"An Afternoon With Don Specht"
A rare 10 inches LP with
It amazes me that in today's abundant world of music how a specially talented composer, who makes a good living in music, can remain relatively unknown. Of course the one area in the business where this can happen is in the writing of commercials. The music may be beautiful, but it will go unheard-the music may be imagina tive, but it will go unheard-the music may be wailing, but it will go unheard. Unheard because it is "dubbed-down" under an announcer; unheard because few of us expect to hear beautiful or Imaginative or wailing music on a commercial, and unlike music for record albums, movies or TV shows, when the commercial's cycle is finished so is the music.
Don Specht has the special talent I refer to. He knows how to write for any size group of musicians in any style. He not only is a gifted composer but a gifted orchestrator as well. I am glad this record was put together so that it might save a small amount of his music from oblivion.
Musicians who make their living doing studio work do not often enjoy all the music they play. In fact it is more often just a job. You do the job to the best of your ability, go home, and most times cannot even remember the next day what the music was about. Don's dates are the rare exception where the musicians look forward to the session, enjoy the music, and are rewarded with a feeling of accomplishment. I am happy to have been a part of this LP.
1. MY A.U.N.T. THE SPY
Trp, Conte Candoli; Alto Sax, Frank Strozier; Dr, Shelly Manne.
2. BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Alto Sax, Ted Nash; Trp, Bobby Bryant; Dr, Frank DeVito; Pno, Lou Levy.
4. ANTIGUA AND ALL THAT JAZZ
Fl, Bud Shank; Dr, Shelly Manne; Marimba, Vic Feldman.
5. MARCH OF THE MUNCHUMS
Heckelphone, Charlie Gould.
6. LONELY EVENING
Pno, Pearl Kaufman; Cello, Kurt Reher; Fl, Arthur Gleghorn; Harp, Dorothy Remsen.
7. LET'S HEAR THE BRASS
Trps, Al Porcino, Conte Candoli Bobby Bryant, Don Fagerquist; Trbs,
Dick Noel, Dick Nash, Dick Leith; Saxes, Ronny Lang, Frank Strozier,
Med Flory, Bill Perkins, Jack Nimitz; Pno, Lou Levy; Bass, Buddy
Clark; Dr, Shelly Manne.
8. FLYING TO THE MOON (1560 to 1966)
Harpsichord, Pearl Kaufman.
1. BASIC BASIE
Trps, Ollie Mitchell, Ray Triscari, Conte Candoli, Jack Laubach; Trbs,
Dick Noe4 Herbie Harper, Ernie Tack; Saxes, Bud Shank, Frank Strozier,
Bill Perkins, Med Flory, Jack Nimitz; Pno, Lou Levy; Bass, Buddy Clark ; Dr, Shelly Manne.
Same personnel as Trk. 1; Vibes, Vic Feldman.
3. MOZART'S A SWINGER
Harpsichord, Pearl Kaufman; Bass, Buddy Clark; Dr, Shelly Manne.
Trp, Jack Sheldon: Dr, Frank DeVito.
5. SEA GULL
Alto Sax, Cannonball Adderly ;Pno, Lou Levy.
Cannonball played a Ballad with strings ,( only a melody , no choruse)
Pno, Lou Levy; Alto Fl, Bill Perkins; Cl, Dom Fera; Alto Sax, Frank
Strozier; Trp, Conte Candoli; French Horn, Vince De Rosa; Trbs, Dick
Noel, Dick Nash, Tommy Shepard, Ernie Tack; Vibes, Vic Feldman;
Bass, Buddy Clark; Dr, Shelly Manne.
Producer: A. Eaglefield Hull .Recorded at Annex Studios, Hollywood
Cover Photograph: Jean Guy Jacque .Engineer Dave Weichman
All Rights Reserved by Soundtrax Publishing 1967 (ASCAP) ·
A Product Of Soundtrax Records, Hollywood · ANX 138/139