Maniac's Ball

Maniac's Ball

by Casa Loma OrchestraCasa Loma Orchestra


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During a period of time when few jazz-oriented big bands existed outside of Harlem, the Casa Loma Orchestra helped set the stage for the swing era. Gene Gifford's arrangements for the ensemble during 1929-1935 were later criticized for using some staccato phrasing and an excess of riffs, but the music still sounds quite exciting today. Maniac's Ball mostly dates from 1931-1932, with one song from 1933, three from 1934, Larry Clinton's "A Study in Brown" from 1937, and a five-song session from 1936. In addition to a few Clinton arrangements, many of Gifford's best charts are here, including "White Jazz," "Black Jazz," "Blue Jazz," "Maniac's Ball," and "Wild Goose Chase." Of the four Hep releases that on a whole feature most of the high points of the Casa Loma recordings (skipping the more commercial dance band records), Maniac's Ball is the best all-round introduction to the music of the Casa Loma Orchestra.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/1996
Label: Hep Records
UPC: 0603366105121
catalogNumber: 1051
Rank: 128731

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Casa Loma Orchestra   Primary Artist
Glen Gray   Leader,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Pee Wee Hunt   Trombone,Vocals
Ray Eberle   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tony Briglia   Drums
Kenny Sargent   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Pat Davis   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Dennis   Bass,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Standup Bass
Gene Gifford   Banjo,Guitar
Joe Hostetter   Trumpet,Vocals
Mel Jenssen   Violin,Viola
Art Ralston   Bassoon,Oboe,Alto Saxophone
Billy Rauch   Trombone
Bobby Lee Jones   Trumpet
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra   Track Performer
Sonny Dunham   Trumpet
Grady Watts   Trumpet
Bo Ashford   Trumpet
Jack Blanchette   Guitar
Fritz Hummel   Trombone
Dub Shoffner   Trumpet
Frank Zullo   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Glen Gray   Director
Larry Clinton   Arranger
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Charles Davis   Composer
Jack Pettis   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Gene Gifford   Arranger,Composer
Mel Jenssen   Director
John R.T. Davies   Producer
Alastair Robertson   Producer
Robert Bamberger   Liner Notes
Winky Tharp   Composer
Winston Collins Tharp   Composer
James Hanley   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer

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