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The Artistry of Artie Shaw (603366007821)

  • 1. Summit Ridge Drive
    2. Grabtown Grapple, The
    3. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    4. Pied Piper Theme, The
    5. Cross Your Heart
    6. Piece en Forme de Habanera
    7. Guajira
    8. Short Story
    9. Corcovado
    10. Petite Pice
    11. Andaluza
    12. Prelude No. 17
    13. Valse
    14. Man I Love, The
    15. Mood in Question
    16. Redezvous for Clarinet and Strings
    17. I Concentrate on You
    18. Besame Mucho
    19. That Old Feeling
    20. Tenderly
    21. Stop and Go Mambo
    22. Imagination
    23. Sunny Side Up
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 78

  • Credits
    ProducerAlastair Robertson (Compilation)

    Personnel: Artie Shaw (clarinet); Alan Shulman (cello); Tommy Potter (baritone saxophone, double bass); Arnold Fishkin, Dick Niveson (double bass); Jimmy Raney, Tal Farlow (guitar); Don Fagerquist (trumpet); Gene DiNovi, Gil Barrios, Hank Jones (piano); Joe Roland (vibraphone); Irv Kluger (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Alastair Robertson.
    Recording information: Fine Sound Studios, Ney York City (03/11/1949-02/??/1954); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (03/11/1949-02/??/1954); NBC Studios, New York, NY (03/11/1949-02/??/1954).
    Photographer: Don Lanphere.
    Arranger: Alan Shulman.
    Clarinetist Artie Shaw broke up his big band in late 1945 and, other than some studio recordings, was mostly inactive for a few years. In 1949 he returned to the scene in a surprising way, playing classical music for a week at New York's Bop City to mixed reviews. Later in the year he formed a bebop-oriented orchestra, but it was a commercial failure despite playing excellent music. He soon retired again, only returning during 1953-1954 when he led an excellent modern version of his Gramercy Five, his last group before his permanent retirement. The Artistry of Artie Shaw is comprised of some very rare material. Shaw is heard first on radio transcriptions from December 1949 leading a boppish version of his Gramercy Five that includes trumpeter Don Fagerquist and guitarist Jimmy Raney. Next are 12 selections, the majority of which are adaptations of themes from classical music. Shaw is heard with a jazz rhythm section, a string orchestra, and sometimes woodwinds, French horns, and the New Music String Quartet. This music has rarely ever been reissued and is worth a few close listens by fans of both Shaw and classical music. Completing this set are six selections from the 1953-1954 Gramercy Five with vibraphonist Joe Roland, guitarist Tal Farlow, and pianist Hank Jones that have not been reissued in recent times and differ from the performances put out by Music Masters. Throughout, Artie Shaw plays quite well and, particularly on the latter selections, shows that he had an awful lot left to contribute to the music world before his premature retirement. ~ Scott Yanow

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