Sam Trippe – Explosion! + Bob Rogers – All That and This Too


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WEST COAST SERIES · Jazz & Swing Orchestras
Rare & Collectible Albums by Unsung Bandleaders

When the dust from the collapse of the Swing Era settled, there were few big bands left that had survived. Yet, because they loved the swinging drive of a full-on jazz orchestra, a series of adventurous and unsung bandleaders optimistically organized some fine, but short-lived, new orchestras that were packed with jazz and studio musicians, holding the flag of Swing high.

On Explosion! Sam Trippe led an impressive, skilled and hard-driving band with a varied book and a particularly striking brass section. The meticulously conceived and precisely executed scores are by trombonist Ray Sikora, with room for some crisply inventive soloists, among them Jay Migliori’s consistently exciting tenor, to show what they can do. An excellent rhythm team provides a solid foundation.

Bob Rogers’ band was working casual dates around southern California in the early 60s. It was a well-organized ten-piece group, with modern arrangements by trumpeter Kip Dubbs and pianist Len Stack. In his album All That and This Too, Jay Migliori, Bill Perkins, Jack Nimitz and Dave Wells have some good solo moments, and Rogers is heard briefly playing vibes on Mood Indigo and Midnight Lace. Gary Peacock is a worthy addition with his tremendous beat and melodic strength.

The welling enthusiasm present in the ensemble passages gives a glowing picture of the powerhouse of these two exciting bands, a glimpse of what it could have been.

Track Listing:
1. Dress Blues - 3:46   2. Grumpy - 2:50   3. Bella's Back in Town - 2:43   4. Larry Finley’s Stomp - 4:22   5. You Go to My Head (trumpet solo: Sam Trippe) - 3:25   6. Ride Around the Block - 6:03   7. How High the Moon - 2:33   8. It's a Wonderful World - 4:48   9. Wail Street - 3:02   10. This Too - 2:48   11. Bluesy - 4:16   12. Shadow Waltz - 3:20   13. A Minute Before I Go - 4:10   14. Mood Indigo - 3:58   15. Room with a View - 3:00   16. Coffee Kate - 2:51   17. Midnight Lace - 3:47   18. Alone Together - 3:23

Tracks #1-8, from the album "Sam Trippe & his Orchestra: Explosion!" (Sheen LP-106)
Track #9, originally issued on Sheen EP 101
Tracks #10-18, from the album "All That and This Too with the Bob Rogers Orchestra"
(Indigo GBST-1501)

on "Explosion!": Sam Trippe and His Orchestra:
Sam Trippe (leader, trumpet) , Bob Mitchell / Roy Caton / Don Cinquemani / Diz Mullins (trumpets) , Joe Cadena / Ray Sikora / Kenny Tiffany / trombones , Bill Smiley (bass trombone) , Bob Jung / Al Willet (alto saxes) , Jay Migliori / Sid Miller (tenor sax) , Gil Sciaqua (baritone sax) , Shep Meyers (piano) , Francis James (bass) , Charles “Chiz” Harris (drums)
Recorded at Sound Enterprises, Hollywood, June 3, 1959

on "All That and This Too": The Bob Rogers Orchestra
Bob Rogers (leader, vibes) , Kip Dubbs / Bill Mattison or Bud Billings (on 13,15,18) (trumpets) , Dave Wells (bass trumpet, trombone) , Jay Migliori (alto sax) , Al Lasky (alto sax, flute on 15,17,18,19) , Bill Perkins (tenor sax) , Jack Nimitz (baritone sax) , Len Stack (piano) , Gary Peacock (bass) , Roy Roten (drums)
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, February 8 & 22, 1961