Arthur Barrow – In The Mood + Moonlight Serenade (1985)

FrontCover1This a carzy little 12 ” single … inspired by the motion picture “The Glenn Miller Story”.

Side one was recorded by Arthur Barrow:

Arthur Barrow – a young musician trying to find his way – decides to teach himself the electric bass in 1974 while attending the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He was studying composition and organ, at the time but had different aspirations. The emerging fusion of rock and progressive music was taking hold, and Barrow became fascinated with the work of Frank Zappa. A year later (1975), he decides to move to Los Angeles with one of his main goals being to play in Zappa’s band. In 1978, he auditions and makes the cut.

In Zappa’s band, he spends the better part of twelve Zappa albums and four tours working that gig (including albums like Joe’s Garage Act I & II, Shut Up ’n Play Yer Guitar, You Are What You Is, and many more). Along the way, he also became a colleague with Robby Krieger from The Doors (who he is still working with) and played with everyone from Joe Cocker and Keith Emerson to Billy Idol and Janet Jackson.

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After his Zappa stint, he worked very closely with famed songwriter/producer Giorgio Moroder. You have heard his work in soundtracks for Scarface, Top Gun, The Doors and many more. He has his own slew of solo discs and has worked in many other band situations. Most recently, he has published a memoir of his music business experience titled, Of Course I Said Yes! – The Amazing Adventures of a Life In Music. (by notreble.com)

He recorded two versions of the Gelnn Miller classic “In The Mood” … including a very modern “dub” version …

On the B-side you´ll hear “Moonlight Sernenade” recorded by  Thelma Houston:

Thelma Houston

Thelma Houston (born May 7, 1946) is an American singer and actress. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her cover version of the song “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. (by wikipedia)

She was often compared with Aretha Frankin !

What a great version of this song !

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Tracklist:

Arthur Barrow:
01. In The Mood (Garland) 5.39
02. In The Mood (dub version) 6.08

Thelma Houston:
03. Moonlight Serenade (Miller/Parish) 7.23

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This is another item from the great greygoose record collection.
Thanks a lot !

 

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Glenn Miller Orchestra (directed by Buddy de Franco) – Recorded Live Royal Festival Hall London (1971)

frontcover1Boniface Ferdinand Leonard “Buddy” DeFranco (February 17, 1923 – December 24, 2014) was an American jazz clarinet player. One of few clarinetists playing bebop, DeFranco was described by critic Scott Yannow as the leading American jazz musician on his instrument from the 1940s until Eddie Daniels came to prominence in the 1980s.[1] In addition to his own work as a bandleader, DeFranco led the Glenn Miller Orchestra for almost a decade in the 1960s and ’70s.
Born in Camden, New Jersey, DeFranco was raised in South Philadelphia. He was playing the clarinet by the time he was 9 years old and within five years had won a national Tommy Dorsey[2] swing contest.
He began his professional career just as swing music and big bands—many of which were led by clarinetists like Artie Shaw, and Benny Goodman—were in decline. While most jazz clarinet players did not adapt to this change, DeFranco successfully continued to play clarinet exclusively, and was one of the few bebop clarinetists.
In 1950, DeFranco spent a year with Count Basie’s Septet. He then led a small combo in the early 1950s which included pianist Sonny Clark and guitarist Tal Farlow. In this period, DeFranco recorded for MGM, Norgran and Verve; the latter two labels were owned by Norman Granz.
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During the years 1960-64, DeFranco released four innovative quartet albums as co-leader with the accordionist Tommy Gumina.
He was bandleader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1966 to 1974, under the name, “The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Directed By Buddy DeFranco”. He also performed with Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Billie Holiday and many others, and released dozens of albums as a leader.
DeFranco died in Panama City, Florida at the age of 91 (by wikipedia)
As far as I know, this Album was never released as Cd …
So enjoy another sentimental, listen to this brilliant Big Band Sound … ad you´ll hear some magic moments and much more !
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Personnel:
Bob Crea (saxophone, cornet)
Danny D’Imperio (drums)
Buddy de Franco (clarinet)
Bobby Hackett (trumpet, cornet)
Pat LaBarbera (Saxophone)
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much more musicians
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Tracklist:
01. Medley: Moonlight Serenade (Miller/Parish)  + In The Mood (Garland) 4.05
02. A String Of Perls  (Gray) 3.36
03. Sunrise Serenade (Carle/Lawrence) 3.33
04. My Sentiment (Fischer/Guttmann) 2.54
05. Magic Moments (Bennett) 2.49
06. Bugle Call Rag (Myers/Schoebel/Pettis) 4.05
07. Tuxedo Junction (Feyne/Hawkins/Dash/Johnson) 3.06
08. Serenade In Blue (Warren) 3.24
09. The Odd Couple (Hefti) 5.00
10. American Patrol (Whitney/Gray) 3.07
11. St. Louis Blues March (Handy) 3.48
12. Moonlight Serenade (Miller/Parish) 0.42
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13. The complete concert (in one take) 41.14

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