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On Route 66: That Nelson Riddle Sound, Riddle's music so suits the Cincinnati Pops Big Band Orchestra that it almost seems as if he'd been writing for them all along. Guided by conductor Erich Kunzel, they interpret these familiar pieces as instrumental works with great panache and detail, creating handsome settings for special guest soloists. This new Telarc recording is also a tribute to Riddle's work with Frank Sinatra, and features many of the tunes that helped make them one of the most celebrated collaborations in music history.
This release highlights all the important phases of Nelson Riddle's career, including "Route 66," "Night and Day," "Zing Went the Strings (of My Heart)," "Let Yourself Go!," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "You and the Night and the Music," "Get Happy" and other signature pieces. Route 66: That Nelson Riddle Sound also features classic songs associated with Frank Sinatra, particularly "What's New," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Nice 'N' Easy," I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "September in the Rain."
Using all new orchestrations, creative guest improvisers like Randy Sandke, Ken Peplowski, Jim Pugh and David Edwards replace the vocals with brass and reed solos. Route 66: That Nelson Riddle Sound also showcases the terrific work of Mike Berkowitz, who drummed extensively for Riddle. With liner notes written by Will Friedwald, author of Jazz Singing and Sinatra! The Song Is You, this new release is the follow-up to Kunzel and the Pops' Big Band Hit Parade (CD-80177), which enjoyed 47 weeks on the Billboard Classical Crossover chart, eventually hitting #3.
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conductor Erich Kunzel, the most successful Billboard Classical Crossover artist in history, has recorded with 20th century legends of American music Duke Ellington, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Tormé, Cab Calloway, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan and Doc Severinsen. His recordings have borne the distinctive voices of Katherine Hepburn, James Earl Jones and Carol Channing as well as narration by icons Gene Autry, Johnny Bench, Leonard Nimoy and Roy Rogers.
Erich Kunzel's discography reads like a course in American popular music. He has recorded Broadway show tunes, big band music, Hollywood hits, gospel songs, Latin compositions, baseball tunes, pops standards, music from Disney films, and works by George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Irving Berlin, Ferde Grofé, Stephen Foster, John Williams, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, as well as masterworks by Tchaikovsky, Moussorgsky, Verdi and the Strauss family.