A jazz version of “June Is Busting Out All Over”? you might ask. Who would think of such a thing? Finding the right tempo might be possible, but how about those Richard Rodgers harmonies? Well, Bill Holman-or maybe it was Stan Kenton-thought it would work. From the period, presumably in the mid-1950s, when Holman was doing a good deal of arranging for Kenton’s band, let’s listen to his arrangement of the tune that has been welcoming this month since the song debuted in the Broadway musical Carousel in 1945. Youtube provides no information about when it was recorded or who plays the solos. Sam Noto may be the trumpeter. The alto saxophonist? Possiby Charlie Mariano. Despite the claim of the unoriginal album cover, we do not hear a solo from Bob Cooper or Frank Rosolino. We do hear some nice writing by Holman. As the song’s lyric famously declares, it’s June, June, June.
Wishing you a perfect June.