Inspired by the music of Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Neal Hefti, Buddy Rich, Billy May, Nelson Riddle, Hank Mancini, Johnny Mandel, the Tonight Show Band and Don Sebesky, this release features the L.A. Jazz All-Stars Big Band. The instrumental solos are by some of Hollywood's finest jazz musicians, including Bill Watrous, Pete Christlieb, Dan Higgins, Don Shelton, Jim Fox, Warren Luening and Andy Martin.
Also featured is jazz legend Bob Dorough in a cool vocal duet with Marilyn.
As Harris' third solo album, Round Trip, features 12 songs, including Bebop High," Harris' name-dropping ode to the seminal music of the 40s and 50s, written with another noteworthy singer and songwriter, Mark Winkler; the gorgeous Marian McPartland melody Twilight World," to which the legendary Johnny Mercer later added lyrics to create an underworked gem; and Cool," which fits the grizzled tones of Bob Dorough so neatly that you can't believe he didn't write it himself.
Liner notes excerpt above by jazz DJ and journalist Neil Tesser.
About Marilyn Harris
Marilyn Harris was born in Syracuse, NY and grew up in Hartford, CT. After graduating from UConn, she worked as a music editor and copyist in New York City, while pitching her original songs to publishers. Soon she found herself in the world of advertising music where she sang, arranged and produced music for commercials (Amoco, McDonald's, Kraft, Kellogg's, United Airlines) in New York and Chicago. After moving to Los Angeles, she composed, performed and produced over 200 music cues for ABC-TV's General Hospital," scored episodes of the animated Flintstone Kids," and provided original music scores and themes for such diverse projects for BBC Radio, the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, theatrical plays, as well as the audio book music scores. Harris has placed original songs in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of My Sister's Keeper," Sesame Street, and the award-winning short feature film T for Terrorist."
For a free download of Bebop High," visit http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=1476.
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