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William Russo: The Carousel Suite
Richard Peaslee: Stonehenge
Russo: THE CAROUSEL SUITE/Peaslee: STONHENGEFrom two of the masters of American jazz and theater music: eclectic, icon-laden explorations of two vast, imagined worlds.

Best known for his prolific work with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Bill Russo conjures up a parable of the stages of life in his Carousel Suite, adapted from his music for the animated film Everybody Rides the Carousel.   It features the trumpet of the great Dizzy Gillespie and the narration of author/broadcaster Studs Terkel. 

Richard Peaslee has garnered acclaimed for his theater and film scores, including Marat/Sade.  Here, he offers a big band interpretation of ancient pagan rituals in his symphonic jazz classic Stonehenge from a dynamic 1964 recording by the London Jazz Orchestra.

(Also see their follow-up album, Richard Peaslee/William Russo: Virtuosity: A Contemporary Look.)

Long out of print, now available for downloads on iTunes

(also on Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic and other digital sites)

      
PERFORMERS
Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Wheeler, trumpetStuds Terkel, narrationEddie Mordeu, tenor saxophoneTony Russell, tromboneLondon Jazz Orchestra, ensemble
   
PROGRAM
Richard Peaslee: Stonehenge
1. I. Trilithons 5:26
2. II. Sunrise 3:07
3. III. Rituals 4:19
4. IV. Immolation 4:19
  
William Russo: The Carousel Suite, Opus 63
5. Prologue 3:12
6. First Stage 2:07
7. Second Stage 1:24
8. Third Stage 2:19
9. Fourth Stage 3:19
10. Fifth Stage 7:16
11. Sixth Stage 2:13
12. Seventh Stage 4:34
13. Eighth Stage 4:22
14. Epilogue
  
Recorded on (#1-4) 15 August 1964 at Landsdowne Studios in London and (#5-14) 1 July 1983 at Olympic Sound Studios in London.
  
Produced by (#1-4) William Russo & Richard Peaslee, (#5-14) William Russo & Carol Loverde
Executive Producer: Gunther Schuller
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