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June 07, 2012

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B. Svensson

BIG thanks for your article about this mightily swinging Glenn Miller aggregation, Marc. It surely would deserve more appreciation, especially among swing & big band buffs. You've mentioned it already: The writing was superb, and the soloists like Mel Powell (BTW the first who broadcasted Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night In Tunisia" with the exquisite small band within the AAFB, "The Uptown Hall Gang", in England, November 1944), Bobby Nichols, Hank Freeman (Bud's brother), Peanuts Hucko, and Ray McKinley were top notch indeed. How that band could swing can be studied at "Passage Interdit", one of Jerry Gray's finest charts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZHwARNe23I

John Cooper

The AAF band - special stuff.

I saved my school lunch money back in the mid 60s to pay $9.45 ($1.89 per LP) for the RCA AAF LP set on sale at Sam Goody's in Huntington, L.I. Still have it, though replaced by the reissue from Book of the Month Club.

John Cooper

"....actors, including the jazz trumpeter...."

It's George Montgomery, once married to Dinah Shore.

John Cooper

"Of course, the band's magnum opus was was David Rose's Holiday for Strings, arranged by Jerry Gray, and Poinciana, featuring the band's Crew Chiefs vocal group" - MM

I'd add MOON DREAMS to that short list, too.

jOhn Cooper

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