Mittwoch, Dezember 07, 2005

Paul Weston - Mood For 12 (1955)

Paul Weston, born in 1912 as Paul Weststein, was one of the most diverse and talented arrangers and conductors of the '40s and '50s, moving from mainstream swing and jazz to instrumental easy listening pop in the course of his career. Though he began his career playing hard swing, Weston is considered to be the father of mood music. He worked as an arranger for Tommy Dorsey and was married to Jo Stafford. He also wrote arrangements and conduct sessions for artists like Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Shore, and Doris Day. During this time, he and Jo Stafford recorded a handful of albums as "Jonathan & Darlene Edwards". The "Jonathan & Darlene"-albums were comedy records that parodied nightclub acts. On each record Stafford sang offkey and Weston horridly played out of time and out of key. This album contains lush arrangements and is a perfect example for his so called "mood music". Paul Weston died in 1996...

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