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Ralph Burns: Four Classic Albums (Spring Sequence / Very Warm For Jazz / Bijou / Porgy & Bess In Modern Jazz) (2CD)

Ralph Burns: Four Classic Albums (Spring Sequence / Very Warm For Jazz / Bijou / Porgy & Bess In Modern Jazz) (2CD)

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AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Ralph Burns, complete with original artwork and liner notes.
“Spring Sequence”; “Very Warm For Jazz”; “Bijou” and “Porgy & Bess In Modern Jazz”
Jazz pianist, composer and arranger Ralph Burns was another child prodigy, playing piano as a child and in 1930 attending the New England Conservatory of Music. During his studies he lived with big band singer Frances Wayne who introduced Burns to her bandleader brother Nick Jeret and very quickly he found himself in the company of such greats as Nat King Cole and Art Tatum. He moved to New York City in the early 1940’s and hooked up with Charlie Barnet which in turn led to his long tenure with Woody Herman. Burns later reflected that the fifteen year association with Herman had been the happiest of his musical career. During this period he was writing and arranging such great Herman classics as Bijou, Northwest Passage, Apple Honey and Summer Sequence. Artists Burns played with during his big band days include, Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Charlie Ventura, Billy Strayhorn, Lee Konitz and Ben Webster. After the big band era had gone Burns played in a number of smaller units but as time moved on he was primarily occupied with writing, arranging and orchestrating. In fact it is exhausting just to read the list of his accomplishments during the rest of his career. Here’s just a sample... writing for Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole; arranging for Ray Charles, including Georgia On My Mind! Arranging and orchestrating for such shows as Chicago, Funny Girl, Sweet Charity as well as films such as Lenny, Cabaret, All That Jazz and Annie. As well as winning two Academy Awards for Cabaret and All That Jazz, he won two Tony’s and one Emmy and was inducted into the New England Jazz Hall of Fame in 2004.

1-5: ‘Spring Sequence’
1. Spring Sequence
2. It Might As Well Be Spring
3. Spring Is Here
4. Sprang
5. Echo Of Spring
6-16: ‘Very Warm For Jazz’
6. The Gipsy
7. Summer Love
8. My Heart Stood Still
9. Tonight
10. Swing Into Spring
11. Witchcraft
12. On A Sunday By The Sea
13. Lazy Afternoon
14. Pastel Blue
15. Blues For Terrissitta
16. I Hear Music

1-6: ‘Bijou’
1. Bijou
2. Gina
3. Perpetual Motion
4. Lover Come Back To Me
5. Autobahn Blues
6. Spring In Naples
7-16: ‘Porgy & Bess In Modern Jazz’
7. Summertime
8. My Man’s Gone Now
9. It Takes A Long Pull To Get There
10. I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’
11. Bess, You Is My Woman
12. It Ain’t Necessarily So
13. I Loves You Porgy
14. A Red-Headed Woman
15. There’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon For New York
16. Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess

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