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January 23, 2008


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Charlie Berg

I've recently been digging Tiny's arrangements too, especially in Lawrence's band. Some of his stuff pre-sages what Quincy Jones later did in the 50s - lots of tight, internal harmonizations among the horns - cross-sectional groupings of horn lines.

On a side-note, any every noticed that Dave Frishberg's tune "I Can't Take You Nowhere" is based on Tiny's TNT?

Charlie Berg
Newton, MA

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