Ray Anthony


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Ray Anthony led one of the few commercially successful new big bands of the late '40s. At the time the radio transcriptions included on this CD were recorded, his orchestra sometimes hinted at Glenn Miler's Army Air Force Band as well as his idol, Harry James. There are six throwaway vocal numbers among the 18 selections, but most of the other tunes are rewarding -- although the style is a bit out of date for what was the bebop era. Unfortunately, the personnel is not listed other than the vocalists. Anthony's Harry James-inspired trumpet is heard on every selection, the best of which have George Williams arrangements. Highlights include "Midnight Alley," "House Party Hop," "The Fox," and "Trumpet Boogie."

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