Sauter-Finegan Orchestra: These Foolish Things


These Foolish Things


The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra


Directions in Music (RCA Bluebird 6468)

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Nick Travis (trumpet), Rex Peer (trombone), Al Maiorca (trumpet), Tom Mitchell (trombone), Barry Galbraith (guitar), Don Lamond (drums), Milt Hinton (bass),

Joe Ferrante (trumpet), Sonny Russo (trombone), Harvey Estrin (reeds), Al Block (reeds), Ray Shiner (reeds), Gene Allen (reeds), Wally Kane (reeds), Moe Wechsler (piano), Joe Venuto (percussion)


Arranged by Eddie Sauter. Composed by Harry Link, Holt Marvell and Jack Strachey


Recorded: New York, April 22, 1957


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

This is more a tone poem than a big band chart. You will find no battling horn sections here, no kicks in the pants from the rhythm section. The attitude is sweet and cool, rather than hot and harried. From the introduction, the listener is tantalized with a shifting palette of instrumental textures and subtle harmonic movement. This band plays great attention to dynamics, and generates no wasted energy. Rex Peer and Nick Travis handle the solo duties, and the latter impresses with his lyricism and tone control. Travis, who died at the age of thirty-eight (from complications linked to ulcers) spent too much of his brief career doing studio work, but this track shows off his considerable skills as an improviser.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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