quarta-feira, 12 de junho de 2013

Pete Rugolo and His Orchestra - Rugolomania

  1. Gone with the Wind
  2. In A Sentimental Mood
  3. Bobbin' with Bob
  4. Four-Twenty, A.M.
  5. Little White Lies
  6. Me Next!
  7. Bongo Dance
  8. Intermezzo
  9. Montevideo
  10. I've Had My Moments
  11. Everything I Have Is Yours
  12. Hornorama

The third of three Pete Rugolo Columbia LPs has some of the finest and most interesting work of the arranger's career. "4:20 A.M." sports a particularly memorable and haunting theme, while several numbers feature "The Rugolettes," an octet comprised of trombone, French horn, tuba, flute, oboe, guitar, bass and drums. Among the more notable soloists are trumpeter Doug Mettome (featured on "Gone With the Wind"), John Graas on French horn, baritonist Bob Gordon, guitarist Howard Roberts, John Barber on tuba and the masterful Julius Watkins on French horn (for "Hornorama"). Brilliant and highly original music.  

(By Scott Yanow from allmusic.com)

Pete Rugolo was one of the most prolific arrangers for Stan Kenton's 1945-1949 orchestras, following through on the leader's swashbuckling example to help shape the band's exciting, blasting style. Brought to the U.S. at age five, Rugolo grew up in Santa Rosa, California, and became a student of Darius Milhaud at Mills College in Oakland. After a stint with the Army, he submitted an arrangement to Kenton and then settled in with the band, turning out a series of "Artistry in..." compositions ("Bass," "Percussion," "Bolero," "Boogie"), as well as some of the earliest, most startling pieces for the Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra. However, Rugolo soon gravitated toward pop, landing a position as music director of Capitol Records in 1949, where he cranked out arrangements -- some of which bordered on easy listening treacle -- for June Christy, Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte (in his brief pop period), the Four Freshmen, and others. In 1957, he became music director of Mercury Records, making a number of albums for that label, and briefly led a big band in 1954. From the '50s onward, Rugolo moved into Hollywood, scoring TV series like The Fugitive and Run for Your Life, and several films. Consequently, his importance to jazz lessened as the years passed. 

(By Richard S. Ginell from allmusic.com)

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