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Gallodoro shines with the Hunks

Timeless is a word that so aptly applies to the music and the man, Al Gallodoro, saxophone and clarinet virtuoso who, when just shy of ninety years old, recorded this gem with the Beau Hunks. Comprised of Standards, and including a personal composition on which his grandson plays guitar ( "Kevin's Tune"), Gallodoro plays with the unbridled passion and stellar technique that has made him a legend amongst his peers and students and fans in the know. The Beau Hunks provide their trademark proficiency and dedication to period style and form, providing a perfect complement to Gallodoro, who shifts gears between the album's ballads and swing numbers seamlessly. Particularly satisfying are the giddy "Struttin' With Some Barbecue", the Louis and Lillian Hardin Armstrong song, and "Smoke Rings". Until the rest of Gallodoro's long overdue catalog becomes available, "Out of Nowhere" provides a glimpse into the genius that is Al Gallodoro.

Out of Nowhere - Al Gallodoro and the Beau Hunks

Out of Nowhere Al Gallodoro (Saxophone) With the Beau Hunks This is the first studio album from saxophone legend Al Gallodoro in 40 years. Gallodoro played first alto in the original Paul Whiteman Soc-tette, and his distinctive work was heard on countless albums over many decades. Over a lengthy and prestigious jazz career, Gallodoro has also performed and recorded with entertainer Rudy Vallee, composer George Gershwin, and with conductors Toscanini and Stokowski. The idea for this CD originated when Beau Hunks saxophonist Robert Veen met Gallodoro in the Netherlands. Veen was unaware of Gallodoro's legacy, but his curiosity led him to research the man. As Veen read music history books and listened to Al's performance on records, he realized that Gallodoro was an incredible talent, and -- historically, at least -- an overlooked one. Gallodoro returned to Holland, and was invited to attend a Beau Hunks concert. After relishing the band's performance with great enthusiasm, he announced his determination to record a new album backed by The Beau Hunks. Gallodoro came back to Holland for the sessions in early 1999. The repertoire consisted of early 20th century standards, a practice for which the Beau Hunks have gained a worldwide reputation as preservationists. Favorites by Hoagy Carmichael, the Gershwins, Jimmy Dorsey and Eddy DeLange were included, along with such timeless favorites as "Harlem Nocturne," "Smoke Rings," and "Struttin' With Some Barbecue." Each of these tunes were selected because they have personal significance to Gallodoro's life and career. As always when the Beau Hunks are involved, presenting music from a bygone era is more than an exercise in nostalgia. They prove the enduring appeal of forgotten music from a previous age. And they provide a framework in which Al Gallodoro, too, stands the test of time.

Missing Link

It seems that in the lat 10 jazz histories I have read there is not a mention of this fellow..no profile no downbeat no interview...but what I like about this fellow is the alto tone slightly sweet and definitely warm....very smooth high and low register. (Plenty of fine clarinet here as well). and this was done I think when this guy was in his 80's.
Just amazing.

Out of Nowhere, Al Gallodoro With the Beau Hunks
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 15, 1998

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