Dennis Farnon And His Orchestra ‎– Caution! Men Swinging (Full Album)

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“If you’re ever going to make just one hard-driving, swinging-like-mad big-band recording, model it after Caution! Men Swinging. That was to be the destiny of Canadian-born Dennis Farnon, who wrote such whimsical material as “Mother Magoo Suite” and arranged for the movies. But on one day in Los Angeles in 1956, he gathered a large group of talented, mostly jazz musicians into a studio and the result was this outstanding big-band album. Originally released in 1956, it has been reissued by RCA Spain on CD — although the sound on the original RCA Victor LP is fine, if the LP can be located. Each track is a joy, offering its own surprise. Never do the charts allow the music to fall into a rut. The ensemble work is strong and ample time is allowed for soloing: the lyrical trumpet of Don Fagerquist on such tunes as “Lover Come Back to Me,” Howard Roberts’ guitar on “Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year,” well-placed solos by tenorman Ted Nash, and by Jimmy Rowles and Lou Levy, who share the piano chair. Farnon never returned to his jazz idiom, moving instead to film work and arranging for pop singers. Perhaps he figured he could never top this one and wisely quit while he was ahead. Recommended.” – Dave Nathan/AllMusic.

Track listing:
A1 Caution! Men Swinging (Dennis Farnon) 3:05
A2 Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year (Frank Loesser) 3:20
A3 Lover Come Back To Me (Oscar Hammerstein, Sigmund Romberg) 3:12
A4 Shoo-Shoo Baby (Phil Moore) 3:58
A5 Just You, Just Me (Jessie Greer, Raymond Klages) 4:05
B1 Isle Of Capri (James Kennedy, Wilhelm Grosz) 3:24
B2 South Of The Border (J.B. Kennedy) 2:31
B3 It Don’t Mean A Thing {If It Ain’t Got That Swing} (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) 3:09
B4 Why Don’t You Do Right (Joe McCoy) 3:12
B5 Three Little Words (Harry Ruby) 2:41
B6 Resume Speed (Dennis Farnon) 2:45

Personnel:
Jack Dumont – alto saxophone [1st]
Brian Farnon – alto saxophone [2nd]
Dennis Farnon – arranger, conductor
Chuck Gentry – baritone saxophone, bass saxophone
Clif Hils – bass
George Roberts – bass trombone
Alvin Stoller – drums
Howard Roberts – guitar
Jimmy Rowles (tracks: A1, A2, A5 to B4), Lou Levy (tracks: A3, A4, B5, B6) – piano
Ted Nash – tenor saxophone [1st]
Gene Cipriano – tenor saxophone [2nd]
Joe Howard – trombone [1st, 2nd]
Tommy Pederson – trombone [1st]
Frank Beach – trumpet [1st, 2nd]
Pete Candoli – trumpet [1st]
Don Fagerquist- trumpet [3rd]
Paul Geil – trumpet [4th], piccolo trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen – valve trombone

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Label: RCA Victor ‎– LPM-1495, RCA Victor ‎– LPM 1495
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1957
Recording Location: Hollywood, CA

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