Shorty Rogers : The Wizard of Oz

Shorty Rogers : The Wizard of Oz


"The Wizard of Oz and other Harold Arlen Songs"

Shorty Rogers (trumpet, direction) and his Giants Orchestra

RCA "Living Stereo" 1997

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - We're Off To See The Wizard
A2 - Over the Rainbow
A3 - The Jitterbug
A4 - The Merry Old Land of Oz
A5 - If I Only Had a Brain
A6 - Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
B1 - My Shining Hour
B2 - Get Happy
B3 - Blues In The Night
B4 - Let's Fall In Love
B5 - That Old Black Magic

Recorded on February 3, 5 & 10, 1959 in Los Angeles.

Shorty Rogers was one of the principal creators of West Coast jazz. He played both the trumpet and flugelhorn, and was in demand for his skills as an arranger. He played with a number of big bands in the late 1940s, and arranged for Woody Herman, later going to Stan Kenton and His Orchestra. Eventually, he formed a jazz group, The Giants, and recorded a number of albums for RCA Victor. He composed music for the avant-garde UPA cartoons featuring Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) and Stan Freberg, while continuing to arrange and perform many pop and jazz recordings. 

"All of trumpeter/arranger Shorty Rogers' recordings from the 1950s (which were quite influential on both arrangers and cool-toned soloists) are well worth searching for... On the first side, Rogers and his Orchestra (which includes such fine soloists as Jimmy Giuffre on clarinet and tenor, valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, altoists Bud Shank and Herb Geller, guitarist Barney Kessel and pianist Pete Jolly) perform five familiar songs from Oz, plus 'The Jitterbug,' which did not make it into the final cut. This date is rounded out by fresh versions of five of Arlen's most famous songs, including 'Get Happy,' 'Blues In the Night' and 'That Old Black Magic.' Wonderful music." - Scott Yanow, AllMusic.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under