Rifftides reader Hans Christian DÃ¶rrscheidt writes from Germany:
Having listened to Barnet’s various bands from the 30s-60s a lot recently, I’d agree with Cannonball’s description. While Barnet probably won’t be counted among the great innovators of jazz saxophone playing, he certainly was a very individual player, always true to himself, be it on alto, tenor, or the soprano. And he always had good bands going, too!
Here’s an interesting Barnet clip, from late 1948/early ’49, C.B. and band playing “East Side, West Side”. That’s Doc Severinsen playing the trumpet solo. Danny Bank is on baritone sax, and Bunny Briggs is the singing telegram guy.
This clip is Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra playing “Skyliner”, from the November 1950 Snader Telescriptions session. The young Bill Holman can (more or less) be seen playing tenor in the section. The piano soloist is Arnold Ross.
Not to be contradictory, but the pianist appears to be Don Trenner. The alto saxophonist next to Holman is Dick Meldonian. I think I see Johnny Coppola in the trumpet section. Thanks to Mr. Doerrscheidt for the video alerts.