Boyd Raeburn: Blue Moon


Blue Moon


Boyd Raeburn Orchestra


More 1944-5 (Circle CCD-113)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Benny Harris (trumpet), Ollie Wilson (trombone), Hal McKusick (alto sax), Al Cohn (tenor sax), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Shelly Manne (drums),

Stan Fishelson (trumpet), Tommy Allison (trumpet), Jack Carmen (trombone), W. C. Robertson (trombone), Johnny Bothwell (alto saxophone), Joe Megro (tenor saxophone), Steve Jordan (guitar), Ike Carpenter (piano)


Arrangd by Milt Kleeb. Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart


Recorded: New York, January 17, 1945


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Raeburn began his career in the Midwest leading a functional Lawrence Welk-type band. By 1943, he switched gears and put together a jazz ensemble that by 1946 was one of the most admired and controversial in American music. But in 1945, his band reflected a Basie approach to music and attracted the top young musicians on the scene. Gillespie was not a regular member, but his "A Night in Tunisia" was part of the Raeburn book. Lang-Worth Transcriptions (recordings made for radio play) recorded most of the Raeburn library over several sessions and with numerous personnel changes. "Blue Moon" is an exciting dance arrangement with good solos by Bothwell, Gillespie and Carpenter. But the real stars are this powerhouse group, and a terrific arrangement by baritone saxophonist/arranger Milt Kleeb, still active as co-leader of an 11-piece band with Bill Ramsey in the Seattle area.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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