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MG-20124: Swing Baby / Ralph Marterie

[Front Cover] Label Type : black Mercury type A
Matrix Number : SIDE-A MG 20124A MF1    MI    A1    I
SIDE-B MG 20124B MF1    MI    A1    I



Comments

with original Mercury inner sleeve.

Inside The Groove

Another very danceable and swingy album by Ralph Marterie and his Orchestra.

Personal Impression (and brief notes)

In 1950s, Ralph Marterie was very popular among collage dance scene. This was probably because the orchestra really swinged - they didn't try any complexed and difficult tunes. Instead, they always played clear-cut swingy tunes with rock solid band ensemble. This album, which consists of two distinct recording sessions, presents another good example of their good swingin' performances. The pianist Matt Alagna was said to do most of the arrangements during this period, and he surely contributes typical style of how a big band can swing well, in very popular way. Brass and reed ensemble sounds very comfortable with steady swings.

Our generation, living in the 21st century, tends to think that this kind of music is just old and boring. But there must be something special - other than running out good old music - in these tunes. We will not dance along with this music in dance halls, but we can imagine how people enjoyed the music in the ballroom dozens of years ago.

Strictly Personal Rating (to what extent I could enjoy this album)

8 out of 10




Track Listing

SIDE-A
A-1 12491 Swing Baby (Baylor - Marterie) 3:03
A-2 12349 Stella By Starlight (Young - Washington) 2:28
A-3 12350 One O'Clock Jump (Count Basie) 2:55
A-4 12352 It's A Wonderful World (Adamson - Savitt - Watson) 3:02
A-5 12351 Basie Boogie (Jackson - Ebbins - Basie) 2:22
A-6 12346 Lullaby Of Birdland (Shearing - Forster) 2:04
SIDE-B
B-1 12353 Robbin's Nest (Thompson - Jacquet - Russel) 2:55
B-2 12347 Midnight Sun (Hampton - Burke - Mercer) 2:40
B-3 12348 The Prisoner's Song (Massey) -
B-4 12487 Laura (Raksin - Mercer) 2:16
B-5 12489 Woodchopper's Ball (Bishop - Herman) 3:02
B-6 12490 Danse Arabé (Tschaikowsky) 3:08

Personnel


Personnel/recorded date/master numbers confirmed with the Ruppli's discography.
(“The Mercury Labels - A Discography” by Ruppli and Novitsky, Greenwood Press, 1993)

A-2, A-3, A-4, A-5, A-6, B-1, B-2, B-3:
Ralph Marterie (tp, leader) and his Orchestra, including:
Carl Bernhardt (tb), Ralph Craig (tb), Dick Bradey (tb), Vince Forrest (tb).
others unknown.
Recorded at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, IL in October 1955.

A-1, B-4, B-5, B-6:
same personnel as A-2.
Recorded at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, IL in November 1955.

The Artist Also Appears on...

Ralph Marterie (tp, leader) :
  • Mercury MG-25085 10-inch : Ralph Marterie And His Orchestra
  • Mercury MG-25102 10-inch : Marterie Moods
  • Mercury MG-25121 10-inch : Junior Prom
  • Mercury MG-25171 10-inch : Dancing On The Downbeat
  • Mercury MG-25195 10-inch : Marterie Blows And The Cats Play
  • Mercury MG-25201 10-inch : 3 Guys On A Note / Vic Damone - Ralph Marterie - Rusty Draper
  • Mercury MG-20010 : Sweet And Lovely (Ralph Marterie With Strings)
  • Mercury MG-20053 : Dance Date
  • Mercury MG-20054 : Alone Together (Music for Smoochin')
  • Mercury MG-20066 : Dance Band In Town
  • Mercury MG-20124 : Swing Baby
  • Mercury MG-20125 : On Bandstand No.1
  • Mercury MG-20128 : Salute To The Aragon Ballroom
  • Mercury MG-20174 : Love Themes From The Classics
  • Mercury MG-20198 : Young America Dances
  • Mercury MG-20294 : Jumpin' Trumpet
  • Mercury MG-20294 / SR-60035 : College Dance Favorites
  • Mercury MG-20336 : The Hits That Made Ralph Marterie And His Orchestra Famous
  • Mercury MG-20395 / SR-60004 : Dance Party / Ralph Marterie and his Marlboro Men
  • Mercury MG-20437 / SR-60109 : Music For A Private Eye
  • Mercury MG-20506 / SR-60183 : Big Band Man
  • Wing MGW-12154 : Marvelous Marterie
  • Wing MGW-12155 : Trumpeters Lullaby
  • Wing MGW-12160 : Love Themes From Classics (reissue of MG-20174)
  • Wing MGW-12179 / SRW-16179 : Dance Album
  • Wing MGW-12238 / SRW-16238 : Music For A Private Eye (reissue of MG-20437 / SR-60109)
  • Wing MGW-12259 / SRW-16259 : Dance Party (reissue of MG-20395 / SR-60004)
  • Mercury MG-20157 : Hey! Dig That Crazy Band! / Gus Bivona



Jackets

Front Back
[MG-20124 FRONT] [MG-20124 BACK]



Labels

Side A Side B
[MG-20124 A] [MG-20124 B]



Inner Sleeve

Front Back
[MG-20124 FRONT SLEEVE] [MG-20124 BACK SLEEVE]



MATSUBAYASHI 'Shaolin' Kohji <shaolin@rhythmaning.org>
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