The Fifties

The Fifties

by Carl FontanaCarl Fontana


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Trombonist Carl Fontana spent the early part of his career playing with a number of different big bands, including groups led by Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton, the latter being the leader with whom he grew his reputation. Tiring of travel, he settled in Las Vegas playing commercial music for several decades (still taking time out for some brief tours with jazz bands), though he started leading jazz gigs and occasionally recording as a leader beginning in the '80s. This compilation comes from several different radio and television broadcasts plus some studio dates. The first set features Fontana leading a quintet with tenorist Vido Musso (a last-minute substitute for an injured Charlie Ventura). Fontana easily outshines Musso with his effortless but brief rapid-fire solo in "Lester Leaps In," while each man takes half of a ballad medley as an individual feature. Several numbers feature Fontana with members of the Kenton band plus pianist Henri Renaud. Fontana's intricate solo in Charlie Parker's "Scrapple from the Apple" is humorous at times, while Horace Silver's soulful "Buhaina" showcases trumpeter Dickie Mills and the trombonist. Fontana is the featured player in two selections with the Jimmy Cook Big Band, playing a powerful solo in "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" buoyed by Bill Holman's richly textured arrangement and adding some pep to an already breezy "Soon." The final two tracks showcase Fontana in concert with Kenton in Berlin playing two Bill Holman charts, including "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and the arranger's own "Carl.""Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and the arranger's own "Carl." These vintage recordings from 1956 to 1960 are of surprising audio quality, making them essential for fans of the late Carl Fontana, who succumbed to Alzheimer's disease in 2003.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2010
Label: Uptown Jazz
UPC: 0026198276126
catalogNumber: 2761
Rank: 164669

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carl Fontana   Primary Artist,Trombone
Curtis Counce   Bass
Stan Kenton   Piano
Mel Lewis   Drums
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Enevoldsen   Valve Trombone
Lee Katzman   Trumpet
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Noto   Trumpet
Lennie Niehaus   Alto Saxophone
Henri Renaud   Piano
Don Rendell   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Troup   Master of Ceremonies
Porcino   Trumpet
Bob Fitzpatrick   Trombone
Phil Gilbert   Trumpet
Autie Goodman   Alto Saxophone
Bucky Jones   Bass
Harry Klein   Baritone Saxophone
Kent Larsen   Trombone
Bob Lawson   Baritone Saxophone
Ed Leddy   Trumpet
Jay McAllister   Tuba
Tom Montgomery   Drums
Irving Rosenthal   French Horn
Carson Smith   Bass
Charlie Walp   Trumpet
Ralph Blaze   Guitar
Don Kelly   Bass Trombone
Jimmy Cook   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Fox   French Horn
Billy Hodges   Trumpet
Dick Mills   Trumpet
Charlie McClean   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Steed   Trumpet
Eddie Weid   Piano
Eddie Butterfied   Trumpet
Vinnie Tano   Trumpet
Tony DiNicola   Drums
Rudy Egan   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Bill Holman   Arranger
Bob Enevoldsen   Arranger
Carl Fontana   Director
Stachey   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Robert E. Sunenblick   Producer
Renaud   Composer
Bob Bernotas   Liner Notes
Bill Welham   Liner Notes
DeCurtis   Composer
Wetzel   Composer
Holman   Composer
Wes Ilcken   Director

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