Gary McFarland: I Believe in You


I Believe in You


Gary McFarland (leader)


The Jazz Version of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Verve 314 527 658-2)

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Gary McFarland (leader), Clark Terry (flugelhorn), Hank Jones (piano),

Bernie Glow, Doc Severinsen, Herb Pomeroy, (trumpets), Bob Brookmeyer, Willie Dennis, Billy Byers (trombones), Ed Wasserman (clarinet), Phil Woods (alto sax), Al Cohn, Oliver Nelson (tenor saxes), Sol Schlinger (baritone sax), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Joe Benjamin (bass), Osie Johnson (drums)


Composed by Frank Loesser. Arranged & conducted by Gary McFarland


Recorded: New York, November 15, 1961


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Gary McFarland's first album as a leader was a collection of Frank Loesser songs from the then-hit Broadway show How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. That McFarland was able to put a distinctive stamp on material not especially conducive to jazz treatments proved a major boost for his career. "I Believe in You" is the show's song that came closest to becoming a standard, and McFarland made it a perfect vehicle for Clark Terry's lyricism and humor. Hank Jones is also heard to (as usual) fine advantage.

Reviewer: Bill Kirchner


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