The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra

NBC Bandstand Live: Feb 1957

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This is a super little body of music and a great way to discover the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, showing them working their new directions in music live in front of a coast-to-coast audience. Their extraordinarily busy and surprising arrangements -- "sophisticated with an edge" is how to describe them -- are on display, transcending pop and ending up in a realm somewhere between big band jazz and classical. Their unusual instrumentation, including harps, English horn, piccolo, and bass clarinet, is present in high relief and glittering detail, as the band runs through favorite concert numbers and material off of then-current releases, including a tribute to Paul Whiteman ("Avalon"). Even the pop numbers, featuring Dick Haymes and Johnny Guarieri, are worth checking out -- indeed, nothing is quite what it seems here, as "Tenderly" gets a most unusual brass-dominated arrangement and Haymes wraps his pipes around a gently swinging "Where or When" after an unpromising pop intro.

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