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The Tonight Show Band Vol. II With Doc Severinsen

Doc Severinsen

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Album Review

The second of two long-overdue recordings by the Tonight Show Band has its moments, but its reliance on swing-era warhorses and the generally predictable arrangements (Bill Holman's reworkings of "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise," "Take the 'A' Train," and "Serenade in Blue" are exceptions) are disappointments. However, there is some excellent solo space for trumpeters Doc Severinsen, Snooky Young, and Conte Candoli; tenors Pete Christlieb and Ernie Watts; and pianist Ross Tompkins. Since this legendary big band recorded so little (just three albums for Amherst), all are worth picking up.

Customer Reviews

Swinging Hard, Baby!!!

If anyone was looking for a hard hitting, pulse racing set of big band standards you hit the jackpot here. Doc and the gang smoke through chart after chart with nothing less than brilliant style and virtuoso solos by Doc. The arrangements are top notch giving each tune their very own style. Highlights are In the Mood, Georgia On My Mind and Jumpin' at the Woodside. There are very few big band albums that can kick like this one!

Awesome!!!

This may be my favorite jazz recording of all time. Doc and his band had a monster sound. Each member of the band was among the best on their instrument and when they played these incredible arrangements the result was amazing. It doesn't get any better than this for a big band swing sound.

Biography

Born: July 7, 1927 in Arlington, OR

Genre: Jazz

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

For 25 years, Doc Severinsen was arguably the best-known trumpet player in America, appearing on television every weeknight as the leader of the Tonight Show Orchestra. Known for his exceptionally loud wardrobe, Severinsen often bantered good-naturedly with host Johnny Carson, while supplying the show's incidental music (bridging commercial breaks, introducing guests, etc.). Despite the musical limitations of that format, the Tonight Show Orchestra was increasingly considered one of the best big-band...
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