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Swings Cohn & Kahn

  • 1. TNT
    2. Blue Room, The
    3. Who Fard That Shot?
    4. My Heart Stood Still
    5. Jeepers Creepers
    6. Blues Alley
    7. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
    8. Ponce
    9. Tenderly
    10. Snapped Cap
    11. Moten Swing
    12. El's Bells
    13. Alone Together
    14. Maybe
    15. Good Wood
    16. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
    17. Handmade
    18. Cupcake
    19. Music for Swingin' Dancers
    20. Ivy Walk
    21. Hackin' Around
    22. Mood Midnight
    23. Nightfall
    24. Jazz Lullaby
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 24761

  • Credits

    Elliot Lawrence Big Band: Elliot Lawrence (piano); Al Cohn (arranger, saxophone); Tiny Kahn, Johnny Mandel (arranger); Zoot Sims, Sam Morowitz, Hal McKusick, Charles O'Kane, Ed Wasserman (saxophone); Frank Socolow, Walt Levinsky, Fred Pfeiffer (reeds); Nick Travis, Bernie Glow, Stan Fishelson, Al DeRisis, Ernie Royal, Don Stratton (trumpet); Tony Miranda (French horn); Eddie Bert, Paul Selden, Urbie Green, Fred Zito, Chauncey Welch, Billy Byers, Jim Dahl (trombone); BUddy Jones, Russ Saunders (bass);
    Sol Gubin (drums).
    Personnel: Elliot Lawrence (piano); Charlie O'Kane, Ed Wasserman (reeds, saxophone); Frank Socolow (reeds, tenor saxophone); Walter Levinsky (reeds); Sam Marowitz (saxophone, alto saxophone); Al Cohn (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Hal McKusick, Zoot Sims (saxophone); Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Don Stratton, Nick Travis, Stan Fishelson, Al DeRisi (trumpet); Tony Miranda (French horn); Eddie Bert, Jim Dahl, Freddie Zito, Chauncey Welch, Paul Selden, Urbie Green, Billy Byers (trombone); Sol Gubin (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
    Recording information: Marine Ballroom, NJ (01/30/1956-01/11/1957).
    Arrangers: Gerry Mulligan; Johnny Mandel; Al Cohn; Tiny Kahn.
    Elliot Lawrence, who was born in 1925, formed a big band at the very end of the swing era, much too late to make a strong impression. A fine pianist/arranger/composer, Lawrence primarily wrote for radio and television. In the 1950s he recorded quite frequently for such labels as Decca, King, Columbia, Groove, Vik, Camden, and, particularly, Fantasy, cutting six records for the latter label during 1955-1957 with big bands. This CD has all of the music from the LP Swinging at the Steel Pier, five cuts from Plays Tiny Kahn and Johnny Mandel Arrangements (just the Kahn charts), and a few selections from Plays for Swinging Dancers and Dream on...Dance On. The music, which features arrangements by Tiny Kahn, Al Cohn, Johnny Mandel, and Gerry Mulligan, is essentially updated swing along with some melodic dance music. Among the key soloists along the way are Zoot Sims (whose tenor is heard on the first five selections), Al Cohn, trumpeter Nick Travis, trombonist Eddie Bert, and Lawrence himself, who sometimes sounds a little like Claude Thornhill. The middle-of-the-road music is not too adventurous but does move nicely and is certainly quite accessible. ~ Scott Yanow

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