Hits Of Glenn Miller and Tommy & J. Dorsey Stereo
This is a very special big band tribute for several reasons.
First, the music honours three of the most popular bandleaders of all time - Glenn Miller and the Dorsey Brothers, Tommy and Jimmy – with a total of 24 of their best-remembered hits.
Second, it’s performed by some of the actual musicians who worked in those great orchestras, except that, instead of being the young, inexperienced players of the late 1930s and early ‘40s, they were by 1957, when the selections on this CD were made, mature, seasoned professionals.
And third, everything was recorded not just with high-fidelity but in stereo, resulting in a fuller, more dynamic sound than the old 78s of these tunes had.
Glenn Miller would have been pleased with the Alumni Band for it gathers many of the favourite sidemen from his civilian and Army Air Force ensembles, including tenor saxophonist “Tex” Beneke, trumpeter Bobby Hackett, bassist “Trigger” Alpert, and drummer “Moe” Purtill.
Tommy Dorsey, another perfectionist, would have approved that the men playing his charts came from all periods of his career, such as clarinetist Johnny Mince and guitarist Carmen Mastren from the early days, and trumpeter Charlie Shavers and tenor saxophonist “Boomie” Richman from later editions of his band.
Jimmy Dorsey would have been honored, too, with the participation of such talents as his star male vocalist, Bob Eberly, and trombonist Bobby Byrne, who - while only a teenager - had been given Tommy’s all-but-unfillable horn chair when the brothers split in 1935 and Jimmy reluctantly became the boss. Byrne stayed with J.D. for the next four years.
Hits of Glenn Miller and Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey in STEREO – SEPIA 1160
1. IN THE MOOD
2. TUXEDO JUNCTION
4. A STRING OF PEARLS
5. MOONLIGHT SERENADE
6. LITTLE BROWN JUG
7. SUNRISE SERENADE
8. JOHNSON RAG
9. RHAPSODY IN BLUE
10. AMERICAN PATROL
12. ALICE BLUE GOWN
13. MARIE Loren Becker, vocalist
14. BOOGIE WOOGIE
15. SONG OF INDIA
16. WELL GIT IT
17. OPUS NO. 1
18. I’M GETTING SENTIMENTAL OVER YOU
19. AMAPOLA Bob Eberly & Dottie Evans, vocalists
20. I UNDERSTAND Bob Eberly, vocalist
21. SO RARE
22. GREEN EYES
23. THE BREEZE AND I Bob Eberly, vocalist