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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*
Years ago now--in Rhodesia--listening to Voice of America with Willis Conover I heard Bunk Johnson play When The Saints Go Marching In, and Billie Holiday sing Don't Explain. I knew then there was no other life for me than jazz.