Elliot Lawrence

One Night Stand with Elliot Lawrence

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The obscure Elliot Lawrence Orchestra is featured on this radio broadcast from the Hollywood Palladium. Although a personnel listing is given (the no-name band used three trumpets, three trombones, five saxes, guitar, bass, drums and the leader's piano plus French horn and oboe), the actual soloists are not listed; Alec Fila is known to have taken the trumpet solos. With Rosalind Patton and/or Jack Hunter having vocals on five of the nine songs (Lawrence also briefly plays his two themes), not all of the music is jazz. "Bop-Pop" (which finds Lawrence's ensemble exploring bebop) is a highlight. This hard-to-find LP should interest swing collectors but it is not essential.