Friday, November 27, 2009

DOC SEVERINSEN: THE BIG BAND’S BACK IN TOWN (1962)!

DOC SEVERINSEN: THE BIG BAND’S BACK IN TOWN (1962)!

KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUNDZ DELIVERS AGAIN . . .

PER KELLY:

For 25 years Doc Severinsen was arguably the best-known trumpet player in America appearing on television every weeknight as the leader of the Tonight Show Orchestra. Known for his exceptionally loud wardrobe, Severinsen often bantered good-naturedly with host Johnny Carson while supplying the show's incidental music (bridging commercial breaks, introducing guests, etc.). Despite the musical limitations of that format the Tonight Show Orchestra was increasingly considered one of the best big-band jobs available as time passed: generous exposure, steady work, and declining options elsewhere.


Severinsen maintained a side career to allow himself to stretch out, recording bop, big-band swing and crossover-friendly instrumental pop for a series of labels beginning in the '60s. When The Tonight Show was on hiatus he toured with smaller groups and guested with numerous jazz and pops orchestras around the country.

He had his critics in the jazz world partly because his albums weren't strictly jazz, but also partly because he didn't display his chops very often. However he was an able bebop soloist with a bright, clean tone and a tremendous range in the upper register of his horn.

TRACKLIST:

Side 1:
01) Love For Sale
02) Flamingo
03) Blues In The Night
04) Granada
05) When Your Lover Has Gone
06) Johnny One Note

Side 2:
01) Lonesome Road
02) My Funny Valentine
03) St Louis Blues
04) The Look Of Love
05) I Cried For You
06) Poor Butterfly

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1 comment:

Paul said...

LOVE this LP. Too bad it is in mono, though. I'll bet the stereo version kicks some seroius ass!