Friday, April 17, 2015

Frank Rosolino - Four Horns and a Lush Life

Russ Garcia was a popular arranger in the mid-'50s, often working with some of the best jazz artists of the day. On this session for Bethlehem, he conducts an octet with four trombonists (including Maynard Ferguson, Frank Rosolino, Herbie Harper and Tommy Pederson), plus baritone saxophonist Dick Houlgate, pianist Marty Paich, bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Stan Levey. Most of Garcia's cool arrangements are of standards, while his "I'll Never Forget What's Her Name (The Lo-est)" is a barely disguised reworking of the chord changes to "Fine and Dandy." Obviously, the trombonists are the primary focus of the solos, though Paich, Houlgate and Mitchell get a chance to get in a few licks of their own. Garcia's use of a trombone choir is very effective in the warm treatment of "Lush Life" and a cooking "What Is This Thing Called Love." Licensed at least once for a reissue LP in the 1970s, this enjoyable album should not be terribly hard to acquire; it was also released under Frank Rosolino's name as Four Horns and a Lush Life.
Ken Dryden

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Frank Rosolino
Four Horns and a Lush Life


1 I'll Never Forget What's Her Name (Garcia)  3:20
2 But Beautiful (Burke, VanHeusen)  2:17
3 Dancing on the Ceiling (Hart, Rodgers)  3:09
4 The Boy Next Door (Blaneq, Martin)  2:37
5 Just One of Those Things (Porter)  4:06
6 Zigeuner (Coward)  2:55
7 Limehouse Blues (Braham, Furber)  3:04
8 Lush Life (Strayhorn)  2:07
9 Lover, Come Back to Me (Hammerstein, Romberg)  5:36
10 Ramona (Gilbert, Wayne)  2:40
11 Someone to Watch over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:31
12 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  3:04


Russ Garcia - cond
Frank Rosolino - tb
Herbie Harper - tb
Tommy Pederson - tb
Maynard Ferguson - tb
Stan Levey - dr
Red Mitchell - b
Marty Paich - p
Dick Houlgate - bs 

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; November 14, 1955

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friday817 said...

Thank you. Looking forward to hearing this one.

yewsta said...

Thank you.

upkerry14 said...

these guys always sounded so happy when playing.... thanks, bill

upkerry14 said...

Friday817 I have one too! Great dogs. He's my buddy.

wightdj said...

That's a gem, thanks.

Descargador said...

Muchas Gracias!

ronfaclin said...

merci !

aroonie said...

Many thanks - great recording - fine trombone playing and extra special arranging.

grumpy said...

Terrific post, belated thanks!

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Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks for the last music, Melanchthon! Happiness for me is go into your blog everyday, all the day...

Phillip said...

Wonderful, Mel. Many thanks.

CrunchyFrog said...

thanks Mel!

Harry said...

Looking forward to some nice Rosolino. Many thanks, Mel

Pedro Tulio said...

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Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Many thanks Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

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Jazzsoulman said...

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