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Larry Elgart Impressions of Outer Space

Larry Elgart Impressions of Outer Space


Larry Elgart and his Ensemble Impressions of Outer Spaceon Brunswick records. This great sci-fi illustration was released as a double 45 and 10″ record too.
 
Larry Elgart’s 10-inch LP “Impressions of Outer Space,” Brunswick BL-58054, was his first collaboration with arranger/composer Charles Albertine. In 1951, they were both playing saxophone in the orchestra pit of the popular Broadway play “Top Banana.” They abandoned the boredom and monotony of that life to pursue a big band career. Larry described “Impressions” as a series of atonal tone poems, and admitted in his biography, “The Music Business & The Monkey Business,” that it went nowhere. But it served as an introduction to legendary producer John Hammond and a deal with Columbia Records, where brother Les Elgart fronted the band that recorded Larry’s and Charles’s arrangements on the successful LP “Sophisticated Swing,” the first of a string of popular albums. The cover artwork for “Impressions” is the work of Alex Schomburg, said to be the most renowned cover artist of the golden age of comics in the 1940s. This recording of “Impressions” is taken from an “Extended Play” set released on two 7-inch 45 RPM discs, Brunswick EP-72003.

 
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