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BILLY BUTTERFIELD - What's New? His 21 Finest

BILLY BUTTERFIELD - What's New?  His 21 Finest
CD / Product Number: RTR4203

A jazz treat! This CD covers 21 years of one of the all-time greats of the trumpet: Billy Butterfield. What’s New? was the title of his first big success with Bob Crosby. In addition to featuring all the milestones of his career from 1938 to 1959, this CD presents many gems from long-deleted 10 inch LPs of the 50s made when he was at the peak of his powers.
George Hulme wrote in Just Jazz 'Billy Butterfield was one of the finest jazz and Big Band trumpeters. The set has excellent quality transfers. The playing time is generous. I strongly recommend this CD.'


Bob Crosby and His Orchestra
1 What’s New?
2 Mournin’ Blues
Artie Shaw and His Orchestra
3 Stardust
Mel Powell and His Orchestra
4 When Did You Leave Heaven?
Billy Butterfield and His Orchestra
5 Moonlight In Vermont (With Margaret Whiting)
Brad Gowans and His New York Nine
6 Poor Butterfield
7 Carolina In The Morning
8 Jazz Me Blues
Billy Butterfield and His Orchestra
9 A Ghost Of A Chance
10 Moten Stomp
11 More Than You Know
12 Stormy Weather
13 Afternoon In August
Axel Stordahl and Orchestra
14 Nevertheless (With Frank Sinatra)
Lou Stein and His Six For Kicks
15 Wailin’ The Blues
Billy Butterfield and His Orchestra
16 I’ve Got A Crush On You
17 Little White Lies
18 Côte D’Azur
Gus Hoo and His Dixie Stompers
19 I’m An Old Cowhand
Billy Butterfield and His Orchestra
20 Someday You'll Be Sorry (With Lee Wiley)
Billy Butterfield and His Jazz Band
21 ’Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
22 I'll Be A Friend With Pleasure
Ray Conniff and Orchestra
23 All The Things You Are
24 Beyond The Blue Horizon

Reviews of This Recording

Digby Fairweather's liner notes say it all: Butterfield was a jazz trumpeter who can rightly be hailed as one of the greatest. Never an international star like Harry James, Louis Armstrong or Dizzy Gillespie, he was nevertheless in that bracket as far as instrumental virtuosity is concerrned and these 24 tracks prove it. Whether leading his own orchestra or merely one of the trumpet section of another band such as Bob Crosby or Artie Shaw, Butterfield's sound is unmistakable. There is a tremendous range of music here, whether it be wonderfully lyrical STARDUST with Artie Shaw's Orchestra, acting as more than a mere accompanist to Margaret Whiting on MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT and Sinatra on NEVERTHELESS and concluding with those collaborations with Ray Conniff that enjoyed so much success in the late Fifties. Apart from the exemplary liner notes there are the usual high Retrospective production values. Excellent'
In Tune July 2012