Dave Pell / Dave Pell Octet

Swingin' School Songs

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For this project by the Dave Pell Octet, the group performs 16 songs that were either college tunes or favorites of fraternities. Although the concept is not too promising and the interpretations are quite concise (often around three minutes apiece), the music is more rewarding than expected. Such tunes as "On Wisconsin," "Iowa Corn Song," "Hail Purdue," and "Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" have rarely sounded better since the arrangements of Bill Holman, Marty Paich, John Williams, Med Flory, and Bob Enevoldsen uplift the songs and are full of little surprises. This was trumpeter Don Fagerquist's last album with Pell's octet; also heard from are Pell on tenor, valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, baritonist Marty Berman, and a four-piece rhythm section led by pianist Marty Paich.

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