Most of us may be *not* in MEMPHIS, but we’re still IN JUNE — Ginnie Powell with Boyd Raeburn & His Orchestra — 1945

Once again a very nice video by KaRidder234. — He writes some, err, short description:

This beautiful track was recorded for Standard Transcriptions in Los Angeles on some day in December 1945.

I can only give you the collective personnel which is a ‘who is who’ of the LA jazz & studio scene in the mid-, late 1940’s:

Ray Linn, Dale Pierce, Nelson Shelladay, Zeke Zarchy (tp) Britt Woodman, Ollie Wilson, Fred Zito (tb) Wilbur Schwartz (cl,as) Harry Klee (fl,as) Ralph Lee, Lucky Thompson (ts) Hy Mandel (bar) Boyd Raeburn (bassax) Dodo Marmarosa (p) Tony Rizzi (g) Joe Mondragon or Harry Babasin (b) Jackie Mills (d) David Allyn, Ginnie Powell (vcl) George Handy, arr.

George Handy’s arrangement is so outstanding in any way that I’m almost unable to go into detail.

Two things are very evident, though only very short: #1, listen to the immediate Duke Ellington sound as soon as Britt Woodman starts to blow; and right after Dodo Marmarosa’s little interlude we have a very short Glenn Miller passage shining through, because here is the man on clarinet lead who was responsible for Glenn’s success: Wilbur Schwartz the original Moonlight Serenader himself!

And now? Just close your eyes, and listen to that marvel of the past once again!

I can only agree with him: Listen to the beauty again after it’s over!


This entry was posted in Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings. Bookmark the permalink.