This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
Notes and Editorial Reviews
1. In the Mood
2. String of Pearls, A
3. Rhapsody in Blue
5. Song of the Volga Boatmen
6. It Must Be Jelly ('Cause Jam Don't Shake Like That)
7. Killarney / I've Got A Heart Filled With Love / Moonlight Serenade / Wabash Blues
8. Tuxedo Junction
9. Blue Rain
10. Along the Santa Fe Trail
11. St. Louis Blues March
12. Londonderry Air, The (Danny Boy)
13. As Time Goes By
14. Juke Box Saturday Night
Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band includes: Glenn Miller (leader, trombone);
Bob Carroll, Johnny Desmond, Murray Kane, Tony Martin, Crew Chiefs (vocals); Peanuts Hucko (alto saxophone,
clarinet); Hank Freeman, Gabe Gelinas, Freddy Guerra, Rudy Tanza (alto saxophone); Jack Ferrier, Vinnie Carbone (tenor saxophone); Chuck Gentry (baritone saxophone); saxophone); Zeke Zarchy, Whitey Thomas, Bobby Joseph Nichols, Bernie Privin, Jack Steele, Jack Reid, Johnny Carisi (trumpet); Addison Collins (french horn); Jimmy Priddy, James Harwood, Johnny Halliburton, Larry Hall (trombone); Mel Powell, Jack Rusin (piano); Carmen Mastren (guitar); Herman Trigger Alpert (bass); Ray McKinley, Frank Ippolito (drums).
Principally recorded at the NBC Vanderbilt Theater, New York, New York in 1943 & 1944. Includes liner notes by Ed Polic.
Digitally remastered by Michael O. Drexler.
For those fans on a budget, this 14-track CD is a great gift from RCA/BMG, distilling down many of the best and most interesting sides from RCA's four-CD box of the complete Army Air Force Band sides (which has the same cover art but is, of course, a box). These 14 sides come from among the dozens of live broadcasts, V Disc sessions, and other performances by Glenn Miller & the Army Air Force Band, all from the period before they were transferred overseas. In doing so, the CD captures the highlights of what had heretofore been regarded as a "lost" chapter in the legendary bandleader's history, when he was, of course, no longer making commercial recordings, but performing to boost morale and the war effort. At the time, Miller was leading what was arguably the best band he ever had, consisting of dozens of the top musicians in the country -- draftees and enlistees alike -- he not only had an outsized complement of players, but room for a string section as well. The sides here include re-recordings of classic Miller hits such as "In the Mood" and "Tuxedo Junction," interspersed with new repertoire such as the "St. Louis Blues March." Producer Barry Feldman and the RCA engineers have outdone themselves, the remastering creating a loud, powerful sound to these sides with exquisite detail and a nice, close immediacy. This is helpful not only in terms of appreciating the hotter numbers here, but the "sweet" numbers as well: Johnny Desmond's singing on "Along the Santa Fe Trail" may be a long way from jazz, but it's one of the most sublimely beautiful songs ever recorded by anyone. ~ Bruce Eder
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Various
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