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Elliot Lawrence - ELEVATION

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Published on May 13, 2008

78 record transferred by PhilaVideo from a white-label radio station copy 78 using Columbia's 1949 equalization curve settings. The April 13, 1949 recording at Columbia's 30th Street studio in NYC.

Video: The band rehearsing this cut at the Local 77 Musician Union's hall at 18th and Arch Sts. on April 12, 1949 in Philadelphia. From a 8 x 10" glossy print. Transferred to video and edited by PhilaVideo.

Highlights: Bandleader Elliot Lawrence and arranger Gerry Mulligan watching the band; Columbia execs sitting on bench in background.

Personnel: Top Row (L to R): Trumpets: Bill Danziesen, Jimmy Padgett, Johnny Dee, JOE TECHNER; Bass. Tom O'Neill. Front Row: Trombones: Chuck Harris, VINCE FORCHETTI (FORREST), Sy Berger; Saxophones: Merle Bredwell, Bruno Rondinelli, Joe Soldo, Louis Giamo, PHIL URSO. (Not pictured: Drums; HOWIE MANN and Piano: BOB KARCH).

Soloists: Phil Urso, Vince Forchetti (Forrest), Joe Techner, Bob Karch, and Howie Mann.

This recording was voted one of the top 50 jazz recordings of the 20th Century by The Smithsonian Institute.

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