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Recorded at a time when big-band dance music was still being marketed to college students, Ray Anthony's concisely presented jazz albums are now compiled into one energetic and uplifting retrospective. Using as many as 18 pieces, trumpeter Anthony presided over these brightly balanced sessions in Hollywood and New York between 1950 and 1955. Ideal for freeway driving, retro-lounging, or hosting an informal open-air function, this crisp and sometimes quirky compendium of traditional swing melodies never relies too heavily on camp or corn; the band even pulls off a smart rendition of "Skip to My Lou" without sacrificing too much dignity. This is largely because of the arrangements written by George Williams, Dick Reynolds, Don Simpson, and Ray Anthony himself. Noteworthy jazz instrumentalists include Marshall Royal, Ted Nash, Barney Kessel, George Barnes, and Mel Lewis. Most importantly, this music is fun. Nothing too serious or complicated here — just good clean fun.


Born: 20 January 1922 in Bentleyville, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Ray Anthony played two years with Glenn Miller and ten with Jimmy Dorsey before forming his own band. Anthony led a group in the Pacific during World War II, then had a highly popular dance band. He probably has as much fame, if not more, as the writer of the theme for Dragnet, the novelty tune "The Bunny Hop," and the hit single "Dancing in the Dark."...
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Plays The Arrangements Of George Williams, Ray Anthony
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 12 July 2005

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