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Herbie Fields

Herbie Fields "His Orchestra and Quintet" (1946-1947) VMP 0051 [Vintage Music Productions CD] The versatile and multi-talented musician and bandleader with Neal Hefti, Serge Chaloff and vocalists, Marianne Dunne and Pat Flaherty. Includes the hits, "Years And Years Ago," "Connecticut" and "Dardanella." Digitally restored to compact disc by Ed Noble. Liner notes by Ed Noble. Order No. 31255

1. I Guess I'll Get The Papers And Go Home [Aug 6, 1946]
2. Jalouise (Jealousy) [Aug 6, 1946]
3. There's Nothing The Matter With Me [Aug 6, 1946]
4. Among My Souvenirs [Aug 6, 1946]
5. Moon Nocturne [Oct 19, 1946]
6. Blue Fields [Oct 19, 1946]
7. A Huggin' And A Chalkin' [Oct 19, 1946]
8. Years And Years Ago [Dec 11, 1946]
9. Connecticut [Dec 11, 1946]
10. Baby Made A Change In Me [Dec 12, 1946]
11. Misirlou [Dec 12, 1946]
12. Cherokee [Dec 12, 1946]
13. Rainbow Mood [Jan 29, 1947]
14. Dardanella [Jan 29, 1947]
15. Soprano Boogie [Jan 29, 1947]
16. I Wanna [Jan 29, 1947]
17. In A Persian Market [Nov 5, 1947]
18. You Turned The Tables On Me [Nov 5, 1947]
19. Chinese Lullaby [Nov 5, 1947]
20. I Wish I Knew The Name [Nov 5, 1947]
21. You Twisted My Heart Around Your Finger [Nov 5, 1947]
22. John John [Nov 5, 1947]
23. We'd Be The Same [Nov 5, 1947]
24. Come Back To Sorrento [Nov 6, 1947]

Several really good musicians, with the management and leadership skill to be big band leaders, came along a little too late, and Herbie Fields was one of them. For all practical purposes, the big band business, as a regular attraction in hundreds of ballrooms around the country, was over about the time Benny Goodman abandoned his big band. After an October 23, 1947 recording date, in Hollywood, BG and the band flew to Surf Beach Club, Virginia, for a week, then disbanded. Thereafter, BG worked with small groups and assembled the big bands only for short-term engagements. If it was hard for the big names to continue, it was all the more difficult for any upstart to succeed. Herbie had everything, so to speak. He played all the reeds well, had a nice enough voice to do vocals and was well liked. His band had good arrangements, played well, and the jazz group, within the band, was very popular. Although it did not make the Billboard chart list, his recording of DARDANELLA was his biggest hit. It had sustained sales over a long period of time that added up to large numbers. He did chart two tunes, YEARS AND YEARS AGO and CONNECTICUT, but time was not in his favor. Except for recording dates and special bookings, his big band (like BG's) was over, in November 1947. In my opinion, the Victor sides are the high point of his career. All but two of the issued sides are on this CD.

It was nearly five years before Herbie's next recording session, on September 22, 1952. From then until his last session, in February of 1958, a total of 34 titles were commercially issued, but the style was mostly back to typical small group jazz. There is more than enough good material left to make another interesting volume, assuming there is enough interest to warrant it. Of course, if the two missing Victor sides can be found, these would certainly be included. If anyone can assist in locating these, we would love to hear from you.


With Herbie Fields (clarinet, saxophone, vocals, leader) * Neal Hefti (trumpet) * Bernie Glow (trumpet) * Jack Eagel (trumpet) * Al Aarons (trumpet) * Ronald Snyder (trumpet) * Steven Lipkins (trumpet) * John Bello (trumpet) * Nick Consolo (trumpet) * Vince Badale (trumpet) * Jim Maxwell (trumpet) * Carl Poole (trumpet) * Benny Harris (trumpet) * Ernie Englund (trumpet) * Tom DiCarlo (trumpet) * Hal Johnson (trumpet) * Al Moore (trombone) * Bob Hackman (trombone) * Don Plumby (trombone) * George Arus (trombone) * Sy Zelden (trombone) * Ed Bert (trombone) * Bert Prager (trombone) * Milt Gold (trombone) * Leon Cox (trombone) * Norm Conley (trombone) * Mal Larry (saxophone) * Arne Andelman (saxophone) * Joe Galand (saxophone) * Joe Stone (saxophone) * Bill Graham (saxophone) * Art Baker (saxophone) * Bill Hitz (saxophone) * Leonard Green (saxophone) * Irv Green (saxophone) * Joe Megro (saxophone) * Ken Schmidt (saxophone) * Buddy Arnold (saxophone) * Ed Caine (saxophone) * Manny Alban (saxophone) * Paul Ricci (saxophone) * Al Klink (saxophone) * Stan Webb (saxophone) * Serge Chaloff (baritone saxophone) * Rudy Cafaro (guitar) * Martin Marino (string bass) * Harry Biss (piano) * Marty Napoleon (piano) * Joe Gatto (piano) * Fred Radcliffe (drums) * Stan Kaye (drums) * Mel Zelnick (drums) * Tiny Kahn (drums) * John Irving (vibraphone) * Pat Flaherty (vocals) * Marianne Dunne (vocals) * The Romanticists (vocals).

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Order No. 31255

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