Jerry Fielding

Hollywood Brass

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An arranger/composer for Alvino Rey, Fielding had his television show and worked with many acts, including the Barry Sisters and Andrews Sisters. Hollywood Brass is in the mod, "now sound" style which followed Herb Alpert. "Yeh Yeh" and "Satisfaction" display his talent for counterpoint. "You'd Better Come Home," "Cover Me," and "Spanish Flea" give the rhythm section a chance, but even here the chief problem is his brass sound. The trumpets dominate and overall, the brass section is just too high and thin. Production by Bob Thiele notwithstanding, one can not help but think Verve or even Command would have brought out everything between the trumpets and bass. The arrangements are the thing, however, and the original "Ka-Boom-Boom" shines above all else (mostly standard covers). With clunking percussion breaks and an infectious horn figure, this one easily could have been covered and made a mod standard; lyrics could have been added. In Hollywood jargon, it's a sleeper.

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