Full Flavour

Full Flavour

by Ray Gelato


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Ray Gelato, a key member of the British jump band the Chevalier Brothers during 1982-1988, plays tenor sax solos in the tradition of Illinois Jacqwuet and Charlie Ventura, in addition to taking vocals. In the Ray Gelato Giants, the role model is clearly Louis Prima, although with touches of Frank Sinatra, heated swing, and bits of bebop. Their debut record, The Full Flavour, features a hot septet (with trumpeter Dave Priseman, trombonist Dave Keech, and Al Nichools on tenor and alto) playing some Prima (including "That Old Black Magic" and a medley of "Basin Street Blues" and "Sleepy Time Down South"), Charlie Ventura ("Dark Eyes"), Dean Martin, Nat "King" Cole, and heated swing ("Apple Honey"). There are also two fine vocals by Claire Martin and a rare up-tempo version of "As Time Goes By." One of the best retro-swing releases of the mid-'90s.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/1995
Label: Linn Records
UPC: 0691062003438
catalogNumber: 34
Rank: 223898

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Gelato   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Clark Kent   Bass,Double Bass
Dave Priseman   Trumpet
Enrico Tomasso   Trumpet
Claire Martin   Vocals
Jeff Williams   Trombone
Dave Keech   Trombone
Allan Cox   Drums
Richard Busiakiewicz   Piano
Nicholls   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Piper   Drums

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Paul Cook   Arranger
Calum Malcolm   Producer,Engineer
Leon René   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Claire Martin   Contributor
Don Fitzpatrick   Art Direction
Ray Gelato   Arranger
Otis Rene   Composer
Clarence Mace   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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