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LOU McGARITY QUINTET

Music from "Some Like It Hot"

Lonehill Jazz LHJ 10321

 

 

 


 
1. Some Like It Hot
2. By The Beautiful Sea
3. Stairway To The Stars
4. Sweet Sue, Just You
5. Down Among The Sheltering Palms
6. I Wanna Be Loved By You
7. La Cumparsita
8. I'm Thru With Love
9. Runnin 'Wild
10. Sugar Blues
11. Sweet Georgia Brown
12. Some Like It Hot (Reprise)
13. Blue (And Broken Hearted)
14. Blue Moon
15. Blue Prelude
16. Blue Again
17. Blue Champagne
18. Blue Turning Grey Over You
19. Blue Lou
20. Born To Be Blue
21. Blue Skies
22. Black And Blue
23. I Get The Blues When It Rains
24. Under A Blanket Of Blue
25. Mobile Mama
26. New Orleans Nightmare
27. Bandanna
28. Birmingham Shuffle
Tracks 1-12

Lou McGarity Quintet

Lou McGarity - Trombone
Dick Cary - Piano, Trumpet
George Barnes - Guitar
Jack Lesberg - Bass
Don Marino - Drums
Tracks 13-24

Lou McGarity Big Seven

Doc Severinsen - Trumpet
Lou McGarity - Trombone, vocals (track 23)
Bob Wilber - Clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax
Dick Cary - Piano, alto-horn, trumpet
George Barnes - Guitar
Jack Lesberg - Bass
Don Marino - Drums
Tracks 25-28

Lou McGarity Sextet

Yank Lawson - Trumpet
Lou McGarity - Trombone
Bill Stegmeyer - Clarinet
Peanuts Hucko - Clarinet, tenor sax
Gene Schroeder - Piano
Jack Lesberg - Bass
Cliff Leeman - Drums
 

What is my favourite comedy film of all time? It has to be Some Like It Hot: Billy Wilder's marvellous over-the-top story of two male musicians dressing as women to escape Chicago gangsters. Not only was the film extremely funny and superbly inventive, it also contained a lively soundtrack comprising good old tunes (like Runnin' Wild and Stairway to the Stars) and introduced us to some songs we might not have heard before (I Wanna be Loved By You, I'm Thru with Love).

In 1959 (the year that the movie appeared), trombonist Lou McGarity and some friends recorded a selection of music from the film. Posterity can be callous, as Lou McGarity is less well-known than he should be. Most people have heard of other trombonists like Jack Teagarden and Tommy Dorsey, but McGarity never became so famous, even though he was one of Eddie Condon's repertory company and also played for Benny Goodman, Raymond Scott, and the World's Greatest Jazz Band. This album exemplifies his mellow tone and his ability to improvise melodically. The recording has the same sort of relaxed atmosphere as an Eddie Condon session. Every McGarity solo is a gem but fine solos are also contributed by fleet-fingered guitarist George Barnes and the versatile Dick Cary - playing trumpet as well as piano. The original LP cover (reproduced above) is one of those strange concoctions that jazz albums were often lumbered with in those days.

This CD reissue contains more than just the Some Like It Hot LP. There is also the Blue Lou LP from the same year and a four-track EP (remember extended-play discs?) recorded in 1955. The Blue Lou album includes a dozen tracks with "Blue" in the title, performed by a more tightly-arranged group (arrangements by Dick Cary). I presume it is Cary playing celeste on Born To be Blue, where he also provides a tasteful piano solo. Doc Severinsen makes his mark as lead trumpeter and Lou McGarity again proves his all-round brilliance - especially notable in his features on Blue Moon and Black and Blue.

The last four tracks are in Dixieland mode, with Peanuts Hucko impressive on clarinet but Yank Lawson sounding less fluent than usual. You might say that these tracks are the closest to the Eddie Condon style, with Condon regulars like Gene Schroeder and Cliff Leeman on board. The transfers of all the vinyl recordings are exemplary, and it is to be hoped that this collection reminds listeners of the considerable talents of Lou McGarity.

Tony Augarde



 

 

 

 



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