The third of three Pete Rugolo Columbia LPs has some of the finest and most interesting work of the arranger's career. "4:20 A.M." sports a particularly memorable and haunting theme, while several numbers feature "The Rugolettes," an octet comprised of trombone, French horn, tuba, flute, oboe, guitar, bass and drums. Among the more notable soloists are trumpeter Doug Mettome (featured on "Gone With the Wind"), John Graas on French horn, baritonist Bob Gordon, guitarist Howard Roberts, John Barber on tuba and the masterful Julius Watkins on French horn (for "Hornorama"). Brilliant and highly original music.
by Scott Yanow