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Pete Rugolo

Pete Rugolo was one of the most prolific arrangers for Stan Kenton's 1945-1949 orchestras, following through on the leader's swashbuckling example to help shape the band's exciting, blasting style. Brought to the U.S. at age five, Rugolo grew up in Santa Rosa, California, and became a student of Darius Milhaud at Mills College in Oakland. After a stint with the Army, he submitted an arrangement to Kenton and then settled in with the band, turning out a series of "Artistry in..." compositions ("Bass," "Percussion," "Bolero," "Boogie"), as well as some of the earliest, most startling pieces for the Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra. However, Rugolo soon gravitated toward pop, landing a position as music director of Capitol Records in 1949, where he cranked out arrangements -- some of which bordered on easy listening treacle -- for June Christy, Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte (in his brief pop period), the Four Freshmen, and others. In 1957, he became music director of Mercury Records, making a number of albums for that label, and briefly led a big band in 1954. From the '50s onward, Rugolo moved into Hollywood, scoring TV series like The Fugitive and Run for Your Life, and several films. Consequently, his importance to jazz lessened as the years passed. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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Track List: Introducing Pete Rugolo/Adventures In Rhythm

1. That Old Black Magic

2. Early Stan

4. California Melodies

5. You Stepped Out Of A Dream

6. 360 Special

7. Laura

8. Come Back Little Rocket

9. In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree

10. Sidewalks Of New York Mambo

11. Theme From The Lombardo Ending

12. Manana

13. Here's Pete

14. My Funny Valentine

15. Mixin' The Blues

16. Poinciana

17. Rugolo Meets Shearing

18. Sambamba

19. King Porter Stomp

20. You Are Too Beautiful

21. Jingle Bells Mambo

22. There Will Never Be Another You

23. Conversation

24. Good Evening Friends Boogie

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Brings back fond memories of the Kenton era when I thrived on his stuff.
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bjscout90
Love his "jingle bells mambo" and "theme on a Lombardo ending". Great humor and creativity.
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Pete got his first lessons in jazz and arranging in Petaluma CA in Mel Hein's band. I'm married to Mel's daughter!
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To say Pete Rugolo was talented is a huge under statement,he ruled the top for a long time..very good,Thanks Pandora

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