Tuesday, February 9, 2010

John DANKWORTH - The Zodiac Variations 1965

John DANKWORTH - The Zodiac Variations  1965
TL 5229
Date October 9, 10 1964 (New York)
and October 28, 2, 10 and 11 November 1964 (London)


In 1961, Dankworth’s recording of Galt MacDermot’s African Waltz reached the British charts and remained there for several months. American altoist Cannonball Adderley sought and received Dankworth’s permission to record the arrangement and had a minor hit in the US as a result. The piece was also covered by many other groups.

Dankworth’s friendship with trumpeter Clark Terry led to Terry being a featured soloist on Dankworth’s 1964 album The Zodiac Variations, together with Bob Brookmeyer, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Lucky Thompson and other guests. Other Dankworth recordings during this period featured many other respected jazz names. Some were full-time members of the Dankworth band at one time or another, like Tony Coe, Mike Gibbs, Peter King, Dudley Moore, John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler, while others such as Dave Holland, John McLaughlin, Tubby Hayes and Dick Morrissey were occasional participants.

During this active period of recording, the Dankworth band nevertheless found time for frequent live appearances and radio shows, including tours in Britain and Europe with Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan and Gerry Mulligan, and concerts and radio performances with Lionel Hampton and Ella Fitzgerald.
Clark Terry, Greg Bowen, Gus Galbraith- (Trumpets),
Leon Calvert- (Trumpet, Flugelhorn),
Kenny Wheeler- (Trumpet, Tenor Horn),
Tony Russell, Johnny Marshall, Chris Smith- (Trombones),
Bob Brookmeyer- (valve Trombone),
Ron Snyder, John Dankworth- (Tuba),
Al Newman- (Alto Sax, clarinets),
Phil Woods- (Alto Sax),
Paul Carroll,Vic Ash- (Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Clarinet),
Art Ellefson,Zoot Sims, Lucky Thompson- (Tenor Sax, Clarinets),
Ronnie Scott, Danny Moss- (Tenor Sax),
Ronnie Ross- (Baritone Sax),
Alan Branscombe,Chuck Israels- (Vibraphone [2], Piano,),
Kenny Napper- (Bass),
Osie Johnson, Johnny Butts- (Drums).
John Dankworth- Alto Sax, Clarinet
A1. Theme: Way With the Stars 2:52 
A2. Aquarius 2:34  
A3. Pisces 2:27 
A4. Aries 2:33 
A5. Taurus 3:20 
A6. Gemini 2:55 
A7. Cancer 2:30 
B1. Leo 4:13 
B2. Virgo 2:23 
B3. Libra 2:48 
B4. Scorpio 2:25 
B5. Sagittarius 4:33 
B6. Capricorn and Coda 3:13

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