Swing Tonic: 1939-1946

Swing Tonic: 1939-1946

by Glen Gray


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Between October 1929 and February 1946 there existed in North America a swing band known as the Casa Loma Orchestra. Beginning in 1935 it operated under the nominal leadership of saxophonist Glen Gray, a distinguished if somewhat enigmatic character with whom it has been lumped ever since. In 2007, the U.K.'s Jasmine label released Swing Tonic: 1939-1946, a 47-track anthology of selected recordings made between 1939 and 1946 by Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Orchestra, with vocals by Eugenie Baird, Skip Nelson, and trombonist Pee Wee Hunt. The Casa Loma's arrangers included Bill Challis (forever associated with Paul Whiteman and Bix Beiderbecke) and Ray Conniff (destined for a lucrative career in the easy listening market). Its ranks included trumpeters Red Nichols and Bobby Hackett and guitarist Herb Ellis. The band could swing like crazy. Proof of this exists in lively performances like "No Name Jive," "In the Mood," "Tuxedo Junction," "High Society," and a gutsy take on Sergei Rachmaninov's "Prelude in C Sharp Minor."

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2007
Label: Jasmine Music
UPC: 0604988045628
catalogNumber: 456
Rank: 77270

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glen Gray   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Leader,Alto Saxophone
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Bobby Hackett   Trumpet
Red Nichols   Trumpet
Pee Wee Hunt   Trombone,Vocals
Bruce Branson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tony Briglia   Drums
Lou Fromm   Drums
Joe Hall   Piano
Murray McEachern   Trombone,Alto Saxophone
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Kenny Sargent   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
George Schwartz   Trumpet
Jackie Mills   Drums
Jerry Brooks   Trumpet
Corky Cornelius   Trumpet
Pat Davis   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Dennis   Bass
Clarence Hutchenrider   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Charlie LaVere   Piano
Art Ralston   Bassoon,Oboe,Alto Saxophone
Billy Rauch   Trombone
Eugenie Baird   Vocals
Sonny Dunham   Trombone,Trumpet
Grady Watts   Trumpet
Skip Nelson   Vocals
Jack Blanchette   Guitar
Jack Goldie   Tenor Saxophone
Adrian Tei   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lou Carter   Piano
Frank Ryerson   Trumpet
Walter Robertson   Trombone
Gus Jean   Tenor Saxophone
Conn Humphries   Alto Saxophone
Bunny Bardach   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Owens   Trumpet
Otto Alburn   Trombone
Fritz Austin   Trumpet
Peter Barton   Guitar
Francis Broadwater   Tenor Saxophone
Fats Daniels   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Lon Doty   Tenor Saxophone
William Dunmore   Trumpet
Ray Grien   Trumpet
George Jean   Trombone
Jack Pageler   Trombone
George Stuyvesant   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
Ray Conniff   Arranger
Benny Goodman   Composer
Glen Gray   Arranger
Erskine Hawkins   Composer
Julian Dash   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Don Redman   Composer
Larry Wagner   Arranger
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Bill Challis   Arranger
Arthur Freed   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Leonard Whitney   Arranger
Gene Gifford   Arranger
Sonny Dunham   Arranger
Lou Carter   Arranger
Buddy Feyne   Composer
Andre de Lange   Composer
George Hulme   Liner Notes,Concept
Bob Miketta   Composer

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