Boyd Raeburn

The Unissued Boyd Raeburn: 1945

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The year 1945 was fascinating for the Boyd Raeburn Orchestra, for it was the period when the big band quickly evolved from being a swing-oriented unit into becoming a unique if eccentric and short-lived outfit. This valuable LP from the Joyce label (which will probably be difficult to locate) has some arrangements by Eddie Finckel and Johnny Mandel but it is the many George Handy charts that are most memorable. On tunes such as "Tonsilectomy," "Rip Van Winkle," "Yerxa" and "Dalvatore Sally" (thanks to Handy), the Raeburn Orchestra sounds as advanced as that of Stan Kenton while displaying a very distinctive style of its own. Among the key members of the band at the time were trumpeter Ray Linn, trombonist Ollie Wilson, tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson and pianist Dodo Marmarosa. This important music (taken from radio broadcasts) deserves to be reissued on CD.