host of WWL Radio-New Orleans' "Moonglow with Martin. Among those in the band's starting lineup are trumpeters Marvin Stamm and Tom Wirtel (a.k.a. Thomas Shabda Noor), tenor saxophonist Ed Summerlin and trombonists Dee Barton and Dave Wheeler.

The album's last four selections feature Ann Richards, the vocalist with Stan Kenton's orchestra in the mid-'50s and Kenton's wife from 1955-61, with an unnamed trio (save for drummer Tony Morillo) recorded at the Blue Mist nightclub in Dallas, Texas. The date isn't given, but as the album is titled "Circa 1960, one can assume it was somewhere around that time. Though I was never a big fan, I must concede that Richards sings and scats quite well on the standards "Pennies from Heaven, "You Go to My Head, "Gone with the Wind (a foretaste, perhaps, of her career and marriage?) and "Lover.

After opening with a brace of standards, the North Texas ensemble plays Barton's "Vino for Doris (solos by Dee and Stamm) and closes with two more from the Great American Songbook, "Too Marvelous for Words and "Hey There (Stamm and Summerlin solo on the first, Barton and Summerlin on the second). The sound is uneven and sometimes muddy, but I've heard worse. Drummer Tony Pondant leads a fine rhythm section (Gene Gandy, piano; Don Ratteree, bass).

The rest of the album is devoted to studio sessions by groups that were probably well-known in the Dallas area but much less so elsewhere. They include pianist Dick Harp's quartet, drummer Paul Guerrero's quintet, vocalist Jane Ames with Guerrero's trio, and a couple by alto saxophonist Harvey Anderson's quartet, the last recorded live at "The Floor. As noted, an interesting record of notable performances that might otherwise have been lost forever.


Track Listing: There Will Never Be Another You; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; Vino for Doris; Too Marvelous for Words; Hey There; Porgy and Bess medley; Louies Lament; Easy to Love; The Lady Is a Tramp; Harveys Tune; Pennies from Heaven; You Go to My Head; Gone with the Wind; Lover (67:36).

Personnel: Tracks 1-5: North Texas State College Lab Band A, Gene Hall, director. Bob Foutz, Marvin Stamm, Bob Pickering, Tom Wirtel, Bucky Milam, trumpet; Bob Biegler, Dee Barton, Dave Wheeler, trombone; Bubba Kolb, bass trombone; Bob Thomas, alto sax, clarinet; John Scarborough, alto, tenor sax; Ed Summerlin, Earl Dhus, tenor sax; Herb Porter, baritone sax; Gene Gandy, piano; Don Ratteree, bass; Tony Pondant, drums. Track 6: Dick Harp, piano; Ben Hill, vibes; Pete Warren, cello; Banks Dimon, drums. Track 7: Paul Guerrero, drums; Jack Peterson, guitar, piano; Al Wesar, bass; Marv Shaw, trumpet. Track 8: Same personnel; add Jane Ames, vocal. Track 9: Harvey Anderson, alto sax; Alan Snodgrass, piano; Reinie Press, bass; Ronnie Tutt, drums. Track 10: Harvey Anderson, alto sax; Alan Snodgrass, piano; Reinie Press (?), bass; Ralph Pittman (?), drums; unknown horn. Tracks 11-14: Dee Barton (?), piano, bass; Tony Morillo, drums; Ann Richards, vocals.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: 90th Floor Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "A Tribute to Herbie +1" CD/LP/Track Review A Tribute to Herbie +1
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 5, 2016
Read "Early Americans" CD/LP/Track Review Early Americans
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 29, 2016
Read "Sanctuary" CD/LP/Track Review Sanctuary
by Budd Kopman
Published: November 16, 2016
Read "Blue Monday" CD/LP/Track Review Blue Monday
by James Nadal
Published: March 20, 2016
Read "Being Playing" CD/LP/Track Review Being Playing
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: April 24, 2016
Read "I Just Want to Get Paid!" CD/LP/Track Review I Just Want to Get Paid!
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 15, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!