Boyd Raeburn

One Night Stand

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Other than two titles from 1943, this collector's LP from the Joyce label has the earliest documentation of the Boyd Raeburn Orchestra. At the time Raeburn's big band was going in a transition from being a rather commercial outfit to a swing orchestra. Although Ted Travers has two vocals, the band mostly plays in a Count Basie vein on this radio broadcast, performing such tunes as ("920 Special," "Blue Skies" and "It's Sand Man." Unfortunately the personnel is not given (and was probably not known). This LP ends up with four tunes from the 1945 Raeburn band, a much more radical outfit that played arrangements by George Handy. Although David Allyn and Barbara Jane take a vocal apiece, the accompaniment by the orchestra is rather advanced; best is the instrumental "Hip Boyds." This album will be a difficult record to locate.