A west coast trombonist, arranger, and composer, James Hill appears on recordings beginning in the early '50s. He was one of many Los Angeles studio cats who played in the grand band known as Les Brown and His Band of Renown, appearing on several recordings that are considered classic lineups for Brown. He plays alongside a variety of up and coming west coast players on these dates, including guitarist Howard Roberts and keyboardist Dick Hyman. Hill also blew for the Latin band of Pérez Prado and was honored to appear on an album title which boasts one of the world's worst puns, Eartha Quake! by the grounded singer Eartha Kitt. As an arranger and composer, Hill came up with several numbers that were recorded by other bands, such as "J. Walking" and "Apple Valley," cut by Gene Krupa and Don Lamond respectively. The Brown band also recorded a version of "Apple Valley" for the Live from Jantzen Beach set.
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