Claude Thornhill

In Disco Order, Vol. 11

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The 11th LP in a 1970s Claude Thornhill collector's series put out by Ajaz/Joyce continues the chronological reissuance of the bandleader's recordings, covering part of his later period. Actually by late 1949, Thornhill had largely abandoned his earlier innovations (there was only one French horn in the group and the tuba was gone), discarding bebop in favor of revivalist swing and pop tunes. Certainly few listeners will remember such Russ McIntyre vocals as "Iowa Indian Fight Song" and "In the Garden of Forget-Me-Nots." Best are the six Gershwin songs recorded during the Jan. 17, 1950 session but overall this album is of more historical than musical interest.