The music played on this album is guaranteed to make you want to grab your significant other and get out on the dance floor. These kind of recordings are rarely made anymore. Veteran trombonist Don Doane leads a sextet of his contemporaries as they are joined by the delicate vocalizing of Leila Percy (called the "canary" on the personnel list). There is more than an hour of music designed to bring back memories for the older crowd and catch the ear of a younger group who yearn for music with melody. The play list is stocked with songs several of which will have listeners saying, "gee, I haven't heard that one for a long time". These oldies but goodies include "I Can't Begin to Tell You" which was the most successful recording of 1945 for Bing Crosby. Recorded with Carmen Cavallaro at the piano, the song rocketed to the top of the Billboard charts, where it remained for 6 weeks. "All I Do Is Dream of You", penned in1934 by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown, appeared in three separate films, Sadie McKee and two where Debbie Reynolds did the singing honors, Singin' in the Rain and The Affairs of Dobie Gillis. For waltzing there's "When I Lost You". If Samba is your thing, there's the Brazilian "Recado". Other nostalgic cuts include "A Tree in the Meadow" and "It's Magic".
Not all the songs are romantic, sentimental ballads. For those who like to swing, there's a rousing instrumental "Jumping with Symphony Sid", and a bouncing arrangement of Horace Silver's "Sister Sadie". The latter features some fine piano by Gerry Wright and tailgate trombone by Doane. I suspect that this is an arrangement not contemplated by Silver when he wrote this funky tune. But what Doane and group do with it works.
With Doane's Tommy Dorsey-influenced (with a touch of Jack Teagarden) trombone, Joe LaFlamme and Ralph Norris tenors from the Coleman Hawkins school, backed by the strong rhythm of Wright, Al Doane and Paul Jensen and Percy's warbling on the slow stuff, makes this a fun and entertaining album. Recommended.
Track Listing: All I Do Is Dream of You*; I Can't Begin to Tell You*; Don't Blame Me*; Sister Sadie; It's Magic; Everything Happens to Me*; When I Grow too Old to Dream*; Recado; A Tree in the Meadow*; Strolling; When I Lost You*; Everytime We Say Goodbye*; Song for My Father; Say It Isn't So*; Jumping with Symphony Sid; Since Tommy's Gone*
Personnel: Leila Jane Percy - Vocals*; Don Doane - Trombone; Ralph Norris, Joe LaFlamme - Tenor Saxophone; Gerry Wright - Piano; Al Doane - Bass; Paul Jensen - Drums
I was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid
I was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid. For some reason I remember an arrangement of Hey Jude they did. My first real exposure was Stan Kenton in the Smithville, MO high school gym. Kenton and the band director there were old friends, so he would play there from time to time. My dad took me without telling me where we were going and it was the only show he ever took me to. I remember that Bobby Shew played Send In Clowns and I damn near levitated I was so excited. The huge sound and amazing chords floored me. I believe I was 13 at the time. I immediately started practicing and taking lessons. Music became a passion and nearly a career. I also listened to Dick Wright's Jazz Show on KANU every night. I can't even start to explain what I learned lying in bed listening to Dick talk about jazz. I met him once when I was struggling to put together a solo for Joy Spring playing in a combo at KU. Stopped by his office and asked for recommendations. He showed up at my jazz ensemble rehearsal the next day with a tape with example solos. What a kind man Dick Wright was.
My advice to new listeners is to stop worrying about what music is important and focus on music you like. I spent quite a bit of my music life listening to important music I didn't necessarily like. Must say I have quite a bit more fun now listening to music that I deeply enjoy. Some of it is even important.
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