Pete Rugolo

Music for Hi-Fi Bugs

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Despite a title that portends space age pop sensibilities, Music for Hi-Fi Bugs in fact offers a decidedly modernist interpretation of the classic big-band formula. Channeling the influence of onetime boss Stan Kenton, Pete Rugolo and an all-star cast of West Coast confederates including Russ Freeman, Dave Pell, and Pete Candoli both tighten up and stretch out, forging bold, focused performances that nevertheless afford the individual players the space to deliver complex, inventive solos. Rugolo's arrangements dazzle, boasting a rich palette of colors and tones that amplify the artistry of the individual performances -- familiar melodies like "These Foolish Things" and "Dream of You" seem fresh and new all over again.