This is the kind of record that a self respecting jazz fan will immediately take out of the CD player and hide if someone comes a visiting. Built around Teddy Phillips sugary sweet alto and surrounded by a bevy of strings, this is easy listening music in the Hugo Winterhalter sense. Phillips will remind some of the great English alto player of the 1940's, Freddie Gardner, although Gardner had a bit more zip. Phillips has built a career on this kind of music as well as replicating the hits of the big bands, both on record and in live performance. He has also been a staff musician on CBS, ABC and NBC networks and started his own band in the early fifties becoming a prominent fixture at ballrooms and dance halls, especially in the Midwest.
This CD is a reissue of an earlier LP and that's the reason for the scant playing time. It's good for reading, working at the computer and for dancing. But have a ready place where you can squirrel it away before jazz visitors see it.
Track Listing: Faithful; Clair de Lune; I Married an Angel; Words of Love; Ramona; Nocturnal Dream; Swan Lake; For Want of a Star; Cloudburst; Tango of Roses; Misirlou; What Happens When Love Dies*
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.