Friday, May 18, 2007

Jazz from Peter Gunn

There are a lot of records based on the music from Peter Gunn. Most of them are worth hearing. This 1959 LP by the Joe Wilder Quartet is one of the better ones. Joe Wilder is an excellent trumpeter. Hank Jones, Milt Hinton and Joe Cresci are the rest of the quartet. Surprisingly, the show’s famous theme song is not included on the record.

Joe Wilder started playing in 1941, during World War II, he was bandmaster for the Marine Band, after the war he played in bands led by Lionel Hamilton, Lucky Millinder and Jimmy Lunceford. In the early Fifties, Wilder was playing in pit bands on Broadway. In 1957, Wilder joined the music staff of ABC-TV where he worked until 1973. Joe Wilder then started recording again and is still playing.

JAZZ FROM PETER GUNN is currently available on CD, paired with THE PRETTY SOUND, another Joe Wilder album from 1959. Pick one up!


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