Richard Maltby

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Richard Maltby followed his Columbia Records debut, Swingin' Down the Lane, six months later with more of the same, an album of interwar standards given sweetly swinging arrangements. Maltby liked to hand the melody around, first to the brass and then to the reeds and back again, with, occasionally, a xylophone to mediate between. Meanwhile, the rhythm section would keep things bouncing along at a lightly danceable tempo. The effect was to update the Glenn Miller sound of the early '40s for the late '50s without really changing it very much. It may be that Maltby's approach was not quite modern enough, since it didn't inspire sales on the level of Columbia labelmate Ray Conniff. As a result, after a few singles Maltby left Columbia for a stint at Roulette. Still, his style remains pleasant and even effervescent at times.

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