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The Transcription Performances - 1947

Claude Thornhill

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These big-band sessions start to hint at bebop from the opener, "Robbins' Nest," but concentrate on American popular standards. You hear young arranger Gil Evans, Lee Konitz on alto sax/clarinet, and trumpeter Red Rodney, who would go on to define the bop stance. There's one Edvard Grieg composition, a lone Thornhill classic original ("Snowfall"), and work by the mysterious Danny Polo on clarinet. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Biography

Born: 10 August 1909 in Terre Haute, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s

Although some of his recordings were on the periphery of jazz and his orchestra was at its most popular in the early '40s, Claude Thornhill's main importance to jazz was the influence that his arrangements and orchestra's sound had on cool jazz of the late '40s. After studying at a music conservatory and playing piano in bands based in the Midwest, Thornhill worked for Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman in 1934, and for Ray Noble's American band of 1935-1936 (for whom he also arranged). He appeared...
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