Ralph Burns, Perpetual Motion (Fresh Sound). Infrequently mentioned today, Burns was one of the great jazz arrangers of the 1940s and 50s, with a later career scoring for radio, TV and motion pictures. His arrangements were central to the success of several Woody Herman herds. The final movement of his “Summer Sequence” for Herman gained additional fame as “Early Autumn.” This CD brings together two of his mid-fifties albums, Ralph Burns Among the JATP’s and Jazz Studio 5. The soloists include Jazz at the Philharmonic regulars Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Roy Eldridge Flip Phillips and Bill Harris as well as comers like Joe Newman, Davey Schildkraut and Herbie Mann. But the star throughout is Burns’ brilliant writing. His setting of Alec Wilder’s “I’ll Be Around” for Newman’s trumpet is a quiet masterpiece.
I never heard of this guy. Then this morning (2/28/09) on KSDS they played Bijou, which was totally original and amazing. So I googled the guy, and found your blog page Doug. It’s time for me to open an iTunes account to collect gems like Bijou (which means gem, in French).