Saturday, April 15, 2017

Milt Bernhart - The Horns

Milt Bernhart (1926-2004) grew up as a musician playing in the bands of Boyd Raeburn, Buddy Franklyn, Jimmy James and Teddy Powell. After that peculiar apprenticeship he joined Stan Kenton's band. The years with Kenton boosted Bernhart to considerable popularity with jazz followers, and his solos won him repeated high placings in Down Beat’s readers’ poll. After that, he was a graduate of the Kenton school of higher learning. But, for the most part, musicians are born, not made, and the notes Milt blew, the phrasing and imagination he so vividly demonstrated, could not have been easily picked up in any learned institution. With this particular group, nucleus of the West Coast school of jazz, he contributed more than his share to its new sounds and seemingly fantastic thought processes. This CD includes some of the most inspired trombone playing since the invention of that venerable instrument.

Source :

Milt Bernhart
The Horns
His Octet and His Brass Ensemble


1 Scarf Dance (Giuffre)  3:33
2 Ballade (Giuffre)  2:43
3 Safari (Davis, Ramirez)  2:26
4 Lover Man (Giuffre)  3:10
5 The Horns (Giuffre)  3:04
6 Lavender (Giuffre)  3:05
7 Tangerine (Mercer, Schertzinger)  2:31
8 What Is There To Say (Harburg, Duke)  3:08
9 Lullaby of Birdland (Shearing)  2:13
10 London in July (Duke)  2:51
11 Save Your Chops (Candoli)  2:21
12 Amor Flamenco (Almeida)  3:29
13 It’s All Right With Me (Porter)  3:34
14 Looking For A Boy (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:32
15 Southern Comfort (Candoli)  2:21
16 Hillside (Previn)  3:05
17 Hooray For Hollywood (Mercer, Whiting)  2:08


[# 1-4] Milt Bernhart and his Octet
Shorty Rogers - tp
Milt Bernhart - tb
Bud Shank - fl & as
Bob Cooper - ob & ts
Jimmy Giuffre - ts & bs
Pete Jolly - p
Curtis Counce - b
Irv Kluger - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; September 14, 1954.
[# 5-8] Milt Bernhart and his Brass Ensemble
Shorty Rogers, Ray Linn - tp
Maynard Ferguson - euph
Milt Bernhart - tb
John Graas - frhrn
Ray Siegel - tb
Jack Marshall - g
Red Mitchell - b
Irv Kluger - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; March 4, 1955.
[# 9-12]
Same personnel as above, except
Pete Candoli - tp, - replaces Ray Linn
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; March 6, 1955.
[# 13-17]
Same personnel but Ray Linn, Paul Sarmento and Irv Cottler replace Shorty Rogers, Ray Siegel and Irv Kluger
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; March 8, 1955

Arrangements by Jimmy Giuffre [# 1-6], Wes Hensel [# 7-8], Pete Candoli [# 9,10 & 15]
Pete Rugolo [# 11-12], Andre Previn [# 14 & 16] and Shorty Rogers [# 13 & 17]


jazzjose said...

Gracias Nuevamente

Isidoro Macarena said...

muchas gracias Mel, un saludo

DEEP said...

I thank you personally Melvin.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

5 cents said...

Thank you Mel. Always a satisfying stop at your place.

5 cents said...

Thank you Mel. Always a satisfying stop at your place.

Jan said...

Thank you so much!!!

headman said...

You share some very cool sounds, Mel. Thank you very much for this one.

neil said...

Familiar with his work with Shorty Rogers' Orchestra, so interested to hear him in his own right; many thanks, mel...

duck said...

Mel, this is a nice addition to your already great list. I am so amazed that you keep adding sich special music. As always many thanks.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

pedro gamundi said...


Rodney said...

Thank you, Mel.

Tibau said...


stringbender said...

Many thanks for this great post!

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks Mel !

fcapeau said...

As Usuel, Mel, an Amazing West Coast post ! Many thanks.

Baron said...

Excellent Mel - thank you

Harry said...

A great post Mel, many thanks

adakun said...

Gracias Mel por esta y otras muchas golosinas que nos ofreces.

rubberduck said...

Many thanks, Mel

deGallo said...

thank you

Harry said...

Looking forward to this one. Thanks, Mel.

danair said...

Thanks very much Mel.

chuchuni said...

You never fail to surprise me. Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

David Federman said...

I found a good vinyl copy of "Brass Ensemble" in a used-record shop. Giuffre's writing for the album shows him a master of the medium. "The Horns," especially, reminds me of his incredible piece "Pharaoh" on Music for Brass from Columbia at the same time. What I'm getting at is this: thank you for posting the CD version of this remarkable but forgotten album. Now, can you find Bernhardt's "Mood Jazz" album for Decca with arrangements by Fred Katz? That has to be the rarest item in the Katz discopgraphy.

Melanchthon said...

Carlos Tibau said...

Thanks a lot

Kovina Kris said...

This one is right up my alley for sure. Thank you!

Bill said...

Looking forward to hearing this, thanks Mel!

tdelyon said...

May I ask for a re-seed ? Links are dead and I missed this one...

cvllos said...

Sorry for mention, Melanchthon, but that Zshare, "S of a B" deleted the links, posted just 6 months ago! Extremely regretable!!!