Eddie Sauter & Bill Finegan – The Sons of Sauter-Finegan (2016)

Eddie Sauter & Bill Finegan - The Sons of Sauter-Finegan (2016)
Artist: Eddie Sauter & Bill Finegan
Album: The Sons of Sauter-Finegan
Label: Fresh Sound Records
Year Of Release: 2016
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

01. Back in Your Own Backyard
02. I Surrender Dear
03. Street of Dreams
04. Lip Service
05. Two Bats in a Cave
06. Mad About the Boy
07. Over the Rainbow
08. Non Identical Twins
09. Easy to Remember
10. Nip and Tuck
11. Fascinating Rhythm
12. Procrastination
13. Finegan’s Wake
14. New York 4 A.M.
15. Pennies from Heaven
16. Four Horsemen
17. Exactly Like You
18. The Loop
19. Sadie Thompson
20. Madame X
21. The Land Between


In April 1952, two old friends, Eddie Sauter and Bill Finegan, joined forces and ideas to organize and co-lead an orchestra to play and record their own composi- tions and arrangements. There were many brilliant sidemen in the Sauter-Finegan orchestra, but the extent of each musician’s creative contribution was usually con- stricted by the somewhat self-indulgent complexity of the band’s book. In the 1955 album, Sons of Sauter-Finegan, thanks to RCA Victor A&R Jack Lewis, several of these gifted sidemen were gathered into small units and given ample solo space to express themselves in loose, “head” arrangements.

Everyone on the date was in fine form, particularly the brassmen. Trumpeters Bobby Nichols and Nick Travis display imagination, power and warmth, all conveyed with authority and technical mastery, and Sonny Russo confirmed that he was one of the best young jazz trombonists of the time. The rhythm section—Joe Venuto, on vibes and marimba, Bill Finegan on piano, Francis James, on bass, and Mousey Alexander on drums— also lived up to the standard of musicianship required.

The rest of tunes on this CD come from the small group sessions of Inside Sauter- Finegan, and from the album Concert in Jazz, by the full Sauter-Finegan orchestra playing the co-leaders’ carefully elaborate charts, while nevertheless affording breathing room to their excellent sidemen.

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