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October 12, 2011


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Grover Gardner

The radio transcriptions that Shep Fields made with his all-reed band in the early 1940's are available on iTunes. It's a good outfit with interesting arrangements. The sound is quite distinctive. Especially good are "If I Had You," "Skylark" and "1600 By the Clock." It's quite a different animal from his Rippling Rhythm gimmick.

The iTunes offering is a good-quality rip of the the old Hindsight release, which had very interesting liner notes about the band and the arrangers.

Jeff Sultanof


Once again, you've interviewed someone who was such an important part of the music scene in New York during the fifties and sixties who hardly anyone really knows about. Between Schlinger, Bank and Gene Allen, the baritone sax chair was covered for thousands of recordings during that period.

Sol had a gorgeous sound, and was a real hero of mine growing up playing the baritone sax. The information he is sharing with you is invaluable. Once again, thank you for helping to fill in the gaps for musicians/historians such as myself. Not many of these marvelous musicians active during 40s are around to share their memories.

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