Joe Timer & THE Orchestra

Willis Conover's House of Sounds Presents THE Orchestra

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Although its recording was released under the name of radio announcer Willis Conover (who at the time was Washington D.C.'s top jazz disc jockey, prior to his long period with Voice of America), this LP actually features a big band simply called THE Orchestra that was led by drummer/arranger Joe Timer. The ensemble's best-known names are trumpeter Marky Markowitz, trombonist Earl Swope and baritonist Jack Nimitz; other soloists include altoist Jim Riley, pianist Jack Holliday and Angelo Tompros on tenor. All four trumpeters (which include Bob Carey, Ed Leddy and Charlie Walp) get full-length solos on Timer's "One for Kenny." In addition to Timer, the other arrangers include Bill Potts, Johnny Mandel, Ralph Mutchler and Harvey Leonard. The music ranges from cool-toned bop to danceable swing. Both Markowitz ("Moonlight in Vermont") and Walp ("Flamingo") have fine showcases. An interesting set, the only full-length recording by this fine part-time ensemble which broke up when Timer passed away prematurely in 1955.

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